HARTFORD, Conn. — There are games a team needs to win. There are games it has to win.
Syracuse won a game it had to.
Rick Jackson had 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead the 17th-ranked Orange to a 66-58 win over No. 6 Connecticut on Wednesday, avoiding the first five-game losing streak in coach Jim Boeheim's 35 seasons.
"This was a game we had to find a way to win," Boeheim said. "We made the plays we had to. We played well, but we also played well at Marquette. That's the league. You have to do that every night. This league is very, very difficult."
Brandon Triche had 16 points for the Orange (19-4, 6-4 Big East), which had lost four straight under Boeheim three times before this streak.
Its last win was 67-52 at home over Cincinnati on Jan. 15.
That was followed by a loss at Pittsburgh and one at home to Villanova, then an embarrassing home loss to Seton Hall and the 76-70 loss at Marquette.
"Sixteen days is a long time without winning, and just to have that feeling again is remarkable," Triche said.
Freshman Jeremy Lamb had 22 points, his third straight 20-plus game, to lead the Huskies (17-4, 5-4), who have lost two straight — both at home — since a six-game winning streak.
"Everybody is going to determine their own fate," Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said. "We got off to a terrific start and we've hit a snag in the road, and we have nine games to get ourselves in position."
The game featured the most wins ever in Division I between two coaches. Boeheim went in with 847, seven more than fellow Hall of Famer Calhoun.
NO. 5 DUKE 80, MARYLAND 62: Kyle Singler had 22 points, Nolan Smith had 21 and the visiting Blue Devils (20-2, 7-1 ACC) avoided their first losing streak in nearly two years.
NO. 7 SAN DIEGO ST. 56, COLO. ST. 54: D.J. Gay sank a jumper with 1.8 seconds left to help the visiting Aztecs (22-1, 7-1 Mountain West) survive a scare.
NO. 8 BYU 69, WYOMING 62: Jimmer Fredette had 26 points as the visiting Cougars (21-2, 7-1 Mountain West) overcame 40.7 percent shooting from the field.
NO. 12 'NOVA 75, MARQUETTE 70: Mouphtaou Yarou had 18 points, Corey Fisher had 17 and the host Wildcats (18-4, 6-3 Big East) snapped a two-game losing streak.
OKLA. ST. 76, NO. 14 MIzzou 70: Darrell Williams had 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Cowboys handed the Tigers (17-5, 3-4) their fourth straight Big 12 road loss.
INDIANA 60, NO. 18 MINN. 57: Tom Pritchard and Verdell Jones had 12 points each as the host Hoosiers beat their second ranked team in six days and snapped a four-game winning streak by the Golden Gophers (16-6, 5-5 Big Ten).
NO. 25 W. VA. 56, SETON HALL 44: Kevin Jones had 13 points to top 1,000 for his career, and the host Mountaineers (15-6, 6-3 Big East) won behind a strong first half.
ROLLINS 78, TAMPA 65: The visiting Spartans (17-4, 6-4 Sunshine State) lost for the fourth time in five games despite Anthony Griffis' career-high 28 points.
BARRY 66, ECKERD 59: Willie Whitfield had 27 points and 12 rebounds as the host Buccaneers snapped a four-game winning streak by the Tritons (15-5, 6-4 SSC).
LYNN 90, SAINT LEO 71: Josh Garcia had 29 points for the host Knights as the Lions (10-10, 1-9 SSC) lost their third straight.
UCF AT UTEP, PPD.: The Knights' game at the Miners was postponed because a winter storm knocked out power in El Paso. No makeup date was announced.