Oklahoma State 69, Syracuse 61
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Desmond Mason scored 28 points and Adrian Peterson added 21 to lead ninth-seeded Oklahoma State to a 69-61 victory over eighth-seeded Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA South Regional on Thursday.
Peterson, who matched his career-high of five 3-pointers, hit his first two shots behind the arc to put his team ahead 6-0. Syracuse, hurt by cold shooting from the free-throw line late in the game, caught the Cowboys only once at 57-57.
Joe Adkins then hit a 3-pointer to put the Cowboys (27-14) ahead to stay.
In the second round on Saturday, Oklahoma State will play the winner of No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 16 Winthrop.
Etan Thomas, who led the Orangemen with 21 points, missed three-of-five attempts from the foul line in the final 3:32.
Oklahoma State, meanwhile, made its crucial foul shots. Glendon Alexander and Mason hit both ends of a bonus opportunity in the final minute.
Syracuse (21-12) started cold, hitting just five of its first 19 attempts from the field. The Orangemen were able to stay in the game with the help of 12 Oklahoma State turnovers in the first half and trailed 33-30 at the break.
Jason Hart scored 17 for the Orangemen.