BOSTON (Ticker) -- Third-seeded Syracuse looks to end a brief absence from the regional semifinals on Sunday when it meets No. 6 Oklahoma in the second round of the East Region.
Syracuse (25-5) has not won two games in the NCAA Tournament since 2000, a brief absence for one of the country's most consistent programs. The Orangemen are seeking their fifth trip since 1993.
Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points and fellow freshman Billy Edelin added 15 as Syracuse advanced with a 76-65 victory over Manhattan on Friday. The Orangemen shot 58 percent and placed three freshmen in double figures, including 11 points by Gerry McNamara.
The game pits two of the NCAA Tournament's winningest coaches, although neither has won a title. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim owns 33 wins in the tournament and can tie Georgetown's John Thompson for eighth place on the all-time list. Cowboys mentor Eddie Sutton, who has taken four schools to the tournament is 12th with 28.
This is the second Big 12 opponent Syracuse has faced this season after a 76-69 home win over Missouri on January 13. Oklahoma State split a pair of games with the Tigers.
Oklahoma State (22-9) won for the third time in nine games with a 77-63 victory over Pennsylvania in the first round. Victor Williams scored a career-high 29 points as the Cowboys closed on a 10-0 run for their first NCAA Tournament victory since 2000.
The Cowboys shot 54 percent and came up with 12 steals as their defense stifled the undermanned Quakers. Tony Allen had 15 points and four steals and Ivan McFarlin collected 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Oklahoma State defeated Seton Hall and lost to Florida in the Carrier Dome in the 2000 NCAA Tournament.
The Cowboys closed with a 12-4 spurt to close a 1999 first-round meeting with the Orangemen for a 69-61 victory. That was the second ever meeting between the schools with Syracuse winning the first one.
The winner advances to meet Wake Forest or Auburn in Albany, New York.