Frank Ross scored 33 points tonight as American University equaled its victory total of last year by defeating Towson State, 80-66.

The Eagles are 9-15 with three regular-season games remaining. Towson dropped to 6-18 with its fourth straight loss. American has won 19 of 20 meetings between the two schools.

American trailed, 38-36, at the half and the game was tied at 42 with 16:30 remaining. The Eagles then outscored the Tigers, 16-4, over the next 5 1/2 minutes to take a 58-46 lead with 9:52 remaining.

Ross made 14 of 21 field goal attempts, mostly from outside. It marked the fifth time this season the 6-2 junior guard from Temple Hills has scored 30 points or more.

Swingman Chuck West scored 17 points for the Eagles and center Longmire Harrison had a career-high 15. Steffan Bunsavage led Towson with 16. Syracuse 69, Pittsburgh 62

Dwayne (Pearl) Washington scored 23 points as the ninth-ranked Orangemen won the Big East game in Pittsburgh.

Trailing, 55-54, Syracuse scored six straight points to take a 60-55 lead with 5:35 remaining. Washington scored 16 in the second half as Syracuse improved to 21-3 overall, 12-1 in the Big East. Pittsburgh (14-9, 5-7) got 22 points from Demetreus Gore. Louisville 83, Southern Mississippi 74

Billy Thompson scored 19 points and Pervis Ellison had 17 points and 13 rebounds as the 16th-ranked Cardinals beat the visiting Eagles in a Metro Conference game.

Louisville's fourth straight victory improved its record to 19-7 overall and 7-2 in the league. Southern Mississippi fell to 14-10 and 4-6. Temple 58, Massachusetts 47

In Amherst, Mass., Tim Perry scored 14 points and Howard Evans 12 to lead the Owls to an Atlantic 10 victory.

Temple (21-4 overall, 13-3 in the league) scored the first 10 points of the game while holding Massachusetts (9-16, 6-10) scoreless for 6:10. Norfolk State 103, Bowie State 66

Ralph Tally scored 32 points to lead the Spartans in Norfolk.

Norfolk State, ranked No. 5 in Division II, is 20-3 overall and 8-2 in the CIAA Northern Division. Bowie State (1-22, 0-10) got 19 points from Charles Peters.