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NEW YORK (AP) Khalif Wyatt scored 33 points and Anthony Lee had 21 - both career highs - 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.

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 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. Jim Boeheim remained at 900 wins, two behind Bob Knight for second place all-time among Division I men's coaches. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski has 938 wins.

Temple hit three 3-pointers in an 11-3 run that gave the Owls the lead for good. Scootie Randall started the run with a 3 that broke the 59-all tie. He closed it with another 3, his only points of the game.

No. 9 KANSAS 74, No. 7 OHIO STATE 66

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore scored 22 points and Kansas proved it was more than just a bully at home by beating Ohio State.

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, shot 9 of 36 from the field in the final 20 minutes.

Jeff Withey added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks. Elijah Johnson scored 13 and Travis Releford 11.

Shannon Scott had a career-high 15 for the Buckeyes.

No. 12 MISSOURI 82, No. 10 ILLINOIS 73

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Laurence Bowers had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Missouri over Illinois in the annual Braggin' Rights game.

Alex Oriakhi added 13 points and 14 rebounds as Missouri (10-1) won its fourth straight in the 32-year-old series. Jabari Brown had 18 points and Phil Pressey handed out 11 assists.

Brandon Paul led Illinois (12-1) with 23 points. Tyler Griffey scored 14 and Joseph Bertrand had 13.

Missouri used a 9-0 run late in the game to take the lead for good at 70-64. The Tigers held a 58-35 edge on the boards and outscored Illinois 44-24 in the paint.

Illinois, which leads the overall series 20-12, won nine meetings in a row from 2000-08.

No. 11 CINCINNATI 68, WRIGHT STATE 58

CINCINNATI (AP) - JaQuon Parker scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and Cincinnati remained unbeaten by overcoming another poor start to beat Wright State.

The Bearcats improved to 12-0 for the eighth time in school history and the second time in three seasons. Cincinnati won its first 15 games in 2010-11.

For the second game in a row, the Bearcats struggled in half-court offense and scored only 22 points in the first half. Parker scored Cincinnati's first eight in the second half, sparking a 23-6 run that put the Bearcats in control for the first time. The 21 points matched his season high.

Titus Rubles added 11 points and nine rebounds. Justin Jackson had nine points, seven rebounds and two of Cincinnati's 10 blocked shots.

Wright State (8-4) got 14 points from Jerran Young.

No. 13 MINNESOTA 75, LAFAYETTE 50

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Starting guard Joe Coleman scored 12 points and Minnesota got 42 points from its reserves in a rout of Lafayette.

Otto Osenieks added 10 points for the Gophers (12-1), who have won eight straight.

Dan Trist scored 14 points for the Leopards (5-9), who are 0-7 on the road.

Minnesota led by 15 at halftime before stretching its lead soon after the break. Rodney Williams scored six points and Coleman added four, including a steal and dunk, as the Gophers went ahead by 20 and cruised the rest of the way.

No. 15 GEORGETOWN 65, AMERICAN 48

WASHINGTON (AP) - Otto Porter had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Georgetown pulled away late in the first half to beat D.C. neighbor American.

Greg Whittington added 13 points for the Hoyas (10-1), who took advantage of the sizable talent gap between the Big East school and the Eagles from the Patriot League. Georgetown has a nine-game winning streak over American, its last loss coming 30 years ago when Patrick Ewing and Co. lost by one point in what still stands as the biggest intra-city upset in the nation's capital.

Any thought of another stunner was dispatched when Georgetown went on an 11-2 run to end the first half, then an 8-0 spurt to start the second half to build a 48-25 lead. The Hoyas have won seven straight since an overtime loss to then-No. 1 Indiana.

Daniel Munoz scored 15 points to lead the Eagles (4-8).

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 70, No. 16 NEW MEXICO 65

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Nate Wolters scored 28 points and handed out seven assists, leading South Dakota State to an upset of New Mexico.

