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Orange get win No. 20



Published: Tue, January 25, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Terrence Roberts' three-point play with 7.2 seconds left capped No. 4 Syracuse's comeback from an 18-point halftime deficit and gave the Orange an 86-84 victory over Rutgers on Monday night.

The win wasn't secure until Quincy Douby's 3-point shot with just more than a second left rolled around the rim and out at the buzzer, leaving the sellout crowd in silence. The Orange are the first Division I team to reach 20 victories this season.

It was the 13th consecutive win for Syracuse (20-1, 7-0 Big East) and gave coach Jim Boeheim 20 victories for the 27th time in his 29 seasons at his alma mater. He moved into a tie with Texas Tech's Bob Knight for second place among coaches with 20-win seasons, three behind former North Carolina coach Dean Smith.

Gerry McNamara and Hakim Warrick each had 21 points for Syracuse. Ricky Shields had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Rutgers (7-9, 1-5), which has lost six of seven.

It didn't look like Syracuse would have any chance at the 20th win when Rutgers led 54-36 after closing the first half with a 21-3 run.

No. 13 Oklahoma 67, No. 9 Oklahoma St. 57

NORMAN, Okla. -- Kevin Bookout scored 23 points and Taj Gray added 22 for the Sooners.

Oklahoma (16-2, 5-0 Big 12) gave back most of an early 17-point lead before taking over again in the second half and giving coach Kelvin Sampson his 250th win at Oklahoma.

After Oklahoma State (14-3, 4-2) pulled within 33-27, Bookout scored six points during a 10-0 run that put the Sooners back in control. In the middle of the spurt, Drew Lavender came down on a fastbreak, bounced the ball between his legs, and Gray flew in to jam the ball in with his right hand to put Oklahoma ahead 37-27 and get the crowd jumping.




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