PITTSBURGH – Tyler Ennis made a 35-footer at the buzzer to help No. 1 Syracuse remain unbeaten with a 58-56 win over No. 25 Pitt on Wednesday night.
Syracuse (24-0, 11-0 ACC) remained one of two undefeated teams in Division I along with Wichita State.
Trailing by one with 4.4 seconds left, Ennis caught the inbounds pass and dribbled up the court before hitting the shot over two defenders.
Talib Zanna, who led Pitt (20-5, 8-4) with 16 points and 14 rebounds, had given Pitt a 56-55 lead with 4.4 seconds remaining after he hit two free throws.
It was Pitt’s first loss at home to a top-five team in the 12-year history of Petersen Events Center, their on-campus arena. The Panthers (20-5, 8-4) had been 9-0 against top-five teams and 13-1 against teams ranked in the top 10.
C.J. Fair led Syracuse with 14 points.
Pitt had a 54-48 lead with less than two minutes remaining, but Fair made a 3-pointer with 1:40 to go.
He then hit a jumper to make it 54-53 with 51 seconds left. After Pitt missed on the other end, Ennis made two free throws with 10 seconds left to give the Orange the lead.
No. 6 VILLANOVA 87, DEPAUL 62: In Rosemont, Ill., Darrun Hilliard scored 22 points and JayVaughn Pinkston had 14 points and 11 rebounds leading the Wildcats to their sixth straight win.
Villanova (22-2, 10-1) opened a three-game trip with its eighth consecutive victory against DePaul.
Brandon Young had a season-high 27 points for DePaul (10-15, 2-10), which has lost seven in a row.
No. 8 DUKE at NORTH CAROLINA, ppd.: In Chapel Hill, N.C., the game between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels was postponed because of a storm that brought enough snow and ice to paralyze many area roads. The game will be played Feb. 20, though the time is still undetermined.
No. 14 KENTUCKY 64, AUBURN 56: In Auburn, Ala., Andrew Harrison scored 16 points to help the Wildcats overcome shooting struggles and hold on for the win.
Chris Denson, the SEC’s leading scorer, led the Tigers (11-11, 3-8) with 26 points, including 17 in the second half.
No. 20 MEMPHIS 76, CENTRAL FLORIDA 60: In Memphis, Tenn., Joe Jackson scored 18 points and Shaq Goodwin added 14 as the Tigers used a late second half rally to win.
Chris Crawford and Michael Dixon finished with 10 points each for Memphis (19-5, 8-3 American Athletic Conference) .
Tristan Spurlock led the Knights (9-13, 1-10) with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 24 CONNECTICUT 83, SOUTH FLORIDA 40: In Hartford, Conn., DeAndre Daniels scored 12 points to lead a balanced Huskies offense in a rout of the Bulls.
Freshman Kentan Facey added 10 points for Connecticut (19-5, 7-4 American Athletic Conference), who held the Bulls to just 12 baskets and 24 percent shooting. Musa Abdul-Aleem had eight points for South Florida (12-13, 3-9) which has lost three of its last four games.
No. 4. LOUISVILLE 60, TEMPLE 50: In Philadelphia, Shoni Schimmel scored 21 points to help the Cardinals hold off the Owls.
Louisville (24-2, 12-1 American Athletic Conference) bounced back from a loss Sunday, but sloppy play throughout resulted in its lowest scoring total this season. The Cardinals survived only because their performance was markedly better than Temple (12-12, 6-7).
No. 7 BAYLOR 75, TEXAS TECH 58: In Lubbock, Texas, Odyssey Sims scored 30 points to lead the Bears past the Red Raiders.
Nina Davis added 13 points and 10 rebounds to help Baylor (21-3, 11-1 Big 12) win their seventh in a row. Jasmine Caston scored 19 points, and Minta Spears added 14 for Texas Tech (6-18, 0-13).