Stephen Thompson scored 21 points, seven during a 24-8 run in the second half, as No. 14 Syracuse fought off Boston College's bid for a second upset of a ranked Big East team in three days for a 90-60 victory last night in Syracuse, N.Y.

Boston College, which beat No. 15 Georgetown, 68-66, on Saturday, pulled within 46-44 on Doug Able's basket with 15:03 to play, but the Orangemen began to play stronger inside and pulled away.

Guard Matt Roe started the 24-8 burst with a three-pointer at the 14:37 mark and when Sherman Douglas hit a lay-in at 6:37 Syracuse had a 70-52 lead.

Boston College is 10-6 overall and 2-4 in the league. Syracuse is 13-4 and 3-2.

Ohio St. 70, Michigan 68: Grady Mateen's dunk with seven seconds to play in Columbus, Ohio, upset seventh-ranked Michigan.

He is a 6-foot-11 junior who transferred from Georgetown.

Just last Thursday the Buckeyes beat 17th-ranked Iowa. They are 9-5 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten.

The Wolverines (14-2 overall) had won 13 straight. At 3-1 in the Big Ten, they fell into a tie for second place with Illinois.

Temple 59, Penn State 44: Mark Macon scored 19 points and Tim Perry had 13 points and blocked seven shots to help third-ranked Temple win the Atlantic 10 game in State College, Pa.

VCU 97, Virginia Tech 84: Phil Stinnie had 10 of his game-high 29 points during a 20-3 rally midway through the second half that enabled the Rams to win in Richmond.