SYRACUSE, N.Y. — James Southerland scored 20 points, Michael Carter-Williams had 15 points and 12 assists, and No. 8 Syracuse beat Providence 84-59 in men’s college basketball Wednesday night.
Syracuse (22-4, 10-3 Big East) has won 38 straight home games, the longest active streak in Division I, and moved into a tie with Marquette and No. 11 Georgetown atop the conference standings.
Providence (14-12, 6-8) had won four straight in the Big East, including wins over then-No. 17 Cincinnati and then-No. 21 Notre Dame.
Carter-Williams notched at least 10 assists for the 10th time this season, but only the second time in a league game. He ranked second nationally entering the game, averaging eight assists per game. C.J. Fair had 20 points and 10 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the season, and Brandon Triche had 14 points for Syracuse.
Providence guard Vincent Council (424) had 15 points and seven assists to become the Big East’s all-time assists leader with 431 — eclipsing former Syracuse star Sherman Douglas’ previous record of 426, set from 1985-89.
LaDontae Henton had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Kadeem Batts had 13 points.
No. 11 Georgetown 90, DePaul 66: In Washington, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored a career-high 33 points, the most by any Georgetown player this season, and the No. 11 Hoyas moved back into a tie for first place in the Big East with a 90-66 win over DePaul.
Smith-Rivera went 10-for-12 from the field, 8-for-10 from the free-throw line and was 5-of-6 on 3-pointers, scoring the most points by a Georgetown freshman in John Thompson III’s nine seasons as coach.
Nate Lubick added 15 points, and Jabril Trawick had 13 as the Hoyas pulled away with a 15-4 run at the end of the half. They won their eighth straight on a night when they barely needed marquee player Otto Porter, who scored 11 points and sat out the final 17 minutes after banging his right knee in the first half.
No. 18 Ohio State 71, Minnesota 45: In Columbus, Ohio, Deshaun Thomas overcame a slow start to score 19 points and Ohio State used a 16-0 second-half run to beat Minnesota.
Shannon Scott added 11 points and LaQuinton Ross 10 for the Buckeyes (19-7, 9-5 Big Ten).
Andre Hollins had 11 points and Oto Osenieks 10 for Minnesota (18-9, 6-8), which had a season-high 24 turnovers and shot just 29 percent from the field (14-of-48).
No. 19 Wisconsin 69, Northwestern 41: In Evanston, Ill., Jared Berggren and Ben Brust each scored 12 points for Wisconsin.
The balanced Badgers (19-8, 10-4 Big Ten) had five players with at least eight points and held the Wildcats to 29-percent shooting. Brust and Berggren also had eight rebounds apiece.
Reggie Hearn scored 13 for Northwestern (13-14, 4-10).
No. 21 Memphis 81, Houston 74: In Memphis, Tenn., Adonis Thomas scored 22 points, and Chris Crawford had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis.
Thomas also had eight rebounds, and Crawford finished one assist shy of a triple-double as the Tigers (23-2, 12-0 Conference USA) held on through a final flurry by the Cougars. Tarik Black scored 15 points, while D. J. Stephens had 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 10 rebounds for Memphis. Joe Jackson also scored 11 points with six assists.
Joseph Young led the Cougars (15-10, 4-8) with 22 points, while TaShawn Thomas added 20 points. Danuel House scored 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting.