No. 3 Syracuse stops Canisius, 92-83 Owens helps Orange to 1,000th victory Nation

December 13, 1990

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse weathered a late rally by a determined Canisius team that couldn't overcome Billy Owens' season-high 34 points, as the third-ranked Orangemen escaped with a 92-83 victory last night.

The victory was the 1,300th win for Syracuse (8-0), making it the 10th major-college program to reach that plateau. North Carolina top the list with 1,484 victories.

Canisius (4-2) trailed, 81-65, with 4 minutes, 2 seconds 'u remaining, but used a ballhawking defense to fight back within 87-81 on senior guard Chuck Giscombe's three-point play with 1:07 to go.

"When we didn't jump on them, it gave them confidence," Syracuse forward Dave Johnson said. "They played like they should win the game."

It was the 15th straight win for Syracuse against its upstate New York neighbor.

"They've got teams at the beginning of the year that they want to blow out. They thought we were going to be one of them," said Canisius center Ed Book, who finished with 20 points. "Syracuse was shocked."

The Golden Griffins, led by forward Nixon Dyall's 21 points, erased an eight-point halftime deficit with a 12-5 burst to start the second half. Harry Seymour's reverse layup with 14:49 to play pulled Canisius within 50-49.

That's when Owens took charge. He contributed 14 points to a 21-8 run, starting with a spinning lay-up at the 14:31 mark. When he made two free throws with 7:13 to play, Syracuse had a 71-57 lead.

CANISIUS (83) -- Dyall 7-15 7-9 21, Seymour 7-15 0-0 14, Book 8-12 4-4 20, Giscombe 7-13 0-0 14, Brown 4-6 0-1 10, O'Sullivan 0-0 0-0 0, Dana Johnson 0-2 2-2 2, Parker 0-0 0-0 0, McCaffrey 1-3 0-0 2, McCarthy 0-3 0-1 0. Totals 34-69 13-17 83.

SYRACUSE (92) -- Owens 12-19 10-14 34, Dave Johnson 6-12 3-4 16, Ellis 6-11 4-4 16, Edwards 1-6 1-2 3, Autry 4-7 0-1 9, McRae 1-2 2-8 4, Hopkins 2-4 0-3 4, McCorkle 1-2 3-4 6, Siock 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 33-63 23-42 92.

Halftime--Syracuse 45, Canisius 37. 3-point goals--Canisius 2-10 (Brown 2-4, Giscombe 0-1, McCaffrey 0-1, Seymour 0-2, McCarthy 0-2), Syracuse 3-4 (Dave Johnson 1-1, Autry 1-1, McCorkle 1-1, Edwards 0-1). Fouled out--Seymour, Book. Rebounds--Canisius 44 (Dyall 13), Syracuse 34 (Owens, Ellis 7). Assists--Canisius 20 (Brown 7), Syracuse 23 (Autry 9). Total fouls--Canisius 26, Syracuse 18. Technical--Owens. A--27,037.

# No. 5 Georgetown 75

St. Leo 45

LANDOVER -- Dikembe Mutombo scored 18 of his 22 in the first half to lead Georgetown (6-0) over St. Leo (0-8).

Mutombo had eight rebounds and three blocked shots in the opening half, helping the Hoyas open a 20-point halftime lead. Only two of those games have been against Division I teams.

St. Leo, a Division II school, trailed, 20-16, with 7:12 left in the first half, but Mutombo scored nine points in the next four minutes, in the midst of a 15-2 run that put the game out of reach.

Alonzo Mourning was not in uniform for Georgetown. The power forward has missed the past two games with a strained left arch, sustained in last week's victory over Duke.

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ST. LEO (45) -- Slader 0-1 0-0 0, Graves 6-24 1-3 14, Copher 1-6 0-0 2, Brooks 5-7 0-0 10, Rozier 1-5 0-0, D'Alessandro 1-2 0-0 3, Coakley 0-1 0-0 0, Michalski 1-6 0-0 2, Gandy 0-0 2-2 2, Zaitshik 4-6 0-0 8, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Sartor 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 20-60 3-5 45.

GEORGETOWN (75) -- Churchwell 2-2 1-2 5, Thompson 4-10 1-1 9, Mutombo 7-11 8-10 22, Brown 3-9 0-0 8, Harrison 6-10 1-3 14, Simms 1-3 0-0 2, Morgan 4-7 1-2 10, Kelly 1-3 1-2 3, Stoudamire 1-4 0-0 2, Fleury 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-59 13-20 75.

-- Halftime--Georgetown 41, St. Leo 21. 3-point goals--St.Leo 2-15 (D'Alessandro 1-1, Graves 1-10, Rozier 0-2, Michalski 0-2), Georgetown 4-12 (Brown 2-3, Harrison 1-3, Morgan 1-4, Stoudamire 0-2). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--St.Leo 30 (Slader, Copher 6), Georgetown 43 (Mutombo 14). Assists--St. Leo 11 (Graves 4), Georgetown 20 (Brown 9). Total fouls--St. Leo 19, Georgetown 9. A-- 878.

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