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Syracuse hounds NU with late rally

Eric Devendorf had 19 points and a career-high eight assists, freshman Paul Harris had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and No.

18 Syracuse beat Northeastern, 81-58, last night in Syracuse, N.Y.

It was the fourth straight victory for the unbeaten Orange and the 730th career win for coach Jim Boeheim. He is 15th on the Division 1 list, one ahead of Jerry Tarkanian.

Northeastern (0-1) made it interesting, running to an early 15- point lead before Devendorf, Harris, and Andy Rautins, who finished with a career-high 13 points, led an impressive comeback.

Matt Janning had 16 points, Adrian Martinez 13, and Bennet Davis 12 to lead Northeastern.

The Orange were on their heels early. While Syracuse went 1 for 5 from long range, Northeastern made nine of its first 11 shots, including a trio of 3-pointers, to go up 22-7 less than seven minutes in.

Oral Roberts 78, Kansas 71 -- Marchello Vealy made his first seven 3-pointers and the Golden Eagles stunned the No. 3 Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan. Vealy, only 1 for 13 on 3-pointers last year as a freshman, was 7 for 8 from behind the arc and finished with 22 points.

Caleb Green added 20 points for the Golden Eagles (1-1), who outplayed the heavily favored Jayhawks from start to finish.

Kansas (1-1) cut its deficit to 72-69 on Russell Robinson's free throw with one minute left.

Julian Wright, a preseason favorite for Big 12 player of the year, blew layups on two consecutive possessions as Kansas tried to regain the lead in the second half.

North Carolina 73, Winthrop 66 -- Tyler Hansbrough had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the No. 2 Tar Heels rallied to beat the Eagles in the NIT Season Tip-Off in Raleigh, N.C.

Freshmen Wayne Ellington added 13 points and Brandan Wright scored 12 for the Tar Heels, who overcame 25 points from the Eagles' Torrell Martin to advance to the semifinals next week.

UCLA 82, BYU 69 -- Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored a careerhigh 24 points and keyed a second- half comeback to help the No.

6 Bruins win their season opener in Los Angeles.

Point guard Darren Collison had career highs with 16 points and 10 assists in his debut as successor to Jordan Farmar, who now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Georgetown 86, Vanderbilt 70 -- Jeff Green scored 19 points, Roy Hibbert added 18 with 10 rebounds, and the No. 8 Hoyas never trailed against the Commodores in Nashville.

Wisconsin 79, Wis.-Green Bay 62 -- Alando Tucker scored 18 points and the No. 9 Badgers opened with a 22-4 run en route to their victory in Madison, Wis.

Arizona 101, N. Arizona 79 -- Freshman Chase Budinger scored 32 points in his first Arizona home game and the Wildcats used a big second-half run to get the win in Tucson.

Kentucky 57, Miami (Ohio) 46 -- Freshman forward Perry Stevenson blocked seven shots and the No. 22 Wildcats scored the final 10 points in pulling away from Miami of Ohio in Lexington, Ky.

Stonehill 80, St. Thomas Aquinas 44 -- Nick Smith led four players in double figures with 17 points and added eight rebounds as the Skyhawks opened with a victory over the Spartans in Sparkill, N.Y.


Georgia 89, North Carolina A&T 35 -- Cori Chambers scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, and the No. 9 Lady Dogs cruised over the Aggies in Athens, Ga. Megan Darrah added 20 for Georgia (2-0), which used a 13-0 run to take a 23-5 lead with 8:25 left in the first half, capped by Janese Hardrick's 3-point play.

Arizona St. 91, Nicholls St. 46 -- Kirsten Thompson scored 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the No. 11 Sun Devils to the victory in Tempe, Ariz. Aubree Johnson added 16 points and seven rebounds and reserve Dymond Simon had 15 points for the Sun Devils (4-0), who stretched their home winning streak to 26 games.

Purdue 68, N.C. State 38 -- Katie Gearlds scored 14 points and the No. 12 Boilermakers beat the Wolfpack to advance to the Preseason WNIT championship game in West Lafayette, Ind. Erin Lawless and Danielle Campbell added 12 apiece for the Boilermakers (3-0).

Providence 83, Saint Peter's 68 -- Catherine Bove had 22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocked shots and the host Friars moved to 3-0.

Bentley 66, Bridgeport 53 -- Lauren Moore's 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists lifted the host Falcons over the Purple Knights in their season opener.


UCLA 3, Harvard 0 -- The Bruins got two goals from Sal Zizzo and one from Kyle Nakazawa to eliminate the Crimson from the second round of the NCAA Division 1 Tournament in Los Angeles.

Lehigh 1, URI 1 (5-4 PK) -- In Bethlehem, Pa., the Rams were 6Æ minutes away from heading to the third round of the NCAAs when the Mountain Hawks tied the game at 83:26. URI's Lukasz Tumicz scored in the 18th minute.Lehigh won the decisive shootout.

Duke 2, Brown 0 -- Michael Videira scored at 26:37 and Mike Grella added another at 46:41 to lift the Blue Devils at Durham, N.C.

Towson 2, Fairfield 0 -- Kevin Ruck scored the winner at 39:08 and Nino Mangione's insurance goal lifted the host Tigers over the Stags.

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