Top 25 Men’s Basketball Capsules from Dec. 6
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — C.J. Fair had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, Michael Carter-Williams added 15 points and 10 assists, and No. 4 Syracuse beat Long Beach State 84-53 on Thursday night.
Syracuse (7-0) upped its home winning streak to 27 games, tops in the nation, and has won 49 consecutive regular-season nonconference games. Long Beach State (3-5) had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Brandon Triche had 11 points and five assists, Trevor Cooney matched his career high with 11 points, and Rakeem Christmas had a career-high 11 points for the Orange.
Dan Jennings had a career-high 20 points and Peter Pappageorge added 11 for Long Beach State. James Ennis, the 49ers’ leading scorer and rebounder, had 10 points and seven boards.
Long Beach State dropped to 0-3 against ranked teams having lost to North Carolina (78-63) and Arizona (94-72).
No. 11 Cincinnati 87, Arkansas-Little Rock 53
CINCINNATI — Sean Kilpatrick scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half, and Cincinnati set a school record with 23 steals.
The Bearcats (8-0) started with eight straight wins for the 15th time in school history and the second time in three seasons. Cincinnati was coming off attention-getting wins over Iowa State and Oregon followed by a 58-56 victory over Alabama on Cashmere Wright’s fadeaway at the buzzer on Saturday.
The Bearcats quickly wore down the Trojans (7-4), who had a season-high 32 turnovers, 18 in the opening half. Cincinnati’s steals topped the previous school record by three.
Cheikh Mbodj had 12 points and seven rebounds for Cincinnati, which finished with four players in double figures. Shaquille Thomas had the record-setting 21st steal and a dunk with 6:11 to go.
Will Neighbour, Ben Dillard and James White scored 10 apiece for Arkansas-Little Rock.
No. 16 Creighton 64, Nebraska 42
LINCOLN, Neb. — Doug McDermott scored 27 points and Gregory Echenique had 12 points and 12 rebounds, for Creighton.
The Bluejays (8-1) won in Lincoln for the first time since 2004.
Dylan Talley scored 14 points and Brandon Ubel had eight points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cornhuskers (6-2).
Grant Gibbs had 10 assists for Creighton.
Creighton and Nebraska were meeting for the 46th time, and the home team had won the last seven games. The Huskers lead the series 25-21.
The crowd of 13,368 was the first sellout at the Devaney Center since the 2011 game against Kansas and first for a nonconference game since Creighton visited in 2006.