No. 4 Syra­cuse rolls to rout at home of Long Beach St.

No. 2 Con­necti­cut women cruise in sec­ond half of win over No. 10 Penn St.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - KEVIN rivoli / ap PHOTO

C.J. Fair had 16 points and a ca­reer-high 13 re­bounds, Michael CarterWil­liams added 15 points and 10 as­sists, and No. 4 Syra­cuse beat Long Beach State 84-53 on Thurs­day night.

Syra­cuse (7-0) upped its home win­ning streak to 27 games, tops in the na­tion, and has won 49 con­sec­u­tive reg­u­lar-sea­son non­con­fer­ence games. Long Beach State (3-5) had a two-game win­ning streak snapped.

Bran­don Triche, Trevor Cooney and Ra­keem Christ­mas each added 11 points Syra­cuse.

Dan Jen­nings had a ca­reer-high 20 points for the 49ers.

No. 11 Cincin­nati 87, Arkansas-Lit­tle Rock 53: Sean Kil­patrick scored 10 of his 18 points in the sec­ond half, and the host Bearcats (8-0) set a school record with 23 steals in a rout of the Tro­jans (7-4).

No. 16 Creighton 64, Ne­braska 42: Doug McDermott scored 27 points, Gre­gory Echenique had 12 points and 12 re­bounds, and the Blue­jays (8-1) cruised past the host Corn­huskers (6-2) in the an­nual meet­ing of the state ri­vals. Creighton won in Lin­coln for the first time since 2004. State, which trailed by just six at half­time and by three early in the sec­ond half.

No. 4 Duke 85, Ge­or­gia Tech 52: Elizabeth Wil­liams had a ca­reer-high 25 points and 11 re­bounds, and the host Blue Devils (7-0, 1-0 ACC) routed the Yel­low Jack­ets (3-5, 0-1) for their 35th straight win in the se­ries. Tyaunna Mar­shall had 23 points on 10-of18 shoot­ing for Ge­or­gia Tech, but her team­mates were a com­bined 12 of 59.

No. 9 Mary­land 79, Vir­ginia 55: Tianna Hawkins had 20 points and 12 re­bounds, Alyssa Thomas contributed 20 points and 11 re­bounds, and the host Ter­rap­ins (52, 1-0) routed the Cava­liers (5-3, 0-1).

No. 15 Pur­due 69, IPFW 54: Court­ney Moses scored 19 points and Drey Mingo had 15 points and 11 re­bounds to lead the Boil­er­mak­ers (8-1) over the host Mastodons (5-3).

No. 13 Ok­la­homa 71, North Texas 68: Ni­cole Grif­fin had 15 points and nine re­bounds as the host Soon­ers (8-1) held off the Mean Green (2-6).

No. 16 Ok­la­homa State 85, Stephen F. Austin 41: Toni Young had 20 points and 12 re­bounds to help the Cow­girls (7-0) rout the Lady­jacks (4-4).

Arkansas 64, No. 17 Kansas 56: Quis­telle Wil­liams scored 15 points, Keira Peak had 10 points and 10 re­bounds, and the host Ra­zor­backs (8-1) topped the Jay­hawks (71), who got 21 points from An­gel Goodrich.

Iowa 50, No. 22 Iowa State 42: Melissa Dixon hit a pair of key bas­kets down the stretch to help the Hawkeyes (7-3) de­feat the host Cy­clones (5-1) de­spite blow­ing a 14-point lead. We’ve played well for most of the sea­son, but we have to be at our best ev­ery match from here on.”

Through the first two rounds of the NCAA tour­na­ment, Texas is ranked first in the na­tion in hit­ting per­cent­age (.320) and ninth in blocks (2.99 bps). Eck­er­man is ranked 10th in the na­tion for points (5.16 pps), 12th in kills (4.51 kps) and 28th in ser­vice aces (0.41 saps) while Bell is ranked 23rd na­tion­ally in blocks (1.38 bps).

Florida is led by Ziva Re­cek, a Slo­vakia na­tive who broke the Ga­tors’ fresh­man record for sin­gle-sea­son kills (429).

USC (29-5) is mak­ing its ninth ap­pear­ance in the round of 16 in 12 years un­der head coach Mick Ha­ley, who coached Texas from 1980-96 and won the Longhorns’ lone vol­ley­ball na­tional cham­pi­onship, in 1988.

The Tro­jans are led by Pac-12 fresh­man of the year Sa­man­tha Bri­cio, an out­side hit­ter, and Al­lAmer­i­can libero Natalie Hag­glund. USC’s Sara Shaw, an out­side hit­ter, was the 2009 Cen­tral Texas player of the year at West­lake.

Wi­chita State (24-9) fin­ished third in the Mis­souri Val­ley Con­fer­ence, but up­set Kansas in three games to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time in school his­tory.

The Shock­ers are led by mid­dle blocker Ash­ley An­drade, who av­er­aged 4.56 kills, 1.56 blocks and 5.56 points per set while hit­ting .507 in the first two rounds of the NCAA tour­na­ment.

Syra­cuse’s C. J. Fair (right) shoots over Long Beach State’s Kris Gul­ley dur­ing the first half. Fair had a dou­ble-dou­ble and Gul­ley scored four points.

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