Moten's 29 help Syracuse wear down Hawaii, 92-78

March 18, 1994|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Writer

OGDEN, Utah -- Fourth-seeded Syracuse used its size jTC advantage in the backcourt to come back from a three-point halftime deficit to beat Hawaii, 92-78, yesterday and advance to tomorrow's second round in the NCAA West Regional.

Lawrence Moten, a 6-foot-5 guard, scored a game-high 29 points and 6-foot-4 point guard Adrian Autry added 16 points and nine assists for the Orangemen (22-6).

Autry was particularly effective in the second half when he repeatedly backed down Hawaii's 6-foot-1 guard Jarinn Akana. When Autry wasn't scoring -- he had 11 in the second half -- he was finding open teammates for easy scores.

"[Autry] was able to look over our smaller guards," said Akana, who scored 18 -- but just four in the second half. "Size was definitely a factor."

Factor enough that all but two of the team's 20 second-half field goals came from in the paint. The Orangemen, who trailed by five early in the second half, hit 20 of 29 shots over the final 20 minutes as fatigue slowed the Rainbows.

"We got a little tired and leg weary down the stretch," Hawaii coach Riley Wallace said. "And in the second half they tore our defense down. Everytime you make a defensive mistake, they make you pay for it. At crucial times, they were able to break us down defensively."

The Syracuse defense also did well in the second half against Hawaii guard Trevor Ruffin, who led the Rainbows with 24 points. Ruffin was hot in the first half when he scored 15 points and hit four of six three-pointers -- several from 25 feet and beyond. Among the congratulations he got from the Syracuse players after he fouled out with 1:01 left was a tribute from Moten -- who bowed to Ruffin as he walked off.

"We played tough defense and he hit some tough shots," Moten said. "He played really well."

But Ruffin, who earlier this season scored 42 points against Louisville, wasn't pleased the way he finished the game.

"I was just missing some shots today," Ruffin said. "Sometimes they fall for you, and sometimes they don't."

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