Devendorf delivers 20 as Syracuse upsets Marquette

Posted: January 08, 2007

Eric Devendorf scored a season-high 20 points to help Syracuse upset No. 15 Marquette, 70-58, last night in Milwaukee.

It was the first victory in four games against ranked teams this season for the Orange (12-4, 1-1 Big East).

Marquette (13-4, 0-2) has lost its first two conference games for the first time in eight seasons under coach Tom Crean.

Syracuse had only two field goals in the final 9 minutes of the game, but managed to keep pace with the Golden Eagles by going to the free-throw line and holding Marquette's offense in check. The Orange held Golden Eagles guard Dominic James to a season-low six points.

Jerel McNeal led Marquette with 16 in his return to the starting lineup. McNeal sat out Marquette's loss at Providence on Thursday with a concussion after bumping heads with Wesley Matthews during practice Monday.

In other games:

* At North Carolina, Tyler Hansbrough scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half and No. 2 North Carolina (14-1, 1-0 ACC) beat Florida State (12-4, 0-2), 84-58, for its 11th straight victory.

* At South Carolina, Mario Chalmers scored 19 points and Darrell Arthur added 17 to help No. 9 Kansas (13-2) win its seventh straight and end a six-game win streak by South Carolina (10-3), 70-54.

* At Pittsburgh, the No. 10 Panthers (14-2, 2-0 Big East) overcame another ineffective game by star Aaron Gray, turning to a smaller unit to open an 11-point lead and cruise to a 69-48 victory over South Florida (9-7, 0-2).

* At Tennessee, Chris Lofton scored 21 points and Duke Crews added 18 to help No. 19 Tennessee (13-2) open the Southeastern Conference slate with a 92-84 win over Mississippi State (9-5).

Noteworthy

* LSU forward Glen Davis was taken to the hospital in Baton Rouge, La., for evaluation after being in an automobile accident early yesterday just hours after the Tigers' 66-49 victory over Connecticut.

LSU coach John Brady said Davis was released from Baton Rouge General Medical Center later in the morning and would participate in a no-contact walkthrough in preparation for 14th-ranked LSU's Southeastern Conference opener tomorrow night at No. 8 Alabama. *

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