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NCAA top 25: Syracuse adds to Friars' misery

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rick Jackson scored a career-high 28 points, 17 in the second half, and No. 4 Syracuse recovered from an eight-point deficit to beat Providence 99-85 on Tuesday night.

Andy Rautins scored a season-high 28 points, Jackson added nine rebounds and Arinze Onuaku had 12 points and nine boards for the Orange (26-2, 13-2), who clinched a double-bye into the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.

After Jamine Peterson hit a 3-pointer to open the second half and give the Friars a 55-47 lead, Syracuse scored the next 14 points.

Marshon Brooks and Peterson each scored 23 points for Providence, which has lost seven straight since beating then-No. 19 Connecticut on Jan. 27.

No. 6 KANSAS STATE 83, TEXAS TECH 64: At Lubbock, Texas, Jacob Pullen scored 21 of his 28 points in the first half to lead Kansas State to its sixth straight win. The Wildcats (23-4, 10-3) remained alive for a possible tie for the Big 12 championship with No. 1 Kansas.

John Roberson scored 15 points for Texas Tech (16-11, 4-9), which lost its fourth straight, three of them to Top 25 teams in the past week.

No. 11 GEORGETOWN 70, LOUISVILLE 60: At Louisville, Ky., Austin Freeman scored 24 of his 29 points in the second half and Georgetown bounced back from consecutive losses. The Hoyas (19-7, 9-6 Big East) trailed the entire first half but took control after that behind Freeman and an extended scoring drought by the Cardinals (18-10, 9-6).

FLORIDA 75, No. 19 TENNESSEE 62: At Gainesville, Fla., Chandler Parsons scored 19 points, and Erving Walker broke out of a shooting slump to also get 19 for Florida. Vernon Macklin added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Gators, who have won three in a row.

The Gators (20-8, 9-4 Southeastern Conference) won for the fourth time in the last 15 meetings and jumped the Volunteers (20-7, 8-5) in the Eastern Division.

EVANSVILLE 55, No. 25 NORTHERN IOWA 54: At Evansville, Ind., James Haarsma had 12 points and eight rebounds to lead Evansville, which had lost 17 of 18 before pulling off the upset and beating a ranked team for the first time since 2003.

Kavon Lacey scored 11 points and Colt Ryan added 10 for Evansville (8-20, 2-15 Missouri Valley).

Jake Koch scored 22 points and Adam Koch added 14 for Northern Iowa (24-4, 14-3), which had already clinched the conference title outright.