Syracuse 91, Arkansas 82
James Southerland scored a career-high 35 points to lead visiting Syracuse. Southerland, who was also a career-best 9-for-13 on 3-pointers, helped the Orange (5-0) win in their first visit to Bud Walton Arena. The senior bested his former career mark of 22 points, set against Princeton earlier this season, and five 3s, which he had as a freshman against Robert Morris.
Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams added 17 points each, and C.J. Fair had 12 for Syracuse — which was 11-of-26 from beyond the arc.
BJ Young led the Razorbacks (3-3) with 25 points, 19 in the first half, while Marshawn Powell added 19. The loss was Arkansas’ third in a row.
No. 10 Kansas 84, Oregon St. 78
Ben McLemore scored 21 points, Travis Releford added 20 and Kansas held off repeated Oregon State rallies to beat the Beavers in Kansas City.
The Jayhawks (6-1) built an early 14-point lead only to see Oregon State tie the score at 37-all. Then after Kansas pulled away for a 63-50 advantage early in the second half, Ahmad Starks led a 9-1 run to cut the deficit to 64-61.
Starks, who had 25 points, made a long 3-pointer at the 1:26 mark that shaved Kansas’ lead to 78-73. Then with 56 seconds to go, Releford made two free throws, and Jeff Withey rebounded after Starks missed from 3-point range.
Roberto Nelson sank two free throws for Oregon State (4-2) and Starks fed Devon Collier inside for a dunk that gave the Jayhawks an 80-77 lead. With 13.9 seconds left, McLemore calmly sank two free throws and with 8.5 ticks remaining, Kevin Young batted an Oregon State shot into the seats.
Withey, who had a triple-double in Kansas’ previous game, had 17 points, five rebounds and three blocks for the Jayhawks. Nelson had 17 points for Oregon State.
No. 20 Georgetown 37, Tennessee 36
Georgetown (5-1) and Tennessee (4-2) held each other scoreless over the final four minutes, and the host Hoyas edged the Volunteers in a display of abysmal shooting in the SEC/Big East Challenge. On a night when the “challenge” part of the event was the task of simply putting the ball in the basket, the teams combined to make just 7-of-20 shots — from the line. The Vols hit 33 percent, and the Hoyas 36 percent from the field.