Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson - a couple of Philadelphia natives - combined for 38 points and No. 17 Syracuse, the worst free throw shooting team in the Big East, sealed a 69-64 victory over No. 15 Villanova at the line Monday night in Philadelphia.
Jardine had 20 points and six assists for the Orange (23-6, 10-6); Jackson had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks.
The win was the sixth this season over a ranked team for Syracuse, tying it with No. 5 Texas for the most in the nation.
Corey Stokes returned from missing three games because of a turf toe injury to lead the Wildcats (21-7, 9-6) with 24 points, including matching his season high with five three-pointers.
But it was at the free throw line where the teams traded places.
Villanova, which entered the game leading the Big East in free throw shooting at 76.8 percent, was 17 of 27 at the line. Stokes, third in the nation at 93.5 percent, went 5 of 8.
Syracuse, last in the 16-team Big East at 65.5 percent, went 13 of 17 from the line. The performance was topped off by freshman Dion Waiters making two with 14 seconds left for a 67-64 lead, and Jackson making two with 4.6 seconds left.
l BETHUNE-COOKMAN 66, HOWARD 64: Freshman Alphonso Leary scored 21 points for the host Bison (6-22, 4-11 MEAC), but it wasn't enough to stop them from being swept in the season series by the Wildcats (17-11, 11-3). Junior C.J. Reed had a game-high 23 points for Bethune-Cookman.
Meighan Simmons scored 14 points and No. 4 Tennessee cruised to a 77-44 win over No. 22 Georgia in Knoxville, Tenn., to win its 16th Southeastern Conference regular season title.
The Lady Volunteers (26-2, 14-0) have beaten their opponents by an average of 24.2 points during their undefeated run through conference play.
This time Tennessee took care of business early against the league's second place team. The Lady Vols jumped to a 10-2 lead after two three-pointers by Simmons. The Lady Vols used 50 percent shooting in the first half to build a 40-21 halftime lead and led by 37 points late in the second half. The Lady Bulldogs (20-7, 10-4) made 8 of 34 shots from three-point range.
l MIAMI 74, WAKE FOREST 46: Shenise Johnson scored 19 points to lead the 12th-ranked Hurricanes past the visiting Deamon Deacons. The win keeps Miami (24-3, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) in contention for the conference regular season championship.
The Hurricanes took the lead for good after a basket by Johnson after 1 minute 36 seconds.
l MARIST 79, ST. PETER'S 38: Erica Allenspach had 13 points and a career-high seven steals as the 21st-ranked Red Foxes (25-2, 16-0 Metro Atlantic) won on the road. Marist held St. Peter's without a field goal for the final 14:41 of the first half to clinch the top seed for the conference tournament for the seventh straight year.
Kelsey Beynnon added a career-high 13 points as Marist had a 24-0 run in the half and outscored St. Peter's 28-4, with all the Penhens (3-24, 3-13) points coming from the free throw line.
l NORTH CAROLINA STATE 88, NORTH CAROLINA 72: In Raleigh, N.C., Amber White scored 23 points to help the Wolfpack upset the 13th-ranked Tar Heels (22-5, 8-4).
Bonae Holston added 13 points and 16 rebounds as the Wolfpack (12-15, 3-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) finally broke through for a big victory after a series of crushing home losses this season. It was N.C. State's second straight win overall - and the second straight year the Wolfpack split the season series.
l HOWARD 54, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 39: The Bison won its eighth straight MEAC game at home and is on a three-game winning streak overall after beating the Wildcats (12-13, 5-8). Howard (13-15, 9-5) dominated the game's momentum during the opening half and went on to lead 27-20. Saadia Doyle finished with a double-double after leading the Bison in points (22) and rebounds (10).