No. 8 Syracuse beats Providence

  • Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:31 p.m.

No. 8 Syracuse 84, Providence 59

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — James Southerland scored 20 points, Michael Carter-Williams had 15 points and 12 assists, and No. 8 Syracuse beat Providence 84-59 on Wednesday.

Syracuse (22-4, 10-3 Big East) has won 38 straight home games, the longest active streak in Division I, and moved into a tie with Marquette and No. 11 Georgetown atop the conference standings.

Providence (14-12, 6-8) had won four straight Big East games, including triumphs over then-No. 17 Cincinnati and then-No. 21 Notre Dame on Saturday.

C.J. Fair had 20 points and 10 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the season, and Brandon Triche scored 14 points for Syracuse.

Providence guard Vincent Council (424) had 15 points and seven assists to become the all-time Big East assist leader with 431.

No. 11 Georgetown 90, DePaul 66

WASHINGTON, D.C. — D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored a career-high 33 points – the most by any Georgetown player this season. Smith-Rivera went 10 for 12 from the field, 8 for 10 from the free-throw line and made 5 of 6 3-pointers, scoring the most points by a Georgetown freshman in John Thompson III’s nine seasons as coach.

Nate Lubick added 15 points, and Jabril Trawick had 13 as the Hoyas pulled away with a 15-4 run at the end of the half, winning their eighth straight.

No. 18 Ohio St. 71, Minnesota 45

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas overcame a slow start to score 19 points and No. 18 Ohio State used a 16-0 second-half run to beat Minnesota.

The teams came into the night in dire need of a Big Ten win. Both had lost three of their last four, and each was humiliated on the road on Sunday. The Golden Gophers (18-9, 6-8 Big Ten) were pounded at Iowa, 72-51, while Ohio State (19-7, 9-5) wasn’t a factor in a 71-49 rout by Wisconsin.

Shannon Scott added 11 points and LaQuinton Ross 10 for the Buckeyes, who have won the last six meetings with the Golden Gophers. Andre Hollins had 11 points for Minnesota.

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