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Manhattan guard gets second MVP in victory

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December 29, 2002

NEW YORK -- Luis Flores joined an exclusive club Saturday.

The junior guard had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead Manhattan to a 68-63 victory over Iona in the championship game of the Holiday Festival and was selected MVP of the tournament for the second straight year.

Only Jimmy Walker of Providence in 1965 and 1966 and Norman Richardson of Hofstra in 1998 and 1999 won the award in consecutive years and the only other players to win it more than once were Tom Gola of La Salle (1952 and 1954), David Russell of St. John's (1979 and 1982) and Chris Mullin of St. John's (1981 and 1984).

"I really wasn't thinking about that but now that I'm part of that group it's pretty special," Flores said after leading the Jaspers over their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival in the title game for the second straight year.

"The other trophy is at my grandmother's house and this one will go right next to it."

PEPPERDINE 116, ARK.-LITTLE ROCK 110 (2OT): Alex Acker scored 29 and his 3-pointer to start the second overtime gave Pepperdine the lead for good in the opening round of the Lobo Invitational at Albuquerque, N.M.

Pepperdine tied it at 89 in regulation on Terrance Johnson's 24-foot 3-pointer with one second remaining. Acker's 10-foot jumper in the lane with 30.3 seconds left in the first overtime tied it at 100.

Arkansas-Little Rock had the last shot in the first overtime, but Jibrahn Ike was blocked from behind by Acker.

PROVIDENCE 80, NORTHEASTERN 61: Romuald Augustin scored 21 and had 10 rebounds and the host Friars rallied by making 21 of 28 free throws in the second half.

BYU 93, SOUTHERN UTAH 60: The Cougars set a school record with 14 3-pointers and extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 41 games. Southern Utah's leading scorer Al Williams sat out the first half as punishment for missing practice.

BOWLING GREEN 80, CLEVELAND ST. 72: John Reimold scored 24 in the first game of the Rock-N-Roll Shootout in Cleveland.

WYOMING 74, DETROIT 60: The host Cowboys survived their worst shooting performance of the season, 29.7 percent. Led by Joe Ries' 13 rebounds, Wyoming outrebounded Detroit 58-41 and had an 18-7 edge in offensive rebounds. The Cowboys shot a season-high 79 percent from the free-throw line (33-of-42).

AUSTIN PEAY 77, E. WASH. 69: Rhet Wierzba scored 28 and hit a pair of key 3-pointers down the stretch, lifting the Governors to third place in the Oneida Bingo & Casino Classic at Green Bay, Wis.

UMASS 81, MARSHALL 58: Micah Brand had 17 points and Jackie Rogers added 15 for the host Minutemen, who had their best offensive output of the season.

RICHMOND 86, HARVARD 59: Mike Skrocki had 25 points for the Spiders and the visiting Crimson made only 4 of 32 second-half field goals in the opening round of the Spider Invitational.

LA SALLE 73, CORNELL 59: Jermaine Thomas scored 16 and was one of three freshmen in double figures for host La Salle. Cody Toppert had a career-high 27 points for Cornell.

AIR FORCE 63, UTEP 45: A.J. Kuhle and Tim Keller scored 17 each in the consolation game of the Sun Classic tournament.

NAVY 89, E. MICH. 81: Scott Long scored 25 of his 31 in the second half for the host Midshipmen.


DARTMOUTH 86, STETSON 74: Greg Friel hit 4 of 5 3-pointers to score 20 points and lead the Big Green in the first round of the Poinsettia Classic in Greenville, S.C. Alexis McMillan scored 16 to lead the Hatters (0-8). Freshman guard Anthony Register added 13 off the bench. Dartmouth faces Furman, which defeated New Hampshire 75-52 behind Karim Souchu's 21 points and 10 rebounds, in today's title game.

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