Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Irish douse Fab-less 'Cuse

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Mike Brey's viewing selection for his players the night before meeting top-ranked Syracuse was an easy choice. The Notre Dame coach showed a video of former Irish teams upsetting No. 1's over the years.

Brey and his current group now have their own spot in that collection.

Jack Cooley had 17 points and 10 rebounds against a Syracuse team missing its shot-blocking, rebounding center Fab Melo, and the Irish surprised the No. 1-ranked and previously unbeaten Orange 67-58 Saturday night.

Fans stormed the court after the victory, hoisting players on their shoulders in a wild scene at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame beat a No. 1 team for the eighth time, tied for fourth-most all time, with North Carolina having the most with 12.

"Notre Dame has an unbelievable history against No. 1 teams," Irish forward Scott Martin said. "We saw a little video to just kind of pump us up a little bit."

Cooley was certainly inspired.

Without Melo in the middle, Notre Dame's 6-foot-9, 248-pound center was a major force as the Irish won the rebound battle 38-25.

"I can't even describe this right now. They were 20-0. I can't put it to words how amazing this is," Cooley said. "We came out with energy. This was a great opportunity, and we didn't want to squander it."

Melo had started all 20 games for the Orange (20-1, 7-1 Big East) and was its leading rebounder with 5.7 a game while averaging 7.2 points and three blocks. School officials gave no explanation why he did not make the trip. He will also miss Monday's game against Cincinnati.

NO. 2 KENTUCKY 77, 'BAMA 71: Darius Miller hit four free throws in the final minute and freshmen Marquis Teague and Anthony Davis added two each as the Wildcats (19-1, 5-0 SEC) held on for their nation-best 47th straight home victory.

NO. 5 MISSOURI 89, NO. 3 BAYLOR 88: Ricardo Ratliffe scored a career-high 27, and the visiting Tigers (18-1, 5-1 Big 12) held on after a furious late rally by the Bears (17-2, 4-2), who have lost two in a row after a 17-0 start.

NO. 6 OHIO ST. 79, NEB. 45: William Buford scored 15 for the visiting Buckeyes (17-3, 5-2 Big Ten), who swept the Cornhuskers by a combined 65 points.

NO. 7 KANSAS 69, TEXAS 66: Jeff Withey made a layup and free throw with 37 seconds left to give the visiting Jayhawks (16-3, 6-0 Big 12) the lead en route to their ninth win in a row.

NO. 9 MICH. ST. 83, PURDUE 58: Freshman Branden Dawson scored a season-high 14 for the host Spartans (16-4, 5-2), who moved into a tie atop the Big Ten by stopping their second two-game skid this season.

NO. 10 G'TOWN 52, RUTGERS 50: Otto Porter scored the final six, including two free throws with 8.5 seconds left, to lift the host Hoyas (16-3, 6-2 Big East).

NO. 12 MURRAY ST. 82, SIU-EDWARDSVILLE 65: Isaiah Canaan had 21 points and Jewuan Long a season-high 17 for the visiting Racers (20-0, 8-0 Ohio Valley), the only unbeaten team in Division I.

TENN. 60, NO. 13 UCONN 57: Jarnell Stokes had 16 points and 12 rebounds in his first start, and the host Volunteers hit 7 of 10 free throws in the final minute to hold off the Huskies (14-5).

NO. 18 MISS. ST. 78, VANDY 77, OT: Dee Bost hit a layup with 51.8 seconds left in overtime as the visiting Bulldogs (16-4, 3-2 SEC) snapped the Commodores' eight-game winning streak.

NO. 19 CREIGHTON 75, INDIANA ST. 49: Doug McDermott had 12 points for the host Bluejays (18-2, 8-1 Missouri Valley), who hit seven of their first 10 3-pointers.

ARK. 66, NO. 20 MICHIGAN 64: BJ Young scored 15 for the host Razorbacks, who hit their first 11 shots and never trailed against the Wolverines (15-5).

NO. 21 MARQUETTE 79, PROVIDENCE 72: Reserve Jamil Wilson and Davante Gardner combined for all the points in a 14-3 run that led the visiting Golden Eagles (16-4, 5-2 Big East) to their fourth straight league win.

NO. 23 L'VILLE 72, PITT 62: Kyle Kuric scored 21 in his return from an ankle injury as the visiting Cardinals (15-5, 3-4 Big East) sent the Panthers to their eighth straight loss.

NO. 25 KANSAS ST. 66, OKLA. ST. 58: Freshman Angel Rodriguez had 14 points in his second start, and the Wildcats (14-4, 3-3 Big 12) snapped an 11-game losing streak at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

State

UCF 48, UAB 41: Keith Clanton had 10 points for the visiting Knights (15-4, 5-1 C-USA), who beat the Blazers for the first time in the series' eight-game history.

P.B. ATLANTIC 68, TAMPA 55: The host Spartans (4-13) rallied but fell short in their sixth straight loss.

BARRY 87, ECKERD 80: Evan White had 25 points as the host Buccaneers held off a rally by the Tritons (11-5, 4-3 Sunshine State).

NOVA SE 67, SAINT LEO 53: The host Sharks pulled away from the Lions (8-9, 2-5 SSC) with a late 15-0 run.

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