Georgetown and Tennessee held each other scoreless during the final four minutes, and the No. 20 Hoyas beat the Volunteers 37-36 in a display of abysmal shooting Friday night 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 seven of 20 shots from the free throw line. The field-goal shooting was just as horrid, with the Vols hitting 33 percent and the Hoyas 36 percent.
Appropriately enough, the final possession of the game consisted of an air ball by Tennessee's Skylar McBee. The rebound went out of bounds to the Vols, and Jordan McRae's 3-pointer at the buzzer clanged off the rim.
No player scored in double figures for either team.
NO. 6 SYRACUSE 91,
James Southerland scored a career-high 35 points to lead Syracuse (5-0) past Arkansas (3-3).
Southerland, who was also a career-best 9-for-13 on 3-pointers, led the Orange to a 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.
NO. 10 KANSAS 84,
OREGON STATE 78
Ben McLemore scored 21 points, Travis Releford added 20 and Kansas (6-1) held off repeated Oregon State rallies to beat the Beavers (4-2).
The Jayhawks built an early 14-point lead only to see Oregon State tie the score at 37. 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.
Roberto Nelson sank two free throws for Oregon State and Starks fed Devon Collier inside for a dunk that gave Kansas an 80-77 lead. With 13.9 seconds left, McLemore calmly sank two free throws and with 8.5 ticks left, Kevin Young batted an Oregon State shot into the seats.
Women: No. 10 California stops Old Dominion
Layushia Clarendon scored 15 points and No. 10 California survived a scare in a very sloppy road debut, beating Old Dominion (4-1) 63-47.
Brittany Boyd added 11 points and Gennifer Brandon had nine points and 17 rebounds for the Golden Bears (6-0).
NO. 13 TEXAS 79,
TEXAS A&M-C. CHRISTI 30
Nneka Enemkpali tied a Texas record with her fifth consecutive double-double and the Longhorns (5-0) stifled Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (0-8).
Enemkpali had 11 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks for Texas, and Imani McGee-Stafford scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.