STORRS, Conn. (AP) -Hasheem Thabeet had eight points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks to lead No. 1 Connecticut to its 12th straight victory, 63-49 over No. 23 Syracuse on Wednesday night, the Orange's fifth loss in six games.
A.J. Price had 17 points for the Huskies (23-1, 11-1 Big East), who have won three games since assuming the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press' poll last week.
They overcame a sloppy first half by cutting down the turnovers and hitting 3-pointers, pulling away with a 12-0 run that gave Connecticut a 56-40 lead midway through the second half.
Jonny Flynn had 16 points for Syracuse (18-7, 6-6).
N.C. State 82, No. 7 Wake Forest 76
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Brandon Costner scored 23 points to help North Carolina State beat a ranked opponent for the first time in five games this season.
Farnold Degand and Courtney Fells added 14 points apiece for the Wolfpack (13-9, 3-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who watched a 20-point second half lead shrink to two before pulling away.
opping their third consecutive road game.
Jeff Teague added 11 points for Wake Forest. The Deacons have lost four of six games since starting the season 16-0.
No. 8 Memphis 63, Tulsa 37
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Robert Dozier scored a career-high 23 points, Tyreke Evans added 13 and No. 8 Memphis won its 15th straight.
The Tigers (21-3, 9-0 Conference USA) won their 51st consecutive game in league play.
Jerome Jordan, who had 20 points and 13 rebounds against Memphis earlier this season, was held to a team-high eight points and three rebounds for Tulsa (17-8, 7-3). Ben Uzoh, Tulsa's leading scorer at 14.9 points per game, was held scoreless in the first half and finished with three points.
Memphis limited Tulsa to 36 percent shooting, including 25 percent in the first half.
Dayton 71, No. 14 Xavier 58
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Chris Wright led a balanced offense with 19 points, and Dayton ended its six-game losing streak against No. 14 Xavier.
Using its depth and balance to full advantage, Dayton (22-3, 8-2) led the entire game against the defending two-time conference champions, who now have to work to make it three in a row.
n March 5 in Cincinnati, where Dayton has lost its last 23 games since 1981.
No. 20 Purdue 61, Penn State 47
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - JaJuan Johnson had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 20 Purdue moved into a tie for second place in the Big Ten.
Bobby Riddell scored a career-high 13 points, Nemanja Calasan scored 12 and E'Twaun Moore added 10 for the Boilermakers (18-6, 7-4).
Jamelle Cornley scored 16 points for Penn State (17-8, 6-6), which lost its third straight. Talor Battle, the conference leader with 18 points per game, went scoreless and shot 0-for-7 from the field. It was the first time this season and the third time in his career the sophomore was held without a point.
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