Hakim Warrick scored 20 points and Syracuse held Princeton to five free throws over the final 8 minutes 41 seconds in a 56-45 victory last night in the second round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Syracuse, N.Y.
No. 6 Syracuse (2-0) advanced to the semifinals next Thursday at Madison Square Garden against the winner of the quarterfinal between Birmingham-Southern and No. 12 Mississippi State.
Princeton (1-1), which beat Bucknell 61-48 in the first round, built an early lead and held its own until the closing minutes.
After a three-pointer by Max Shaefer tied the game at 40, Josh Pace made a runner in the lane and Gerry McNamara hit a three-pointer from the left wing to give Syracuse a 47-41 lead with 6:07 left. That was Pace's first points of the game and McNamara's first basket since the opening minute.
The Tigers were unable to find the passing lanes against the Syracuse defense. When Luke Owings tied the game at 37, his layup came after 10 passes.
Will Venable led the Tigers with 17 points and six rebounds, and Judson Wallace had 11 points.
Demetris Nichols had 14 points and Terrence Roberts added eight points and six rebounds for the Orange.
Princeton shot 39.5 percent for the game and Syracuse finished at 42.9 percent.
After McNamara hit a three-pointer from the top of the key just 19 seconds into the game, Princeton went 6 for 9 and went on a 14-2 surge while the Orange went just 2 of 11 from the field. Venable had six points to key the run and Scott Greenman's three-pointer gave Princeton a 14-5 lead at 13:10 despite two shot-clock violations.
Nichols scored 10 points to lead the Orange back, hitting a fall-away three-pointer to begin a 12-3 run. Roberts, who injured his left knee in the first round, tied the game at 17 with a resounding follow slam of a miss by McNamara at 5:16, and Syracuse scored the final six points of the half to lead 28-22.
LaTonya Blue scored 17 points to lead Virginia to a 72-62 win over Maine in the consolation game of the Women's Sports Foundation Classic last night in Baton Rouge, La.
Virginia (1-1) opened the game with a 9-2 run and never trailed.
Despite shooting well from the field in the first half (44.4 percent), Maine (0-2) was held scoreless for 5:02 and that allowed the Cavaliers to push their lead to 32-20.
The Black Bears pulled to 65-62 with under two minutes remaining. Virginia answered by scoring the next seven points and holding Maine scoreless.
Brandi Teamer added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Brenna McGuire had 12 points, including four three-pointers, and Jocelyn Logan-Friend added 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Black Bears were led by Missy Traversi's 17 points. Abby Schrader added 16 points and 11 rebounds.