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Last night's big action took place on the court at Madison Square Garden, even with the suddenly-good Knicks on an off-night. A couple of Top 25 matchups squared off at the Jimmy V Classic, while an unranked underdog knocked off No. 13 Georgetown in the women's scene. Not to mention a whole plate of NBA action. Here's what you missed:
Men's college basketball: The rankings proved right in this year's Jimmy V Classic, as the two higher seeds got the "W's" at Madison Square Garden. Despite 12 first-half turnovers, No. 4 Kansas handed No. 14 Memphis its first loss of the year, 81-68. Twin brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris put up 16 and 14 points, respectively, for the Jayhawks, who stayed perfect on the year at 8-0.
No. 7 Syracuse took an early lead and never looked back, handling No. 8 Michigan State 72-58. Cuse forward Rick Jackson helped the Orange stay unbeaten with 17 points and 16 boards, while teammate Scoop Jardine added 19 in the win. The loss was the Spartans' first in three appearances in the Classic but their fourth straight defeat at the hands of the Orange.
Women's college basketball: An unranked 8-1 Miami team upset No. 13 Georgetown in overtime. Riquna Williams led the way for the Hurricanes with 23 points and six boards, Shenise Johnson added 17. The Hoyas shot just 38.4 percent from the field and went cold in the extra session, hitting just two of their nine shots.
NBA: Dirk Nowitzki put up 25 points to help the Mavs to a 10th straight win, 105-100 over Golden State. The loss was the Warriors' ninth in their last 10 games; they fall to 8-13 on the year. ... Out in Charlotte, the Nuggets fell to the Bobcats 100-98, snapping their seven-game win streak and failing in George Karl's bid for a 1,000th career win. ... The 76ers dealt the Cavs a 117-97 defeat in Philly behind a season-high 25 points from forward Thaddeus Young. ... In Atlanta, Josh Smith helped the Hawks win their eighth game in nine tries, putting up a season high 34 points in Atlanta's 116-101 victory.