Friday, March 21, 2008


Determined to underachieve, an upset of top-seed Syracuse was out of the question for Maryland. Proving, like the Hokies, that they belong in the Big Dance by crushing an opponent, the Orange won handily 88-72.

Jonny Flynn had 23 points to lead four Syracuse starters in double figures as the Orange advanced to the NIT quarterfinals.

Arinze Onuaku added 14 points and 14 rebounds for Syracuse (21-13), which will play the winner of Saturday's second-round matchup between Massachusetts and Akron. Paul Harris added 19 points and Donte Greene tossed in 16.

Top-seeded Syracuse used a 15-5 spurt late in the second half to pull away from Maryland (19-15), which got 23 points and 11 rebounds from James Gist before he fouled out in the final minute and a career-high 21 from Bambale Osby.

The Terps, a fifth seed, pulled ahead of the Orange to start the second half on three consecutive baskets by Osby. When Osby converted a 3-point play with 13:26 to go he gave Maryland a 54-53 lead.

But Syracuse regained the lead for good with its spurt, taking a 68-59 lead on Flynn's basket with 8:52 to play.

Game over.

The Terps committed 19 turnovers and missed 9 free throws. They shot 31% from behind the arc and were outrebounded by the Cuse 51 to 44.

Maryland's James Gist scores against Syracuse during the first half of NIT second round men's college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Thursday, March 20, 2008.
(AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

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