PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Top-ranked Syracuse was struggling to put Providence away. Then an assistant coach pulled Brandon Triche aside at halftime and told him to be more aggressive.
The Syracuse guard hit three consecutive 3-pointers early in the second half and the Orange went on to beat Providence 87-73 on Wednesday night. Triche finished with 16 points, including going 4 of 5 from 3-point range, and Syracuse shot 73 percent from the field in the second half.
TEMPLE 78, NO. 5 DUKE 73: At Philadelphia, Khalif Wyatt scored 22 points and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 17 as the Owls used tough man-to-man defense to limit Duke's long-range shots. When the Blue Devils (12-2) crept within three points late, Wyatt hit consecutive 3-pointers for a 66-57 lead.
NO. 9 GEORGETOWN 73, NO. 20 MARQUETTE 70: At Washington, Jason Clark scored 26 points and Hollis Thompson's tiebreaking 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left capped Georgetown's comeback from a 17-point deficit.
NO. 14 KANSAS 67, NO. 23 KANSAS ST. 49: At Lawrence, Kan., Thomas Robinson had 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead Kansas.
NO. 19 MURRAY ST. 76, E. KENTUCKY 67: At Murray, Ky., Donte Poole scored 22 points and Isaiah Canaan added 16 — including the 1,000th of his career — and Murray State remained unbeaten. The Racers (15-0) are one win from matching the school's all-time best start set in 1935-36.