Temple upsets No. 3 Syracuse 83-79


Published — Monday 24 December 2012

Last update 24 December 2012 3:11 am

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NEW YORK: Khalif Wyatt scored 33 points and Anthony Lee had 21 — both career highs — and Temple, despite not making a field goal over the final 5 1-2 minutes, upset No. 3 Syracuse 83-79 on Saturday in the Chevrolet Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The Owls (9-2), coming off a 10-point home loss to Canisius, used the combination of Wyatt from the outside and Lee inside to keep Syracuse at bay. The Orange led by two at halftime but never took a lead in the second half even though there were four ties, the last at 59-59 with 10:23 to play.
C.J. Fair had a career-high 25 points for Syracuse (10-1), which had its 52-game regular-season non-conference winning streak snapped. Jim Boeheim remained at 900 wins, two behind Bob Knight for second place all-time among Division I men’s coaches. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski has 938 wins.
No. 5 Louisville beats Western Kentucky 78-55: At Nashville, Russ Smith scored 20 points and fifth-ranked Louisville beat Western Kentucky 78-55 Saturday night for its sixth straight win.
The Cardinals (11-1) have won four straight and 21 of 24 overall in this series against their in-state rival. They took this game across the border an hour south of Western Kentucky’s campus in Bowling Green to kick off a new four-year deal between the teams.
Wayne Blackshear added 17 points for Louisville, Chane Behanan had 14 and Montrezl Harrell 13. The Cardinals outshot Western Kentucky, led by double digits most of the way and controlled the game so much fans were chanting “Beat UK,” anticipating a visit from Kentucky on Dec. 29. Brandon Harris led Western Kentucky (8-5) with 14 points and George Fant had 11 before fouling out with 4:34 left. Eddie Alcantara also scored 11 but the Hilltoppers played without their top two scorers in losing their third straight.
NO. 4 Arizona 73, ETSU 53: At Honolulu, Brandon Ashley had 16 points and No. 4 Arizona scored the first 11 points of the game to breeze into the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic.
The Wildcats (10-0) were never seriously challenged and never let the Bucs within 10 points after the opening six minutes. It was their sixth win by 20 points or more.
The Bucs (2-8) tried to stay competitive in the second half and got within 44-30 with 13:17 remaining. Arizona went on a 15-3 run and played its reserves the rest of the way.
No. 9 KANSAS 74, No. 7 OHIO STATE 66: At Columbus, Ohio, redshirt freshman Ben McLemore scored 22 points and Kansas proved it was more than just a bully at home by beating Ohio State.
It was the third victory for the Jayhawks (10-1) in little more than a year over the Buckeyes (9-2). Kansas won a 64-62 thriller in last year’s NCAA semifinals.
KANSAS STATE 67, No. 8 FLORIDA 61: At Jansas City, Missouri Will Spradling had 16 points and five assists, including one that set up Shane Southwell’s 3-pointer in the closing minutes, and Kansas State beat Florida. Rodney McGruder added 13 points and Jordan Henriquez had nine points and five blocks for the Wildcats (9-2).
Patric Young had 19 points for the Gators (8-2).
No. 12 MISSOURI 82, No. 10 ILLINOIS 73: At St. Louis, Laurence Bowers had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Missouri over Illinois in the annual Braggin’ Rights game.
Alex Oriakhi added 13 points and 14 rebounds as Missouri (10-1) won its fourth straight in the 32-year-old series. Jabari Brown had 18 points and Phil Pressey handed out 11 assists.
Brandon Paul led Illinois (12-1) with 23 points.
OREGON 91, HOUSTON BAPTIST 50: At Eugene, Oregon, Tony Woods scored 14 points and E.J. Singler had 13 as Oregon defeated Houston Baptist 91-50 Saturday.
Damyean Dotson and Carlos Emory added 10 points each for the Ducks (10-2), who hit 9 of 16 3-point attempts and shot 48 percent overall from the field. Dotson also had eight rebounds.
OREGON STATE 86, SAN DIEGO 79: At Las Vegas, Eric Moreland and Roberto Nelson scored 20 points apiece as Oregon State beat San Diego in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.
Devon Collier scored 18 points and Joe Burton had 13 for Oregon State (9-2). Moreland led the Beavers with 11 rebounds. He also made 7 of 8 field-goal attempts while Collier went 7 for 10.
UCLA 91, FRESON STATE 78: At Los Angeles, Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 of his career-high 27 points in the second half to lead a dominant effort by UCLA’s freshmen, and the Bruins defeated Fresno State.
Fellow freshmen starters Jordan Adams added 25 points and Kyle Anderson had career bests with 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Bruins (9-3), who improved to 8-0 all-time against the Bulldogs in the teams’ first meeting since Dec. 27, 1990. Larry Drew II had 10 assists.
CALIFORNIA 85, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 53: At Berkeley, California, Allen Crabbe broke out of his brief shooting slump with 23 points, Richard Solomon had a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds and California beat Prairie View. Justin Cobbs added 14 points for California (8-3), which has won two straight after a season-worst three-game losing streak.
EASTERN WASHINGTON 57, IDAHO STATE 54: At Cheney, Washington, Venky Jois scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Eastern Washington held off Idaho State.
Eastern Washington (3-9, 1-1 Big Sky) had balanced scoring to supplement Jois’ effort. Two players scored 9 points and two more scored 8. Jeffrey Forbes connected on three 3-point shots.
SEATTLE 72, CAMPBELL 49: At Seattle, D’Vonne Pickett Jr. had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help Seattle beat Campbell. Pickett was 5 of 8 from the field on his way to the first double-double in his career.
Campbell (3-9) led 32-30 at halftime, but only shot 37 percent from the field for the game. Seattle (5-5)

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