Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Rutgers slays another Top 10

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Two Top 10 teams have made their way to the Rutgers Athletic Center this season. Both left with an "L."

Freshman Eli Carter continued his scoring streak with 19 points, and the Scarlet Knights defeated No. 8 Connecticut 67-60 Saturday night in coach Jim Calhoun's return from a three-game NCAA suspension.

Freshman Myles Mack added 14 points for Rutgers, which beat then-No. 10 Florida 85-83 in double overtime on Dec. 29.

"I'm pleasantly surprised. Shocked? No," Rutgers coach Mike Rice said. "This team has it in them. They're athletes. They're just inexperienced right now."

Connecticut (12-3, 2-2 Big East) had won 10 straight against Rutgers and 17 of their 18 Big East regular-season meetings.

"They more than earned the victory," Calhoun said. "Especially when you consider they are one of the younger teams in the country."

NO. 1 SYRACUSE 73, NO. 20 MARQUETTE 66: Kris Joseph had 17 points and the host Orange (17-0, 4-0 Big East) moved within two wins of matching its best start. The Tigers (12-4, 1-2) fell to 1-8 against top-ranked teams.

NO. 2 KENTUCKY 79, S.C. 64: Terrence Jones hit his first eight shots and finished with 20 points in the SEC opener for the host Wildcats (15-1).

NO. 3 UNC 83, BC 60: Harrison Barnes scored 25 for the host Tar Heels (14-2), who opened ACC play with their eighth straight victory.

NO. 4 BAYLOR 73, TEXAS TECH 60: Pierre Jackson scored 19 for the visiting Bears (15-0, 2-0 Big 12).

NO. 5 DUKE 81, GA. TECH 74: Ryan Kelly had 21 points in the ACC opener for the visiting Blue Devils (13-2), who avoided their first consecutive defeats since Feb. 11-15, 2009.

NO. 6 OHIO ST. 76, IOWA 47: Jared Sullinger scored a season-high 28 for the Buckeyes (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten), who won for the second time in four road games.

NO. 23 KANSAS ST. 75, NO. 7 MISSOURI 59: Rodney McGruder scored 20 for the host Wildcats (12-2, 1-1 Big 12), who led the Tigers (14-1, 1-1) by at least 12 the entire second half.

W. VA. 74, NO. 9 G'TOWN 62: The visiting Hoyas (13-2, 3-1 Big East) had no answer for the 1-2 punch of Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant and got little bench help as the Mountaineers ended their 11-game winning streak.

NOTRE DAME 67, NO. 11 L'VILLE 65, 2OT: Eric Atkins scored six in the second overtime to lift the Irish, who earned their first road win of the season by holding the Cardinals (13-3, 1-2 Big East) without a field goal in the second OT until Rakeem Buckles' tip-in at the buzzer.

NO. 14 KANSAS 72, OKLA. 61: Travis Releford scored 28 to set a career best for the second straight game for the visiting Jayhawks (12-3, 2-0 Big 12).

ARK. 98, NO. 15 MISS. ST. 88: Julyssses Nobles scored a career-high 24 as the host Razorbacks opened SEC play with an upset of the Bulldogs (13-3).

NO. 19 MURRAY ST. 87, AUSTIN PEAY 75: Isaiah Canaan had 35 points, including the first 16 for the visiting Racers (16-0, 4-0 OVC), who tied 1935-36 squad for the best start in school history.

NO. 21 VIRGINIA 52, MIAMI 51: Mike Scott had 23 points and the host Cavaliers (14-1) held off a rally by the Hurricanes (9-5) to win their ACC opener.

NO. 22 HARVARD 63, DARTMOUTH 47: Oliver McNally had 17 points and hit a 3-pointer during an 8-0 run that gave the host Crimson (13-2) the lead for good in its Ivy League opener.

NO. 25 GONZAGA 80, SANTA CLARA 58: Sam Dower scored 17 for the host Bulldogs (13-2, 3-0 West Coast), who won their eighth straight.

State

UCF 81, ECU 63: Isaiah Sykes had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the visiting Knights (12-3, 2-0 C-USA) won their fourth in a row.

ECKERD 74, ROLLINS 70, OT: Woody Taylor forced a turnover and sank a layup with 12 seconds left in overtime to clinch it for the visiting Tritons (8-4, 2-2 Sunshine State).

BARRY 80, TAMPA 73: The host Buccaneers hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final minute to hold off the Spartans (4-9, 0-4 SSC).

FLA. TECH 78, SAINT LEO 69: The host Panthers held off the Lions (7-6, 1-2 SSC) despite Trent Thomas' season-high 31 points.

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