@ACCMBB in NCAA: Pitt & Syracuse Roll in Second Round; Pack Falls Short in OT
Thursday March 20, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Unselfish offense, tenacious defense.
When Pittsburgh plays like it did in routing Colorado 77-48 in the South Regional on Thursday, the ninth-seeded Panthers think they are capable of competing with anyone. It was difficult to argue against that after Talib Zanna scored 16 of his 18 points in the opening half and Pitt built a 28-point lead. However, coach Jamie Dixon and his players know they will have to be even better to go deeper in the NCAA tournament.
The Panthers (26-9) shot 51 percent from the field and played one of their best games of the season defensively in advancing to a third-round matchup Saturday against No. 1 seed Florida.
Cameron Wright had 11 points and Lamar Patterson finished with 10 for Pitt, which moved from the Big East to the ACC this season, where it finished fifth.
Zanna, who had a monster game in the ACC tournament with 19 points and 21 rebounds against North Carolina, didn't attempt a shot in the second half, when Dixon gave his starters plenty of rest. Michael Young had nine points in 21 minutes and no regular played more than 30.
BUFFALO -- Four Syracuse players scored in doube figures in Syracuse's NCAA Tournament second round 77-53 victory against Western Michigan. The third-seeded Orange jumped out to a 17-4 lead just eight minutes into the game and maintained the double-digit advantage for the rest of the game. Sophomores Trevor Cooney and Jerami Grant paced the Orange with 18 and 16 points, respectively. The Orange dominated the glass, pulling down 43 rebounds to Western Michigan's 26, including 11 by C.J. Fair. The senior leader also scored 14 points. Freshman guard Tyler Ennis scored 16 points and added six assists and two steals.
Syracuse (28-4 overall) will play 11th-seeded Dayton on Saturday in Buffalo. The Flyers beat No. 6 seed Ohio State, 60-59.
The Orange improved to 26-5 in NCAA Tournament opening round games under the direction of head coach Jim Boeheim, who earned his 53rd NCAA Tournament victory. Syracuse never trailed in the game. The Orange turned a 19-point halftime lead into a 24-point victory. The 77 points is the sixth-highest point total for the 'Cuse this season.
Syracuse enjoyed its largest lead of the game, 71-43, on a traditionaly three-point play by Ennis with 3:54 left to play. Grant scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half. Every Syracuse player entered the game. Freshman Ron Patterson led all reserves, scoring six points in four minutes of action in the second half.
NC State Can't Hold Off St. Louis Surge
Wolfpack falls 83-80 in NCAA Second Round
ORLANDO, Fla. - Fifth-seeded St. Louis erased a double-digit second half lead, defeating No. 12 seed NC State in overtime, 83-80, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando.
Playing their fifth-game in eight days the Wolfpack was unable to close out St. Louis, as the Billikens scored 18 points in the final 2:22 of regulation, getting hot from 3-point range and taking advantage of missed free throws.
Ralston Turner had a contested look at a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to force a second overtime, but was unable to connect.
The Wolfpack advanced to its third straight NCAA Tournament and finish the 2013-14 season with a 22-14 mark.
ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren scored 28 points, Turner added 16, while Desmond Lee provided a huge spark in the second half, scoring 11 of his 13 points after the break.