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No. 2 Syracuse rallies past No. 8 Villanova 78-62
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Syracuse's Tyler Ennis, right, and Villanova's Daniel Ochefu, left, battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)
December 28, 2013, 4:49 pm

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Tyler Ennis had 20 and C.J. Fair added 17 Saturday, rallying No. 2 Syracuse past No. 8 Villanova 78-62 in a game between two of nine unbeaten teams left in Division I.

Syracuse (12-0) was the third unbeaten ranked team the Wildcats (11-1) had faced this season. Villanova handed then-No. 2 Kansas its first loss of the season a month ago in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis and came back the next night and defeated No. 23 Iowa in overtime.

Villanova dropped to 13-16 against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, the best mark of any team that's played 10 games under the Orange's Teflon roof, and 4-5 since Jay Wright took over as coach of the Wildcats in 2001.

James Bell hit a career-high six 3-pointers and matched his career high with 25 points to lead Villanova before fouling out with 1:42 left.

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