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I Slept On It: Syracuse Avoids Letdown, Oklahoma State And Iowa State Go 3 OTs

On Monday night, the nation's new No. 1 team followed its huge win Saturday with a gutsy effort. Later, two middle of the pack Big 12 teams played an absolute thriller in Stillwater.

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Trevor Cooney scored a career-high 33 points, tying a single-game school record for three-pointers (nine on 12 attempts), and Syracuse (22-0, 9-0) needed just about every single one to defeat feisty Notre Dame (12-11, 3-7). C.J. Fair (2-13 from the field, six points) and Jerami Grant (3-8 for nine points) couldn't repeat Saturday's career efforts, while Garrick Sherman led the vanquished with 16 points.

Big 12

Iowa State (17-4, 5-4) outlasted Oklahoma State (16-6, 4-5) in a triple-overtime game in Stillwater. Naz Long's three-pointer at the end of OT number two -- his first points in two games -- sent what was an already crazy game to a third extra session. At the end of that period, the Cowboys got a Markel Brown dunk to cut the Cyclone lead to one, then a Brian Williams steal with 11 seconds left. After a held ball resulted in yet one more chance for the Pokes to win it, Le`Bryan Nash missed a jumper to give Fred Hoiberg's team a 98-97 win. As a result, Iowa State remains among the Top 16 in this week's bracket, while Oklahoma State, loser of three in a row, drops down from a four seed to a six.

Big East

Xavier (15-7, 5-4) dropped its third in a row, falling by a 23-point margin to Villanova (20-2, 8-1) at the Pavilion. The Wildcats' James Bell led all scorers with 27 on the night, knocking down six of his 10 attempts from beyond the arc. Nova will remain on the two line in Tuesday's bracket, while Xavier moves ever closer to the cut line.
Georgetown (13-9, 4-6), meanwhile, is moving back toward the field, as the Hoyas picked up their second win in a row, toppling DePaul (10-13, 2-8) by 12 in Rosemont.


Delaware (17-7, 9-0) kept its perfect CAA record intact by disposing of Northeastern (7-16. 4-5), 80-67. In the Sun Belt, Georgia State (16-6, 9-0) did the same, without the wackiness necessary to beat UT Arlington on Saturday, as they blasted South Alabama (7-15, 1-8) by 20.

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