SYRACUSE, N.Y. – With Cincinnati and Syracuse tied and the clock ticking down in the final minute, the Orange’s Jerami Grant drove the lane, and when his shot didn’t fall arms flailed all around the rim trying to corral the ball.
Somehow, it trickled in with 19.4 seconds left and No. 3 Syracuse escaped with a 57-55 victory over No. 21 Cincinnati on Monday, its second scintillating win in three days.
We didn’t want to lose, said Michael Carter-Williams, whose dagger three-pointer from the top of the key tied it at 55-all with 80 seconds left. None of us like losing. We wanted to do anything to win that game. We picked up our intensity and our energy. We should have found that in the first half.
Syracuse had trailed by seven points with just more than 5 minutes left, rallying for the victory in the final minute as it had at then-No. 1 Louisville on Saturday in a 70-68 win. Carter-Williams had a go-ahead three-pointer with 5:28 remaining, and his steal and slam dunk put the lid on that one as the Orange beat the Cardinals.
Louisville was a tough, gritty game. We’re banged-up and sore, Carter-Williams said. To come back one day later and beat Cincinnati is a great feeling. We were a little fatigued. Now we get some rest.
C.J. Fair was credited with the game-winning tip but admitted afterward he wasn’t sure who hit the ball.
There were bodies down there, and the ball just went in the hoop, Fair said. I just raised my hand. I thought I did it, but maybe I got help. I don’t know.
No. 3 CONNECTICUT 79, No. 4 DUKE 49: In Storrs, Conn., Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points while Kelly Faris added 18 points and 12 rebounds to help Connecticut hand Duke its first loss.
Duke was the last unbeaten team in men’s or women’s Division I basketball.
No. 8 PENN ST. 59, No. 23 MICHIGAN 49: In Ann Arbor, Mich., Maggie Lucas scored 19 points and Alex Bentley added 16, and Penn State took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
The Lions (15-2, 5-0 Big Ten) and Wolverines (15-3, 4-1) were the only teams in the league without a conference loss.