Syracuse's Jerami Grant grabs a rebound against Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton, left, and Demetrius Jackson, during the first half Monday. No. 1 Syracuse defeated Notre Dame, 61-55. (Kevin Rivoli / Associated Press)
Syracuse, N.Y. — Trevor Cooney has his shooting touch back — just in the nick of time for top-ranked Syracuse.
Cooney scored a career-high 33 points, matching a school record with nine 3-pointers, and the Orange beat Notre Dame, 61-55, on Monday night in another matchup of former Big East foes.
After struggling to a woeful 25.4 percent (14-of-55) from behind the arc in his first seven Atlantic Coast Conference games, Cooney has hit 11 of 13 in the past two games and was the difference against the Irish as the Orange’s front line faltered.
“It feels good,” Cooney said. “I kind of got going and guys just found me in good spots.”
Syracuse (22-0, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which moved to No. 1 earlier in the day after its scintillating 91-89 overtime victory over Duke on Saturday night and Arizona’s loss to California, extended its school record for most consecutive wins to start a season.
Garrick Sherman scored 16 for Notre Dame (12-11, 3-7), which has lost seven of nine.
(At) No. 6 Villanova 81, Xavier 58: James Bell hit six 3-pointers and scored 27 points and Darrun Hilliard had 17 to lead the Wildcats (20-2, 8-1 Big East), who never trailed en route to their fourth straight victory.
Semaj Christon led Xavier (15-7, 5-4) with 17 points and Matt Stainbrook had 14.
No. 16 Iowa State 98, (at) No. 19 Oklahoma State 97 (3OT): DeAndre Kane had 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to help Iowa State defeat Oklahoma State. The win was Iowa State's first in Stillwater since March 2, 1988 — a span of 18 games.
Melvin Ejim had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Georges Niang scored 17 points and Dustin Hogue added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Cyclones (17-4, 5-4 Big 12), who have beaten six ranked teams this season.
Le'Bryan Nash scored 26 points, Marcus Smart had 20 points and eight assists and Markel Brown added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma State (16-6, 4-5).
(At) Lake Superior State 84, Wayne State 73: Derek Billing scored a game-high 24 while Cameron Metz and Alex Williams each had 19 for the Lakers (20-3 overall, 12-3 GLIAC). Gerald Williams-Taylor scored 12 for Wayne State (10-8, 8-7).
Wayne State 81, (at) Lake Superior State 71: Shareta Brown had a game-high 25 points and 19 rebounds while Imari Redfield added 14 points and Jackie Jones 13 to lead the Warriors (17-2, 14-1 GLIAC). Stephanie Fisher scored 19 and Laura Vanes had 17 for Lake Superior (5-16, 5-10).
Highly touted freshman Chris Walker makes his long anticipated debut for Florida tonight against Missouri.
... Oklahoma State freshman guard Stevie Clark, arrested twice since the start of 2014, has been kicked off the team.
... Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory says sophomore guard Solomon Poole has been dismissed from the team because of “conduct and accountability issues.”
... Wyoming sophomore guard Josh Adams has been suspended for one game by the Mountain West Conference over an altercation with Utah State’s Spencer Butterfield on Saturday.
... Arkansas coach Mike Anderson says junior Alandise Harris and sophomore Michael Qualls have been reinstated from their one-game suspensions and will play against Alabama.