Monday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — C.J. Fair scored 13 points and No. 2 Syracuse scored the final six points of the game to beat No. 19 Louisville 52-51 on Monday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak against the Cardinals.
Syracuse (26-1, 13-1 Big East) held the Cardinals (20-6, 8-5) without a point over the final 3½ minutes and Fair hit the go-ahead layup with 2:11 left.
Fab Melo scored 11 points and the best shooting team in the Big East overcame a 34.4 percent effort, including 1 of 15 from 3-point range, to win for the sixth straight time since losing at Notre Dame.
Freshman Chane Behanan had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinals, who had won six straight conference games.
The Orange came in shooting 48.1 this season, while the Cardinals' defensive field goal percentage was fourth-best in the nation at 37.2.
NO. 4 KANSAS 59, KANSAS ST. 53
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Tyshawn Taylor had 20 points and Jeff Withey added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Kansas, which is alone in first place in the Big 12.
The Jayawks (21-5, 11-2) won for the 36th time in their last 39 games against the Interstate 70 rival.
Jamar Samuels had a season-high 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (17-8, 6-7).
The Wildcats briefly pulled ahead midway through the second half, and were within 55-51 when Rodney McGruder knocked down a jumper with 1:14 left. But they came up empty on their next three trips, unable to take advantage of the Jayhawks' balky foul shooting.
McGruder finished with 12 points for Kansas State, while Will Spradling had 10.
The Jayhawks used a big first-half run en route to a 67-49 win in Lawrence last month.
NO. 9 BAYLOR 79, IOWA ST. 64
WACO, Texas (AP) — Perry Jones III scored 18 points and Baylor rebounded from consecutive losses.
Jones already had 10 points by halftime, one more than he had combined last week when Baylor (22-4, 9-4 Big 12) lost to No. 4 Kansas and No. 3 Missouri for the second time in four weeks. The Bears are undefeated against the rest of the Big 12 and everybody else they have played.
Freshman Quincy Miller, who matched Jones with 8-of-13 shooting, added 16 points for the Bears. Anthony Jones had 12 points and Quincy Acy 11.
Melvin Ejim had 17 points to lead Iowa State (18-8, 8-5), which had won four of its previous five games to tie Baylor for third place in the league behind Kansas and Missouri. Royce White added 14 points.
Jones, the preseason Big 12 player of the year, was a combined 3 for 20 last week.
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