2001 NCAA Men's Tourney

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Syracuse 79, Hawaii 69
Posted: Saturday March 17, 2001 02:02 AM
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DAYTON, Ohio (Ticker) -- Damone Brown scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Syracuse gave coach Jim Boeheim his 600th victory with a 79-69 triumph over Hawaii in a first-round Midwest Region matchup in the NCAA Tournament.

Boeheim (600-207) became the seventh-fastest coach to reach the 600-win plateau. His Orangemen will face Kansas in the second round on Sunday at the University of Dayton Arena.

"I felt we really had to be efficient on offense," Boeheim said. "We did that." After the Rainbow Warriors scored to open the second half, Syracuse (25-8) used a 9-0 run to grab a 44-31 lead with just under 17 minutes left. Preston Shumpert made a 3-pointer to cap the burst.

Hawaii (17-14) would not quit and got within 64-55 with 6:47 to play on two free throws by Mindaugas Burneika. But Shumpert had a basket and DeShaun Williams made a layup on a feed from Allen Griffin for a 68-55 lead with 5 1/2 minutes left.

A three-point play by Troy Ostler cut the Rainbow Warriors' deficit to 74-67 with 1:31 to go. But the Orangemen scored their last five points from the free-throw line to seal the victory.

Shumpert finished with 18 points while Allen Griffin added 15. The Orangemen improved to 2-0 against Hawaii, with the other victory coming in the first round of the 1994 NCAA Tournament.

Syracuse held a 34-31 rebounding edge as Shumpert had eight. Griffin had six assists and Brown five for the Orangemen, who committed only 10 turnovers.

Ostler scored 13 of his 21 points in the first half for Hawaii. Burneika added 13 points and Predrag Savovic had 12 for the Rainbow Warriors, who made just 6-of-27 from beyond the arc.

Freshman Carl English finished with 10 points while Mike McIntyre shot 3-of-10 from 3-point range for nine points for the Rainbow Warriors, who fell to 4-9 away from home.

Hawaii made 16-of-17 foul shots, including a 9-of-10 showing by Ostler.

Hawaii completed a three-week road trip away from home that began with a regular-season game against San Jose State on March 1.

The Rainbow Warriors stayed on the mainland the following week for the Western Athletic Conference tournament and did not travel back home before the NCAA Tournament, using five different hotels on the trip.


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