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No. 4 Syracuse beats Maryland 57-55 to end skid

2014-02-24T21:00:00Z 2014-02-25T16:45:09Z No. 4 Syracuse beats Maryland 57-55 to end skidThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 24, 2014 9:00 pm  • 

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, including losses to Boston College and Maryland. 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 point and Fair had 17 to help Orange coach Jim Boeheim secure his 946th career victory.

Allen scored 22 points for the Terps (15-13, 7-8).

Iowa's McCaffery tells players to get off Twitter: Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has instructed the Hawkeyes to shut down their Twitter accounts for the rest of the season after senior Zach McCabe exchanged barbs with detractors on the social media service.

McCabe air-balled a 3-pointer that could have tied the game with 16 seconds left against Wisconsin on Saturday. The 20th-ranked Hawkeyes went on to lose 79-74.

McCabe responded to negative comments directed at him on Twitter by lashing out at his critics after the game. McCabe deleted the post and apologized.

McCaffery says his overall impressions of social media are negative and that he'd prefer his players keep their focus on Iowa's upcoming games. He said his players are free to resume tweeting once the season is over.

Georgia needs more wins to join NCAA bubble watch: The SEC standings make Georgia look like a team worthy of NCAA tournament consideration.

The RPI tells a different story.

Georgia, which plays Missouri on Tuesday night, has a firm hold on third place in the Southeastern Conference at 9-5. The Bulldogs are two games ahead of a pack of seven teams tied for fourth, including Missouri.

A poor start to the season has Georgia only 15-11 overall and, with a RPI of 89, excluded from most NCAA bubble watch talk.

The Bulldogs need a strong finish in their final four regular-season games, including wins this week over Missouri (19-8, 7-7 SEC) and Arkansas (18-9, 7-7), to earn more NCAA credibility.

"I always believed in this group," junior forward Marcus Thornton said Monday. "For us to get there we had to believe in each other. For us to go further we have to continue to believe the same thing."

Led by sophomore guards Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines, Georgia has won five of six to trail only No. 1 Florida and No. 17 Kentucky in the conference.

Wyoming guard Hankerson suspended: Wyoming junior guard Charles Hankerson Jr. has been suspended indefinitely from the team.

Coach Larry Shyatt announced the suspension Monday. No other details on the suspension were released.

Hankerson is the second Cowboys player to be suspended indefinitely in as many weeks.

Freshman forward Keonta Vernon was suspended last Wednesday.

Hankerson has played in 27 games this season, including making one start. He is averaging 5.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in just over 17 minutes of action.

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