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Syracuse avoids historic upset
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NCAA Basketball
Today’s Games/Television
12:15 p.m., Texas vs. Cincinnati, CBS
12:40 p.m., N.C. St. vs. San Diego St., TRU
1:40 p.m., Alabama vs. Creighton, TBS
2:10 p.m., Virginia vs. Florida, TNT
2:45 p.m., St. Bonaventure vs. Fla. St., CBS
3:10 p.m., Belmont vs. Georgetown, TRU
4:10 p.m., Vermont vs. North Carolina, TBS
4:40 p.m., Norfolk St. vs. Missouri, TNT
6:50 p.m., Saint Louis vs. Memphis, TBS
7:15 p.m., Lehigh vs. Duke, CBS
7:20 p.m., Ohio vs. Michigan, TNT
7:27 p.m., Purdue vs. Saint Mary's, TRU
9:20 p.m., LIU Brooklyn vs. Mich. St., TBS
9:45 p.m., Xavier vs. Notre Dame, CBS
9:50 p.m., South Florida vs. Temple, TNT
9:57 p.m., Detroit vs. Kansas, TRU

NCAA Basketball
Thursday's Scores
Murray State 58, Colorado State 41 
Kansas State 70, Southern Mississippi 64
Louisville 69, Davidson 62
Wisconsin 73, Montana 49
Marquette 88, BYU 68
Syracuse 72, UNC-Asheville 65
New Mexico 75, Long Beach State 68
Vanderbilt 79, Harvard 70
Kentucky 81, Western Kentucky 66
VCU 62, Wichita State 59
Gonzaga 77, West Virginia 54
Baylor 68, South Dakota State 60
Connecticut vs. Iowa State, Late
New Mexico State vs. Indiana, Late
Loyola (MD) vs. Ohio State, Late
Colorado vs. UNLV, Late

    PITTSBURGH — Syracuse was missing its starting center. North Carolina-Asheville thought the Orange got help from three men in striped shirts.
    With Syracuse facing the kind of NCAA tournament history no team wants to make, the top-seeded Orange rallied for a 72-65 victory Thursday in the second round of the East Regional.
    Two calls by the officials had the sellout crowd of 18,927 at Consol Energy Center — except for those wearing orange — booing throughout the final minute but it didn't matter.
    Syracuse made it 109-0 for No. 1 seeds against No. 16s since the NCAA went to a field of 64 in 1985.
    "I don't think luck had anything to do with this game today," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said, "and I think the better team won."
    The Orange were staring at NCAA tournament history. A No. 1 seed has never lost to a No. 16 seed, and they were trailing North Carolina-Asheville with just over 6 minutes to play.
    "We gave it everything we had. We battled the best that we could," Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach said. "These guys are great. They deserved a better fate than they had today."
    Syracuse, which won the national championship in 2003, had already made negative history in the tournament, becoming the first No. 2 seed to lose to a 15 when it fell 73-69 to Richmond in 1991.
    The Orange managed to avoid adding another black mark by holding Asheville to one field goal over the final minute while they went 6 of 7 from the free throw line.
    Syracuse was playing without 7-foot center Fab Melo, who was declared ineligible for academic reasons by the school and will miss the tournament.
    "The fact that this game was close had nothing — nothing — to do with the center position," Boeheim said.
    Syracuse (32-2) will play eighth-seeded Kansas State in the third round Saturday. The Wildcats beat Southern Mississippi, 70-64.
    The Bulldogs (24-10), who talked Wednesday about pulling off the upset, were led by J.P. Primm's 18 points.
    They led 34-30 at halftime — the third 16 to do that — but the Orange took the lead for good with 6:17 left on a turnaround jumper by James Southerland, who had 15 points.
    "James has to continue to make the shots and I think he will," Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine said. "I'm happy for him because he's a big part of our offense and today he showed it."
    Southerland, who scored 13 points in the second half, had three of the Orange's five 3-pointers.
    "James came in, gave us a huge lift off the bench," Boeheim said of the 6-foot-8 junior.
    The Bulldogs got within three points three times in the final 1:04 but could get no closer as Syracuse made its free throws and the officials made a couple of controversial calls.