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NEW YORK (AP) -- Fab Melo scored a career-high 14 points in his return after a three-game absence and Jim Boeheim tied Dean Smith for third place on the victory list with win No. 879 as No. 2 Syracuse dominated St. John's 95-70 on Saturday.

Syracuse (23-1, 10-1 Big East) rallied behind the return of the 7-foot Melo, taking a 41-27 halftime lead and blowing it open by starting the second half on a 16-3 run in front of a sellout crowd of 19,979 at Madison Square Garden, most of whom were wearing orange.

Melo missed the last three games as he resolved an academic issue. He had been allowed to practice with the team and he looked ready from the start of his first game back, once again a force in the middle on the back line of the 2-3 zone.

After tying Smith, the longtime coach at North Carolina, Boeheim trails only fellow Hall of Famers Mike Krzyzewski (919) and Bob Knight (902) on the career wins list.

D'Angelo Harrison had 23 points for the Red Storm (10-13, 4-7).

NO. 3 OHIO STATE 58, NO. 19 WISCONSIN 52

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Jared Sullinger scored 24 points and William Buford hit a critical 3-pointer down the stretch, leading Ohio State to the victory.

Deshaun Thomas scored 16 points and Buford added 11 for the Buckeyes (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten), who held onto their lead in the conference standings. Sullinger also had 10 rebounds.

Ryan Evans scored 14 points for the Badgers (18-6, 7-4), who were 5 for 27 from 3-point range.

Ohio State ended a nine-game losing streak to Wisconsin in Madison -- and avoided a repeat of last year's comeback by the Badgers.

NO. 6 BAYLOR 64, OKLAHOMA STATE 60

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Perry Jones III had 16 points and 11 rebounds in Baylor's tight win, and Quincy Acy provided the go-ahead basket and a key offensive rebound down the stretch.

The Cowboys (11-12, 4-6 Big 12) rallied from a nine-point deficit to take a 57-56 lead on Keiton Page's wide-open 3-pointer from the right wing with 1:42 to play.

After a timeout, Acy answered at the other end with a layup set up by Pierre Jackson's drive. Acy also grabbed the rebound when Brady Heslip missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity with 6.8 seconds left, allowing Anthony Jones to hit two foul shots to close it out for Baylor (21-2, 8-2).

Brian Williams scored a career-high 23 points for Oklahoma State, which was bidding to win back-to-back home games against top-10 opponents.

NO. 12 FLORIDA 73, NO. 25 VANDERBILT 65

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Kenny Boynton scored 18 points and Bradley Beal added 16, lifting Florida to its seventh consecutive victory.

Boynton and Beal came up huge in the second half. Beal scored 14 points after halftime. Boynton drained a 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining after the Commodores made it a four-point game and then sank two free throws with 25.9 seconds left to seal Florida's 19th consecutive victory at home.

The Gators (19-4, 7-1 Southeastern Conference), returning to the court about 36 hours after their last win, made 11 of 24 shots from behind the arc.

Vanderbilt (16-7, 5-3) committed 17 turnovers, most of them against double teams that followed made baskets. Jeffery Taylor led the Commodores with 25 points.

NO. 14 GEORGETOWN 75, SOUTH FLORIDA 45

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Henry Sims scored 13 points and nine rebounds, and Georgetown held South Florida without a point for nearly 11 minutes in the first half.

Otto Porter added 12 points, and Jason Clark had 11 for the Hoyas (18-4, 8-3 Big East), who led 18-5 late in the first half and spent much of the second half with a 20-point cushion.

Augustus Gilchrist scored 15 points to lead the Bulls (13-10, 6-4), who shot 26 percent in the first half and 31 percent for the game. They also committed 17 turnovers.

The 11 a.m. tipoff between the Big East's two stingiest defenses was expected to be low-scoring, but South Florida put on an incredible display of offensive ineptitude when they committed turnovers on nine straight possessions during a 14-0 Georgetown run.

NOTRE DAME 76, NO. 15 MARQUETTE 59

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Freshman Pat Connaughton had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Notre Dame made 11 3-pointers in the victory.

Connaughton shot 5 for 8 from long range, helping the Irish (15-8, 7-3 Big East) earn their fourth consecutive win. Notre Dame has defeated five ranked opponents this season.

Eric Atkins chipped in 18 points and Jerian Grant had 12 in a strong performance by the Irish backcourt.

Marquette (19-5, 8-3) had won seven straight Big East games. Darius Johnson-Odom scored 10 points for the Golden Eagles in the first half, but was held to just two points the rest of the game.

NO. 21 FLORIDA STATE 58, NO. 16 VIRGINIA 55

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Reserve Okaro White scored 13 points, Xavier Gibson added 10 points and Florida State earned its seventh straight Atlantic Coast Conference victory.

Virginia (17-4, 4-3) trailed by 13 in the second half but couldn't complete the comeback. Virginia's four losses this season have come by a total of 10 points.

Mike Scott and Joe Harris led the Cavaliers with 16 points apiece. Scott also had a game-high 11 rebounds.

It's the first time Florida State (16-6, 7-1) has won seven straight games in ACC play since joining the league in 1991-92.