Next stop, New York! Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament hits MSG

November 19, 2009

All four teams advancing to the Championship Rounds of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer will head to New York with 2-0 records.

No. 25 Syracuse cruised to a 100-60 victory over Robert Morris in the regional.  Senior Andy Rautins made seven 3-pointers in the win and only three players in SU history have made more in a single game. The Orange has a chance to set the tone for the early season. A win or two over a ranked team will show that Syracuse is for real and give it a boost of confidence. 

Syracuse will face the No. 12 Golden Bears who are led by Theo Robertson, who scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half en route to a 95-61 victory over Detroit.   The key for Cal is Patrick Christopher, as the Bears went 12-1  last year when Christopher made at least 50 percent of his shots. In Cal’s 11 losses, he shot just 31.9 percent from the field.
In Chapel Hill, Marcus Ginyard matched his career high with 17 points to help the fourth-ranked Tar Heels beat North Carolina Central, 89-42, his second double-figure scoring output in as many games to open the season. Deon Thompson scored 13 for the Tar Heels, who broke it open with 21 straight first-half points. North Carolina shot 69 percent in the opening half and 59 percent for the game, dominating the transitional Division I Eagles from nearby Durham in the first meeting between the schools.  Despite graduating several players to the NBA, UNC is primed to make another run at a national title. 

The Tar heels will face No. 17 Ohio State, who is coming off a 72-44 victory over James Madison.  Evan Turner followed up his triple-double with 24 points and 17 rebounds and David Lighty added 14 points and William Buford had 12 for the Buckeyes.  Ohio State is considered a serious national title contender by many publications. 

The Championship Rounds of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer will begin on tonight at Madison Square Garden. In the first semifinal match, Syracuse will meet California at 7:00pm, followed by North Carolina taking on Ohio State. The next night begins with the consolation game at 5:00pm, followed by the championship tilt at 7:00pm. All four games will be televised on ESPN2.


One comment

  1. Scoop Jardine for the Cuse’ is a beastttttt

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