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First-half 3s help Syracuse stay hot

©Associated Press
December 22, 2002

BIG EAST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- When Carmelo Anthony missed his first three shots Saturday against Georgia Tech, it appeared Syracuse might struggle for the first time since its season opener. All it took was a steal by Kueth Duany to put the Orangemen in the right frame of mind.

Two minutes in, Duany made the first of his three steals and sped the length of the court for a one-handed dunk.

That started a 17-0 run as Syracuse made 10 3-pointers during the first half for a 92-65 victory, its sixth in a row.

Before Duany's steal and dunk, the Yellow Jackets led 6-0 and seemed poised to duplicate last season's 96-80 drubbing of the Orangemen.

VIRGINIA 61, RUTGERS 57: Todd Billet scored 22 and made winning free throws with 13.8 seconds left to lead the visiting Cavaliers. The Scarlet Knights' Ricky Shields missed a driving layup attempt, and Virginia's Jason Clark was fouled by Jerome Coleman after getting the rebound. Clark sank both free throws with 4.1 seconds left.

W.VA. 65, TENN. 62: Kevin Pittsnogle banked in the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:49 left and the shot clock expiring for the host Mountaineers. Tennessee had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Ron Slay and C.J. Watson missed 3-pointers.

W. MICH. 75, VA. TECH 54: Mike Williams scored 18 and Robby Collum 16 for the host Broncos. Western Michigan led by as many as 24 during the first.

ACC

WAKE 84, ST. JOHN'S 72: Freshmen Justin Gray and Eric Williams starred in the second as the host Demon Deacons improved to 6-0 for the second time in three seasons. Williams converted a three-point play and a layup, and Gray added a 3-pointer during the first two minutes of the second to give Wake Forest a 51-41 lead.

N.C. STATE 104, FDU 65: Julius Hodge had 24 points and six rebounds for the host Wolfpack. N.C. State was never in danger, taking a double-digit lead during the first seven minutes.

SEC

AUBURN 63, DENVER 58: Nathan Watson scored 19 as the Tigers reached the San Juan Shootout final in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Watson made five 3-pointers, the last with 1:26 left that made it 58-55. The Tigers face Troy State today.

ARKANSAS 70, SW TEXAS 60: Kendrick Davis scored 22 and the host Razorbacks held off the Bobcats. Arkansas converted 13 turnovers into 14 points during the first to lead 36-23.

MISS. 63, NICHOLLS ST. 52: Aaron Harper scored 16 of his 21 during the second as the host Rebels used a 17-2 run to rally. Down 29-21, the Rebels went on the run during the first seven minutes of the second half, taking a 38-31 lead.

C-USA

SAINT JOSEPH'S 65, DePAUL 62: Jameer Nelson scored 21 for the host Hawks. At 7-0, Saint Joseph's is off to its best start since it 10-0 in 1964.

SOUTH. MISS 70, ARK.-LITTLE ROCK 54: Charles Gaines had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the host Golden Eagles ended a three-game losing streak. Southern Miss was in control throughout and led 62-40 with 6:53 left.

ECU 86, CAMPBELL 61: Largo High graduate Erroyl Bing had 10 points and 17 rebounds for the Pirates in Fayetteville, N.C. East Carolina led 39-30 at halftime and went on a 25-4 run early in the second.

UAB 91, ALABAMA A&M 69: Morris Finley scored 21 and Jeffrey Collins a career-high 18 for the host Blazers. The game was delayed for 25 minutes in the second half when UAB center Cedric Davis's dunk shattered the backboard.

BUTLER 68, SAINT LOUIS 46: Darnell Archey scored 16 and made 4 of 7 3-pointers to lead the host Bulldogs to their eight consecutive victory. Archey scored eight in 90 seconds during a 30-8 run to start the game.

SAN DIEGO ST. 71, HOUSTON 61: Mike Mackell scored 33 to lead the visiting Aztecs. San Diego State trailed 30-28 at halftime before starting the second with a 23-7 run.

VA. COMMONWEALTH 91, TCU 78: Emanuel Mathis scored 20 to lead five Rams players in double figures for host Virginia Commonwealth. The Horned Frogs missed 11 straight field goals midway through the second, allowing the Rams to rally from a 52-51 deficit to a 62-56 lead.

Big Ten

WISC. 81, TEXAS SOUTH. 58: Kirk Penney scored 23 and Alando Tucker 22, including five 3-pointers, for the host Badgers. Wisconsin, which led 45-28 at halftime, led by as many as 26 during the second.

MICHIGAN 70, VANDY 66: The host Wolverines won their third in a row after starting the season 0-6. Michigan opened the second with a 19-5 run.

OHIO ST. 71, SETON HALL 54: Sean Connolly scored eight during a 21-6 first-half run and made several key plays as the host Buckeyes pulled away in the second. Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien received a technical foul with 12:32 to go in the first, and the Buckeyes promptly pulled away, scoring 21 of the next 27.

Big 12

TEXAS TECH 85, NEW MEXICO ST. 84: Allen Haynes missed the second of two free throws, allowing the host Red Raiders to hold on. Texas Tech led 49-31 at halftime and 69-50 with 11:33 left. But New Mexico State went on a 17-4 run late.

OKLAHOMA ST. 68, WICHITA ST. 58: Melvin Sanders scored 19 and the visiting Cowboys made their free throws during the final minute. Wichita State made it 62-58 with 1:13 left, but Victor Williams made four free throws and Cheyne Gadson two to seal it.

RICE 80, COLORADO 61: Omar-Seli Mance led four scorers in double figures with 19 for the host Owls. Colorado managed 32 percent shooting, including 7-of-30 field goals in the first.

SMU 66, BAYLOR 58: Justin Isham scored a career-high 17 for the host Mustangs. SMU led 33-23 at halftime and by as many as 17 in the second half.

Pac-10

WASH. 83, FIU 48: Nate Robinson scored 14, his third consecutive double-digit game, for the host Huskies. The Golden Panthers scored the first four of the second, but the Huskies responded with a 13-2 run to take a 48-27 lead.

USC 89, LA SALLE 63: Nick Curtis scored a career-high 21 for the host Trojans. The teams were tied at 22 when USC went on a 8-0 run to take a 30-22 lead with 4:52 left in the first.

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