NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Top-ranked Syracuse beat Pittsburgh 71-63 to extend it winning streak to 20 this season, and set a school record for most consecutive victories at the start of a campaign.
Dion Waiters 16 points off the bench and three others scored 12 points for Syracuse to hand coach Jim Boeheim his 876 victory.
“You get in these games, you just have to make plays and we did,” said Boeheim.
“It’s not always good to get into these games, but when you do you have to make some plays and make your free throws.”
Scoop Jardine scored 12 points and 10 assists and Kris Joseph and Brandon Triche also added 12 points in the win for the Orange (20-0).
Fab Melo had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Ashton Gibbs, Lamar Patterson and Cameron Wright all scored 10 points for Pittsburgh (11-8) in the defeat.
“We didn’t finish,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “In the second half, we finished a little better.
“We attacked it pretty well, maybe some more penetration out front would have been good for us, but we’re still trying to get better in that area.
“It seemed like we were getting inside touches. We maybe took a few too many 3s, but for the most part we did not settle for 3s.”
Earlier, Missouri (17-1) beat Texas A&M (10-7) 70-51 with Michael Dixon scoring 18 points, Ricardo Ratliffe getting 17 and six rebounds and Marcus Denmon finishing with 16 points and nine boards.
No. 3 Baylor Baylor (17-1) suffered its first defeat of the season after losing 92-74 to the No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks Kansas (15-3).
Thomas Robinson scored 28 points and 14 rebounds and Tyshawn Taylor had 28 points and six assists for Kansas.
Perry Jones III led Baylor with 18 points, while Quincy Miller ended with 17 and Quincy Acy had 14 in the defeat.
College Basketball Scored on Monday, Jan 16
1 Syracuse 71
3 Baylor 74
7 Kansas 92
Texas A&M 51
5 Missouri 70
23 Louisville 63
21 Marquette 74
Notre Dame 58
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