SYRACUSE, N.Y. — When James Michael McAdoo gave North Carolina an early boost against No. 2 Syracuse, the Tar Heels seemed ready to escape from their recent funk. The Orange defense had other ideas.
Deflecting passes and diving for loose balls all over the court, Syracuse beat North Carolina 57-45 Saturday in an ACC marquee matchup as forwards C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant combined for 32 points and 20 rebounds.
Remarkably, the Orange shot a season-low 35 percent and won handily, leading by as many as 19 late in the second half.
"This was a defensive-effort game," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "We got loose balls. We made a lot of really good hustle plays. We got on the floor. That was the difference."
Syracuse (16-0, 3-0 ACC) improved to 4-4 against the Tar Heels (10-6, 0-3), who equaled their worst conference start ever from 1996-97, Dean Smith's final year as coach.
The last time North Carolina scored fewer than 45 was in a 56-44 loss to eventual national champion Villanova in the Southeast Region final of the 1985 NCAA Tournament.
UNC made 2 of 12 3-pointers against the Syracuse zone, shot 20-of-51 (39.2 percent) overall and had just two second-chance points.
OKLA. 87, NO. 9 IOWA ST. 82: Buddy Hield had 22 points to help the host Sooners upset the Cyclones (14-1, 2-1 Big 12) and end their school-best winning streak. Iowa State star DeAndre Kane left the game after injuring his ankle with 22 seconds left.
NO. 5 MICH. ST. 87, MINN. 75, OT: Keith Appling had 24 points for the host Spartans (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten), who erased a 10-point deficit in regulation but blew a five-point lead in the final 13 seconds.
NO. 6 WICHITA ST. 72, MISSOURI ST. 69, OT: Cleanthony Early had 22 points and 14 rebounds and Fred VanVleet scored 12 of the last 13 by the visiting Shockers (17-0, 4-0 MVC), who rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit.
NO. 7 BAYLOR 88, TCU 62: Taurean Prince had 15 of his career-high 23 points off the bench for the Bears (13-2, 1-1 Big 12), who won their 13th straight home game.
NO. 8 VILLANOVA 74, ST. JOHN'S 67: JayVaughn Pinkston had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Wildcats (15-1, 4-0 Big East), who overcame 25.9 percent first-half shooting.
NO. 11 OKLA. ST. 73, W. VA. 72: Markel Brown hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to lift the visiting Cowboys (14-2, 2-1 Big 12), who trailed for most of the game.
NO. 14 KENTUCKY 71, VANDY 62: Willie Cauley-Stein had 15 points for the Wildcats (12-3, 2-0), who kicked off a two-game SEC road swing with their fourth straight victory.
CLEMSON 72, NO. 16 DUKE 59: K.J. McDaniels had 24 points as the Tigers handed the Blue Devils (12-4, 1-2) their second straight ACC road loss. "We're not a good team right now," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We're a very young team, and we get predicted to do something based on me being old."
NO. 18 KANSAS 86, NO. 25 KANSAS ST. 60: Andrew Wiggins had 22 points, fellow freshman Wayne Selden added 20 and the host Jayhawks (11-4, 2-0 Big 12) beat the Wildcats (12-4, 2-1) for the sixth straight time.
NO. 19 UMASS 73, ST. BONAVENTURE 68: Trey Davis missed eight of his first nine shots before hitting two in the final two minutes to help the host Minutemen (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic 10) rally.
NO. 21 MIzzou 70, AUBURN 68: Earnest Ross, a transfer from Auburn, hit four free throws down the stretch and Rodney Clarkson had 20 points to lead visiting Missouri (13-2, 1-1 SEC).
NO. 24 MEMPHIS 79, TEMPLE 69: Shaq Goodwin had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting Tigers (12-3, 3-1 AAC), who pulled away early in the second half.
INDIANA 79, PENN ST. 76: Noah Vonleh had a career-high 19 points for the visiting Hoosiers (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten), who had to rally from 15 down.
UCONN 84, UCF 61: Center Amida Brimah had 20 points and eight rebounds, both career highs, and the host Huskies outrebounded the Knights (9-5, 1-2) 50-34 in their first-ever American Athletic Conference victory.
FAMU 63, UNCC 60: Reggie Lewis scored 19, including half of the Rattlers' final 16, to fuel a late rally by host Florida A&M (5-11, 1-2 MEAC).
N.C. A&T 70, B-CU 67: Lamont Middleton hit two free throws with four seconds left then stole the ball two seconds later to seal the Aggies' win over the Wildcats (2-16, 0-3 MEAC).
FLA. TECH 71, TAMPA 66: Da'Markco Foster had 24 points and seven rebounds for the visiting Spartans (9-4, 2-2 Sunshine State), whose late rally fell short.
ECKERD 66, ROLLINS 59: Jerrick Stevenson had 20 points and six rebounds for the visiting Tritons (9-5 2-1 SSC), who won for the fourth time in five games.
SAINT LEO 84, BARRY 81: Jerrel Harris had a career-high 41 points to help the visiting Lions (13-3, 2-2 SSC) erase a 16-point second-half deficit.