Syracuse 81, Akron 51
CS Northridge Tops Kent State, 89-85, In OT
Cal State Northridge's Joey Busch, right, has the ball knocked away by Kent State's Kyrem Massey (33) as he drives to the basket in the first half.|
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MILWAUKEE (AP) - John Burrell made a 3-pointer to force overtime and Jeff Parris scored 26 points to lead Cal State Northridge to an 89-85 win over Kent State in
overtime in Friday's first game of the Blue and Gold Coca-Cola Classic.
Kent State (1-2) led 76-72 with 31 seconds left in regulation when Burrell hit two free throws to cut the lead to two. After a free throw by Kent State's Trevor Huffman,
Burrell hit his 3-pointer with two seconds left to tie it.
Parris, who played only 26 minutes because of foul difficulties, scored on a layup to start overtime. Two free throws by Brian Heinle and a 3-pointer by Markus Carr during
a 7-2 run gave the Madators (4-1) an 84-79 lead.
The Flashes closed to 87-85 with 16 seconds left before Carr made two free throws with 14 seconds to play.
Burrell scored 21 points, Heinle 12 and Carr 11 for the Matadors, who had a 41-34 edge in rebounding and shot 55 percent (28-of-51) from the field.
Huffman scored 21 points, Andrew Mitchell 18, Kyrem Massey 16 and Demetric Shaw 10 for the Flashes, who shot only 38 percent (23-or-60).
The game was marred by 56 fouls as the teams combined to shoot 75 free throws. Five players fouled out.
Ball State Knocks Off Anderson, 80-76
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Theron Smith recorded a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds as Ball State beat Anderson 80-76 on Friday in the First Merchants
Smith led four Cardinals in double-digits. Lonnie Jones scored 18, Patrick Jackson had 17 and Josh Murray added 10.
Ball State (2-2) jumped out to a 12-3 lead, and led by as many as 14 points.
The Cardinals made three of their four 3-pointers in the first half and closed out the half with a 40-30 lead.
Anderson (5-1) opened the second half with an 11-1 run, capped by two straight 3-pointers by Adam Galema to tie the score 41-41. But Anderson could not get the lead
and found themselves down by 10 at the 5:39 mark.
The Cardinals led by eight late in the game, but a 3-pointer by Jim Scarbeary and three straight free throws by Travis Daugherty got Anderson to 78-76. However, there
were only two seconds left and Ball State converted some insurance free-throws.
Scarbeary led Anderson with 21 points, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range. Travis Daugherty scored 17 and Chris Seelbach added 12.
Both teams shot 50 percent from the field. Anderson went 12-of-26 from 3-point range while the Cardinals were only 4-of-17.
Akron Falls To No. 20 Syracuse, 81-51
Akron's Marco Morgan (25) and Andy Hipsher (34) pull down a defensive rebound together against Syracuse.|
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AP Sports Writer
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Preston Shumpert scored 25 points and Damone Brown added 21 on Friday night as No. 20 Syracuse beat Akron 81-51 in the first round of the
Syracuse (6-0) will play Virginia Tech (2-3) for the championship Saturday night. The Hokies defeated Fairfield 65-61.
The Orangemen broke away from a 27-22 lead with a 20-point run over a span of six minutes at the end of the first half and start of the second.
David Falknor led Akron (1-1) with 12 points, and Nate Schindewolf and Bruce Weinkein each had seven against Syracuse's tough zone defense.
The Zips stayed close early in the first half only because of their long-range shooting. They hit their first five 3-pointers, two each by Emmanuel Smith and Falknor and the
other by Schindewolf.
Every time Syracuse appeared set to run away with it, the Zips came back.
A steal and fast-break dunk by Brown gave Syracuse a 15-7 lead with 12:20 to play in the opening period, but Falknor hit a 3 for Akron.
Syracuse came back with a steal and fast-break dunk off a trap play by DeShaun Williams to make it 17-11, but Smith responded with another 3-pointer to keep the Zips
within 17-14 with 8:45 to go.
And so it went until Orangemen went on an 11-0 run in the final 3:04. Shumpert began the rush with consecutive 3s and finished it with two free throws to give Syracuse
a 38-22 halftime lead.
Brown began the second half with a back-door layup and Williams followed with a fast-break layup. Brown then hit a three-point play and fed Shumpert for a reverse layup
to finish the run and give Syracuse a 47-22 edge with 18:18 to go.
Akron, which committed 24 turnovers, went more than eight minutes without a basket. After Smith made a 3 with 5:41 to go in the first period, the Zips didn't get another
basket until Weinkein's lay-in with 17:29 left in the game.
Syracuse had 10 steals, seven blocks and committed only eight turnovers. The Orangemen shot 52.3 percent for the game.
Akron coach Dan Hipsher was given two technical fouls and ejected with 13:32 to play. Shumpert hit all four free throws for a 61-30 Syracuse lead.