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Orange storms back as another No. 1 tumbles

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams wasn't fazed by a shaky first half, nor two missed free throws in the final minute that gave No. 1 Louisville chances to win Saturday.

The sophomore just knew he had to redeem himself, and his second-half recovery in several areas helped the sixth-ranked Orange rally for a 70-68 upset

A No. 1 team went down for the second straight Saturday. Duke lost to then-No. 20 North Carolina State 84-76 a week ago.

A record crowd of 22,814 at the KFC Yum! Center saw Syracuse beat a No. 1 team for fourth time, all Big East teams.

Carter-Williams' most important contributions were a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:28 left, followed by a steal and go-ahead dunk with 23 seconds left as he scored 11 of his team's final 13, including the last four.

He added a rebound and another steal at the end to cap a 16-point, seven-assist game that made it easy for Carter-Williams to forget a five-point first half and those two missed free throws.

"I wasn't going to go out without a fight," said Carter-Williams, who finished with four assists and four steals. "They were pressuring us, coming at us in the first half. Things were going their way. The second half, I tried to fight back the best I could. I had two or three turnovers, but I just kept flipping the page, flipping the page and ended up winning the game, which was great. …

"Those free throws, I just had to have faith in myself and just try to do anything to get the win."

Brandon Triche was 9-of-13 from the field, including five of Syracuse's seven 3-pointers, to finish with 23 points as the Orange (17-1, 5-0) took control of the Big East. He credited Carter-Williams for the win.

"Michael was the reason we won the game, getting the dunk," Triche said. "I might have kept us in the game, but he's the reason we won the game getting the two steals. That's winning stuff."

Jerami Grant and C.J. Fair had 10 points each for the Orange, which won its seventh straight and beat the Cardinals for the third time in a row. Russ Smith's 25 points led Louisville (16-2, 4-1), which had its 11-game winning streak stopped.

NO. 4 KANSAS 64, TEXAS 59: Ben McLemore scored 16 for the visiting Jayhawks (16-1, 4-0 Big 12), who rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit and won their 15th straight game.

NO. 7 ARIZONA 71, ARIZ. ST. 54: Mark Lyons scored 24, and the visiting Wildcats (16-1, 4-1 Pac-12) pulled away in the second half after Sun Devils point guard Jahii Carson picked up his fourth foul.

NO. 18 MICH. ST. 59, NO. 11 OHIO ST. 56: Keith Appling made two free throws with 7.9 seconds left for the host Spartans (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten), who have won five straight league games. The Buckeyes (13-4, 3-2) had a chance to tie in the closing seconds, but Shannon Scott didn't come close on a running 3.

WICHITA ST. 67, NO. 12 CREIGHTON 64: Carl Hall had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Malcolm Armstead hit two key free throws in the closing seconds and the host Shockers tied the Bluejays (17-2, 6-1 Missouri Valley) atop the conference.

WYOMING 58, NO. 15 SAN DIEGO ST. 45: Leonard Washington had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the host Cowboys, who handed the Aztecs (14-4, 2-2 Mountain West) their first back-to-back losses this season.

NO. 16 KANSAS ST. 69, OKLAHOMA 60: Rodney McGruder scored 20 and Will Spradling added 15 for the host Wildcats (15-2, 4-0 Big 12), who capitalized on 16 Sooners turnovers.

NO. 21 OREGON 76, NO. 24 UCLA 67: Tony Woods scored 18 and the visiting Ducks (16-2) pulled away over the final 61/2 minutes to improve to 5-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time in 39 years and snap a 10-game winning streak by the Bruins (15-4, 5-1).

NO. 22 VCU 90, DUQUESNE 63: Rob Brandenberg scored 22 for the visiting Rams (16-3, 4-0 Atlantic 10), who used a 26-2 run to seize control and win their 13th straight.

CINCY 71, NO. 25 MARQUETTE 69, OT: Sean Kilpatrick scored seven of his career-high 36 in overtime, and the host Bearcats rallied past the Golden Eagles (13-4, 4-1 Big East) after blowing a 16-point lead.

State

UCF 79, HOUSTON 75, OT: Isaiah Sykes had 22 points and nine rebounds for the visiting Knights (12-5, 2-1 C-USA), who never trailed in overtime.

B-CU 60, S.C. State 52: Adrien Coleman scored 17 to lead visiting Bethune-Cookman (7-12, 2-2 MEAC).

SAVANNAH ST. 57, FAMU 55: Preston Blackman hit a go-ahead jumper with 28 seconds left, and the host Tigers won a seesaw showdown with the Rattlers (4-14, 1-3 MEAC).

ECKERD 75, BARRY 63: Malcolm Brunner had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the host Tritons (9-4, 3-3 Sunshine State), who pulled away with a 16-2 second-half run.

NOVA SE 68, TAMPA 51: The Sharks outscored the host Spartans (13-4, 1-4 SSC) 29-2 to open the second half.

SAINT LEO 76, FLA. TECH 67, OT: Trent Thomas had 16 points for the host Lions (12-3, 5-1 SSC), who bounced back from an overtime loss to Tampa.

Orange storms back as another No. 1 tumbles 01/21/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 19, 2013 10:49pm]
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