|Kris Joseph goes with the left hand for a Syracuse basket. (Barabara Johnston/Associated Press)|
Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson — a couple of Philly kids — combined for 38 points and No. 17 Syracuse, the worst free throw shooting team in the Big East, sealed a 69-64 victory over No. 15 Villanova at the line last night in Philadelphia.
Jardine had 20 points and six assists for the Orange (23-6, 10-6), while Jackson had 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
The win was the sixth this season over a ranked team for Syracuse, tying it with No. 5 Texas for the most in the nation.
The teams swapped road wins, with Villanova winning, 83-72, at Syracuse Jan. 22.
Corey Stokes returned from missing three games because of a turf toe injury to lead the Wildcats (21-7, 9-6) with 24 points, matching his season high with five 3-pointers.
But it was at the free throw line where the teams traded places.
Villanova, which entered the game leading the Big East in free throw shooting at 76.8 percent, was 17 of 27 at the line. Stokes, third in the nation at 93.5 percent, went 5 of 8.
Syracuse, last in the 16-team Big East at 65.5 percent, went 13 of 17 from the line, a performance topped off by freshman Dion Waiters making two with 14.1 seconds left for a 67-64 lead, and Jackson making two — the second a bank shot — with 4.6 seconds to go for the final margin.
Corey Fisher, who had 34 points in Villanova’s win at DePaul Saturday, had 8 points on 3-of-16 shooting, including missing all eight of his 3-point attempts. Maalik Wayns had 4 points on 1-of-9 shooting and missed all three of his 3-point attempts.
Kansas 92, Oklahoma St. 65 — Forward Marcus Morris came off the bench to score 27 points and the No. 3 Jayhawks (26-2, 11-2 Big 12) took a 52-28 halftime lead and cruised past the visiting Cowboys (16-11, 4-9).
Kansas played without point guard Tyshawn Taylor, who was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. The school did not specify the violation.
Women Tennessee 77, Georgia 44 — Meighan Simmons scored 14 points and the No. 4 Lady Volunteers cruised past the No. 22 Lady Bulldogs in Knoxville, Tenn., and claimed their 16th Southeastern Conference regular-season title.
The Lady Vols (26-2, 14-0) have beaten their opponents by an average of 24.2 points during their undefeated conference run. Their last SEC loss came Jan. 21, 2010.
The Lady Bulldogs (20-7, 10-4) made just 8 of 34 shots from 3-point range.
Quinnipiac 81, Bryant 67 — Felicia Barron had 21 points and all five starters scored in double figures for the Bobcats (13-14, 10-6 Northeast) in a victory over the host Bulldogs (8-19, 5-11).