Orange squeezes Coppin State, 82-71

McKee's 31 not enough against No. 17 Syracuse

Navy, Towson, UMES also lose on road

December 23, 2008|By From Sun news services

Tywain McKee scored a season-high 31 points, including five three-pointers, but Coppin State lost, 82-71, to No. 17 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome last night.

It was the final nonconference game for the Orange (12-1), which begins Big East play at home next week against Seton Hall. Coppin State (1-8) lost its eighth straight road game and dropped to 0-22 against the Big East.

Syracuse's Andy Rautins, starting for the second straight game in place of suspended guard Eric Devendorf, tied Gerry McNamara's school record of nine three-pointers, set against Brigham Young in the NCAA tournament in 2004, and scored a career-high 29 points. Rautins entered the game with 24 three-pointers this season.

Jordan Lee had 12 points for the Eagles and Lenny Young 10.

Jonny Flynn had 10 points and 10 assists for his third career double double for Syracuse, while Paul Harris had 15 points and nine rebounds, Arinze Onuaku 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Rick Jackson 10 points.

Coppin State fell behind by double digits three times and each time rallied to keep the game close. But after McKee's steal and layup and two free throws by Young whittled Syracuse's 11-point lead to 61-57 with 8:35 left, Rautins took charge.

Rautins fed Harris for a driving layup along the baseline and followed with three three-pointers in a two-minute span to give the Orange a 72-59 lead with 5:38 left.

Rautins, who was 9-for-16 from long range, was rarely contested when he shot as the Eagles worried about Syracuse's big men inside. Onuaku and Jackson combined to shoot 11-for-15.

Rautins hit five three-pointers in the first half to keep the Orange in front. After McKee's steal and layup pulled Coppin State within 28-26 with 6:13 left, Rautins hit consecutive threes from the top of the key for an eight-point lead.

After the Eagles rallied behind consecutive threes by McKee to make it 37-32, Rautins fed Jackson for a layup. Flynn followed with two free throws and fed Harris for a layup, and Harris converted a three-point play at the buzzer.

No. 18 Villanova 78, Navy 68: : Chris Harris had career highs of eight three-pointers and 30 points for the Midshipmen (8-4) and Kaleo Kina added 15 points, but Dante Cunningham's 24 points and 10 rebounds and Scottie Reynolds' 23 points led the Wildcats (11-1) to victory in the first game they had played since they beat city rival La Salle on Dec. 14.

Corey Stokes had 11 points and Antonio Pena contributed 12 rebounds for Villanova.

Harris' sixth three-pointer cut Villanova's lead to 29-26 with 3:58 remaining in the first half. But the Wildcats scored the next eight points and led at halftime, 37-28.

Adam Teague hit a long three-pointer to cut the lead to 65-61 with 4:41 remaining, and a free throw by Kina made it 67-64 with 2:38 left. But two free throws by Pena and one by Cunningham extended the lead to 70-64.

Bowling Green 77, Towson 58: : Junior Hairston scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds for the Tigers (5-6), and David Brewster came off the bench to add 13 points, including three three-pointers, but the Falcons led 36-27 at the half and by 21 after the break.

Darryl Clements scored 18 points for Bowling Green (5-5). Chris Knight had 13 and Brian Moten 12.

Old Dominion 66, UMES 56: : Neal Pitt paced the Hawks (1-7) with 19 points on 8-for-20 shooting in a losing effort. Keishawn Mayes chipped in with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Gerald Lee scored 16 points to lift the Monarchs (7-3) to their sixth straight victory.

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