No. 3 SYRACUSE 57, No. 21 CINCINNATI 55
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — C.J. Fair tipped in the go-ahead basket with 19.4 seconds left and No. 3 Syracuse rallied past No. 21 Cincinnati 57-55 on Monday.
Trailing by seven points with just over 5 minutes left, Syracuse tied it at 55 on Michael Carter-Williams’ 3-pointer with 80 seconds left.
Fair’s tip came after Jerami Grant drove the lane and missed. Cincinnati’s Cashmere Wright missed a 3 from straight on with 2.9 seconds left and the Orange had their 35th straight win at home, the longest active streak in Division I.
Fair had 13 points for Syracuse (18-1, 6-0 Big East), which was coming off a 70-68 win at then-No. 1 Louisville.
Syracuse is 28-1 in regular-season play in the Big East the past two years, the loss at Notre Dame one year ago Monday.
Sean Kilpatrick had 21 points for the Bearcats (16-4, 4-3), who had won three straight.
GEORGETOWN 63, No. 24 NOTRE DAME 47
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Otto Porter scored 19 points to lead Georgetown over Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish’s third loss in four games.
Notre Dame recorded season lows in points, field goal percentage (35 percent) and assists (11).
The Irish (15-4, 3-3 Big East) went on long stretches without scoring in both halves, while Georgetown (13-4, 3-3) shot 53 percent from the field.
It was Notre Dame’s third Big East home loss over their past 24 conference home games.
Jerian Grant led Notre Dame with 13 points.
Notre Dame scored only eight points over the first 10 minutes, hitting just three of their first 10 shots from the field.
No. 9 BUTLER to play without Clarke
INDIANAPOLIS — No. 9 Butler will play without leading scorer Rotnei Clarke on Wednesday at La Salle.
Coach Brad Stevens says Clarke will miss his third straight game with a severely sprained neck. No decision has yet been made about Saturday’s home game against Temple.
Clarke was hurt when he crashed head-first into a padded basket support at Dayton on Jan. 12.
But Clarke’s absence hasn’t slowed the surging Bulldogs (16-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10), who have won 13 straight including Saturday’s buzzer-beater over then-No. 8 Gonzaga, 64-63. The streak has moved the Bulldogs into the top 10 for the first time since Feb. 18, 2008.
Stevens says Alex Barlow, the walk-on whose shot beat No. 1 Indiana in December, has been given a scholarship for the second semester.
No. 3 CONNECTICUT 79, No. 4 DUKE 49
STORRS, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points while Kelly Faris added 18 points and 12 rebounds to help No. 3 Connecticut beat No. 4 Duke 79-49 on Monday night, handing the Blue Devils their first loss of the season.
Duke was the last unbeaten team in men’s or women’s Division I basketball. The last time the Blue Devils came up to Connecticut two years ago they were also unbeaten and the Huskies had one loss. UConn won that game 87-51.
For 20 minutes the Blue Devils hung tough with UConn. That quickly changed in the second half. UConn (17-1) held a two-point lead at halftime and jumped right out on Duke in the second half. After trading baskets, the Huskies scored 20 of the next 25 points.
Alexis Jones had 14 points for the Blue Devils (16-1).
No. 8 PENN STATE 59, No. 23 MICHIGAN 49
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Rachel Sheffer barely seemed to remember that she had surpassed 1,000 points for her career.
Despite the Michigan forward’s best efforts, it was a tough night for the Wolverines.
“It’s a great honor, but it’s just one statistic,” Sheffer said. “It will be cool to look back on, but it means nothing to me right now.”
Sheffer finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but the 23rd-ranked Wolverines had their 10-game winning streak snapped Monday night when they lost 59-49 to No. 8 Penn State.
Maggie Lucas scored 19 points and Alex Bentley added 16 to help the Lady Lions take over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
The Lady Lions (15-2, 5-0 Big Ten) and Wolverines (15-3, 4-1) were the only teams in the league without a conference loss. Michigan kept it close before Penn State went on a late 12-0 run.
Sheffer had some success inside, reaching her milestone in the first half, but the Wolverines had nobody else in double figures. Michigan shot 6 of 26 from 3-point range.
“It was a quality team, and they just wore us out,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “I guess that’s why they’re probably No. 8 and we’re probably No. 23, because they had 4 more minutes in them than we did.”
Michigan’s 10-game winning streak had equaled a school record. The Lady Lions have won nine straight.
No. 5 KENTUCKY’S A’dia Mathies player of week
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky senior guard A’dia Mathies has earned Southeastern Conference player of the week honors for the first time this season.
The reigning SEC player of the year averaged 22.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in two victories by the No. 5 Wildcats. She also shot 73 percent (8 of 11) from 3-point range.
Mathies scored a season-high 24 points in Sunday’s 97-53 victory over Auburn, hitting 8 of 9 from the field and 5 of 6 from beyond the arc. The Louisville native had 21 points and six rebounds in Thursday’s 100-47 victory over Mississippi State, Kentucky’s largest victory margin over an SEC team in school history.
Mathies leads Kentucky (18-1, 6-0) in scoring at 15.4 points per game; she’s averaging a league-best 19.8 points in SEC play.