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Top-Ranked Kentucky, Syracuse Clinch College Basketball Conference Titles

February 26, 2012

Top-ranked University of Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt University 83-74 and No. 2 Syracuse beat the University of Connecticut 71-69 to win their respective men’s college basketball conference titles.

Kentucky clinched the Southeastern Conference regular- season title and Syracuse claimed the top spot in the Big East Conference.

At Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, Anthony Davis scored a career-high 28 points last night for the Wildcats.

“Whatever they gave me, I fed off of it,” Davis told reporters.

The Wildcats (28-1, 14-0 SEC) have won 51 consecutive home games and the last 20 games overall. Kentucky can go undefeated for the third time in the SEC with victories against Georgia and Florida in the next week.

Jeffery Taylor scored 19 points for Vanderbilt (20-9, 9-5 SEC), who had a 37-36 halftime advantage.

At Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut, Fab Melo scored 11 points, including a final follow-up dunk with 31 seconds left to give Syracuse the victory.

Kris Joseph scored 21 points for the Orange and Dion Waiters had 10.

Jeremy Lamb had 19 points and Andre Drummond had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Huskies (17-11, 7-9 Big East), who tied the game with 47 seconds left to play after being down by 17 points at the half.

“We should have won that game,” Drummond told reporters. “We had a couple of tough plays down the stretch and they made their shots. At the end of the game, we didn’t get the foul call that we were looking for.”

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