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Monday, November 27, 2000

Associated Press
Appalachian State guard Shawn Alexander, right,
passes to a teammate while covered by Hawaii-Hilo
guard Scott Prather

Sooners pull rank
on Beavers

Associated Press

HILO -- Kelvin Sampson didn't have to tell his team what kind of opponent it faced in yesterday's championship game of the Big Island Invitational Tournament.

Sampson's 19th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners took care of business, hitting 12 3-pointers and routing previously unbeaten Oregon State 78-60.

J.R. Raymond hit five 3-pointers and Hollis Price, Nolan Johnson and Kelley Newton each added two 3-pointers for the Sooners, who shot 12-for-21 from beyond the arc.

The Sooners seized control early.

Johnson and Price hit consecutive 3-pointers to cap a 17-5 run that led to a 40-25 halftime lead.

The Beavers (4-1) made a brief run at the start of the second half, closing within nine points, but Raymond converted three free throws and followed with back-to-back 3-pointers to blunt the comeback effort.

Raymond, who averaged 8.3 points in four previous games, finished with 21 points. Johnson contributed 18 and Price, the tournament's outstanding player, and Newton added 10 apiece.

Appalachian St. 73, Hawaii-Hilo 63: Shawn Alexander scored 27 points to lead the Mountaineers over the Vulcans in the seventh-place game of the Big Island Invitational Tournament.

The Mountaineers (2-3) held a 35-33 halftime lead. started the second half with a 15-4 run.

Corey Cooper had six points and Alexander five during the stretch.

The Division II Vulcans (0-3) never got closer than seven points thereafter.

Alan Thomas was high scorer for Hawaii-Hilo, which has now lost 24 consecutive games in its tournament, with 17 points.

Long Beach St. 79, Tulane 74: Ramel Lloyd scored 18 points, the last two off a steal by Michael Darrett, to help Long Beach State survive a late comeback by Tulane in the third place game of the Big Island Invitational Tournament.

Montana St. 75, San Francisco 63: Reserve Tom Duffy scored eight of his 12 points late in the fourth quarter as the Bobcats beat the Dons in the fifth-place game of the Big Island Invitational Tournament.

Justin Brown scored 14 points and John Lazosky added 13 for Montana State. Shamell Stallworth had 17 for San Francisco.

HPU Thanksgiving Classic

Georgetown 76, Minnesota 60: Kevin Braswell scored 18 points, Demetrius Hunter added 15 and Gerald Riley supplied 14 as Georgetown defeated Minnesota in the championship game of the Hawaii Pacific University Thanksgiving Basketball Classic at Neal Blaisdell Center.

Georgetown (4-0) broke open a 10-all tie by going on a 31-12 run over the final 15 minutes of the first half. Minnesota (4-1) made only one field goal over the final 10 minutes of the half.

Minnesota's Dusty Rychart, who scored 66 points in his other two tournament games, took six shots and was held scoreless in the first half. He made his first field goal with six minutes remaining in the game. Rychart finished with six points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field.

Central Florida 80, Hawaii Pacific 67: Mario Lovett scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half as the Golden Knights defeated the Sea Warriors in the seventh-place game of the Hawaii Pacific University Thanksgiving Basketball Classic.

Paul Reed and Joey Graham added 13 points apiece for Central Florida (1-2).

Hawaii Pacific (1-3) tied the game at 20 with eight minutes remaining in the first half on a basket by Michael Paul. The Golden Knights went on an 18-8 run to go up 38-28 with 3:30 remaining.

Kawika Smith and Nash Subotic scored 14 points apiece to lead the Division II Sea Warriors.

Coll. of Charleston 76, Texas Christian 71: Jody Lumpkin scored 24 points and Jeff Bolton added 14 points and 10 rebounds as College of Charleston defeated Texas Christian in the third-place game of the Hawaii Pacific University Thanksgiving Classic.

Lumpkin made 10-of-15 shots from the field and went 4-of-6 from the free throw line.

Top 25 men

Illinois 86, Texas Southern 67: Sean Harrington's timing couldn't be better.

With No. 9 Illinois dragging from jet lag and playing its fourth game in seven days, the reserve guard scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Illini over Texas Southern.

Harrington's big day punctuated a big week for the Illini (4-1), who beat UNLV and No. 6 Maryland before falling by three points to top-ranked Arizona in the Maui Invitational final Wednesday.

The Illini were still fast enough to handle Texas Southern (0-3), which shot 34 percent and managed just seven assists.

Harrington was 6-for-6 shooting, including five 3-pointers.

Other games

St. Joseph's 92, Colorado 78: At Boulder, Colo., Marvin O'Connor scored 29 points to lead five players in double figures as St. Joseph's beat Colorado in the Buffaloes' home opener.

San Jose St. 82, St. Mary's (Calif.) 68: At Moraga, Calif., Mike Garrett scored 12 of his season-high 16 points in the second half as San Jose State beat St. Mary's.

Five Spartans scored in double figures as San Jose State (3-0) shot 54 percent from the field.

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