- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 21, 2009

SYRACUSE 87, No. 6 N. CAROLINA 71: Brandon Triche and Arinze Onuaku combined for 13 points in Syracuse’s 22-1 run to open the second half, and the Orange (4-0) went on to a victory over the Tar Heels (4-1) on Friday night in the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic in New York.

Syracuse was the only unranked team in the semifinals of the tournament that benefits Coaches vs. Cancer but left Madison Square Garden with blowout wins over No. 13 California and North Carolina.

North Carolina had a 39-37 halftime lead, but that was gone in a hurry as Triche and Onuaku had field goals in the first 40 seconds. By the time the run ended eight minutes into the second half, Syracuse had a 59-40 lead.

Tournament MVP Wesley Johnson had 25 points for the Orange, who beat California 95-73 in the semifinals. Onuaku finished with 15 points, and Triche had 11.

Ed Davis had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Marcus Ginyard added 15 points for the Tar Heels, who lost almost all of a 19-point second-half lead before beating No. 15 Ohio State 77-73 to reach the title game.

North Carolina missed its first 13 shots of the second half and turned the ball over six times as the Orange just didn’t miss. Syracuse started the half by making 10 of its first 14 shots. The baskets were coming down low from Onuaku and from the perimeter, including a 3 by Johnson that made it 57-40.

The Tar Heels closed to 68-60 on a 3 by David Wear with 7:04 left, but Onuaku had the first and last baskets of a 6-0 run that ended any thoughts of a comeback for the ages.

The first half had the crowd, which was split almost evenly between Carolina Blue and Syracuse Orange, on a ride of runs that kept Madison Square Garden in a constant roar more accustomed to late in the season than late November.

No. 2 MICHIGAN ST. 75, TOLEDO 62: Draymond Green had 15 points to lead a balanced attack, and the Spartans (3-0) won their 42nd straight home game against a nonconference opponent with a win over the Rockets (0-3) in East Lansing, Mich.

The game was a regional matchup in the Legends Classic. Michigan State will host Valparaiso on Sunday before heading to Atlantic City, N.J., for a Nov. 27 date with Florida in the semifinals.

No. 5 VILLANOVA 71, No. 18 DAYTON 65: Corey Fisher scored 18 points to lead the Wildcats (4-0) past the Flyers (2-1) in the second round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.

Fisher was 10-for-12 from the free-throw line and converted his last four shots in the final minutes to help Villanova hold off a late Dayton rally.

No. 7 PURDUE 74, S. DAKOTA ST. 63: E’Twaun Moore scored 22 points and the Boilermakers (2-0) beat the Jackrabbits (2-1) in the first round of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Robbie Hummel added 14 points despite missing much of the action because of foul trouble, and JaJuan Johnson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Purdue, which will play St. Joseph’s on Sunday night in second round.

No. 10 TENNESSEE 105, E. CAROLINA 66: Scotty Hopson scored 25 points to lead the Volunteers (3-0) to a rout of the Pirates (1-3) in the opening round of the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

The sophomore was 10-for-15 from the floor, including 4-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc, in Tennessee’s first game at the University of Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center.

No. 15 OHIO STATE 76, No. 13 CALIFORNIA 70: Evan Turner had 26 points and 14 rebounds, his fourth double-double in as many games, and the Buckeyes (3-1) beat the Golden Bears (2-2) in the third-place game of the 2K Sports Classic in New York.

Ohio State used a 21-3 run spanning halftime to take a 52-28 lead with 15:40 to play. California answered right away with a 17-4 run - two of Ohio State’s points came on a technical foul against Cal coach Mike Montgomery - to get within single digits with 11:28 to go.

No. 15 MICHIGAN 77, HOUSTON BAPTIST 55: Manny Harris scored 25 points, and DeShawn Sims added 22 to help the host Wolverines (2-0) beat the Huskies (0-4) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Harris and Sims each had 12 points during a decisive 29-13 run at the end of the first half that put Michigan in front for good.

No. 22 CLEMSON 98, UNC GREENSBORO 67: Trevor Booker scored a season-high 17 points, and the Tigers (3-0) routed the Spartans (0-3) in Greensboro, N.C.

Milton Jennings added 14 points for Clemson, which extended its school-record winning streak in nonconference road games to 11.

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