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Syracuse hands North Carolina another ACC loss

C.J. Fair scored 20 points, Jerami Grant had 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and No. 2 Syracuse beat North Carolina, 57-45, yesterday in an Atlantic Coast Conference marquee matchup.

Syracuse (16-0, 3-0) evened its all-time record against the North Carolina (10-6, 0-3) to 4-4. UNC started 0-2 in ACC play three times in the past five years and five times overall, and the loss to Syracuse equaled the worst conference start in school history in 1996-97, Dean Smith’s final year as head coach.

It was the fewest points scored by North Carolina since posting 44 in a loss to Duke in 1979.

No. 5 MICHIGAN STATE 87, MINNESOTA 75, OT

Keith Appling scored 24 points to help Michigan State beat Minnesota after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half and blowing a lead late in regulation.

The Spartans (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) scored 15 straight points while holding the Golden Gophers (13-4, 2-2) scoreless for nearly 8 minutes after trailing 53-43 with 15:57 left.

No. 7 BAYLOR 88, TCU 62

Taurean Prince scored 15 of his career-high 23 points off the bench when Baylor took control before halftime and went on to a victory over instate rival TCU.

The Bears (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) won their 13th consecutive home game, the latest in the streak coming four days after they lost their conference opener 87-72 at No. 9 Iowa State.

No. 8 VILLANOVA 74, ST. JOHN’S 67

JayVaughn Pinkston had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Villanova overcame some early shooting woes to beat St. John’s.

The Wildcats (15-1, 4-0 Big East) came into the game having shot better than 50 percent from the field and 3-point range in their last three games. Against St. John’s (9-6, 0-3) they struggled from both in the first half shooting 25.9 percent from the field (7 of 27) and 22.2 percent from 3 (2 of 9).

OKLAHOMA 87, No. 9 IOWA STATE 82

Buddy Hield scored 22 points and Ryan Spangler added 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help Oklahoma knock off previously unbeaten Iowa State.

No. 10 FLORIDA 84, ARKANSAS 82, OT

Dorian Finney-Smith scored a career-high 22 points as No. 10 Florida overcame the absence of leading scorer Casey Prather to snap Arkansas’s 23-game home winning streak.

No. 11 OKLAHOMA STATE 73, WEST VIRGINIA 72

Markel Brown hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds to lift Oklahoma State to a win over West Virginia. The Cowboys (14-2, 2-1 Big 12) trailed for most of the game, but got solid efforts from their top two scorers in the final minutes.

No. 14 KENTUCKY 71, VANDERBILT 62

Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points, and Kentucky beat Vanderbilt for the Wildcats’ fourth straight victory.

CLEMSON 72, No. 16 DUKE 59

K.J. McDaniels scored 24 points and Jaron Blossomgame had career highs with 14 points and 14 rebounds as Clemson defeated Duke, the Blue Devils second straight Atlantic Coast Conference road loss.

No. 18 KANSAS 86, No. 25 KANSAS STATE 60

Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, fellow freshman Wayne Selden added 20 and Kansas beat Kansas State in its latest Sunflower Showdown beat down.

No. 19 MASSACHUSETTS 73, ST. BONAVENTURE 68

Trey Davis missed nine of his first 10 shots from the floor before scoring a pair of baskets in the closing two minutes to help Massachusetts rally for a win over St. Bonaventure.

No. 21 MISSOURI 70, AUBURN 68

Earnest Ross hit four free throws down the stretch and Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points to lead Missouri to a victory over Auburn.

No. 24 MEMPHIS 79, TEMPLE 69

Shaq Goodwin had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Memphis to a win over Temple.

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