Kendall Williams scored 21 to lead the Lobos (12-1), who went a frustrating 7 of 12 from the foul line in the closing minutes as they tried to complete a comeback.

Jordan Dykstra had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Jackrabbits, who went 10 for 11 from the line down the stretch to preserve their lead. Chad White added 13 points for South Dakota State and Brayden Carlson had 10.

The Jackrabbits (10-4) led for the final 37 minutes after taking the lead with an early 8-0 run.

No. 18 SAN DIEGO STATE 80, SAN FRANCISCO 58

HONOLULU (AP) - Chase Tapley made six 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 33 points and San Diego State beat San Francisco in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic for its 10th straight win.

Tapley gave the Aztecs (10-1) their first cushion in the opening half with three jumpers during a 2-minute stretch, and he was just getting warmed up. The senior was 13 of 19 from the field, with nine of those from outside, and back-to-back 3s with 9 minutes left in the game sent San Diego State on its way.

The Aztecs have beaten seven California schools this season, including USC and UCLA. They next play Sunday against Indiana State, which beat Ole Miss in overtime earlier Saturday.

The Dons (5-5) tried to keep it close and never let San Diego State go ahead by more than 10 points until just more than 6 minutes were left in the game. Cole Dickerson led San Francisco with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

No. 19 BUTLER 75, EVANSVILLE 67

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rotnei Clarke and Andrew Smith each scored 20 points to lead Butler past pesky Evansville.

The Bulldogs (9-2) won their sixth straight and completed a sweep of the five Indiana schools they played this season in non-conference action - including last weekend's stunning overtime victory against the top-ranked Hoosiers.

Evansville (7-5) was led by Colt Ryan with 25 points.

Butler, playing its first game since breaking into the Top 25 following last week's win over then-No. 1 Indiana, was sluggish early but regrouped with a 22-8 run that gave the Bulldogs a 25-17 lead with 6:34 left in the first half. Evansville spent the rest of the game playing catch-up.

No. 20 MICHIGAN STATE 67, TEXAS 56

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Derrick Nix had 25 points and 11 rebounds to help Michigan State surge past Texas.

Nix was 7 for 10 from the field and 11 for 13 at the line, a major improvement for a 64.9 percent foul shooter.

Keith Appling had 14 points and Adreian Payne added 13 for the Spartans (11-2), who stayed perfect in six December games.

Julien Lewis scored 16 points for the Longhorns (7-5), who couldn't match the efficiency of their 85-67 win over North Carolina on Wednesday night.

No. 23 NORTH CAROLINA 97, MCNEESE STATE 63

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - P.J. Hairston scored a career-high 20 points in North Carolina's victory over McNeese State.

Reggie Bullock added 17 points for the Tar Heels (9-3), who shot 13 of 28 on 3-pointers and never trailed. James Michael McAdoo had 12 points, Leslie McDonald added 11 and Brice Johnson scored 10.

The Tar Heels broke open the game early with a 22-4 run to take a 27-8 lead midway through the first half.

Jeremie Mitchell had 13 points to lead the Cowboys (6-4), who had won five straight.

No. 24 OKLAHOMA STATE 78, TENNESSEE TECH 42

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Freshman guard Phil Forte scored 22 points to lead Oklahoma State over Tennessee Tech.

Forte shot 6 of 11 from 3-point range and the Cowboys (10-1) hit a season-high 11 3-pointers. Kamari Murphy scored 12 points, Markel Brown and Marcus Smart each had 11, and Kirby Gardner added 10 points and seven assists.

Judd Dillard led Tennessee Tech (6-6) with 18 points.

Oklahoma State led 38-19 at halftime, the second straight game an opponent failed to reach 20 points in the opening 20 minutes.

No. 25 N.C. STATE 92, ST. BONAVENTURE 73

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - C.J. Leslie scored a career-high 33 points to lead North Carolina State past St. Bonaventure.

