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Top 25 Capsules

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Michael Carter-Williams scored a career-high 18 points and added 13 assists, and No. 7 Syracuse beat Central Connecticut State 96-62 on Monday to give coach Jim Boeheim his 902nd career win.

Boeheim tied Bob Knight for second all-time in victories among Division I men's coaches. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski leads with 939.

Syracuse (12-1) completed its nonconference schedule with its 32nd straight home win, the longest active streak in the nation. Boeheim's first chance to pass Knight comes in the Orange's Big East opener Wednesday night at home against Rutgers.

CCSU (4-7) lost its fourth straight and was overmatched against the much taller Orange.

Carter-Williams posted his seventh double-double of the season. C.J. Fair finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, Dajuan Coleman had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Brandon Triche added 13 points.

The Orange finished 10 of 22 from behind the 3-point arc after going 11 of 39 in the previous two games, outrebounded the Blue Devils 57-32 and had a 56-18 advantage in the paint.

Matt Hunter had 18 points to lead Central Connecticut.

NO. 5 INDIANA 69, IOWA 65

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Cody Zeller had 15 of his 19 points in the second half and Indiana opened Big Ten play by holding off Iowa.

Victor Oladipo scored 14 points for the Hoosiers (13-1, 1-0), who snapped a four-game losing streak in Iowa City and have now won four straight since losing to Butler two weeks ago.

Oladipo beat the shot clock with a putback with 1:04 left to put the Hoosiers ahead 65-60. He also made two key free throws with 26 seconds to go to make it a two-possession game.

Aaron White had 15 points to lead Iowa (11-3, 0-1), which might have pulled off the upset had it shot better than 3 of 17 from 3-point range.

NO. 9 MINNESOTA 76, NO. 18 MICHIGAN ST. 63

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Andre Hollins had 22 points and six assists, and Rodney Williams added 15 points and six rebounds to lift Minnesota to a victory over Michigan State.

Trevor Mbakwe had 11 points and 12 rebounds and the Golden Gophers (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) shot 56.6 percent to open conference play with an emphatic victory over a team that has owned them for years.

Keith Appling had 15 points and five assists and Gary Harris scored 12 for the Spartans (11-3, 0-1), who had beaten Minnesota 13 of the last 15 times the two teams had met.

Minnesota slammed the door with an 18-2 run over the final seven minutes, withstanding the inevitable charge from the Spartans in the second half.

NO. 10 GONZAGA 69, NO. 22 OKLAHOMA ST. 68

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Kevin Pangos scored 23 points and hit the clinching free throws with 4.3 seconds left, Kelly Olynyk scored all 21 of his points in the second half and Gonzaga edged Oklahoma State to spoil one of the Cowboys' most anticipated nonconference home games in decades.

Marcus Smart led Oklahoma State (10-2) with 23 points but missed two free throws with 8.7 seconds left with the Cowboys trailing by two. Pangos followed with his two free throws.

Phil Forte then connected on a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Oklahoma State. Markel Brown contributed 16 points and Forte scored 15 for the Cowboys.

Gonzaga (13-1) completed a perfect five-game sweep of Big 12 competition in nonconference play.

NO. 14 CINCINNATI 70, NO. 24 PITTSBURGH 61

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Cashmere Wright scored 18 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 16 to help Cincinnati surged past Pittsburgh in Big East play.

The Bearcats (13-1, 1-0) bounced back from a loss to New Mexico last Thursday by dominating the Panthers over the final 20 minutes. Cincinnati trailed by as much as eight early but used a 14-2 run midway through the second half to take control.

Talib Zanna led Pitt (12-2, 0-1) with 16 points, and Lamar Patterson had 13 points, four rebounds and four assists, but the Panthers missed all 10 of their 3-point attempts as their eight-game winning streak ended with a thud.

SAINT LOUIS 60, NO. 20 NEW MEXICO 46

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cory Remekun scored a career-high 15 points and Cody Ellis had 13 to lead Saint Louis to an upset of New Mexico.

Mike McCall Jr. added 12 points for Saint Louis (10-3), which won its seventh in a row - the Billikens' longest win streak since they won eight in a row in 2003

Kendall Williams led New Mexico (13-2) with 15 points and Alex Kirk added 13. Lobos coach Steve Alford was ejected after receiving back-to-back technicals with 9:26 left in the game.

New Mexico was coming off a 55-54 upset at then-No. 8 Cincinnati on Thursday.

Saint Louis used early runs of 12-0 and 11-2 to take a 31-12 lead.

NO. 23 N.C. STATE 89, UNC GREENSBORO 68

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - C.J. Leslie scored 21 points and North Carolina State pulled away in the second half to beat UNC Greensboro.

