Jardine and Syracuse hold off USF

Posted: February 23, 2012

SCOOP JARDINE scored 15 points and No. 2 Syracuse overcame a 13-point first-half deficit to beat visiting South Florida, 56-48, last night.

Kris Joseph had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Orange (28-1, 15-1 Big East), which matched school records for most regular-season and conference victories - both set in 2009-10.

Anthony Collins scored 16 points for the Bulls, who endured a 12-minute, 33-second stretch without a point spanning halftime. South Florida (17-11, 10-5) had a four-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 1-9 against Syracuse.

The game was decided in the final 5 minutes, with the Orange leading, 47-46.

Jardine was fouled making a layup with 4:04 left. He completed the three-point play, and Joseph added two putbacks of his own misses to seal the win.

In other games:

 * At Texas A&M, Elijah Johnson scored 21 points and Tyshawn Taylor made key plays down the stretch to help No. 4 Kansas (23-5, 13-2 Big 12) fight off a late run by Texas A&M for a 66-58 win.

Khris Middleton led Texas A&M (13-14, 4-11) with 23 points.

* At Minnesota, Keith Appling and Brandon Wood both scored 13 points to key No. 6 Michigan State's 66-61 victory over Minnesota, helping the Spartans keep their hold on first place in the Big Ten. Draymond Green had 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Spartans (23-5, 12-3 Big Ten).

* At Marquette, Jae Crowder scored 27 points and Darius Johnson-Odom added 21 to lead No. 10 Marquette to an 82-65 victory over Rutgers. The win was the fourth straight and 11th in 12 game for the Golden Eagles (23-5, 12-3 Big East).

* At Illinois State, Joe Ragland scored 14 points to lead No. 19 Wichita State to a 68-55 victory over Illinois State to clinch the Missouri Valley Conference championship. Wichita State (25-4, 15-2 MVC) has won seven straight games and 15 of 16.

* At Notre Dame, Jerian Grant scored 20 points and the No. 20 Irish extended their winning streak to nine games with a 71-44 rout of West Virginia. Scott Martin added 15 points and Jack Cooley and Eric Atkins had 13 each for the Irish, who shot 61 percent. It's the first time in program history Notre Dame (20-8, 12-3 Big East) has won nine straight Big East games.

* At Nevada-Las Vegas, Chace Stanback scored 19 points as No. 21 UNLV (23-6, 6-4 Mountain West) posted a 75-58 win over Boise State (13-13, 3-8).

* At Indiana, Cody Zeller had 17 points and seven rebounds and Victor Oladipo scored 16 points, leading No. 23 Indiana past North Carolina Central, 75-56.

Noteworthy

* UConn coach Jim Calhoun will undergo surgery next week to address a lower back condition and he will miss the Huskies' next two games. The university said the status of the Hall of Fame coach, who has been on a medical leave of absence since Feb. 3, will then be evaluated on "a day-to-day basis."

Calhoun is expected to be hospitalized for 1 or 2 nights and then continue his recovery at home following Monday's procedure. The surgery is intended to alleviate spinal stenosis, a painful narrowing of the spine, normally associated with aging and sometimes with arthritis.

* The defamation lawsuit filed by two former ball boys against Syracuse University and head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will be heard in Syracuse, a judge ruled. Bobby Davis and Michael Lang filed their suit in New York City, claiming Boeheim slandered them by saying they were out for money after their allegations of abuse by former assistant coach Bernie Fine surfaced in November. They fought a motion by the school and Boeheim to hear the case in Syracuse, where they don't believe they'll get a fair hearing because of Boeheim's high standing in the community. But Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph said the two men did not provide sufficient proof that Syracuse jurors would be biased. He said while there may be local residents unqualified to serve on a jury for this case, there are about 350,000 people in the county to choose from.

* Delaware athletic director Bernard Muir and Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis are joining the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee. The two will start Sept. 1.

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