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Boeheim returns, Duke wins without Zion

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) When it was over and the last of the deafening cheers of the record Carrier Dome crowd had stopped, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim forgot about basketball for a poignant moment.

Three nights earlier, the 74-year-old Hall of Fame coach had been involved in an accident that took the life of 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, and that was foremost on his mind. Talking about a tough 75-65 loss to top-ranked Duke on Saturday night would have to wait.

"First and foremost to the Jimenez family I want them to know how truly devastated I am for my involvement and the loss of a loved one," Boeheim read from a prepared statement. "The grief and pain his family is feeling at this time is, simply put, unimaginable. Juli, my family, and I are heartbroken. I love this community, and to see so many of my community members rally around the Jimenez family is a reminder of how special a community central New York is."


No. 13 LSU edges No. 5 Tennessee in OT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Javonte Smart waved both arms upward as he turned to the frenzied crowd inside the packed Peter Maravich Assembly Center, pounded his chest and hollered triumphantly.

It was as if the freshman, who grew up near Baton Rouge, knew he'd make the free throws LSU needed to close out an emotional victory - and realize a scene from his childhood dreams.


No. 8 UNC rolls, ends FSU's 8-game run

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) No. 8 North Carolina convincingly beat both of the Atlantic Coast Conference's hottest teams over a four-day span.

In the process, the Tar Heels laid claim to that honor for themselves.


Ole Miss players kneel in rally protest

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Eight Mississippi players kneeled during the national anthem in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena before the Rebels' 72-71 victory over Georgia on Saturday.

With the teams lined up across the court at the free throw lines, six players took a knee and bowed at the start of the "The Star-Spangled Banner." Two other players later joined them.


Hunter rallies No. 3 UVa by Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) De'Andre Hunter was hungry to do his part.

The hard part was waiting nearly 9 1/2 minutes on the bench with two fouls. Once Hunter returned, he couldn't miss and all was right for No. 3 Virginia on Saturday as it rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit against No. 18 Louisville.


Calipari passes Hall as Kentucky rolls

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari was satisfied being in third place as Kentucky's all-time winningest coach.

"No one should go by (Joe B Hall), so coach Hall just asked me to vacate any games that go by him," Calipari said. "I said they have already vacated some of my games. Maybe we'll just vacate some more and at the end of the day I'll be one less than him."


No. 9 Houston downs USF as run hits 11

HOUSTON (AP) When South Florida closed within one late in the first half, Corey Davis Jr. said the Cougars got greedy.

Houston quickly extended its lead and never looked back.


Noi has 20-13, TCU tops No. 19 Iowa St.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU is a much different team with Kouat Noi on the floor.

Noi was back Saturday after missing two games with a left ankle injury, scoring 20 points with four 3-pointers and grabbing 13 rebounds as TCU ended a three-game losing streak with a 75-72 win over No. 19 Iowa State on Saturday.


No. 11 Marquette rolls over Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) With the Big East's leading scorer slowed by an injury, No. 11 Marquette had to look elsewhere.

Fortunately for the Golden Eagles, several of Markus Howard's teammates enjoyed hot hands at Providence's expense.


Blackshear leads No. 20 Hokies by Irish

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Kerry Blackshear Jr. is so pivotal to Virginia Tech's success that coach Buzz Williams begins sweating foul trouble as soon as his junior star commits his first.

"He's just become so integral to literally everything we do on both ends," Williams said.

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