Cedric Jackson swished a 60-foot shot at the buzzer to give Cleveland State a 72-69 victory over No. 11 Syracuse last night in Syracuse, N.Y.
"It was a prayer. It's not an everyday shot," said Jackson, a product of Northern Burlington High in South Jersey. He took an inbounds pass with 2.2 seconds left and let the desperation shot go just as time expired to send the Orange (9-1) to their first loss.
"It tears your heart out when you see the ball up in the air and you know it's good," said Syracuse's Andy Rautins. "I kind of stopped looking at it because I knew it had a pretty good chance. Then I heard the crowd and I knew the game was over."
Jackson finished with 13 points for the Vikings (7-4); teammate J'Nathan Bullock led all scorers with 18.
Connecticut 91, Stony Brook 57 - Jeff Adrien and Hasheem Thabeet both scored 18 points as No. 2 UConn flexed its formidable inside muscle against Stony Brook (5-5) at home.
Jerome Dyson scored 16 points, and A.J. Price and Craig Austrie 13 each for the Huskies, who started a season 9-0 for the third time in four seasons.
Cincinnati 74, Charleston Southern 55 - The Bearcats (7-2) bounced back from a loss to Xavier with a home win over the Buccaneers (5-4).
Northwestern 77, Missouri-Kansas City 62 - The Wildcats improved to 7-1 with a win over the Kangaroos (4-8) in Evanston, Ill.
North Carolina 105, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 49 -
The No. 2 Tar Heels (11-0) won their 74th straight nonconference home game, routing the Lions (1-6).
Cetera DeGraffenreid scored 19 points for North Carolina, which shot 53.3 percent from the field and forced 36 turnovers
Ohio State 68, Cleveland State 54 - Jantel Lavender had 18 points, and Ashlee Trebilcock and Brittany Johnson added 12 each to lead the No. 18 Buckeyes (8-2) in Columbus.
Kailey Klein scored 30 points for the Vikings (4-5).