ROSEMONT | Billy Garrett Jr. scored eight points in overtime as DePaul beat Chicago State 77-70 on Sunday, barely continuing their dominance of the Cougars.
Tied at 62, Chicago State (4-6) had a chance to take the lead with 17 seconds left in regulation but Quinton Pippen's running 3-pointer from the left wing was long, and DePaul rebounded. Cleveland Melvin then had a chance to win the game for DePaul, but his lay-up attempt with three seconds remaining was blocked, sending the game to overtime.
The Blue Demons then scored the first six points of the extra session, before closing out the game to beat Chicago State for the 12th straight time.
Melvin scored 18 and Garrett had 17 for the Blue Demons (6-4), who have won two straight after losing three of four.
Melvin, playing in his 100th career game, also passed Dallas Comegys (1,613) for seventh on the school's all-time scoring list is nearing Stephen Howard (1,691) for sixth.
DePaul led by as many as 12 in the second half but Chicago State took the lead 59-58 with 5:10 left on a Matt Ross 3-pointer, capping off an 11-0 run. Chicago State then went ahead for the last time on Corey Gray's 3-pointer with 1:21 remaining, before Brandon Young made a free throw to tie the game at 62.
DePaul is in the middle of a stretch of three games in seven days, wrapping up when it hosts Houston Baptist on Wednesday.
No. 2 Syracuse 68, St. John's 64: C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis each scored 21 points, and No. 2 Syracuse pulled out a victory at Madison Square Garden.
Fair hit three big shots from the same spot — about 15 feet from the basket on the right baseline. The smooth left-handed shooter tied the game from there at 58 with 6:51 to go, then he made two more in the final 3 minutes as the Orange (10-0) were able to open a lead as big as seven points.
Ennis had 15 points in the first half as Syracuse took a 39-27 lead. The Red Storm (6-3) chipped away and were able to tie it at 53 on three free throws by Rysheed Jordan with 9:16 to go. There were then four lead changes and three ties as Syracuse became the second highly ranked team to escape this weekend.
No. 10 Villanova 73, La Salle 52: Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and Josh Hart added 13, lifting undefeated Villanova past La Salle.
The Wildcats are 10-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season, and three shy of matching the program-best 13-0 start in 1937-38. The Wildcats have now thumped city rivals Penn, Saint Joseph's and the Explorers (5-5) by at least 20 points in each game.
No. 18 Purdue 71, Kansas 68: Courtney Moses scored a game-high 21 points and No. 18 Purdue held on for the win.
Moses hit a jumper to give Purdue (7-2) a 68-66 lead with 1:04 remaining. Kansas (5-5) answered with an Asia Boyd layup to tie it with 36 seconds to play.
Purdue's Whitney Bays was fouled by Chelsea Gardner at the 12-second mark. Bays made one of two free throws, putting the Boilermakers ahead 69-68.
After both teams called timeouts, Boyd missed what would have been the go-ahead layup with two seconds to play. KK Houser grabbed the rebound and was fouled by Boyd. Houser made both free throws to end the game.
Houser scored 14 points with eight assists. Bays added 12 points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds.
Gardner and Boyd each scored 17 points, and Charlicia Harper added 10 to lead the Jayhawks.
No. 5 Kentucky 73, ETSU 56: Janee Thompson and Samarie Walker each scored 12 points to lead fifth-ranked Kentucky.
The Wildcats tied a school record with their 11th consecutive victory to open the season.
No. 9 Baylor 100, Houston Baptist 57: Odyssey Sims had 25 points and seven assists, Nina Davis added 16 points to help Baylor rout Houston Baptist.
The Lady Bears (8-1) extended their home-court winning streak to a nation's-best 65 games. They were playing for the first time since a 133-130, four-overtime loss to No. 5 Kentucky at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium Dec. 6.
No. 12 Penn St. 66, No. 24 Texas A&M 58: Maggie Lucas scored 26 points in Penn State's victory over Texas A&M.
Ariel Edwards added 14 points for Penn State (7-3). Courtney Walker led Texas A&M (6-3) with 20 points, and Tori Scott had 14.
No. 13 LSU 58, Arkansas-Little Rock 51: Theresa Plaisance had 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in LSU's comeback victory over Arkansas-Little Rock 58-51 on Sunday.
LSU (8-1) trailed 30-24 at half before opening the second half on a 16-5 run, led by 10 points from Raigyne Moncrief during the stretch. Plaisance scored 15 of her season-high 19 points in the second half.
No. 16 Georgia 91, Kennesaw St. 32: Merritt Hempe scored 14 of her career-high 18 points in the first half to help Georgia rout Kennesaw State.
Shacobla Barbee and Tiaria Griffin each had 13 points for Georgia (10-0). Kristina Wells and Bria Young led the Owls (1-8) with 12 points each.
No. 20 Oklahoma 105, Md. Eastern Shore 46: Nicole Kornet scored a career-high 26 points for Oklahoma
Kaylon Williams added 14 points for Oklahoma (7-3). Alexis Udoji had 13 points to lead Maryland-Eastern Shore (3-6).
No. 22 California 70, CSU Bakersfield 51: Hind Ben Abdelkader scored a career-high 18 points, Reshanda Gray added 14 in California's victory over Cal State Bakersfield.
Ben Abdelkader made six 3-pointers, including five in a row in the second half to help California (7-2) extend its winning streak to seven. Tyonna Outland had 13 points for Cal State Bakersfield (3-6).