Rick Jackson scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds last night, helping No. 7 Syracuse remain unbeaten with an 85-73 victory over No. 10 Florida in the SEC/Big East Invitational in Tampa, Fla.
Andy Rautins had 18 points, and Wes Johnson finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Orange (9-0). Reserve Kris Joseph contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds against the previously unbeaten Gators (8-1).
Syracuse led most of the game, but Florida stayed close by making 12 three-pointers.
Elsewhere: Ravern Johnson scored 14 points and Jarvis Varnado had 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead Mississippi State to a 76-45 rout of DePaul in the SEC/Big East Invitational. . . . Lance Stephenson scored a season-high 17 points and fellow freshman Cashmere Wright added 12 as No. 19 Cincinnati held off visiting Miami of Ohio, 63-59. . . . Draymond Green scored a career-high 19 points and matched his best effort with 12 rebounds to lead No. 12 Michigan State to an 88-57 victory over Oakland in East Lansing, Mich. . . . Ralph Hegamin posted career highs with 31 points and 18 rebounds to lead West Chester (9-0) to an 82-65 nonleague victory over visiting Neumann (4-3) in West Chester.
Temple 65, Ohio 43 - The Owls (8-1) were relentless in the second half and grabbed a lopsided victory over the Bobcats (3-5) in a nonconference game at McGonigle Hall.
Coach Tonya Cardoza's squad dominated Ohio over the final 20 minutes, outscoring it by 36-23. The Owls forced Ohio into 31 turnovers overall.
"Our pressure defense was pretty good," Cardoza said. "We gave up a lot of easy shots as well, but we were able to force some turnovers, and that definitely opened up the game for us in the second half."
Kristen McCarthy scored 15 points for Temple, while LaKeisha Eaddy and Natasha Thames each scored 10 points. Jasmine Stone grabbed 10 rebounds.
Da'Keisha Mann scored 16 points for the Bobcats.
Shaqedia Wallace, Temple's leading scorer, was poked in the eye during the game and was taken to a hospital for examination.
Towson 67, Maryland 55 - Shanae Baker-Brice scored 25 points as the Tigers (5-4) stunned the No. 25 Terrapins (8-2) in Towson, Md., to end Maryland's five-game winning streak.
The defeat was particularly galling for Maryland, because it came against a crosstown rival and occurred only three days after the young Terrapins entered the top 25 for the first time this season.
Elsewhere: Senior guard Brittany Ray scored 11 points, including four in the final three minutes to break a tie and lead host Rutgers over Prairie View A&M, 50-45. . . . Jence Rhoads made a short jumper with 36 seconds left as No. 18 Vanderbilt rallied from 16 points down to beat Quinnipiac, 75-74, in Hamden, Conn.
Maya Moore scored 22 points as top-ranked Connecticut cruised past Hartford, 80-45, in Storrs, Conn., extending its winning streak to 47 games. . . . Krysten Boogaard scored 19 points as No. 23 Kansas easily defeated UMKC, 81-53, in Lawrence. . . . Brittney Zimmerman's 22 points helped Delaware Valley (5-3) to a 75-64 victory over previously undefeated Marywood (7-1) in a nonconference game in Doylestown.