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Syracuse dominates Indiana in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Late surge carries the No. 4 Orange over the visiting Hoosiers.

Last March, Syracuse shut down Indiana in the NCAA Tournament with coach Jim Boeheim's signature 2-3 zone defense.

Different season, same result for the Hoosiers.

The Orange backcourt of Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis combined for 38 points, nine assists and eight steals, and No. 4 Syracuse beat Indiana, 69-52, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge last night.

"Because it's Indiana, it's kind of like a rivalry, and they're a really good team," said Cooney, who scored 21 points. "We wanted to come out and prove to everyone that we're a good team."

Syracuse, fresh from winning the Maui Invitational, registered seven blocked shots, 10 steals and matched the nation's top team on the glass with 29 rebounds with just a 12-11 deficit on the offensive glass. Indiana shot 15 of 41 (36.6 percent) and was 6 of 13 from the field in the second half in getting outscored 36-23.

"We finally got our offense going a little bit, made a couple of baskets, but our defense was really the difference for the first time this year," Boeheim said. "Coming back from Hawaii, I thought the way everybody held their legs was pretty good. Our energy level was pretty good."

Syracuse (8-0) has won 46 straight nonconference games at home.

The Hoosiers (6-2) were led by Noah Vonleh's 17 points.

Syracuse used a 25-4 run to break open a tie game after holding just a 33-29 halftime lead, despite scoring the game's first 10 points.

"This is one of those games where the first few possessions were going to be absolutely crucial in the second half, and they were," Indiana coach Tom Crean said.

In other Top 25 games

* At Duke, Quinn Cook had 24 points and nine assists to help the No. 10 Blue Devils (7-2) beat No. 22 Michigan, 79-69, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Caris LeVert matched his career high with 24 points for the Wolverines (5-3).

* At Arizona, Aaron Gordon scored 19 points, Nick Johnson and Brandon Ashley added 18 each, and the No. 2 Wildcats (8-0) beat Texas Tech, 79-58.

* At Iowa, Aaron White scored 20 points, Devyn Marble and Jarrod Uthoff added 17 each and the No. 23 Hawkeyes (8-1) held off Notre Dame, 98-93.

* At Eastern Michigan, Raphiel Putney scored 15 points, including two high-flying dunks in the final minutes, and No. 21 Massachusetts (7-0) won its first game as a ranked team since November 1998, a 69-57 victory over the Eagles, who were led by Karrington Ward's and Daylen Harrison's 11 points each.

* At UCLA, Jordan Adams scored 22 points and Kyle Anderson added 21 to lead the No. 18 Bruins (8-0) to an 89-76 victory over UC Santa Barbara.


* Scottie Wilbekin, the point guard for No. 15 Florida, could miss next week's game against No. 6 Kansas because of a high-ankle sprain. Team officials said X-rays on his right ankle were negative, but added that there is no timetable for his return. He rolled his ankle late in Monday night's 65-64 loss at No. 12 Connecticut.