Rony Seikaly and Derrick Coleman each scored 19 points and Steve Thompson had 15 to enable seventh-ranked Syracuse to beat Boston College, 80-67, in a Big East game last night in Boston.
The Orangemen capitalized on a big height advantage, took a 40-18 halftime lead, then coasted to their ninth consecutive victory. They were outscored by 26-6 in the last six minutes.
Syracuse (11-2), in its Big East debut, started slowly but came alive after Boston College took its only lead, 7-6, with the game four minutes old.
Seikaly, a 6-foot-10 senior, regained the lead for Syracuse with a dunk. That started a 14-2 spurt interrupted only by two foul shots.
After the Eagles closed to 23-17, Syracuse, controlling inside play, went on a 17-0 spree.
Massachusetts 69, Penn State 51:
Lorenzo Sutton tied an Atlantic 10 and school record with eight three-point baskets in the victory in Amherst, Mass. He had a game-high 28 points and 10 rebounds.
Terence Stansbury of Temple made eight three-pointers in 1983 and Rafer Giles of Massachusetts made eight last month. The Minutemen are 6-4 overall, 1-2 in the Atlantic 10.
Nobody broke 10 points for Penn State (4-6 and 0-2).
Seton Hall 71, Connecticut 58:
James Major scored 25 points and Mark Bryant 22 in the victory in East Rutherford, N.J.