Taurean Green scored 23 points and keyed a late second-half run to lead unranked Florida over No. 16 Syracuse 75-70 in the championship...
NEW YORK — Taurean Green scored 23 points and keyed a late second-half run to lead unranked Florida over No. 16 Syracuse 75-70 in the championship game of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic on Friday night.
Florida (4-0) trailed 62-60 with 6:43 left before it went on a 12-0 run. Green, named most valuable player of the tournament, had eight points during that span, including a three-pointer with 1:52 left to cap the spurt and give the Gators a 72-62 lead, their biggest of the game.
“They are young and eager just to be out there playing,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said of his players. “There’s a lot of unselfishness with them.”
The defending tournament champion Orange (3-1) was led by Demetrius Nichols, who had a career-high 24 points. He made five three-pointers.
“He’s been shooting the ball really well and he got his looks tonight,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said.
Other Top 25 games
No. 3 Connecticut 75,
at Pepperdine 56
Josh Boone scored 18 points to help the Huskies beat the Waves in the opener for both teams.
Freshman Michael Gerrity led Pepperdine with 19 points.
At No. 5 Villanova 78,
Stony Brook 35
Randy Foye scored 21 points and Allan Ray added 16 as the Wildcats opened their season with a rout of the Seawolves.
At No. 11 Boston College 80, Dartmouth 61
Craig Smith collected 22 points and nine rebounds as the Eagles disposed of the Big Green to start their season.
At No. 17 Illinois 90,
South Dakota St. 65
Dee Brown scored 19 points and James Augustine had 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Illini opened their season by beating the Jackrabbits (1-2).
No. 19 Wake Forest 78, Texas Tech 73 (2OT)
Justin Gray hit a jumper to force a second overtime and then scored four of his 18 points in that extra session to lift the Demon Deacons (3-1) over the Raiders (2-2) in the consolation game of the 2K Sports College Hoop Classic in New York.
Jarrius Jackson led Texas Tech with 27 points, but he was 10 of 28 from the field.
At No. 23 Indiana 99, Nicholls St. 65
Marco Killingsworth, a transfer from Auburn, collected 28 points and 13 rebounds in his debut for the Hoosiers, and teammate Marshall Strickland added a career-high 25 points as Indiana won its opener.
At No. 24 Maryland 111, Fairleigh Dickinson 85
Mike Jones had 22 points in a reserve role as the Terrapins won their opener over the Knights (1-2).
At Eastern Michigan 67, California 65
John Bowler scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds as the Eagles beat the Golden Bears in the opener for each team. Cal’s Ayinde Ubaka scored 17 points.
• UCLA center Michael Fey, who is from Capital High School in Olympia, and point guard Jordan Farmar will miss today’s game against Delaware State after getting hurt in the 18th-ranked Bruins’ win over Temple on Thursday.
Fey sprained and bruised his left shoulder. Farmar sprained his right ankle.
• Savannah (Ga.) State ended a 65-game losing streak by beating visiting Wilberforce 63-59 in its season opener.