College basketball roundup
No. 7 Syracuse 78, Rutgers 53
Jim Boeheim notched his 903rd career victory, breaking a tie with Bob Knight for second all-time among Division I men's coaches, and No. 7 Syracuse rolled past Rutgers in the Big East opener for both teams Wednesday.
Boeheim, in his 37th season at his alma mater, trails only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who has 940 victories.
Syracuse (13-1, 1-0) has won 33 straight home games.
Brandon Triche had a season-high 25 points, hitting 5 of 7 3-point attempts, and added six assists to lead Syracuse. Michael Carter-Williams finished with 12 points and 10 assists, his eighth double-double, and C.J. Fair had 15 points and three blocks.
No. 4 Louisville 80, Providence 62
Russ Smith scored a game-high 23 points and Louisville shot 53 percent to run away from Providence in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.
Gorgui Dieng and Luke Hancock each added 11 points and Chane Behanan and Peyton Siva had 10 each as the Cardinals (13-1, 1-0) won their eighth straight.
Besides forcing 16 turnovers that led to 27 points, Louisville broke the game open in the second half with 63 percent shooting (15 of 24) after hitting 15 of 33 from the field before halftime.
Kadeem Batts had 17 points to lead Providence (8-5, 0-1). Former New London star Kris Dunn had five points.
No. 1 Duke 67, Davidson 50
Ryan Kelly scored 18 points to help No. 1 Duke remain unbeaten with a 67-50 victory over Davidson.
Quinn Cook scored 15 points and Mason Plumlee scored eight of his 10 in the second half for the Blue Devils (13-0), who are one of only four undefeated teams remaining in Division I.
Jake Cohen led Davidson (7-6) with 19 points and eight rebounds.
No. 8 Ohio St. 70, Nebraska 44
Deshaun Thomas outscored Nebraska in the first half 18-17 and finished with 22 points to lead Ohio State.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 17 points for Ohio State (11-2, 1-0).
Ray Gallegos had 14 points to lead Nebraska (9-5, 0-1), which shot 29 percent from the field.
Purdue 68, No. 11 Illinois 61
Terone Johnson scored a career-high 25 points and D.J. Byrd spurred a key 19-3 second-half run to send Purdue past Illinois.
The Boilermakers (7-6, 1-0 Big Ten) are above .500 for the first time this season and have won eight straight over the Fighting Illini.
Illinois (13-2, 0-1) was led by Brandon Paul with 15 points and Joseph Bertrand with 14.
No. 16 Creighton 79, Illinois St. 72
Junior forward Ethan Wragge was 6 of 9 from 3-point range for his 18 points to lead Creighton.
Grant Gibbs had 16 points for the Bluejays (13-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference), while leading scoring Doug McDermott (23.5 points per game) finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Tyler Brown and Bryant Allen each scored 15 points to lead the Redbirds (9-5, 0-2).
No. 17 Butler 70, Penn 57
Roosevelt Jones scored a career-high 24 points to lead Butler to its eighth consecutive victory.
Butler (11-2) has opened the new year with a victory for the ninth straight season.
Miles Cartwright led Penn (2-10) with 15 points.
No. 2 Baylor 74, TCU 35
Brittney Griner had 24 points - including a dunk - and 12 rebounds to lead Baylor.
Odyssey Sims scored 14 points and Brooklyn Pope added 12 for the Lady Bears (11-1, 1-0), who took control with a 20-0 run in the first half to win their eighth straight game.
Texas Tech 64, No. 13 Oklahoma St. 59
Chynna Brown scored 15 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 45 seconds to play, and Texas Tech defeated Oklahoma State.
Kelsi Baker had 14 points and six rebounds as the Lady Raiders (11-2) stopped Oklahoma State's winning streak at 17 games.
Monique Smalls scored 12 points. Smalls and Casey Morris made two free throws apiece down the stretch for Texas Tech.
Tiffany Bias led the Cowgirls (11-1) with 27 points and Toni Young had 12 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out.
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