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BC hands Syracuse a shocking first loss

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Jim Boeheim shrugged. It was nice while it lasted.

"It's been an unbelievable run of making unbelievable plays in the last six or seven minutes of games," Boeheim said Wednesday night after No. 1 Syracuse lost 62-59 in overtime to Boston College, ending the Orange's run at an unbeaten season.

"I've never seen anything like it before. We've had a lot of good teams, but I don't think we've had any teams that would've won all these games the way this team has. It's remarkable what they've done."

Syracuse's 25-game winning streak came to a screeching halt when the Eagles found their range from behind the arc. Held to 2 of 8 3-point shooting in the first half, BC hit 9 of 14 3s in the final 25 minutes to rally from a 13-point second-half deficit.

The Orange (25-1, 12-1 ACC) had won its past two games by a combined three points.

"I'm not disappointed," freshman guard Tyler Ennis said after his first college loss. "It's nice to win all these games, but it's pretty unrealistic to think you're going to go undefeated in the ACC."

The Eagles (7-19, 3-10) came to town with heavy hearts and a good dose of determination. Longtime basketball media contact and sports information assistant Dick Kelley died last week, two years after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. His funeral was Tuesday, and the Eagles, who often visited his apartment, wore "DK" patches on their uniforms.

"The patch on our chests, toward the end of the game it was like, 'We can't be denied. DK is looking down on us. He's got us,' " forward Ryan Anderson said.

NO. 3 WICHITA ST. 88, LOYOLA (ILL.) 74: Fred VanVleet scored 22 for the visiting Shockers (28-0, 15-0 MVC), the last unbeaten major-college team.

NO. 7 UC 77, UCF 49: Sean Kilpatrick hit six 3-pointers and scored 23 for visiting Cincinnati (24-3, 13-1 American), which has won 17 of 18. The Knights (10-14, 2-11) have lost 10 of 11.

NO. 10 ST. LOUIS 89, G. MASON 85, OT: Jordair Jett scored 24 of his 25 after halftime and Rob Loe hit two key 3-pointers in overtime as the visiting Billikens (24-2, 11-0 Atlantic-10) escaped with their 18th straight win.

NO. 11 CREIGHTON 85, MARQUETTE 70: Doug McDermott scored 17 of his 25 in the second half and Ethan Wragge added 22 for the visiting Bluejays (22-4, 12-2 Big East).

NO. 24 OHIO ST. 76, N'WESTERN 60: LaQuinton Ross scored 16 before being ejected after a scuffle, leading the host Buckeyes (21-6, 8-6 Big Ten). The late fracas delayed play for several minutes. The Wildcats' Nikola Cerina also was ejected.

UM 71, NOTRE DAME 64: Rion Brown scored 21, and the host Hurricanes (13-13, 4-9 ACC) withstood a late Irish rally.

ECKERD 76, TAMPA 49: Josh Snodgrass had 24 points and Alex Bodney 17 for the Tritons (15-10, 7-6 Sunshine State), who dominated the host Spartans (15-8, 8-6) in the second half.

SAINT LEO 76, FLA. SOUTHERN 73, OT: Ron Foxx had 19 points and 11 rebounds and hit a tiebreaking layup with 1:11 left in overtime to lift the visiting Lions (20-6, 8-5 SSC).

ARENA INSPECTION: An inspection of the roof and ceiling at Assembly Hall found more places where melting snow and ice had loosened steel plates inside Indiana's arena. The plates were in no imminent danger of falling, athletic director Fred Glass said. A plate fell from the ceiling Tuesday, postponing the Hoosiers' game against No. 15 Iowa.

GAME ON: Eight days after their game was postponed because of severe winter weather, No. 5 Duke visits North Carolina tonight. Temperatures are expected to be in the 60s around game time at 9 p.m.

ALABAMA: Forward Nick Jacobs is taking a leave of absence.

Women

USF 62, UC 43: Courtney Williams had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Bulls (14-11, 9-5 American), who cruised past the Bearcats (11-15, 4-11) to kick off their final push for a postseason berth. USF outrebounded Cincinnati 47-28.

TAMPA 58, ECKERD 40: Juliana Cavallaro had 18 points and made 4 of 5 3-pointers for the host Spartans (19-5, 12-2 SSC), who held the Tritons (9-14, 2-11) to 11 first-half points and won their 11th straight game.

SAINT LEO 82, FLA. SOUTHERN 76: Teresa Manigrasso had 30 points, one shy of matching her career high, and the visiting Lions (16-7, 7-6 SSC) tied a program best for conference wins.

NO. 1 UCONN 83, UCF 35: Breanna Stewart had 23 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks, and the host Huskies (27-0, 14-0 American) won their 33rd straight game.

NO. 3 LOUISVILLE 81, HOUSTON 62: Sara Hammond scored 17 and Shoni Schimmel topped 2,000 points for her career to help the Cardinals (26-2, 14-1 American) improve to 16-0 at home.

NO. 6 BAYLOR 89, IOWA ST. 51: Odyssey Sims scored 18 of her 24 in the first half, and the host Bears (23-3, 13-1 Big 12), coasted to their ninth straight win.

NO. 13 W. VA. 77, NO. 12 OKLA. ST. 45: Bria Holmes scored 20 for the host Mountaineers (23-3, 12-2 Big 12), who held the Cowgirls (20-5, 9-5) to 25 percent shooting.

EX-COACH SUES: Former San Diego State coach Beth Burns sued her former employer, saying she was forced out for demanding that women's athletics be put on equal footing with men's.

BC hands Syracuse a shocking first loss 02/19/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:23am]
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