The Owls (9-2), coming off a 10-point home loss to Canisius, used the combination of Wyatt from the outside and Lee inside to keep Syracuse at bay. The Orange led by two at halftime but never took a lead in the second half even though there were four ties, the last at 59 with 10:23 to play.
No. 5 LOUISVILLE 78,
WESTERN KENTUCKY 55
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Russ Smith scored 20 points and Louisville beat Western Kentucky for its sixth straight win.
The Cardinals (11-1) have won four straight and 21 of 24 overall in this series against their in-state rival. They took this game across the border an hour south of Western Kentucky’s campus in Bowling Green to kick off a new four-year deal between the teams.
No. 9 KANSAS 74,
No. 7 OHIO STATE 66
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore scored 22 points and Kansas proved it was more than just a bully at home by beating Ohio State.
It was the third victory for the Jayhawks (10-1) in little more than a year over the Buckeyes (9-2). Kansas won a 64-62 thriller in last year’s NCAA semifinals.
No. 11 CINCINNATI 68, WRIGHT STATE 58
CINCINNATI — JaQuon Parker scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and Cincinnati remained unbeaten by overcoming another poor start to beat Wright State.
The Bearcats improved to 12-0 for the eighth time in school history and the second time in three seasons. Cincinnati won its first 15 games in 2010-11.
No. 13 MINNESOTA 75, LAFAYETTE 50
MINNEAPOLIS — Starting guard Joe Coleman scored 12 points and Minnesota got 42 points from its reserves in a rout of Lafayette.
Otto Osenieks added 10 points for the Gophers (12-1), who have won eight straight.
No. 15 GEORGETOWN 65, AMERICAN 48
WASHINGTON — Otto Porter had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Georgetown pulled away late in the first half to beat D.C. neighbor American.
Greg Whittington added 13 points for the Hoyas (10-1), who took advantage of the sizable talent gap between the Big East school and the Eagles from the Patriot League.
Georgetown has a nine-game winning streak over American, its last loss coming 30 years ago when Patrick Ewing and Co. lost by one point in what still stands as the biggest intra-city upset in the nation’s capital.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 70,
No. 16 NEW MEXICO 65
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nate Wolters scored 28 points and handed out seven assists, leading South Dakota State to an upset of New Mexico.
Kendall Williams scored 21 to lead the Lobos (12-1), who went a frustrating 7 of 12 from the foul line in the closing minutes as they tried to complete a comeback.
No. 18 SAN DIEGO STATE 80, SAN FRANCISCO 58
HONOLULU — Chase Tapley made six 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 33 points and San Diego State beat San Francisco in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic for its 10th straight win.
Tapley gave the Aztecs (10-1) their first cushion in the opening half with three jumpers during a 2-minute stretch, and he was just getting warmed up. The senior was 13 of 19 from the field, with nine of those from outside, and back-to-back 3s with 9 minutes left in the game sent San Diego State on its way.
No. 19 BUTLER 75,
INDIANAPOLIS — Rotnei Clarke and Andrew Smith each scored 20 points to lead Butler past pesky Evansville.
The Bulldogs (9-2) won their sixth straight and completed a sweep of the five Indiana schools they played this season in non-conference action — including last weekend’s stunning overtime victory against the top-ranked Hoosiers.
No. 24 OKLAHOMA STATE 78, TENNESSEE TECH 42
STILLWATER, Okla. — Freshman guard Phil Forte scored 22 points to lead Oklahoma State over Tennessee Tech.
Forte shot 6 of 11 from 3-point range and the Cowboys (10-1) hit a season-high 11 3-pointers. Kamari Murphy scored 12 points, Markel Brown and Marcus Smart each had 11, and Kirby Gardner added 10 points and seven assists.