PROVO -- Matt Carlino scored 22 points and Noah Hartsock 21 to guide BYU past UC Santa Barbara 89-75 on Thursday night.
Brandon Davies added 17 and Charles Abouo 16 for the Cougars (10-3), who won their second in a row. Carlino also had six assists.
Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally scored 22 points apiece for the Gauchos (5-5), who dropped their third straight. Jaime Serna added 12 points and Kyle Boswell 10. Johnson had a game-high nine rebounds.
Though making three fewer baskets than UC Santa Barbara, BYU's big advantage came at the free throw line. The Cougars converted 27 of 37 foul shots -- including 9 of 9 by Abouo and 7 of 8 by Hartsock -- to just 7 of 12 for the Gauchos.
* SOUTHERN UTAH 61, UC DAVIS 52: At Cedar City, Ramell Taylor scored 17 points to lead four Southern Utah players in double figures and the Thunderbirds outlasted UC Davis 61-52 Thursday night.
Matt Massey had 14 points, Damon Heuir scored 11 and Jackson Stevenett finished with 10 for Southern Utah (5-6), who never trailed in the game but never really had control until the last 3 minutes.
The Thunderbirds, who had lost their previous three games, made only one 3-pointer in the game, by Heuir, but went 23 for 28 from the free-throw line compared to 13 of 18 for UC Davis. Taylor also had a game-high seven rebounds.
* MONTANA 65, UTAH VALLEY 52: At Missoula, Mont., Kareem Jamar and Mathias Ward scored 15 points each, and Montana came alive in the second half Thursday en route to a 65-52 victory over Utah Valley.
Ben Aird led the Wolverines (6-8) with 12 points, and Geddes Robinson pulled down 10 rebounds.
* NO. 1 SYRACUSE 80, TULANE 61: At Syracuse, N.Y., James Southerland and Brandon Triche each hit a pair of 3-pointers to key a 19-point first-half surge and Syracuse remained unbeaten. It's the third straight season Syracuse has won its first 13 games. The Orange have won three straight since reaching the top spot in the rankings 10 days ago, including victories over North Carolina State and Bucknell.
* NO. 2 OHIO STATE 69, MIAMI (OHIO) 40: At Columbus, Ohio, William Buford scored 18 points and Aaron Craft dominated at both ends for Ohio State. Deshaun Thomas added 15 points and Jared Sullinger 11 for the Buckeyes (12-1), who won their 33rd straight at home.
* NO. 3 KENTUCKY 87, LOYOLA (MD.) 63: At Lexington, Ky., Reserve Kyle Wiltjer scored a personal-best 24 points and a trio of freshmen sparked Kentucky on a 17-2 second-half run for the Wildcats' 42nd straight home win.
* NO. 8 CONNECTICUT 79, FAIRFIELD 71: At Hartford, Conn., Shabazz Napier scored 24 points to lead Connecticut in the final game before coach Jim Calhoun serves a three-game suspension for NCAA recruiting violations.
Jeremy Lamb added 18 points and Andre Drummond had 16 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks for the Huskies (10-1), who won their 41st straight non-conference game.
SBlt NO. 9 MISSOURI 78, NO. 25 ILLINOIS 74: At St. Louis, Phil Pressey had 18 points, five assists and two steals, and Missouri held off a second-half charge by Illinois in the annual Braggin' Rights game.
Reserve Michael Dixon added 18 points and Ricardo Ratliffe had 14 for Missouri, which squandered a 13-point cushion before recovering.
* NO. 10 MARQUETTE 64, WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE 50: At Milwaukee, Junior Cadougan tied his career high with 15 points and Marquette beat cross-town rival Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the 39th straight time.
* NO. 11 FLORIDA 82, FLORIDA STATE 64: At Gainesville, Fla., Bradley Beal scored 21 points and Patric Young added 15 to lead Florida to its fifth straight win overall and 12th straight at home.
* NO. 16 GEORGETOWN 70, MEMPHIS 59: At Washington, Jason Clark scored 18 points and Hollis Thompson added 17 as Georgetown extended its winning streak to eight games.
* NO. 17 INDIANA 89, UMBC 47: At Bloomington, Ind., Matt Roth scored a season-high 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc to lead the depleted Hoosiers.
* NO. 18 MISSISSIPPI STATE 82, NORTHWESTERN STATE 67: At Jackson, Miss., Arnett Moultrie had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season for Mississippi State.
* NO. 19 MICHIGAN STATE 90, LEHIGH 81: At East Lansing, Mich., Keith Appling scored 19 points, including all 12 of his free throws, and had seven rebounds to lead Michigan State.
* NO. 20 MICHIGAN 77, BRADLEY 66: At Ann Arbor, Mich., Evan Smotrycz had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Tim Hardaway Jr. added a soaring dunk during a decisive run in the second half to lead Michigan.
* NO. 23 CREIGHTON 87, NORTHWESTERN 79: At Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half and Creighton defeated a Big Ten opponent for the third time this season.