Top 25 men's roundup: No. 1 Syracuse stops N.C. State to stay undefeated

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Dec. 17 2011 11:00 p.m. MST

RALEIGH, N.C. — Dion Waiters scored a career-high 22 points to help No. 1 Syracuse beat North Carolina State 88-72 on Saturday.

Scoop Jardine added 16 points for the Orange (11-0), including a pair of 3-pointers during an 11-2 spurt that finally gave them some cushion after the Wolfpack fought back from a 17-point deficit late in the first half.

Waiters also came up big during that run, starting it by knocking down his own 3-pointer to answer one by Scott Wood that had pulled N.C. State (6-4) to within 63-61.

Waiters also jumped a pass and raced in for a dunk, then Jardine closed the spurt with another 3 to push the lead to 74-63 with 6:41 left.

It was a good road test for Syracuse, which was playing for the first time this season as the nation's No. 1 team — as well as its first game outside its home state.

No. 2 OHIO STATE 74, SOUTH CAROLINA 66: At Columbia, S.C., Deshaun Thomas scored a career-high 30 points and Ohio State overcame the loss of star Jared Sullinger to give Thad Matta his 200th win as Buckeyes coach.

Sullinger left in the first half after getting kicked in the left foot. X-rays showed no fracture, although it wasn't known if Sullinger would play against Lamar on Tuesday night.

Even if he can't, Thomas showed he's more than ready to lead Ohio State (10-1). The 6-foot-7 sophomore hit 13-of-16 shots and surpassed his previous high of 24 points set last season against North Carolina A&T. William Buford added 17 points for Ohio State.

Malik Cooke led South Carolina (4-6) with 21 points.

No. 3 KENTUCKY 87, TENNESSEE-CHATTANOOGA 62: At Lexington, Ky., Doron Lamb scored 24 points to help Kentucky bounce back from its first loss of the season despite an injury to forward Terrence Jones. Voted preseason All-America, Jones spent much of the game on the bench after hurting a finger on his left hand early in the first half. He checked back in but played only 10 minutes. He finished with no points and one rebound.

Still, the Wildcats (9-1) opened with 13 unanswered points in their first game since a 73-72 defeat at Indiana last Saturday knocked them from the nation's top ranking.

No. 4 LOUISVILLE 95, MEMPHIS 87: At Louisville, Ky., Russ Smith set personal bests with 24 points and seven steals as Louisville extended its home winning streak to 18 games.

Gorgui Dieng added 14 points and 14 rebounds in the schools' first meeting since the Cardinals (10-0) beat the Tigers (5-4) by a point to win the Conference USA tournament in 2005 before departing for the Big East.

Will Barton set career highs with 28 points and 16 rebounds for Memphis.

Louisville is off to its best start since the 1996-97 season and on its longest winning streak at home in 22 years.

No. 5 NORTH CAROLINA 97, APPALACHIAN STATE 82: At Chapel Hill, N.C., Tyler Zeller had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and John Henson added 17 points to lead North Carolina.

The Tar Heels (9-2) never trailed, led by as much as 29 and shot 54.5 percent to claim their third straight win and 22nd in a row at the Dean Smith Center.

Omar Carter had 21 points and Mike Neal scored 15 for the Mountaineers (4-6). They finished 9-of-20 from 3-point range and used a late scoring flurry to cut into North Carolina's big lead, but lost their fourth straight. Second-year Appalachian State coach Jason Capel lost his first matchup against his alma mater. He started for the Tar Heels from 1998-2002.

No. 11 MARQUETTE 93, NORTHERN COLORADO 72: At Milwaukee, freshman Todd Mayo replaced suspended star Darius Johnson-Odom in the starting lineup and scored 22 points to lead Marquette.

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