Scott Wood added a season-best 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Lorenzo Brown had a season-high 11 assists for the Wolfpack (9-2).

The nation's most accurate shooting team shot 57 percent, never trailed and now heads into its weeklong holiday break on a five-game winning streak.

Eric Mosley had 18 points for the Bonnies (7-4). They were outscored 50-24 in the paint, shot just 40.6 percent, never got closer than 12 in the second half and had their two-game winning streak snapped.

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Adam Eaton calls Todd Frazier ‘childish’ after the ex-teammates get into it again

Adam Eaton calls Todd Frazier ‘childish’ after the ex-teammates get into it again

NEW YORK -- Normal is not something the Nationals do this season.

Monday’s pivot from the mundane -- an otherwise run-of-the-mill 5-3 baseball game -- came when Adam Eaton was jogging toward the visitors dugout in the bottom of the third inning when he stopped to respond to New York third baseman Todd Frazier, whom Eaton said was chirping at him all night.

This is not new. The two were teammates on the Chicago White Sox in 2016 and did not get along. Last year, Frazier and Eaton also had an exchange. The one Monday night at Citi Field prompted several members of the Nationals to hop over the dugout railing while Frazier and Eaton were being restrained near the first base bag. First base umpire Mike Estabrook cutoff Eaton who was walking toward Frazier after initially heading to the dugout following a 4-6-3 double play which ended the inning for the Nationals. When Frazier came toward the Mets dugout from his position at third base, the two began their spat.

Afterward, Frazier declined to comment in the Mets’ clubhouse, saying only, “It was nothing.” Eaton took the opportunity to expound on his displeasure with the incident, its continuation and Frazier himself.

“Yeah, I don’t know,” Eaton said. “Gosh, who knows what goes through that guy’s mind? He’s chirping all the way across the infield. He must really like me, [because] he wants to get my attention it seems like every time we come into town, he really cares what I think about him. I don’t know what his deal is, if he wants to talk to me in person or have a visit or what it is. But he’s always yelling across the infield at me, making a habit of it.

“He’s one of those guys who always says it loud enough that you hear it but can’t understand it. So, he’s making a habit of it. I ignored him a couple times chirping coming across, but I had it to the point where I’m not going to say the saying I want to say but you got to be a man at some point. So, I turned around, had a few choice words with him. It’s funny, I was walking towards him, he didn’t really want to walk towards me but as soon as someone held him back then he was all of a sudden he was really impatient, like trying to get towards me. Just being Todd Frazier. What’s new?”

Asked if he is surprised such exchanges are still happening three years after they played together, Eaton said he was.

“Yes, absolutely,” Eaton said. “He’s very childish. I’m walking with my head down, play’s over, I’m walking away. I can still hear him. I’m a 30-year-old man with two kids, got a mortgage and everything. He wants to loud talk as he’s running off the field. At the end of the day, I got to be a man about it. I tried to stay patient with the childishness, but it is what it is. I got to stand up eventually.”

He did, and what could have been merely Game 47 for a struggling team turned out to be something else.

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Patrick Corbin’s rough beginning a hole Nationals can’t emerge from

NEW YORK -- The Washington Nationals lost to the New York Mets, 5-3, Monday to drop their record to 19-28. Here are five observations from the game…

1. A wondrous, very Mets day preceded the game.

Their general manager, Brodie Van Wagenen, held a press conference to announce...Yoenis Cespedes -- already out because of dual heel surgeries -- suffered multiple ankle fractures during a ranch accident over the weekend. Van Wagenen then went on to profess his support for maligned New York manager Mickey Callaway -- for the most part. Last, and most important to writers, three boxes of donuts were in the press box with a note: “Have a great series! -- BVW”.

Things are always a little different in Flushing. That was a problem for the Nationals.

