— From staff and news services

WASHINGTON — Andy Rautins scored 26 points, and No. 5 Syracuse blew most of a 23-point lead before escaping with an exhausting 75-71 win over No. 10 Georgetown on Thursday night.

The Orange (25-2, 12-2 Big East) never trailed in improving to 7-0 on the road and 6-0 against ranked teams. Coming off a home loss to Louisville, Syracuse built an 11-point lead in the opening 4 minutes and led 60-37 with 12:37 left.

That’s when the Hoyas (18-7, 8-6) finally found their shooting touch — and the Orange went cold. Syracuse made only two baskets in the final 8 minutes, and shot 33 percent with 10 turnovers in the second half.

MINNESOTA 68, (14) WISCONSIN 52: Blake Hoffarber had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Minnesota (15-10, 6-7 Big Ten) to an upset of the visiting Badgers (19-7, 9-5).

(17) VANDERBILT 82, MISSISSIPPI 78: A.J. Ogilvy scored 27 points and made all eight free throws in the final 4 minutes to lead the Commodores (20-5, 9-2 SEC) past the Rebels (17-8, 5-6) at Oxford, Miss.

(19) PITTSBURGH 58, MARQUETTE 51: Gary McGhee had 10 points and six blocked shots to lead the Panthers (20-6, 9-4 Big East) to a win at Milwaukee over the Golden Eagles (16-9, 7-6).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

EMERSON 70, ST. JOSEPH’S 61: Lauren Zaniboni had 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Lions (13-11, 8-3 GNAC) past the Monks (12-12, 7-5) at Boston.

Olivia DiNucci added 17 points and Theresa McCabe had 14 for Emerson.

Ashley Geel had 16 points for St. Joseph’s.

(7) OHIO STATE 83, WISCONSIN 78: Samantha Prahalis scored 25 points and Jantel Lavender had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Buckeyes (26-3, 14-2 Big Ten) past the Badgers (18-8, 8-7) in Madison, Wisc.

(10) FLORIDA STATE 78, VIRGINIA TECH 68: Jacinta Monroe had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Seminoles (23-4, 9-2 ACC) past the Hokies (13-13, 2-9) in Tallahassee, Fla.

(23) LSU 55, (25) VANDERBILT 39: Katherine Graham scored 15 points to help the Tigers (18-7, 7-6 SEC) top the Commodores (18-8, 7-6) in Baton Rouge, La.

MAINE: Guard Amanda Tewksbury will miss the rest of the season because of an ongoing knee injury.

Tewksbury, a senior, averaged 8.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in 22 starts this year.

She will not need surgery, but will be out long enough to miss the final two games and the America East tournament. Maine is 8-18, 4-10 in the league.