Top 25 Capsules
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Jerami Grant scored 15 points in his first start of the season, Rakeem Christmas matched his career high with 15 points, and No. 2 Syracuse beat Eastern Michigan 70-48 on Tuesday in the final nonconference game for both teams.
Syracuse (13-0) raced to a 20-point lead in the first half, allowed the Eagles to slice it in half before the break, then regained control early in the second and won its 51st straight nonconference game in the Carrier Dome. The Orange are one of seven unbeaten teams in Division I and begin play in the Atlantic Coast Conference against Miami on Saturday.
C.J. Fair finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, and Trevor Cooney had 10 points for the Orange. Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis, second nationally in assist to turnover ratio (4.69), matched his season high with nine assists to go with two turnovers and pulled down five rebounds but did not score.
Glenn Bryant led Eastern Michigan (7-5) with 19 points.
NO. 3 OHIO ST. 78, PURDUE 69
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - LaQuinton Ross had 25 points and 12 rebounds, both career bests, and Shannon Scott added a career-high 18 points to lead Ohio State past Purdue in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
The Buckeyes (14-0) matched the fourth-best start in school history.
A.J. Hammons led Purdue (10-4) with 18 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in the Boilermakers' first home loss. Ronnie Jonson added 16 points for Purdue.
Ohio State took a 34-33 halftime lead on a buzzer-beating layup by Lenzelle Smith Jr., then struggled to pull away until the final 12 1/2 minutes. The Buckeyes broke a 46-46 tie with six straight points. Scott and Ross accounted for all of the points in a decisive 10-2 run.
NO. 7 DUKE 86, ELON 48
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Andre Dawkins scored 15 points to help Duke rout Elon.
Rodney Hood had 13 points and freshman Jabari Parker had 12 points and a season-high-tying 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (11-2). They never trailed and had little trouble winning their fifth straight, shooting 48.5 percent, forcing 22 turnovers and turning them into 25 points.
Ryley Beaumont and Lucas Troutman scored 11 points each for Elon (7-7).
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