Syracuse won a game it had to win.
Rick Jackson had 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead the 17th-ranked Orange to a 66-58 victory over No. 6 Connecticut on Wednesday, avoiding the first five-game losing streak in coach Jim Boeheim’s 35 seasons.
“This was a game we had to find a way to win,” Boeheim said. “We made the plays we had to. We played well but we also played well at Marquette. That’s the league. You have to do that every night. This league is very, very difficult.”
Brandon Triche had 16 points for the Orange (19-4, 6-4 Big East), which had lost four straight games under Boeheim three times before.
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The team’s last win was over Cincinnati on Jan. 15.
“Sixteen days is a long time without winning and just to have that feeling again is remarkable,” Triche said.
Jackson, who entered the game leading the Big East in rebounding (11.5) and field goal percentage (58.3), felt the same way Triche did after going 6 of 11 from the field against UConn (17-4, 5-4).
No. 7 San Diego St. 56, at Colorado St. 54: D.J. Gay sank a jumper with 1.8 seconds left to lift the Aztecs (22-1, 7-1 Mountain West) over the Rams (15-7, 5-3).
At Oklahoma St. 76, No. 14 Missouri 70: Darrell Williams scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Cowboys (15-7, 3-5 Big 12) over the Tigers (17-5, 3-4).
At Indiana 60, No. 18 Minnesota 57: Tom Pritchard and Verdell Jones each scored 12 points to lead the Hoosiers (12-11, 3-7 Big Ten) over the Gophers (16-6, 5-5).
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At No. 1 Baylor 92, No. 13 Oklahoma 70: Brittney Griner scored 29 points and Destiny Williams added 19 points and 11 rebounds to help the Bears (20-1, 7-0 Big 12) rout the Sooners (16-5, 6-2).
No. 15 North Carolina 84, No. 19 Florida St. 75: Jessica Breland came off the bench and scored 16 of her game-high 22 points in the second half while teammate Waltiea Rolle was perfect on 12 free throws and finished with 18 points, leading the Tar Heels (20-3, 6-2 ACC) over the Seminoles (18-5, 6-2).