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#2 ’85 St. John’s over #10 ’02 Pittsburgh 85-59

April 28, 2011 3:03 pm by Big Willie Style

It was no contest as Walter Berry hit for 27 points and the 2 seed 1985 St. John’s Redmen throttled the 2002 Pitt Panthers 85-59 in round two action in the Boeheim bracket. Chris Mullin added 17 and Bill Wennington 10 for SJU. Julius Page with 16 was the only Panther in double figures. The Redmen shot 60% and committed only 6 turnovers in a dazzling performance. The 2 seed Redmen will meet the 14 seed 2000 Syracuse Orangemen in a colorful Sweet Sixteen matchup.

Our Sweet 16 is complete! This tournament has evolved over the past week into a contest between UConn, Georgetown & the rest of the Big East. Of the 16 teams remaining, there are 6 UConn teams, 5 Georgetown teams and 5 of the rest. The rest consisting of 05 & 00 Syracuse, 83 & 85 St. Johns & 94 Providence. The only inter-school matchup features two dueling UConn teams from 98 and 04. Next week, we’ll have two games each day Monday-Thursday leaving us with only 8 teams remaining.

#14 ’00 Syracuse over #11 ’01 Seton Hall 79-70

11:38 am by Big Willie Style

Preston Shumpert tallied 16 points to lead the 14 seed 2000 Syracuse Orange to a 79-70 victory over the 11 seed Seton Hall Pirates in a round two game. SU used a 40-27 rebounding edge to lead to the win. Jason Hart and Ryan Blackwell had 15 each and Etan Thomas scored 14 for Syracuse. The Pirates were led by Anthony Avent’s 21 points and Terry Dehere’s 17. SU ran out to a 9 point lead at the half and held that lead for the second half. SU will face the winner of the 1985 2 seed St. John’s and the 10 seed 2002 Pitt game in the Sweet Sixteen.

UPSET ALERT! #8 ’95 UConn over #1 ’03 Syracuse 80-78

9:51 am by Big Willie Style

We have lost our first #1 seed. Brian Fair had 19 points, Ray Allen 16 and Donnie Marshall 16 to lead the 8 seed 1995 UConn Huskies to a major upset over the 1 seed 2003 Syracuse Orange in round two action. The Huskies had a two point lead at the half and held on for the entire second half for a close 2 point win. Gerry McNamara led the Orange with 17 and Carmelo Anthony had 16 points and 10 rebounds. The game was an even match with the Huskies going 18-20 from the free throw line.

#5 ’89 Georgetown over #4 ’96 UConn 82-67

9:44 am by Big Willie Style

Alonzo Mourning scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds to spearhead the 1989 Georgetown Hoyas to a 82-67 beatdown of the 4 seed 1996 UConn Huskies and advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The 5 seed Hoyas outshot the Huskies 53%-36% in the game. Charles Smith and Jaren Jackson each popped in 15 for GU. Doron Sheffer led the Huskies with 13 points and Ray Allen had 11. Travis Knight garnered 10 boards for UConn.

UPSET ALERT! #15 ’94 Providence over #10 ’80 Georgetown 88-81

April 27, 2011 1:03 pm by Big Willie Style

The #15 seed Providence Friars continued their improbable run toward the title of the All-Time Big East tourney with another big upset, beating the 10 seed 1980 Georgetown Hoyas 88-81. Michael Brown led the Friars with 23 points. Dickie Simpkins had 16 points for the winners. After trailing by 2 at the half the Friars outscored the Hoyas 53-44 in the second stanza forcing 14 of their 22 turnovers after intermission. Craig Shelton (21 points) and Sleepy Floyd (18) gave their best effort to keep GU in the game but couldn’t overcome the tough PC defense. The Cinderella Friars will face the 6 seed 1983 St. John’s Redmen in the Sweet Sixteen.

Tomorrow, play wraps up the round of 32 in the Boeheim Bracket featuring Seton Hall’s and Pittsburgh’s remaining surviving team. Top seeds from Syracuse and St. John’s will also look to advance to complete our Sweet 16.