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College basketball: No. 1 Syracuse still perfect after routing Depaul

Published: Sunday, Jan. 1 2012 10:50 p.m. MST

Syracuse's Scoop Jardine, right, drives past DePaul's Charles McKinney during the Orange's 19-point victory on Sunday.

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — Kris Joseph scored 22 points and No. 1 Syracuse used its defense and depth to rout DePaul 87-68 on Sunday, the unbeaten Orange's 15th straight victory.

C.J. Fair added 16 points, Dion Waiters had 13 and Fab Melo scored 12 points to go with six blocks for the Orange (15-0, 2-0 Big East).

Syracuse opened 18-0 last season and the Orange's best start under coach Jim Boeheim was 19 straight wins to kick off 1999-2000.

DePaul (9-4, 0-1) had its five-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 3-18 all-time facing No. 1-ranked teams. Cleveland Melvin led the Blue Demons with 23 points.

NO. 5 NORTH CAROLINA 102, MONMOUTH 65: At Chapel Hill, N.C. John Henson scored 21 points and North Carolina won its seventh straight overall and 26th straight at the Smith Center.

Harrison Barnes added 20 points for the Tar Heels (13-2). They shot 54 percent, built a 55-26 rebounding advantage, used a 33-10 run late in the first half to take a 31-point halftime lead.

NO. 7 DUKE 85, PENNSYLVANIA 55: At Durham, N.C., Ryan Kelly had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Duke.

Seth Curry added 15 points for the Blue Devils (12-1), who scored 20 of the game's first 24 points. Duke led by 18 points at halftime and by as many as 34 after the break, sending the Blue Devils to their fifth straight victory overall and 43rd straight at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

NO. 14 MARQUETTE 81, VILLANOVA 77: At Milwaukee, Darius Johnson-Odom matched a season-high with 24 points to lead Marquette.

Reserve forward Davante Gardner had 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (12-2, 1-0 Big East), who responded from their worst performance of the season — a 17-point drubbing by Vanderbilt on Thursday.

NO. 18 MICHIGAN 61, MINNESOTA 56: At Ann Arbor, Mich., Freshman Trey Burke scored a season-high 27 points and Michigan won its seventh straight. The Wolverines (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten) haven't lost since falling to Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Classic.

Julian Welch and Rodney Williams had 11 points each for Minnesota (12-3, 0-2). Williams missed an open look at a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds, and Zack Novak clinched the game from the free throw line.

CINCINNATI 66, NO. 22 PITTSBURGH 63: At Pittsburgh, JaQuon Parker scored a career-high 21 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 19 for streaking Cincinnati.

The Bearcats (11-3, 1-0 Big East) have won six straight games since a brawl against crosstown rival Xavier last month led to the suspension of several players, including star forward Yancy Gates.

Cincinnati forced the reeling Panthers (11-4, 0-2) into 17 turnovers to win at Pitt for the first time in 33 years.

Nasir Robinson had 19 points and Ashton Gibbs added 18 for the Panthers, who lost their third straight game. Cincinnati went 11 of 27 from 3-point range.

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