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December 10, 1997

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) _ Wally Szczerbiak scored 29 points and Miami of Ohio survived a late charge by No. 7 Xavier before holding on for an 80-72 victory Tuesday night, its first over a Top 10 team in 24 years.

Szczerbiak, who has led Miami to a 5-1 start with his impeccable outside shooting, missed only two of his nine shots in the first half as the RedHawks stunned Xavier (5-1) by building a 16-point lead.

When Xavier cut a 23-point second-half deficit to 71-65 with 2:17 left, Szczerbiak hit a jumper to blunt the comeback and set up Miami’s first victory over a Top 10 team since it beat sixth-ranked North Carolina in 1973. Miami students chanted ``Overrated″ and stormed the court at the final buzzer.

Damon Frierson added 23 points and John Estick had a career-high 14 for Miami. Xavier was led by Lenny Brown with 19 points, but committed 19 turnovers.

It was a wrenching loss for Xavier, which came into the game ranked No. 7 for only the second time in school history. The Musketeers also were seventh-ranked in December 1958.

No. 20 Temple 76, No. 17 Fresno St. 61

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ It would have been tough to have scripted a better opening night for No. 20 Temple.

It wasn’t long after the politicians and dignitaries cleared the court at The Apollo of Temple that the Owls (5-1) had their 2-3 zone defense working and the Bulldogs (3-2) totally frustrated.

Three consecutive steals led to fast-break baskets, Temple had an 8-3 lead within the first two minutes and the decibel level was given a good test from the sellout crowd of 10,205.

A 30-7 run had the lead to 45-18 with 1:43 left in the first half and McGonigle Hall, the 3,900-seat former home of the Owls that still stands next door on campus, had become a distant thought despite a 177-29 record there over 28 years.

Lynard Stewart had 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

Rafer Alston had 17 points for the Bulldogs.

No. 22 Princeton 64, Bucknell 52

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ Brian Earl scored 19 points as the Tigers (7-0) improved to 7-0.

In a noisy, claustrophobic Davis Gym, the Bison (3-6) led by seven points in the opening minutes of the second half before Princeton used a 22-7 run to pull away.

James Mastaglio added 12 for Princeton, off to its best start since 1990-91. The Tigers will play host to No. 2 North Carolina on Saturday.

J.R. Holden led Bucknell with 21 points.


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