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Syracuse wins with 3-pointer at buzzer

By Wire services
Published February 22, 2004

WASHINGTON - Gerry McNamara tossed in a fall-away 3-pointer at the buzzer Saturday to give Syracuse a 57-54 victory over Georgetown.

McNamara got the ball without a second to spare from Hakim Warrick, who had hurriedly worked the ball the length of the court after Georgetown tied it with 8.3 seconds left.

Warrick had 19 points and five blocks, and McNamara finished with 13 points for the Orangemen, who survived a season-high 25 turnovers and 50 percent shooting from the free-throw line.

McNamara was 1-for-7 from 3-point range before he hit three 3-pointers in the final six minutes. He was fouled on one, converting a four-point play.

Freshman Louie McCroskey kept Syracuse in the game during one stretch in the second half, scoring off an offensive rebound, assisting on a dunk by Warrick and grabbing a rebound to start a fast break that ended with another Warrick dunk.

Gerald Riley and Ashanti Cook scored 13 points apiece for Georgetown, which lost its fourth in a row. Cook also had six steals. The Hoyas played some of their best defense of the season, but shot just 28 percent.

MICHIGAN ST. 66, NORTHWESTERN 56: Chris Hill scored 16, including three 3-pointers, for the balanced host Spartans. Jitim Young scored 25, the only player in double figures for the Wildcats. Young was 9-for-14 from the field and had four steals.

OHIO ST. 59, INDIANA 56: J.J. Sullinger hit a short jumper from the baseline with 17 seconds left for the Buckeyes. The Hoosiers have lost six of seven and four straight at home and were booed as time ran out. A.J. Moye had a chance to put the Hoosiers ahead, but missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Terence Dials hit one free throw for Ohio State, and Bracey Wright missed a halfcourt shot at the buzzer.

ILLINOIS 66, PENN STATE 58: Dee Brown hit six 3-pointers, including three in a second-half run, to help the visiting Illini hold off a rally.

PURDUE 65, MINNESOTA 47: Reserve Melvin Buckley scored 15 in a sluggish victory for the visiting Boilermakers. Buckley, who led Purdue in scoring for only the second time this season, had 10 during a 21-13 run in the first half that gave Purdue a comfortable lead.

MISSOURI 70, BAYLOR 66: Rickey Paulding scored 15, including three free throws in the final 18 seconds, for the visiting Tigers. The Bears, trailing 69-66, had a chance to tie but Terrance Thomas couldn't get off a 3-pointer. He passed to Matt Sayman, who missed a 22-footer.

SETON HALL 70, VILLANOVA 68: Kelly Whitney and John Allen led a 19-4 run to open the second half and the host Pirates held on.

COLORADO 72, K-STATE 62: Michel Morandais scored 21 as the visiting Buffaloes swept the Wildcats for the first time in four years.

AIR FORCE 59, UTAH 57: Joel Gerlach made two free throws with 1.4 seconds left for the Falcons' first sweep of the Utes and their first win in Salt Lake City in 15 years.

USC 70, CAL 60: Freshman Lodrick Stewart came off the bench to score a season-high 20 for the host Trojans. Desmon Farmer moved into fourth place on USC's all-time scoring list with 1,525.

VA. TECH 54, ST. JOHN'S 53: Bryan Randall made a go-ahead putback with 22 seconds left and the host Hokies survived a last-second 3-point attempt by Daryll Hill.

XAVIER 67, DAYTON 60: The Musketeers continued their homecourt dominance of the Flyers, who last won in Cincinnati 19 games ago, during the 1980-81 season.

KENT ST. 70, CREIGHTON 55: Jason Edwin scored 25 for the host Golden Flashes.

[Last modified February 22, 2004, 01:45:26]

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