Sunday, May 27, 2018

Heave at buzzer keeps 'Cuse perfect

PITTSBURGH — Tyler Ennis took the inbounds pass with 4.4 seconds left and dribbled up court, weaving through Pitt's defense. He could shoot, or pass to Trevor Cooney.

The Syracuse freshman guard opted to shoot.

He chose wisely.

Ennis made the 35-footer at the buzzer and No.  1 Syracuse remained unbeaten with a 58-56 victory over No. 25 Pitt on Wednesday night.

"I saw someone ran over to Trevor and I just had to beat one guy," Ennis said. "I knew they weren't going to let Trevor get it. I just had to get some space. I knew I could get open for a second."

Syracuse (24-0, 11-0 ACC) and Wichita State are the lone undefeated teams in Division I.

Talib Zanna, who led Pitt (20-5, 8-4) with 16 points and 14 rebounds, hit two free throws after being fouled on a layup attempt to give the Panthers a 56-55 lead.

Pitt coach Jamie Dixon called a timeout to set his defense. That also allowed Syracuse to draw up a play designed for its fearless freshman.

"We guarded it about as well as you could guard it," Dixon said. "We did what we were supposed to do. If we had to do it again. … We did the right things.

"They were going to get a shot off. He made it, and he made a tough one."

Pitt lost at home to a top-five team for the first time in the Petersen Events Center's 12-year history. The Panthers had been 9-0 against top-five teams and 13-1 against the top 10.

"They hit a lucky shot," Zanna said. "We can't do anything about it, just move on."

NO. 6 VILLANOVA 87, DEPAUL 62: Darrun Hilliard scored 22, JayVaughn Pinkston had 14 points and 11 rebounds and the visiting Wildcats (22-2, 10-1 Big East) made a season-high 15 3-pointers en route to their sixth straight win.

NO. 14 KENTUCKY 64, AUBURN 56: Andrew Harrison scored 16 to help the visiting Wildcats (19-5, 9-2 SEC) overcome 30.8 percent shooting in their tuneup to Saturday night's home showdown against No. 3 Florida.

NO. 20 MEMPHIS 76, UCF 70: Joe Jackson scored 18 as the host Tigers (19-5, 8-3 American) rallied in the second half and handed the Knights (9-13, 1-10) their ninth straight loss.

PENN ST. 66, INDIANA 65: Tim Frazier's driving layup with 6.1 seconds left capped a rally that helped the Nittany Lions (13-12, 4-8 Big Ten) end a two-game losing streak and defeat the host Hoosiers (14-10, 4-7) for the first time since March 2011. Penn State trailed by 11 with 3:19 to play. Former Colts and Bucs coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren, were in the front row. They were in town to sign their book Uncommon Marriage.

SAINT LEO 57, TAMPA 51: Jaylon Bell had 10 points for the host Lions (19-6, 7-5 Sunshine State), who avenged a two-point January loss to the Spartans (14-7, 7-5).

FLA. SOUTHERN 104, ECKERD 103, 2OT: Kevin Capers had 20 points and hit two free throws in the second overtime to lift the visiting Moccasins. Josh Snodgrass had 25 points to lead six players in double figures for the Tritons (13-10, 5-6 SSC).

DUKE-UNC POSTPONED: The rivalry game between No. 8 Duke and North Carolina was postponed because of a storm that brought enough snow and ice to paralyze many area roads. It was rescheduled for next Thursday at the Smith Center, with time and TV information undecided. Starting Saturday, both teams will play four games in eight days. UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said that Duke's bus was unable to pick up the Blue Devils for the 11-mile drive to Chapel Hill.

MORE WEATHER: Georgia Tech's game against Boston College was postponed and rescheduled for 5 p.m. today due to dangerous travel conditions in Atlanta. And the postponed Vanderbilt-South Carolina is set to be played at 4 p.m. today.

BASKETBALL TRIP: Florida will join Michigan State, North Carolina and Texas in December 2018 for a coast-to-coast event that will include games in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

TULSA: Senior guard Pat Swilling was suspended pending a university disciplinary investigation and hearing.


NO. 4 LOUISVILLE 60, TEMPLE 50: Shoni Schimmel scored 21 as the host Cardinals (24-2, 12-1 American) won despite scoring their fewest points this season, making 12 of 26 free throws and committing 11 turnovers.

NO. 7 BAYLOR 75, TEXAS TECH 58: Odyssey Sims scored 30, her 11th game with 30 or more, to help the visiting Bears (21-3, 11-1 Big 12) win their seventh in a row after dropping back-to-back games in mid January.

TAMPA 76, SAINT LEO 63: Shamika Williams and Illyssa Vivo had 16 points each for the visiting Spartans (17-5, 10-2 SSC), who held off the Lions (15-7, 6-6) to win their ninth straight game.

ECKERD 56, FLA. SOUTHERN 53: Liga Vente had 13 points, and Ivana Grbic hit a go-ahead layup with 2:04 left after the host Tritons (9-12, 2-9 SSC) had blown a 16-point lead.

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