Junior guard Eric Devendorf, Syracuse's second-leading scorer, will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

An MRI yesterday revealed the injury, according to Pete Moore, director of athletic communications.

Devendorf was hurt the first minute of the second half of the Orange's 125-75 victory Saturday night over East Tennessee State. He had just led a fastbreak when he fell awkwardly near the Syracuse bench.

Syracuse is investigating a medical redshirt for Devendorf, who was averaging 17 points a game and has already surpassed 1,000 points in his career.

In yesterday's Top 25 games:

* At Rutgers, Ty Lawson scored a career-high 26 points, and Tyler Hansbrough added 20 before leaving with a head injury, to lead top-ranked North Carolina (9-0) over the Scarlet Knights (7-4), 93-71.

Hansbrough tried to take a charge from Earl Pettis with 5:47 left to play. He went to the floor in a sitting position and then hit the back of his head on the bottom of the basket support. Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said Hansbrough, who was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure, suffered a concussion.

* At Arizona, Jerryd Bayless scored 21 points, and the No. 21 Wildcats (7-2) routed Fresno State (5-5), 69-50, for their fourth straight victory.

* At Texas A & M, Josh Carter scored 16 points and the No. 14 Aggies (9-1) used stifling defense to defeat Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-6), 64-37. *