Stephen Thompson scored 19 points as top-ranked Syracuse bounced back from a season-opening loss by crushing Alaska-Anchorage, 95-76, last night in the opening round of the 10th Great Alaska Shootout tournament in Anchorage.
In the opener, Reginald Turner's three-point play with 42 seconds left choked off a Southwest Texas rally and preserved Alabama-Birmingham's 72-67 victory.
Later games featured No. 9 Michigan against Miami, Fla., and No. 17 Arizona against Duquesne.
Alaska-Anchorage, an NCAA Division II school, stayed with Syracuse for 14 minutes, but gradually gave way to the much taller Orangemen. The Seawolves, with no player taller than 6 feet 8, were outrebounded 29-17 in the first half, and Syracuse also used its height advantage to score several spectacular baskets on dunks.
Thompson scored 15 points in the first half as the Orangemen built a 43-33 lead.
In coming back from a 96-93 overtime loss to No. 3 North Carolina in last week's Tipoff Classic game, Syracuse had five players in double figures. Joining Thompson were Sherman Douglas with 16, Rony Seikaly and Derrick Coleman with 13 each and Matt Roe with 10.
In Lahaina, Hawaii, Danny Manning scored six of his 24 points in a game-breaking 20-5 spurt in the second half and No. 7 Kansas cruised to an 89-62 victory over Chaminade.
Kansas' early second-half run turned a 39-30 lead into a 59-35 advantage with 9:44 left. Manning hit two baskets and a pair of free throws for a 45-33 lead and the Jayhawks stretched the lead to as many as 30 points.
Roy Marble scored five points and made two key steals in the final three minutes as 11th-ranked Iowa rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Stanford.
The comeback victory put Iowa into the semifinals tonight against Kansas.
Illinois played Baylor and Nebraska met Villanova in later first-round games Friday.
Marble, who had been scoreless in the second half, stole the ball near mid-court with Iowa trailing 68-66, drove to the basket and banked in a layup after spinning completely around.
He was fouled on the play and made the free throw to put the Hawkeyes ahead 69-68 with 2:56 left.
: Elden Campbell scored 22 points in 23 minutes leading Clemson to a 69-54 victory over Oregon State in the season opener for both teams. It was the first NCAA basketball game ever played in Taipei, Taiwan.
Campbell, Jerry Pryor and Dale Davis combined to shoot 20 for 25 from the field and had 25 rebounds. Pryor hit eight of nine shots and scored 18 points in 27 minutes. Davis dominated the rebounding with a game-high of 13, including 11 defensive.
Big Apple NIT:
Vernon Maxwell scored 28 points and 6-foot-7 Livingston Chatman added 27 as 14th-ranked Florida defeated Iowa State 96-89 to advance to the finals.
The Gators, 3-0, will meet Seton Hall, 88-67 winners over New Mexico, in today's title match.
Central Fidelity Classic:
In Richmond, Ranzino Smith scored six of North Carolina's last 13 points in helping the third-ranked Tar Heels thwart a Southern California comeback bid and post an 82-77 victory.
The Tar Heels, who beat No. 1 Syracuse in their season opener last weekend, advanced to tonight's championship game against host Richmond.
Richmond's Peter Woolfolk scored 25 points, including a layup and free throw with 49 seconds left to put the Spiders ahead for good, and Richmond beat Boston University 66-61.
Wyoming 113, Denver 82:
Fennis Dembo and Robyn Davis each scored 24 points as No. 10 Wyoming opened its basketball season with a 113-82 rout of Denver University.
Wyoming trailed just once, 2-0, after Denver's Ira Harge hit a turnaround jumper 29 seconds into the game.
Prince George's 84, Mont.-Germantown 69:
John Wiley and Anthony Landry each scored 16 points to lead PGCC last night at the Metro Mixers tournament at Community College of Baltimore.
Virginia Union 92, Bowie State 78:
Albert English scored 22 points to lead Virginia Union (1-0) over Bowie State (0-4) at Bowie State.