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Leading by 23, Syracuse holds off Hoyas

Andy Rautins, who led Syracuse with 26 points, shoots over Georgetown’s Austin Freeman. The Orange never trailed.

Associated Press

Andy Rautins, who led Syracuse with 26 points, shoots over Georgetown’s Austin Freeman. The Orange never trailed.

WASHINGTON — Andy Rautins scored a season-high 26, and No. 5 Syracuse blew most of a 23-point lead before escaping 75-71 over No. 10 Georgetown on Thursday night.

The Orange (25-2, 12-2 Big East) never trailed in improving to 7-0 on the road and 6-0 against ranked teams.

Syracuse led 60-37 with 12:37 left. Then the Hoyas (18-7, 8-6) found their touch and the Orange went cold. Syracuse made two baskets in the final eight minutes, and shot 33 percent with 10 turnovers in the second half.

The comeback started with a 10-0 run. After a Rautins 3-pointer, two Georgetown baskets made it 63-51.

Rautins hit two free throws, but the Hoyas followed with a 9-0 run to close to 65-60. Minutes later, Austin Freeman converted a three-point play then a dunk to make it 67-65.

Georgetown closed to 71-70 with 1:10 left and had a chance to take the lead, but a shot by Jason Clark bounced off the rim. Kris Joseph scored on a drive for the Orange with 8.4 seconds left, and after a free throw by Clark, Rautins hit two free throws.

"You knew they were going to come back, and I think the reason they did is we just stopped scoring," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said.

Loyola Marymount upsets No. 13 Gonzaga

LOS ANGELES — Drew Viney had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Loyola Marymount to a 74-66 upset of No. 13 Gonzaga, its first victory over a ranked team since beating Alabama in the 1990 NCAA Tournament.

The Lions (14-13, 5-6 West Coast Conference) have won four of six. The Bulldogs (21-5, 9-2) had won 13 of 14.

Minn. 68, No. 14 Wisconsin 52: The host Golden Gophers (15-10, 6-7 Big Ten) damaged the Badgers' title bid. Wisconsin (19-7, 9-5) had forward Jon Leuer return from a broken left wrist that kept him out of nine games, but he shot just 2-of-12.

No. 17 VandY 82, OLE Miss 78: A.J. Ogilvy scored 27 and made all eight free-throw attempts in the final four minutes for the visiting Commodores (20-5, 9-2 SEC). Vanderbilt solidified its hold on second in the East behind Kentucky, which visits Vandy on Saturday. The Rebels (17-8, 5-6), who host Florida on Saturday, have lost four of five.

No. 19 Pitt 58, Marquette 51: Gary McGhee had 10 points and six blocks for the visiting Panthers (20-6, 9-4 Big East). The Golden Eagles (16-9, 7-6) had won five straight.

around the state: Visiting Jacksonville (16-10, 12-5 Atlantic Sun) beat Kennesaw State 75-67 and is in a three-way tie for first in the conference. … Visiting Florida Atlantic (14-12, 10-5 Sun Belt) beat Florida International 77-74 and is in a five-way tie for first in the conference. … Host Stetson (6-21, 4-14) lost to Belmont 79-70 and was eliminated from participating in next month's Atlantic Sun tourney.

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