No. 4 Syracuse blew most of a 12-point lead in the last 8 minutes and used one final defensive stop to squeeze past Maryland 57-55 on Monday night and end a two-game losing streak.
It was another close call for the Orange (26-2, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), whose previous four games were decided by a total of 12 points. Syracuse led 49-37 with 7:54 left but allowed Maryland to close to 56-55 with 47 seconds remaining.
After C.J. Fair missed a jumper for the Orange, Baye Moussa Keita blocked a driving layup by Nick Faust to keep Syracuse in front. Trevor Cooney was fouled and made one of two free throws with 4 seconds to go before Maryland's Seth Allen's game-ending jumper bounded off the back of the rim.
Tyler Ennis scored 20 points and Fair had 17 to help Orange coach Jim Boeheim secure his 946th career victory.
Oklahoma State 76, TCU 54: Marcus Smart felt at home in his first road game since returning from a three-game suspension for shoving a fan. Even if he didn't have his regular jersey.
Smart scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, Phil Forte matched his season high with 23 points and Oklahoma State pulled away from TCU for a 76-54 victory Monday night.
Forte scored 16 points in the first half and finished 5 of 10 from 3-point range as Oklahoma State (18-10, 6-9 Big 12) matched a season high with 14 3s and won its second straight after stopping a seven-game losing streak in Smart's return from the suspension.
Mississippi Gulf Coast 108, Northwest 97: The Bulldogs won their opening-round game at the MACJC State Tournament with their highest score of the year. Tony Bridges hit for 31 points, Roger Woods 25, Rashad Perkins 19 and Chris Bilbo 13. MGCCC will meet host Itawamba in the second round at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
East Mississippi 73, Pearl River 68: East Mississippi rallied to eliminate 2013 state champ Pearl River (16-7) Monday at the MACJC State Tournament. Quintarius Porter led PRCC with 17 points, DeAngelo Coleman 12 and Jeremy Hollimon's 11.
No. 6 Baylor 96, Oklahoma 89: Odyssey Sims scored 38 points and Nina Davis added 28 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 6 Baylor beat Oklahoma 96-89 on Monday night.
Makenzie Robertson added 11 points for the Lady Bears (25-3, 15-1 Big 12).
Ellenberg, who finished with 29 points, was playing her first game since suffering a concussion against Oklahoma State on Feb. 16.
No. 16 Nebraska 94, No. 8 Penn State 74: Tear'a Laudermill scored 22 of her career-high 27 points and made six of her seven 3-pointers in the first half, and Nebraska defeated Penn State to stay alive in the Big Ten race.
The Cornhuskers (21-5, 11-3) extended their winning streak to a season-best eight games and pulled within a half-game of the two-time defending champion Lady Lions (21-6, 12-3). The Huskers have two games remaining in the regular season and the Lady Lions have one.
No. 21 Michigan State 75, Minnesota 61: Tori Jankoska scored 16 of her 21 points in the first half, including four 3-pointers, as Michigan State beat Minnesota.
The Spartans (19-8, 11-3 Big Ten) are now tied in the conference loss column with No. 16 Nebraska and No. 8 Penn State.