SYRACUSE SCARE: Notre Dame fell agonizingly short in its upset bid of No. 7 Syracuse, losing 70-69 in the final seconds. For the Orangemen, what could have been an embarrassing defeat to the struggling Irish ended with a sigh of relief. On Friday Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim had seven of his players suspended -- including star forward Billy Owens and starting center LeRon Ellis -- as part of the university's investigation into allegations of NCAA rules violations. Later in the day, all was well -- for now -- as the seven players were reinstated. MAGIC SHOW: Metro State's Adrian Hutt may never be called "Magic," but on Saturday he put on a memorable show, setting a Division II record with 25 assists -- he also had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals -- to lead the Denver school to a 122-92 victory over Sacramento State. The old record was 24, set in 1989 by Steve Ray of Bridgeport (Conn.). BETTER HALF: After failing to grab even one defensive rebound in the first half, Utah's Josh Grant finished with a game-high 13 rebounds and 18 points to pace the No. 17 Utes to a 67-60 Western Athletic Conference victory over San Diego State.HEAD FOR HOME: If it's a Big Eight road game, it's sure to be a bad omen for Colorado. The Buffaloes' misery continued with an 86-72 loss to Nebraska -- their 56th straight league loss away from home. AT LAST: Years of frustration for the George Washington women's team ended after its 77-68 victory over No. 9 Rutgers at Smith Center -- the Colonial Women's first victory in 18 meetings with the Scarlet Knights. STREAK PEAKED: Defending women's champion Stanford wants no more of No. 12 Washington after Laura Moore's last-second shot gave the Huskies -- the only team to beat Stanford last season -- a 69-68 victory, snapping the No. 8 Cardinal's 42-game home winning streak.THIS WEEK: Tuesday: Duquesne at George Washington; Wednesday: Navy at Richmond, Georgia Tech at Maryland, American at William and Mary, Fairfield at Virginia, Maryland-Eastern Shore at Howard; Thursday: Old Dominion at George Mason; Saturday: North Carolina at Maryland, George Mason at Navy, Clemson at Virginia, George Washington at Rutgers, James Madison at American, Georgetown at Seton Hall, N.C. A&T at Howard.