Ken Barlow's 18 points helped 16th-ranked Notre Dame offset Frank Ross' game-high 23 points and struggle past American University, 67-56, last night in South Bend, Ind.

Ross got 13 in the second half when the Eagles drew within seven points with eight minutes remaining. But Tim Dolan's three straight field goals kept AU (7-9) from getting closer than eight.

Ross had four of his team's eight last-minute points to finish with more than 20 for the 12th time in 16 games. It was the seventh straight game he'd led the Eagles in scoring.

"I felt that if we were very deliberate and patient with our offense, we would slow them into a lull," Coach Ed Tapscott of AU said. "And it worked to an extent, but they had just enough fast break to successfully turn us back."

The two teams hadn't met since Notre Dame won, 92-67, in the Baltimore Civic Center in 1968.

The Irish (12-2) led at the half, 32-26, although shooting nine for 25. Overall, AU outrebounded the Irish by 21-16, even though Eric White, who has high blood pressure, didn't play much. Replacement Rod Brown twisted an ankle and left early.

*Syracuse 95, Providence 73: Rafael Addison made his first nine shots, ended with 29 points and enabled ninth-ranked Syracuse to win before 25,631 and become 12-0 in its Carrier Dome. Syracuse is 14-2 overall and 5-1 in the Big East.

*St. John's 56, Fordham 47: In New York's Madison Square Garden, eighth-ranked St. John's (18-2) beat Fordham for the 16th straight time. Fordham (7-11) missed its first 10 shots and spotted the Redmen 11 points. Frank Williams led the losers with nine points.

*Virginia Union 112, Bowie State 90: At Bowie, Greg Williams had 41 points and 10 rebounds, Jerry Hargrove scored 32 points and Jamie Waller had 20 points to make the Panthers 13-4 overall and 3-0 in the CIAA. Vincent Sewell had 19 points and Greg Young 18 for the Bulldogs (1-13 and 1-8).

*Misericordia 71, Gallaudet 70: Patrick Kingland's 23 points led the Dallas (Pa.) school's victory at Gallaudet. David Hamilton had 22 points, 12 rebounds and four assists for Gallaudet (4-9).

*Virginia Tech 79, North Carolina A&T 75: In Blacksburg, Va., Dell Curry got 16 of his game-high 22 points in the last half to help the 20th-ranked Hokies become 15-3.

Tech led by 29-23, but trailed at the half, 39-34. Bobby Beecher's jumper put Tech in front for good at 63-61.

*Charles CC 88, Mont.-Germantown 69: At Germantown, James Andrakakos' 39 points were not enough.

*Florida 74, LSU 65: Andrew Moten's three foul shots and a steal late in the game in Gainesville, Fla., upset 14th-ranked Louisiana State.

He had five points in Florida's 18-6 rally in the closing minutes and finished with 17 points to help Coach Norm Sloan to his 550th victory. The Gators are 9-6 overall and 4-3 in the SEC. LSU is 16-3 and 4-3.

*Pittsburgh 64, Boston College 62: Darryl Shepherd scored eight of the Panthers' last 10 points in a second-half comeback in Pittsburgh. Teammate Charles Smith helped by making nine straight shots in one flurry. Pitt (13-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big East) trailed by six at the most. BC (11-6 and 2-4) missed a 20-footer at the buzzer.