Milt Wagner's outside shooting provided a big enough early lead for Louisville to survive a late rally and beat fourth-ranked Syracuse, 83-73, yesterday in Louisville.
He ended with 24 points as Syracuse lost its second after winning its first 13 games. The Cardinals (11-4) took a 19-9 lead thanks to his outside shooting, and led by 41-21 with 3:23 left. Shooting 25 of 33 from the line, to Syracuse's 11 of 19, helped, too. Cincinnati 107, Virginia Tech 104 In Cincinnati, Myron Hughes' career-high 30 points included two field goals in the second overtime that ruined 16th-ranked Virginia Tech. Senior Dell Curry scored a career-high 41 points to lead Virginia Tech, including two foul shots that cut the gap to 105-104 with 48 seconds left. St. John's 61, Connecticut 60
The Huskies became the first team to hold Walter Berry under 10 points but Ron Rowan's 19 helped erase their 13-point lead in Hartford, Conn. Berry, double-teamed, had eight points. But Rowan's jump shooting and Willie Glass' drives and jumpers moved the Redmen to 17-2 overall and 5-1 in the Big East. North Carolina State 45, Wake Forest 44
In Greensboro, N.C., Teviin Binns made two foul shots with 12 seconds left and North Carolina State held on to win in Greensboro, N.C. Tyrone Bogues of Wake Forest missed a shot at the buzzer.
Before the game, Wake Forest's 6-foot-11 freshman center, Mike Scott, quit the team. Georgia Tech 83, Clemson 71
Duane Ferrell's 21 points in Clemson, S.C., made the fifth-ranked winners 15-1 overall and 4-0 in the ACC. Clemson couldn't get within 10 in the second half. Villanova 74, Pittsburgh 70
Kenny Wilson and Harold Jensen each scored 22 points to help make Villanova 12-7 overall and 4-1 in the Big East. Wilson had five points during a 9-2 rally that gave the Wildcats a 59-51 lead. Michigan 61, Iowa 57
Second-ranked Michigan trailed by five until late in the game in Iowa City, then Richard Rellford scored six points in a 12-2 rally. De Paul 70, Alabama-Birmingham 61
Marty Embry's 17 points and Rod Strickland's 15 provided the upset in Rosemont, Ill. Twelfth-ranked Alabama-Birmingham is 16-4. De Paul (10-5) took its time on offense and got the ball to Embry inside. De Paul's zone held Jerome Mincy to 12 points.
Texas A&M 58, Texas Tech 57: Dwayne Chism missed a slam dunk that would have won for the Raiders, then, six seconds later, Jimmy Gilbert's three-point play won for the Aggies in Lubbock. Kentucky 72, Florida 55
Kentucky (14-2) is atop the SEC at 5-1 after Kenny Walker scored 25 points and Winston Bennett 16 in Gainesville, Fla. Arkansas 58, Rice 50
The Razorbacks, preseason favorites in the SWC, won for the first time since Dec. 28 as Mike Ratliff scored 15 points and Eric Poerschke 12. Arkansas, which had lost in its last two visits to Houston, is 9-7 overall and 1-5 in the conference. Notre Dame 74, UCLA 64
In South Bend, Ind., the Irish outmuscled the Bruins inside and David Rivers made five foul shots in the last two minutes to finish with 21 points. UCLA's Reggie Miller, the No. 6 scorer in the nation with a 24.5 average going into the game, scored six in the first half and finished with 17. Kansas 95, Oklahoma State 72
Danny Manning was eight for eight in the first half as eighth-ranked Kansas shot 81 percent in taking a 45-26 lead in winning its 27th straight in Lawrence, Kan. He finished with 21 points. Kansas is 16-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Boston College 87, Ohio State 74
Roger McCready equaled his career high with 29 points in Boston. Four teammates also were in double figures as the Big East Eagles won for the 14th time in their last 16 appearances in Boston Garden. BC is 11-5, Ohio State 9-6. St. Joseph's 88, Massachusetts 74
In Philadelphia, the ninth-ranked winners (11-3, 6-1 in the Atlantic 10) had five men in double figures, including Maurice Martin with 27 points. Rutgers 73, Rhode Island 70 Rutgers led by 11 in the second half, but William Alston's 15-footer with three seconds on the clock forced overtime in Piscataway, N.J. Oklahoma 95, Iowa State 82
The seventh-ranked Sooners won their 43rd straight in Norman, Okla., because Darryl Kennedy had 30 points and 13 rebounds. Teammate Linwood Davis had a career-high 19 points. San Diego St. 67, UTEP 66
Senior guard Creon Dorsey scored from 23 feet with four seconds to play in San Diego, overcoming No. 17 Texas-El Paso's lead. When the Miners' Dave Feitl, fouled on a length-of-the-court inbounds pass, missed the first of his one-and-one, UTEP had dropped to 15-3, 4-2 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Center Steffond Johnson scored 26 points for the Aztecs (5-11, 4-2). West Virginia 69, Temple 65
Holman Harley scored 24 points to lead West Virginia's overtime victory in Morgantown, W.Va.. Sophomore guard Howard Evans scored 18 points for Temple (11-3). UNLV 62, Fullerton State 51
Freddie Banks scored 20 points in Fullerton, Calif., and teammate Anthony Jones had 14 points and six rebounds. Fullerton (17-2 overall and 6-0 in the PCAA) was within 50-43 with 2:00 to play, but 10th-ranked Nevada-Las Vegas made 10 straight foul shots. Bradley 71, Tulsa 58
Hersey Hawkins scored 24 points and teammate Jim Les had 11 points and 10 assists in the victory in Peoria. Bradley is 18-1 overall and 5-0 in the Missouri Valley. Tulsa is 13-4 and 3-2, despite David Moss' game-high 31 points. St. Bonaventure 87, Penn State 68
Barry Mungar scored 30 points in State College to lead St. Bonaventure (10-6 overall and 5-2 in league play). LSU 84, Vanderbilt 67
Vanderbilt stayed close the first half but Ricky Blanton's 16 points ended up leading the victory in Baton Rouge, La.
The Tigers are 16-2 overall and 4-2 in league play.
James Madison 59, William & Mary 58: In Harrisonburg, Va., John Newman's two foul shots with five seconds left made the Dukes 4-11 overall and 2-2 in league play. William & Mary is 3-10 and 0-4.
James Madison led at the half, 30-22, and by 42-28 with 13:35 remaining. Old Dominion 50, VCU 49
Kenny Gattison scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half in Norfolk, including the game-winning shot with 1:18 to play. Alabama 92, Tennessee 79
Derrick McKey scored 23 points and Buck Johnson 21 as Alabama took command early in the second half in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Johnson, who bruised a thigh in practice Friday, was not expected to play. SMU 63, Texas 56
In Dallas, Terry Williams' 19 points helped provide Southern Methodist's eighth straight victory over Texas. His three-point play with 23 seconds left clinched the victory. Minnesota 76, Michigan State 71
John Shasky's 27 points in Minneapolis helped offset Scott Skiles' career-high 45 points.
Skiles shot 20 for 28, mostly from long range. Memphis State 68, New Orleans 64
Sixth-ranked Memphis State fell behind by 10 in New Orleans but won its 17th straight, a school record. New Orleans (8-5) led 31-27 at halftime.