Orange rally to top Cardinals in battle of Big East powers.
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Louisville, Ky. • Brandon Triche scored 23 points and Michael Carter-Williams scored the final four points as No. 6 Syracuse rallied to upset No. 1 Louisville 70-68 on Saturday in a showdown of unbeaten Big East Conference teams.
It was the second straight Saturday No. 1 went down as Duke lost to then-No. 20 North Carolina State 84-76.
It was the Orange's third straight win over the Cardinals.
Carter-Williams had 16 points, Jerami Grant and C.J. Fair both had 10 for the Orange (17-1, 5-0) who won their seventh straight.
Russ Smith's 25 points led Louisville (16-2, 4-1), which had its 11-game winning streak stopped.
Trailing 48-40 4 minutes into the second half, Syracuse's 12-4 run tied it with 10 minutes remaining. Triche and Carter-Williams combined to score 12 straight points in a 16-10 spurt for a 66-62 lead with 4:37 left.
Smith's four free throws led Louisville's 6-0 run for a two-point lead with 1:58 left before Carter-Williams sandwiched two free throws around a steal and dunk for the Orange's final points.
Louisville's chance to tie ended with a bad pass inside to Gorgui Dieng in the final seconds, which Syracuse recovered to seal the victory.
No. 13 Butler 64, No. 8 Gonzaga 63 • Roosevelt Jones stole an inbound pass with 3.5 seconds left and hit a floater from just inside the foul line right before the buzzer to help Butler upset Gonzaga.
Jones finished with 20 points and the Bulldogs have now won 13 in a row including two straight without their top scorer, Rotnei Clarke. It's the first time Butler (16-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10) has ever beaten three top 10 teams in one season. They also defeated No. 9 North Carolina in November and No. 1 Indiana in December.
Gonzaga (17-2, 4-0 West Coast Conference) was led by Saw Dower and Elias Harris who each had 20 points. The loss ended the Zags eight-game winning streak.
The game was considered the biggest non-power conference matchup of the season, and it met the hype.
Trailing 33-32 at the half, Butler scored the first five points of the second half and never trailed again until Elias Harris scored with 1:24 to go the teams traded leads on the next four possessions before Jones won it.
No. 10 Florida 83, No. 17 Missouri 52 • Scottie Wilbekin had 13 points and 10 assists, his first career double-double as Florida thumped Missouri.
The victory was coach Billy Donovan's 400th with the Gators, making him the third coach in Southeastern Conference history to accomplish that feat with the same school. He joined Kentucky's Adolph Rupp and LSU's Dale Brown in the 400-win club.
Florida, which won its sixth consecutive game, also made a statement about being the class of the Southeastern Conference.
And the Gators aren't even fully healthy.
Erik Murphy scored 15 points despite playing with a broken finger, and Kenny Boynton added 14.
Wilbekin did a strong defensive job on Missouri point guard Phil Pressey, who finished with two points on 1-of-7 shooting with 10 turnovers and six assists.
Jabari Brown led the Tigers (13-4, 2-2) with 16 points.
• No. 6 Syracuse 70, No. 1 Louisville 68
• No. 4 Kansas 64, Texas 59
• No. 13 Butler 64,No. 8 Gonzaga 63
• No. 10 Florida 83, No. 17 Missouri 52
• No. 18 Michigan St. 59, No. 11 Ohio State 56
• Wichita State 67, No. 12 Creighton 64
• Wyoming 58,No. 15 San Diego St. 45
• No. 16 Kansas State 69, Oklahoma 60
• No. 20 Notre Dame 69, Rutgers 66
• No. 22 VCU 90, Duquesne 63
• Cincinnati 71, No. 25 Marquette 69 (OT)