Wyatt, Lee lead Temple past Syracuse
Men’s College Basketball: Khalif Wyatt scored 33 points, Anthony Lee had 21 and Temple, despite not making a field goal over the final 5 1/2 minutes, upset No. 3 Syracuse 83-79 on Saturday in the Chevrolet Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Owls (9-2), coming off a 10-point home loss to Canisius, used the combination of Wyatt from the outside and Lee inside to keep Syracuse at bay. The Orange led by two at halftime but never took a lead in the second half even though there were four ties, the last at 59-59 with 10:23 to play.
C.J. Fair had a career-high 25 points for Syracuse (10-1), which had its 52-game regular-season nonconference winning streak snapped.
• McLemore’s 22 gives Kansas huge road win: Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore scored 22 points and No. 9 Kansas proved it was more than just a bully at home by beating seventh-ranked Ohio State 74-66 in Columbus, Ohio.
It was the third victory for the Jayhawks (10-1) in little more than a year over the Buckeyes (9-2). Kansas won a 64-62 thriller in last year’s NCAA semifinals.
The Jayhawks, who had yet to play a true road game, held Ohio State without a field goal for more than 10 minutes of the second half. The Buckeyes, who were led by Deshaun Thomas’ 16 points, hit just 9 of 36 shots from the field in the final 20 minutes.
Jeff Withey added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks.
• Spradling helps K-State beat No. 8 Florida: Will Spradling had 16 points and five assists, including one that set up Shane Southwell’s 3-pointer in the closing minutes, and Kansas State beat No. 8 Florida 67-61 in Kansas City, Mo.
• Bowers lifts No. 12 Missouri over No. 10 Illinois: Laurence Bowers had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 12 Missouri over No. 10 Illinois 82-73 in the annual Braggin’ Rights game in St. Louis.
• Kabongo did not have trip paid for by agent: Myck Kabongo, the Texas Longhorns’ point guard who was suspended for 23 games by the NCAA on Friday, did not have a trip to Cleveland in May paid for by an agent, an attorney for the University of Texas said.
Yahoo! Sports originally reported that the NCAA was investigating Kabongo having the trip paid for by an agent, which would have compromised his eligibility. But Patricia Ohlendorf – the university’s vice president for legal affairs – told the American-Statesman that part of that trip was paid for by Tristan Thompson – a former Texas player and a longtime friend of Kabongo’s – and that another part was paid for by a friend of a former university employee who had access to discount plane tickets.
No. 1 Stanford topples No. 10 Tennessee
Women’s College Basketball: Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds and top-ranked Stanford remained unbeaten with a 73-60 victory over No. 10 Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.
Ogwumike, who entered the game averaging 21.9 points and 12.2 rebounds, also had a career-high five assists for the Cardinal (11-0).
• No. 4 Duke stays undefeated: Chelsea Gray led five players in double figures with 18 points and No. 4 Duke remained undefeated with a 75-60 victory over Southern California in the Women of Troy Classic in Los Angeles.
Lakers need OT to win in Nash’s return
NBA: Kobe Bryant scored 34 points on 41 shot attempts, Steve Nash finished with 12 points and nine assists in his return and the Lakers outscored the Golden State Warriors 34-21 in the fourth quarter to force overtime as Los Angeles won 118-115 in Oakland, Calif.
Bryant, who scored six points in the extra period, also grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out seven assists.
Backup point guard Jarrett Jack led the Warriors with 29 points and 11 assists.
• Portland wins fifth straight: J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 15 rebounds for his seventh straight double-double, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the visiting Phoenix Suns for their fifth straight win.
Damian Lillard had 25 points, including 18 in the second half.
NHL and union speak, nothing scheduled
Miscellany: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players’ association special counsel Steve Fehr spoke on the telephone but still haven’t made plans to meet face to face.
There has been very little contact this week between the sides. Daly and Fehr held a conversation Saturday, the 98th day of the lockout that is threatening to wipe out the entire hockey season.
• Gehring wins again: Lana Gehring won the 1,000 meters for her third victory in two days at the U.S. short track speedskating championships in Kearns, Utah.
She finished in 1 minute, 35.002 seconds at the Utah Olympic Oval.
Chris Creveling won the men’s 1,000 in 1:32.520.
• Wilson, McPhie win freestyle: Freestyle skiers Bryon Wilson and Heather McPhie of the United States won a World Cup dual moguls event in Kreischberg, Austria.