ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Preston Shumpert scored a career-high 36 points and Syracuse held off a furious second-half rally to upset No. 21 DePaul 92-84 in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout on Thursday night.
DeShaun Williams had 25 points and Damone Brown 16 for the Orangemen (2-0).
Lance Williams led DePaul (1-1) with 18 points, and Bobby Simmons had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Syracuse led 69-52 with 10:35 left in the game, but the Orangemen's frontcourt got into foul trouble and created an opportunity for DePaul to mount a comeback.
The Blue Demons whittled the lead to 80-73 on Williams' jump hook with about 4:25 left. But Shumpert drained a 3-pointer to stifle the comeback temporarily.
After Orangemen centers Billy Celuck and Jeremy McNeil fouled out, a 3-pointer by DePaul's Rashon Burno cut the margin to 86-80 with 1:05 left. But Damone Brown hit five free throws and Allen Griffin one in the final 44 seconds to hold DePaul at bay.
The Blue Demons had trouble penetrating Syracuse's zone in the first half as the 7-foot Celuck blocked two shots and disrupted attempts to pound the ball inside. DePaul turned the ball over 11 times in the first 20 minutes as Syracuse led by as many as 16.
DePaul got 10 points from reserve Steve Hunter and the Blue Demons made 13 of 17 free throws in the first half.
Syracuse faces Ohio State and Missouri takes on Valparaiso in the semifinals on Friday. Rhode Island takes on Alaska-Anchorage and DePaul will face Florida State in the consolation bracket.
No. 13 Utah 94,
American Puerto Rico 37
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico -- With coach Rick Majerus at home recovering from knee surgery, No. 13 Utah easily beat American Puerto Rico Thursday at the Puerto Rico Shootout.
Trace Caton scored 19 points and the Utes closed the first half with a 39-6 run to take command.
Utah, which outrebounded its Division II opponent 45-15, will play Georgia on Friday in the holiday tournament.
Chris Burgess added 11 points for Utah (2-0), which used 13 players, each playing at least 11 minutes. Kevin Bradly had 10 points and six assists. American (0-1) did not have a player in double figures.
No. 5 Stanford 84, Old Dominion 60
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico -- Ryan Mendez scored 18 points and Casey Jacobsen 16 as No. 5 Stanford pulled away in the second half at the Puerto Rico Shootout.
Stanford led 36-26 at halftime, and used a 10-2 run capped by Jason Collins' layup to make it 50-32 with 14:44 left.
The Cardinal (2-0) kept building their advantage and went up by as many as 30 points -- at 71-41 with under six minutes remaining on Mendez's 3-pointer.
Collins had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and his twin brother, Jarron, added eight points and nine rebounds.
Pierre Greene scored 10 points for Old Dominion (1-2).
HEAD:Future of Shootout remains cloudy
BYLINE1:By JIM O'CONNELL
BYLINE2:AP Basketball Writer
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- No coach has ever ended a news conference after his last game of the Maui Invitational without saying he would be glad to come back.
Schools would set late November schedules as quickly as they could to make sure they had a chance to bring their team and fans to Hawaii the week of Thanksgiving.
That might not be necessary in the future.
The NCAA is considering legislation that would eliminate exempt events like the Maui Invitational, Great Alaska Shootout, Preseason NIT and Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic.
The conference commissioners voted in September to eliminate the events, which count as one game on a school's 28-game schedule regardless of how many a team actually plays.
The commissioners offered an extra game as an alternative and the matter is now up for discussion among the membership before the Management Council meets again in April.
Obviously the coaches don't want these events to end. They are great for recruiting and give teams a chance for extra games against good competition, usually on national TV.
Top-ranked Arizona won the Maui Invitational on Wednesday night with a 79-76 victory over No. 8 Illinois. There were two other ranked teams in the field -- No. 6 Maryland and No. 12 Connecticut -- and all seven championship flight games were televised by ESPN.
''I don't get it,'' Maryland coach Gary Williams said. ''We all make a lot of money and this is something for the kids. How many kids from our part of the country will ever get a chance for a trip like this? There are a lot reasons to say why events like this should go on, but for me there's none more important than the kids.''
The National Association of Basketball Coaches is conducting a survey of its members over the exempt issue, and executive director Jim Haney said with almost of the conferences responding, the support has been overwhelming.
It's not just the ''major'' schools that benefit from these events.
Dayton, a solid program that reached the NCAA tournament last season, played three ranked teams in Maui this week, beating Connecticut and Maryland and losing to Arizona. The Flyers will now receive serious consideration for the Top 25 after playing three games they would not have been able to schedule without the tournament format.
''We felt we belonged with this field but we had to prove it on the court and we did,'' Dayton coach Oliver Purnell said after the third-place game victory over Maryland.
Exempt events were started in the 1950s as a way of getting teams to play at Hawaii because mutiple-game tournaments would make the expensive trip worthwhile.
Last season, almost one-third of the 318 Division I programs played in exempt events, proving the commissioners' point that there may be too many.
''We understand their point, but to use the old cliche, you don't throw the baby out with the bath water,'' Maui Invitational chairman Wayne Duke said.
Duke, the former Big Ten commissioner, has set the field for the next two Maui Invitationals.
Next year's includes Duke, Kansas, UCLA and Seton Hall.
The 2002 field has Indiana, Kentucky, Utah and Virginia.
That's it for now, though, until the Council meets in April.
''We're ready to come back,'' Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said. ''We couldn't do it without the exemption, but we're ready whenever Wayne calls.''
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