Top 25 basketball: No.2 Miami has win streak end at Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – C.J. Harris scored 23 points and Wake Forest beat No. 2 Miami 80-65 Saturday to snap the Hurricanes’ 14-game winning streak.
Codi Miler-McIntyre added 15 points while Harris was 5 for 5 from 3-point range to lead the Demon Deacons (5-9 ACC, 12-14).
They shot 54 percent, led by double figures for the entire second half and reeled off 12 straight points to pull away for their biggest victory under third-year coach Jeff Bzdelik.
Durand Scott had all 17 of his points in the second half for the Hurricanes (13-1, 22-4), the last of the schools in the six BCS conferences to get its first league loss.
Shane Larkin added 13 points, Trey McKinney Jones had 11 and Kenny Kadji finished with 10, but Miami was outrebounded 36-35 by the younger, smaller Demon Deacons.
No. 11 Georgetown 57, No. 8 Syracuse 46: Otto Porter scored a career-high 33 points and Georgetown put an emphatic stamp on the impending end of an era before an imposing Orange crowd.
Thirty-three years after the Hoyas halted Syracuse’s 57-game home winning streak at Manley Field House, Porter added his name to the pantheon of stars who made this rivalry scintillating over the years.
His incredible play stopped the Orange’s 38-game winning streak in the Carrier Dome, the longest in Division I, and it came in front of a disappointed record crowd of 35,012, the largest ever to see a college basketball game on campus. It was the fewest points scored by Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.
It was the final game between Georgetown (11-3 Big East, 21-4) and Syracuse (10-4, 22-5) in the Carrier Dome as members of the conference – the Orange are leaving the Big East in July to join the ACC.
No. 9 Kansas 74, TCU 48: Jeff Withey scored 18 points and Ben McLemore added 14 as Kansas avenged a stunning loss to the lowly Horned Frogs just over two weeks ago.
Perry Ellis and Travis Releford added 12 points each for the Jayhawks (11-3 Big 12, 23-4), who began the day tied with Kansas State for first place in the conference.
No. 10 Louisville 79, Seton Hall 61:Gorgui Dieng scored a career-high 23 points for Louisville. The 6-10 center showed confidence in his jumper and the result was 10 of 11 shooting from the field. The junior also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots.
Russ Smith added 19 points and Luke Hancock made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points as the Cardinals (10-4 Big East, 22-5) won their third straight.
No. 12 Arizona 73, Washington State 56: Kevin Parrom matched his career best with five 3 pointers – in six tries – scoring a season-high 19 points for Arizona.
Parrom, a 26 percent shooter from 3-point range in conference play before Saturday, opened the game with two 3s and the Wildcats (23-4, 11-4 Pac-12) led all the way. Arizona was up by as many as 21 points early in the second half before the Cougars cut it to 11 late.
No. 16 New Mexico 91, No. 22 Colorado State 82: Kendall Williams made a Mountain West Conference-record 10 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 46 points and New Mexico ended Colorado State’s 27-game home-court winning streak.
Alex Kirk added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Lobos (10-2 MWC, 23-4), increased their lead in the conference race to two games over the Rams (8-4, 21-5).
No. 21 Memphis 89, Southern Mississippi 73: Chris Crawford and Shaq Goodwin scored 19 points each and Memphis claimed its second straight Conference USA regular season title.
Five Tigers finished in double figures as Memphis (13-0 C-USA, 24-3) won its 18th straight. D.J. Stephens scored 16 points, and, like Goodwin, was 6 of 7 from the field, while Joe Jackson had 15 points. Adonis Thomas scored 12 for Memphis, which shot 50 percent for the game, including 46 percent from outside the arc.
No. 24 VCU 75, Xavier 71:Troy Daniels scored 19 points, and VCU intensified its full-court defense and overcome a 17-point deficit in the second half.
VCU (10-3 Atlantic 10, 22-6) forced 22 turnovers – 12 in the second half during the big comeback. Daniels set a school record for 3-pointers in a season while leading the comeback.
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