JAMES Southerland and Brandon Triche each hit a pair of three-pointers to key a 19-point first-half surge, and top-ranked Syracuse beat visiting Tulane, 80-61, last night to remain unbeaten.

It's the third straight season Syracuse has won its first 13 games.

Tulane (11-2) had faced the No. 1 team in the nation twice before, losing to Cincinnati (72-59) in January 2000 and Memphis (97-71) in February 2008.

Dion Waiters had 15 points, Kris Joseph added 13, and Southerland 10 for the Orange.

Kendall Timmons led Tulane (11-2) with 16 points.

In other games * 

At Ohio State, William Buford scored 18 points as the No. 2 Buckeyes (12-1) routed Miami of Ohio, 69-40.

* At Kentucky, Kyle Wiltjer scored 24 points and the No. 3 Wildcats (11-1) enjoyed a 17-2 second-half run to beat Loyola (Md.), 87-63.

* At Hartford, Conn., Shabazz Napier scored 24 points to lead No. 8 Connecticut (10-1) over Fairfield, 79-71, in the final game before coach Jim Calhoun serves a three-game suspension for NCAA recruiting violations. He will return to the sideline Jan. 7 at Rutgers after he sits out three conference games against South Florida, St. John's and Seton Hall.

* At Florida, Bradley Beal scored 21 points, Patric Young added 15 and the No. 11 Gators (10-2) beat Florida State, 82-64, for their fifth straight win.

* At Georgetown, Jason Clark scored 18 points and Hollis Thompson added 17 as the No. 16 Hoyas (10-1) beat Memphis, 70-59.

* At Indiana, Matt Roth scored a season-high 14 points on 4-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc to lead the No. 17 Hoosiers (12-0) to an 89-47 win over MarylandBaltimore County.

* At Mississippi State, Arnett Moultrie had 24 points and 14 rebounds as the No. 18 Bulldogs (12-1) won, 82-67, over Northwestern State.

* At Michigan, Evan Smotrycz had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Tim Hardaway Jr. added a soaring dunk during a decisive run in the second half to lead the No. 20 Wolverines (10-2) to a 77-66 win over Bradley.

* At Creighton, Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half and the Bluejays (10-1) beat Northwestern, 87-79.

* At Michigan State, Keith Appling scored 19 points, including all 12 of his free throws, and had seven rebounds to lead the No. 19 Spartans (11-2) to a 90-81 win over Lehigh.

* At Marquette, Junior Cadougan tied his career high with 15 points and the No. 10 Golden Eagles (11-1) beat cross-town rival Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the 39th straight time, 64-50.

* At St. Louis, Phil Pressey had 18 points, five assists and two steals, and the No. 9 Tigers (12-0) held off No. 25 Illinois (11-2) for a 78-74 victory.