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Syracuse rallies late to avoid shocker

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Jerami Grant had tied the score with a putback with just more than a minute left and was looking to make another impact play.

He did seconds later with a backbreaking steal, then fed a streaking Michael Gbinije for the go-ahead layup, and No. 9 Syracuse escaped with a 56-50 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday night.

Syracuse (4-0) trailed for most of the second half as leading scorer C.J. Fair struggled against the pesky Terriers, who were seeking their second upset of the young season. But the Orange defense clamped down over the final four minutes as Syracuse closed with a 10-0 run.

"We're not going to give up no matter how much we're down, no matter who we're playing," said Grant, who scored 13 and stole the ball from Wayne Martin to set up Gbinije's basket with 1:05 left. "It definitely says a lot about us."

Syracuse's last nonconference home loss was a buzzer-beating shocker to Cleveland State on Dec. 15, 2008.

NO. 1 MICH. ST. 82, PORTLAND 67: Keith Appling matched a career high with 25 points for the host Spartans (4-0), who pulled away in the second half after struggling in the first.

NO. 6 DUKE 91, UNC ASHEVILLE 55: Jabari Parker had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the host Blue Devils (3-1), who shot 57 percent in the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

MIAMI 70, CHARLESTON 54: James Kelly scored 18 for the visiting Hurricanes (3-1), who made 7 of 11 3-pointers and shot 51 percent (26-of-51) overall.

FGCU 72, ECKERD 55: Brett Comer had 18 points as the host Eagles pulled away from the Tritons (1-3).

AP POLL: Michigan State and Kansas were 1-2. Florida dropped from 11th to 16th. No. 21 Iowa State and No. 23 Creighton replaced Notre Dame and Virginia.

FINAL FOUR: Fans will choose from among three television broadcasts of the NCAA semifinals. The games' main home will be on TBS on April 5. TNT will offer coverage from the perspective of one of the teams for each matchup, and truTV the other.

Women

NO. 9 BAYLOR 79, RICE 46: Odyssey Sims had 33 points, outscoring the Owls much of the game on her own as the Bears (3-0) extended their nation-best home winning streak to 60 games.

NO. 20 OKLA. ST. 74, IDAHO ST. 45: Liz Donohoe had 12 points and hit 3 of 3 3-pointers to lead the host Cowgirls (4-0).

NO. 25 DEPAUL 80, ILLINOIS ST. 67: Jasmine Penny had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Blue Demons (3-0).

AP POLL: UConn was a unanimous No. 1. DePaul came in at No. 25, and Dayton dropped out.

LAWSUIT: An April 2015 trial date has been set for former Vols media director Debby Jennings' lawsuit against the University of Tennessee and athletic director Dave Hart. Jennings' suit alleges that age and sex discrimination led to her forced retirement.

Syracuse rallies late to avoid shocker 11/18/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:02am]
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