In what could be labeled a “reverse-lock” situation, Washington’s $140 million starter, Patrick Corbin, was outpitched by unknown and often ineffective Wilmer Font, whom the Nationals smacked around just five days ago. The Nationals, as they often do, dragged themselves back into the game after trailing 4-0. A Juan Soto single drove in Anthony Rendon in the eighth to cut the lead to 4-3. Rendon was on base four times.

And, again, it was just enough to produce a close loss. Washington put two runners on with none out against dynamic New York closer Edwin Diaz before Kurt Suzuki flew out, Trea Turner grounded into a fielder's choice and Adam Eaton flew out.

The Nationals drop to nine games under .500 following one-run and two-run defeats. They also fell to 2-14 in series openers.

2. A rough, short evening for Corbin.

He trudged through the night on 98 pitches. Corbin lasted just five innings. He walked three, gave up four earned runs, struck out seven.

His night was a mess early. Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso homered in the first inning. Two walks in the third -- one with two outs -- led to two more runs scoring. He zipped through the fourth and fifth before being removed.

Corbin has endured two blowups this season in an otherwise quality first two months: Monday and April 29 against St. Louis. The latter outing featured four walks and a homer allowed against one of the league’s better offenses. Monday’s bad outing came against a Mets lineup which did not feature Robinson Cano to start and entered the evening 21st in wOBA.

Bad timing. Bad night.

3. Tanner Rainey made his Nationals debut Monday. He was interesting.

Rainey gave up a hustle double to pinch-hitter Cano -- yes, hustle and Cano -- but otherwise showed a sharp fastball-slider combination.

Rainey was the return for Tanner Roark in the offseason trade that sent Roark to Cincinnati during the Winter Meetings.

He has command trouble. He also throws 98-100 mph with ease. Asked in spring training where that velocity comes from, Rainey said his legs and weight lifting. No secret sauce. He lifted more, he threw harder. And he subsequently repeated the process.

Rainey’s velocity will always intrigue. The question is if he can command his two-pitch arsenal enough to become an actual bullpen weapon. The baseline tools are there.

4. A shuffle in the relief corps is coming.

Tony Sipp (oblique) was activated from the 10-day injured list Monday. Dan Jennings was designated for assignment. That experiment is over. Jennings signed a minor-league contract April 15. He was in the majors April 30. He’s gone less than a month later. He did not pitch well.

The Nationals claimed right-handed Javy Guerra off waivers Monday. Guerra was designated for assignment by Toronto. Guerra pitched 14 innings for the Blue Jays this season, with a 3.86 ERA and 3.17 FIP. In other words, distinctly better than most in the Nationals bullpen.

Washington expects Guerra to arrive in New York on Tuesday. Kyle McGowin is likely to be sent back to Triple-A Fresno to make room. So, two fresh pitchers in the bullpen early in the week.

Trevor Rosenthal should also be back shortly. He is expected to throw an inning for Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday. Rainey will likely be sent back to the minor leagues to make room there.

And, a situation in West Palm Beach, Fla., to keep an eye on: reliever Austen Williams had to be shut down to allow his shoulder to rest. Williams threw 40 pitches at the spring training facility the first week of May, when he appeared on his way back from the 10-day injured list. However, he has stopped throwing after experiencing further shoulder soreness. He was placed on the injured list April 19 because of a sprained right AC joint.

5. Matt Adams worked with the team on the field Monday, which he expects to do the next two days.

He’s on the verge of being activated before the week is out.

“I watched him [Monday] and he took some really good swings,” Martinez said. “We’ll see how he feels [Tuesday]. I’m assuming that he might be a little sore, because he did take some swings and he’s going to continue to do baseball activities [Monday]. But we’ll see how he feels.”

Adams’ 15-day absence has handcuffed Martinez in multiple ways. Take Sunday. Right-handed slider-thrower Steve Cishek on the mound. Left-handed hitters’ OPS against Cishek is 143 points higher than right-handers. But, no Adams meant no left-handed pinch-hitter.

Those issues should be over soon.

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