SYRACUSE, N.Y. – C.J. Fair rebounded from his worst game of the season with 19 points, Jerami Grant added 12 in an expanded role down low, and No. 1 Syracuse beat Clemson 57-44 on Sunday night to remain unbeaten.
Fair, who was 2 for 13 for a season-low six points against Notre Dame on Monday, responded with an 8-for-13 shooting night in playing K.J. McDaniels of Clemson to a virtual standstill. McDaniels also scored 19 and had a game-high 10 rebounds, three more than Fair, and both played 39 minutes.
Without wearing myself out, I wanted to wear him (McDaniels) out, Fair said. When the best player on the opposite team is guarding you, you want to make their job hard. I just wanted to keep him busy.
Syracuse (23-0, 10-0 ACC) extended its school record for wins to start a season and matched the program mark for consecutive wins, established in the 1916-17 and 1917-18 seasons.
No. 2 ARIZONA 76, OREGON STATE 54: In Tucson, Ariz., Aaron Gordon had 17 points, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 16 to lead the Wildcats.
ST. JOHN’S 70, No. 12 CREIGHTON 65: In New York, D’Angelo Harrison scored 19 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:08 to play, as the Red Storm won for the sixth tim in seven games.
No. 22 CONNECTICUT 75, UCF 55: In Orlando, Fla., Lasan Kromah and Shabazz Napier each had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead the Huskies.
ILLINOIS 60, PENN STATE 55: In State College, Pa., Kendrick Nunn scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half as the Illini halted their eight-game losing streak.
VALPARAISO 63, OAKLAND 60: In Valparaiso, Clay Yeo hit four 3-pointers and his last was the game-winner with 7 seconds left to lift the Crusaders.
Dante Williams, who had made three 3-pointers, missed from beyond the arc with 1 second left for Oakland.
INDIANA STATE 60, DRAKE 56: In Terre Haute, Khristian Smith scored 19 points, including a dunk and free throw to give the Sycamores a five-point lead with 1:13 left, as they held on.
BRADLEY 83, EVANSVILLE 66: In Peoria, Ill., Walt Lemon, Jr. scored 25 points and Xzavier Taylor added 14 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds to lead the Braves.