Scott Wood and Lorenzo Brown added 15 points apiece, and the Wolfpack (11-2) kept UNC Greensboro off the boards after halftime while using a timely run to break open a surprisingly tight game.

Richard Howell had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and the nation's most accurate shooting team shot 53 percent in matching its longest winning streak since 2008 at seven games.

Freshman Kayel Locke had 21 points for the Spartans (2-9). The Southern Conference's top 3-point shooting team was just 2 of 17 from beyond the arc.

NO. 25 KANSAS ST. 70, SOUTH DAKOTA 50

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Nino Williams scored 16 points to help Kansas State beat South Dakota.

Rodney McGruder added 15 for the Wildcats (11-2), who dominated the boards and shot 50 percent to South Dakota's 32.7 percent.

Karim Rowson led the Coyotes (6-9) with 14 points. Juevol Miles, who transferred from Kansas State to South Dakota, had 13 points.

Trailing by 12 points, South Dakota started the second half with an 11-5 burst. Trevor Gruis' two foul shots with 15:13 to play cut the deficit to six points.

Kansas State led 44-39 with under 8 minutes left before taking control with a 12-0 run.

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Bradley Beal passing Wes Unseld on Wizards' scoring list a reminder of his place among franchise greats

Bradley Beal passing Wes Unseld on Wizards' scoring list a reminder of his place among franchise greats

WASHINGTON -- John Wall, Bradley Beal, Wes Unseld. That's how the Wizards' all-time scoring list reads from No.'s three through five after Monday's Wizards win over the Pistons, as Beal moved into sole possession of fourth place with a good chance of passing Wall before the season is over.

Unseld remains the most accomplished player in Wizards/Bullets franchise history as an NBA champion, 1977-78 Finals MVP, 1968-69 league MVP and rookie of the year plus a Hall of Fame induction. But Beal passing him is another reminder he already has a place among Wizards and Bullets luminaries.

"That's an honor because that list is full of greats, true Wizards and Bullets legends. To be a part of that is an honor," Beal said. 

Within the context of Wizards franchise history, Beal has already separated himself as one of the best to ever suit up. In addition to being fourth in points, he is the all-time leader in three-pointers, sixth in assists, seventh in steals and 10th in win shares. He also has the single-season record for threes. That's not bad for a guy who is 26 years old. 

The Wizards/Bullets franchise, of course, doesn't have the same historic success as others like the Celtics and Lakers, but it has been around for 59 seasons. During that time 444 different players have appeared in a game for them.

The franchise goes all the way back to 1962 when they were known as the Chicago Packers. Along the way, there have been more losses (2597) than wins (2142), but many All-Stars and decorated players have come through.

Continuing to make his mark on the Wizards/Bullets franchise seems to be genuinely important to Beal. During his halftime interview with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller, he mentioned the team's Baltimore days when discussing the Unseld feat. Back when he signed his contract extension in October, he explained the decision partly in terms of creating a legacy in Washington and taking the franchise to places it hasn't been in a long time.

On Monday, he alluded to those goals again.

"I never would have dreamt of that or thought of that coming here. To still be here is an honor, too. I'm just taking it in full stride. I've still got a lot more basketball to play, so who knows where I'll end up," he said.

Beal is well on his way to being widely known as one of the best players in Wizards/Bullets history. If he plays many more years in Washington and doesn't leave on bad terms, he will likely have his jersey retired someday.

But in order to reach the true top tier of Wizards/Bullets greats, he will have to lead them to some playoff success. Getting to the conference finals, where Washington hasn't been since the 1970s, would certainly stand out.

Still, if you were putting together a roster of the best players in Wizards/Bullets history, he would already be included.

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DeMatha basketball coaching legend Morgan Wootten in home hospice care

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DeMatha basketball coaching legend Morgan Wootten in home hospice care

DeMatha Catholic announced on Monday that former head basketball coach Morgan Wootten had been moved to home hospice care following a series of health problems for the 88-year-old.

Wootten, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, coached the Stags from 1956 to 2002. Under his guide, DeMatha won 33 WCAC championships, 22 D.C. titles and five mythical national championships. He was the first basketball coach at any level to reach 1,200 wins.

More than 150 of Wootten’s players went on to play at the college level, including 12 who made it to the NBA. Wootten himself was highly sought after by many college programs, but he declined them all to stay in Hyattsville, Maryland, and coach DeMatha.

While he hasn’t coached in nearly two decades, Wootten’s legacy lives on at WCAC rival program Bishop O’Connell, where his son Joe is the head basketball coach and athletic director.

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