Iowa placed four players in double figures en route to a 91-61 college basketball victory over Navy in the Amana Hawkeye Classic last night before 15,500 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
Iowa will play California-Irvine, a 79-76 winner over Jacksonville, tonight at 8 for the championship. The Navy-Jacksonville consolation is at 6.
The No. 6 Hawkeyes (5-0), led by Bill Jones' 16 points, never trailed. They led by 26-4 with nine minutes remaining in the first half.
Freshman center Darren Morningstar led the Midshipmen (1-2) with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
This was the second meeting between the schools. Iowa defeated Navy, 76-65, in 1982.
The Hawkeyes led, 51-16, at halftime as Navy shot just 17 percent from the field in the first half (5-29).
Sherman Douglas finished with 20 points, seven assists and four steals to lead host Syracuse to a 111-65 victory over 0-3 South Florida.
The No. 3 Orangemen (3-2) will play Texas Christian, a 61-59 winner over Fordham, in the final tonight at 9.
Rony Seikaly had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots in 18 minutes for the Orangemen.
"We came out strong on defense, cutting the passing lanes and putting pressure on them," said Douglas, an All-Met from Spingarn.
John Lewis led Texas Christian (3-0) with 17 points.
Nathan Buntin scored 16 points to lead host Missouri to a 74-56 season-opening victory over North Texas State in the first round.
The No. 8 Tigers were the final Top 10 team to open its season. Missouri will play Eastern Michigan, a 75-61 winner over Alcorn State, today in the final.
Arizona 94, Long Beach St. 62:
The ninth-ranked Wildcats, led by Sean Elliott's 23 points, shook off the feisty 49ers in Tucson.
The Wildcats (4-0) led by only six in the first half. But, using an up-tempo offense and aggressive defense, they stretched the lead to 57-37 in the first seven minutes after intermission.