College Basketball Roundup
Undated (AP) _ The UCLA Bruins got their wish, the Texas Tech Red Raiders got their victory and Central Connecticut just got creamed.
It was all part of the first big weekend of college basketball that featured far-flung tournaments from Anchorage, Alaska, to New York City.
With an 80-67 victory over Alaska-Anchorage in the semifinals Saturday night, the 11th-ranked Bruins advanced to tonight’s final of the Great Alaska Shootout against No. 18 Virginia.
″We came up here hoping to play them,″ UCLA coach Jim Harrick said of the Cavaliers, 65-59 semifinal winners over South Carolina. ″I’m sure they came up here to play us. I think we’re the best teams up here and we feel it’s going to be a great game.″
The two schools have programs that are among the most successful and tradition-rich in the sport. Yet, surprisingly, they never have met in basketball.
Meanwhile, Texas Tech was just happy to get into the victory column - something the Red Raiders hadn’t done since Dec. 30, 1989.
In beating Nevada 81-69 in the seventh-place game of the Great Alaska Shootout, Texas Tech ended a 20-game losing streak - the longest in NCAA Division I. The Red Raiders’ last victory was over Northwestern Louisiana.
In New York, Central Connecticut became another victim of St. John’s Lapchick Tournament with the 25th-ranked Redmen recording a 135-92 victory. That marked the 16th title in 16 years for the Redmen in their home-grown tournament.
In Lahaina, Hawaii, Billy Owens capped an MVP performance with 28 points to lead No. 13 Syracuse over No. 8 Indiana 77-74 in the championship game of the Maui Invitational. Syracuse led 50-41 at halftime after playing a nearly flawless opening half.
In other games involving ranked teams on Saturday night, No. 5 North Carolina beat San Diego State 99-63; No. 7 Alabama beat Delaware 72-47; No. 8 Indiana trimmed Santa Clara 73-69; No. 9 Georgetown defeated Hawaii Pacific 72-45; No. 13 Syracuse downed Iowa State 83-67 in the Maui Invitational; Villanova beat No. 14 Louisiana State 93-91; No. 16 Georgia Tech beat Augusta 100-63; No. 17 Connecticut beat Charleston College 68-52, and No. 21 Georgia beat Richmond 90-45.
Both UCLA and Virginia had problems in their first two games in the Alaska tournament.
Virginia, in its first year under 30-year-old coach Jeff Jones, has had an especially tough time.
″A lot of people expected UCLA and Virginia in the finals, but we’ve had to fight tooth and nail to get to the championship,″ Jones said.
In the opening round against Siena, the Cavaliers were down by one point with 15 seconds to go before rallying for an 80-77 victory. Then, in the semifinals against South Carolina on Saturday night, Virginia again found itself in trouble, leading only 60-59 with two minutes to go before pulling away.
UCLA, meanwhile, has struggled in the first half of both of its games in the Shootout. The Bruins got caught up in Cal-Irvine’s run-and-gun style in the opening round and led by only four at halftime before beating the Anteaters 134-101. In the semifinals, the Bruins faced an emotional Alaska- Anchorage team cheered on by a frenzied capacity crowd at Sullivan Arena. The Bruins led 43-41 at halftime and still were on top only 55-53 with 13:50 to play before easing away. Don MacLean’s 27 points led the Bruins.
″Neither of us has had any great games so far,″ Harrick said. ″It’s early in the year.″
Stacy Bailey scored 20 points as Texas Tech ended its losing streak. The Red Raiders (1-2) sank 12 3-pointers, including eight in the first half.
Bailey hit four 3-pointers and Bernard Saulsberry and Barron Brown had three apiece as the Red Raiders shot out to a 14-4 lead and never trailed.
Malik Sealy scored 43 points as St. John’s kept its Lapchick Tournament record at a perfect 32-0. Sealy shot 19-for-23 and broke the Alumni Hall single-game scoring record. St. John’s also set an Alumni Hall scoring record. Other Games No. 5 North Carolina 99, San Diego St. 63
George Lynch scored 18 points and Hubert Davis had 16 in North Carolina’s opener. The Tar Heels used a 14-3 run for a 29-19 lead with 10:51 left in the first half and a 26-12 burst made it 55-31 with 28 seconds remaining. No. 7 Alabama 72, Delaware 47
Marcus Jones scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half as Alabama led its opener from the start. James Robinson, coming off a year layoff because of academic problems, scored 12 points for the Crimson Tide. No. 8 Indiana 73, Santa Clara 69
Calbert Cheaney and Damon Bailey provided the second-half offensive spark to help the Hoosiers hold off Santa Clara in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.
Cheaney, who scored 23 points, and Bailey provided key baskets down the stretch to lead the Hoosiers into the tourney final. Bailey, the heralded freshman, finished with 12 points. In his collegiate debut against Northeastern, Bailey scored 5 points. No. 9, Georgetown 72, Hawaii Pacific 45
Alonzo Mourning scored 21 points for the Hoyas, who led 35-24 at the half before pulling away. It was the second victory in Hawaii for the Hoyas, who earlier beat Hawaii Loa 110-77.
″We’ve got a lot to work on, but we know that,″ Georgetown coach John Thompson said. ″Every year we’ve been here, we’ve had a lot to work on. We come here to get those things in order.″ No 13 Syracuse 83, Iowa State 67
David Johnson scored 26 points and Billy Owens had 25 to lead Syracuse over Iowa State.
Syracuse led 44-32 at halftime lead as Johnson scored 18 points. Iowa State used a 12-3 run to pull within four points with 10:23 to play, but Syracuse took back control with a 16-2 spurt as Owens scored half the points. Villanova 93, No. 14 Louisiana St. 91
Greg Woodard scored 28 points as the Wildcats upset the Tigers in the Tip- Off Classic, which benefits the Basketball Hall of Fame. Woodard made 10 of 16 shots, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range. No. 16 Georgia Tech 100, Augusta 63
Jon Barry made three 3-pointers to spark a 28-0 run as the Bulldogs rallied from a 35-23 deficit with 6:57 remaining in the first half. Kenny Anderson scored 24 points and had 11 assists for the Yellow Jackets, who led 44-35 at halftime and scored the first seven points of the second half. No. 17 Connecticut 68, Coll. of Charleston 52
Chris Smith scored 27 points for UConn, including four 3-pointers. John Gwynn and Smith each made 3-pointers and a basket during a 15-6 run with 6:02 remaining that carried the Huskies. No. 21 Georgia 90, Richmond 45
Marshall Wilson made four 3-pointers in the first 3:10 and Georgia (2-0) had runs of 17-0 and 12-0 in taking to a 52-21 halftime lead in the championship of the Central Fidelity Classic. Litterial Green scored 27 points for the Bulldogs.