Derrick Coleman's 20 points and 19 rebounds enabled 12th-ranked Syracuse to beat Providence, 92-71, last night in a Big East game in Syracuse.
After beating the Friars for the 17th straight time in league play, the Orangemen are 5-3 in the conference and 16-5 overall.
Reserve guard Earl Duncan led a first-half spurt that broke open a close game, then the Orangemen used a 15-4 run at the beginning of the second period to take command. Providence (3-5 and 9-10) led by 11-10 when Duncan entered the game. He made his first shot to start a 15-2 burst that, with 3 1/2 minutes, provided a 25-13 lead. He had nine of his 19 points during that time.
Syracuse took a 14-point lead that dwindled to 40-29 at the half. Providence, which got 18 points from Steve Wright and 14 from Eric Murdock, scored seven of the first nine points of the second half to close within 42-36 with 18:49 remaining.
Syracuse then used its size advantage inside to outscore the Friars by 15-4 during the next six minutes and take a 57-40 lead with 12:48 left.
Sherman Douglas had 17 points and 13 assists for Syracuse, which also got 15 points from Stephen Thompson and 14 from Rony Seikaly.
Seikaly blocked seven shots before leaving with four minutes left.
Brigham Young 72, Tulsa 57:
In Provo, Utah, center Jim Usevitch scored 21 points and forward Jeff Chatman 19 to help make Brigham Young 16-0.
Usevitch scored six points in an 8-0 run midway through the first half as the Cougars took control. BYU led, 34-20, at halftime and by as many as 19 in the second half.
Tulsa put together a 9-0 run to close within 58-48 with six minutes remaining. Michael Scott had two baskets for the Hurricane during the run and Ray Wingard had three points. But BYU responded with a 7-0 run and Tulsa couldn't recover in losing its 13th game in 18 starts.
BYU, which shot 51 percent, came into the game leading the country with a 56.4 shooting percentage.
Tracy Moore scored 19 points to lead Tulsa.
Seton Hall 61, Connecticut 59:
In Hartford, Conn., substitute Michael Cooper scored 10 points in the last 10 minutes of a Big East game.
His last basket, a layup with 1:04 to play, gave the Pirates a 61-55 lead and proved to be the winning score, because Connecticut's Phil Gamble made a foul shot and a three-point basket. Connecticut had a chance to tie, but Ramon Ramos stole the ball with 10 seconds left and Seton Hall ran out the clock. The winners are 14-9 overall and 3-6 in the conference.