SYRACUSE, N.Y. Hakim Warrick had 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead No. 6 Syracuse to a 104-54 victory over Northern Colorado on Thursday night in the first round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Syracuse (1-0) will play Princeton (1-0) in the second round Friday night. The Tigers beat Bucknell 61-48 in the Carrier Dome earlier Thursday.
The Orange scored the first 24 points of the game against Northern Colorado (0-1), in only its second season back in Division I.
Gerry McNamara, who finished with 11 points and five assists, hit two straight 3-pointers and a fast-break layup and Warrick, a preseason All-America, had six points to pace Syracuse's early surge.
No. 12 Mississippi St. 53, Fairfield 49
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Ontario Harper scored a career-high 17 points and the Bulldogs, playing without preseason All-America Lawrence Roberts, won in the first round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Roberts, a senior forward, sat out because of a one-game suspension from the NCAA over his expenses to attend a tryout before the NBA draft.
The Bulldogs (1-0), who trailed for much of the game before taking the lead for good midway through the second half, will play Birmingham-Southern (1-0) in the second round on Friday night. Birmingham-Southern beat Alabama A&M 79-69 on Thursday.
Deng Gai had 14 points and eight rebounds for Fairfield (0-1).
No. 24 Memphis 102, Savannah St. 40
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Rodney Carney scored 21 points and the Tigers had six players finish in double figures in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Carney was 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, for the Tigers (1-0), who will play George Mason in the second round on Saturday night. The Patriots (1-0) beat Ind.-Pur.-Fort Wayne 69-51 Thursday night.
Josh Barker led Savannah State (0-1) with 12 points.
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