Men's Basketball

Syracuse falls behind 19-0, gets first loss

Connecticut's Kemba Walker, right, hit a runner down the lane in the final seconds to beat Villanova 61-59. Walker, the  nation's leading scorer, had 24 points.
Connecticut's Kemba Walker, right, hit a runner down the lane in the final seconds to beat Villanova 61-59. Walker, the nation's leading scorer, had 24 points. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Host Pittsburgh scored the first 19 points only to lose the lead, then came back behind Nasir Robinson's 21 points to hand No. 3 Syracuse its first loss Monday night, with a 74-66 victory in a game of remarkable runs.

Brad Wanamaker added 15 points to help the fifth-ranked Panthers (18-1) improve to 6-0 in the Big East for the first time and halt a long Syracuse winning streak for the second successive season.

The Orange (18-1, 5-1), playing without leading scorer Kris Joseph after he sustained a concussion Saturday against Cincinnati, couldn't match the 1999-2000 team's school record by winning its first 19 games. Syracuse won its first 13 last season, only to lose to Pitt 82-72 at the Carrier Dome.

C.J. Fair had 16 points and nine rebounds for Syracuse, which rallied from the terrible start with a 17-0 run that helped tie the score at 41 with 13:46 remaining. But Pitt scored nine of the next 12 points.

No. 8 Connecticut 61, No. 7 Villanova 59: Kemba Walker hit a drive down the lane with 2.5 seconds to play to lift host Connecticut (15-2, 4-2 Big East), snapping the Wildcats' 11-game winning streak.

Walker, who entered the game as the nation's second-leading scorer with a 25.6 average, finished with 24 points on a season-worst 6-for-18 from the field. Although he struggled against Villanova's aggressive man-to-man defense, the junior guard scored the Huskies' last seven points.

Corey Fisher, who led Villanova (16-2, 4-1) with 28 points, tied the game at 59 with two free throws with 22 seconds left.

Campbellsville 75, Life 74 (OT): Adrian Whelan, fouled on a three-point attempt with 1.4 seconds to play, made all three free throws to give host Campbellsville (11-7) the victory in overtime. Whelan was 2-for-2 from beyond the arc in overtime and finished with 12 points.

Shawn Savage led Campbellsville with six threes and a career-high 27 points. Campbellsville's JaVaughn Espritt sent the game to overtime at 63-63 with a layup in the final seconds of regulation.

Southern Indiana 93, Kentucky Wesleyan 64: Host Southern Indiana went 11-for-18 from three-point range and routed Kentucky Wesleyan in a Great Lakes Valley College game. Anthony Yopung had 16 points and nine rebounds for Kentucky Wesleyan (12-3, 5-3). SIU (16-1, 8-1) is ranked No. 6 in Division II.

UK's Pinkett honored

Kentucky's Bernisha Pinkett was named the Southeastern Conference's Freshman of the Week on Monday. Pinkett, a 5-foot-7 reserve guard, averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in wins over South Carolina and Mississippi State.

G-town coach to retire

Georgetown College announced that women's basketball coach Susan Johnson will retire at the end of the season after 32 years at the helm. Johnson is 578-363 at Georgetown, a 61.4 winning percentage. She has taken the Tigers to 11 NAIA national tournaments, including seven in a row, and three Elite Eights.


Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 61, Eastern Kentucky 60: Reese Bass' shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim, and host SIU-Edwardsville (5-12) hung on to beat EKU (4-13).

After Courtney Kenner made two free throws to give SIU-Edwardsville a one-point lead with 7.6 seconds left, the Lady Colonels drove the length of the floor and got the ball to Bass, whose shot from just inside the three-point line bounced off as time expired.

EKU trailed 55-47 with 6:39 left before rallying to take a 60-59 lead with 31 seconds left on two free throws by Alex Jones, who had a team-high 19 points. Henry Clay graduate Brittany Coles added 18 points.

Southern Indiana 85, Kentucky Wesleyan 68: Kentucky Wesleyan failed to hold a seven-point lead in the first half and lost at Southern Indiana. Kourtney Rhoads led Kentucky Wesleyan (9-6, 3-5 GLVC) with 14 points. Amie Newhart had five three-pointers and 27 points for Southern Indiana (10-7, 6-3).

Around the nation

Auburn: Guard Frankie Sullivan will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury sustained during the summer.

Indiana: Sophomore guard Maurice Creek will be out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right kneecap, Coach Tom Crean said Monday night. Creek fractured his other kneecap last season.