- The Washington Times - Friday, November 20, 2009

From combined dispatches

SYRACUSE 95, No. 13 CALIFORNIA 73: Scoop Jardine scored a career-high 22 points, Wes Johnson had 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Orange (3-0) raced past the Golden Bears (2-1) on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic in New York.

Arinze Onuaku added 12 points for the Orange, who made Madison Square Garden feel like home in the tournament benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. Syracuse will play No. 6 North Carolina for the championship Friday night.

Thousands of orange-clad faithful scattered around the arena had plenty to cheer about.

Syracuse confounded the Bears from the tip with coach Jim Boeheim’s trademark zone defense, building a double-digit lead by halftime.

The Orange then put the game away with a brutally efficient 15-4 run early in the second half, taking a 64-41 lead on Brandon Triche’s three-point play with just over 15 minutes left.

The final could have been much more lopsided if not for Cal star Jerome Randle, who hit a 3-pointer during a 9-0 spurt and tried vainly to rally his team back.

Randle finished with 25 points. Jamal Boykin had 14 and Patrick Christopher 12.

No. 1 KANSAS 94, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 44: Tyrel Reed hit four 3-pointers for 12 points, and the host Jayhawks (3-0) scored 23 straight points in the first half to overwhelm the Bears (1-2) in Lawrence, Kan.

Coming off a tight victory over Memphis two days earlier, Kansas dismantled Central Arkansas from the start. Spreading the ball on offense, the Jayhawks shot 57 percent and had four players score 12 points for their 43rd straight home win.

Central Arkansas never stood a chance in its first game at Allen Fieldhouse. The Bears had trouble even finding shots and missed when they did, shooting 25 percent. Jared Rehmel had 11 points to lead the Bears, who went 12 minutes without a field goal during Kansas’ big first-half run.

No. 4 KENTUCKY 102, SAM HOUSTON ST. 92: DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 18 rebounds to help the Wildcats (3-0) outlast the Bearkats (2-1) in Lexington, Ky., in the Cancun Challenge.

Patrick Patterson had 20 points and nine boards and John Wall added 21 points and six assists as Kentucky overcame a record-setting shooting performance by the Bearkats.

No. 6 N. CAROLINA 77, No. 15 OHIO STATE 73: Deon Thompson had 15 points and 12 rebounds and the Tar Heels (4-0) managed to hold on for a victory over the Buckeyes (2-1) in the 2K Sports Classic semifinals in New York.

North Carolina led by 19 points with 10:23 to play.

Tar Heels coach Roy Williams hadn’t been overly pleased with his team’s play in its three double-digit victories, including ones over Florida International and North Carolina Central, to advance to New York.

No. 18 DAYTON 63, No. 21 GA. TECH 59: Paul Williams scored seven of his 13 points in the final minute, including a go-ahead 3-pointer for the Flyers (2-0) in their win over the Yellow Jackets (1-1) in the opening game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.

Chris Johnson scored 19 points for Dayton, going 4-for-8 from behind the 3-point line. Luke Fabrizius added 12 points.

Maurice Miller and Derrick Favors led Georgia Tech with 10 points apiece, and Gani Lawal had eight rebounds.

No. 24 MINNESOTA 76, UTAH VALLEY 51: Freshman Rodney Williams had 17 points, six rebounds and four steals in his first career start, helping the Golden Gophers (3-0) pull away from the Wolverines (1-2) in the second half of a victory in Minneapolis.

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