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Marbury’s Pro-Active In Georgia Tech’s Win

A few more games like this might make it much harder for Stephon Marbury to turn down the NBA.

Marbury, the nation’s most heralded freshman, could not be stopped Sunday, scoring a career-high 29 points and leading Georgia Tech past Boston College 103-89 in the second round of the Southeast Regional.

Too quick and too big for any of the Eagles guards who tried to slow him, Marbury controlled the tempo until leaving with 1:20 left. His performance, spiced with between-the-legs dribbles, no-look passes and poise in the face of full-court pressure, was the kind that have many thinking he’s ready now for the NBA.

Marbury made 10 of 12 shots, including 6 of 7 3-pointers, with nine assists, four steals and no turnovers.

Is there room to get better? “I can learn a lot,” Marbury said. “My decision-making can improve and I can try to make my passes crisper.”

He’ll get that chance because Georgia Tech (24-11), third-seeded, used its highest-scoring game of the season to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third time in seven years.

Boston College (19-11), which had been 5-0 in second-round games in the NCAA tournament, never challenged after Georgia Tech reeled off a 20-5 run for a 39-27 lead with 4 minutes left in the first half.

Ga.Tech 103, Boston College 89

Boston College (19-11) - Thomas 3-3 0-1 6, Jourdon 4-7 1-2 9, Abrams 5-13 6-12 16, Penn 3-6 4-5 12, Woodward 6-9 6-8 21, Curley 3-5 0-0 6, Granger 3-7 0-0 8, Bedard 2-5 0-0 6, Maglos 1-1 1-3 3, Bosworth 0-0 0-0 0, Piwerka 1-1 0-0 2, Bartoli 0-0 0-0 0, Christianson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-57 18-31 89.

Georgia Tech (24-11) - Harpring 5-10 6-9 20, Maddox 6-9 0-1 13, Elisma 6-8 2-5 14, Marbury 10-12 3-3 29, Barry 4-10 4-6 15, Saunders 2-3 0-0 5, Gaston 1-3 0-0 2, Hodge 1-2 0-1 2, Brennan 1-2 0-0 3, Kelly 0-0 0-0 0, Murphy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-59 15-25 103.

Halftime-Georgia Tech 49, Boston College 34. 3-Point goals- Boston College 9-18 (Woodward 3-4, Bedard 2-3, Penn 2-4, Granger 2-5, Adams 0-2), Georgia Tech 16-28 (Marbury 6-7, Harpring 4-6, Barry 3-8, Brennan 1-1, Saunders 1-2, Maddox 1-3, Gaston 0-1). Fouled out-Jourdon, Abrams, Elisma. Rebounds- Boston College 32 (Abrams 8), Georgia Tech 29 (Harpring, Barry 6). Assists-Boston College 16 (Woodward 6), Georgia Tech 27 (Barry 10). Total fouls-Boston College 22, Georgia Tech 22. A-16,894.

Cincinnati 78, Temple 65

Maybe Bob Huggins should write a book on how to solve John Chaney’s pesky matchup zone.

Cincinnati did it for the fifth time in four seasons and earned a trip to the Sweet 16 by defeating Temple.

Damon Flint made four 3-pointers and scored 22 points and Darnell Burton hit five 3s, including three during a 19-2 run the second-seeded Bearcats used to open a 15-point second-half lead.

Temple (20-13) closed to 64-61 with 3:32 to go, then missed 12 of its final 13 shots to fall from the tournament with a loss to Cincinnati (27-4) for the second straight year.

“We played a team that didn’t look too explosive against the zone two days ago (against UNC Greensboro)” Chaney said. “Flint is a guy we were not prepared to stop. We don’t aim our defense at stopping guys from shooting 25 feet out.”

Temple (20-13) - Ivey 4-13 2-3 11, Jackson 4-11 5-6 13, Cunningham 0-1 0-0 0, Alston 3-12 4-4 12, Stewart 3-10 2-3 9, Futch 3-5 2-3 10, Laws 1-2 0-1 2, Adams 0-0 0-0 0, Battie 3-8 2-2 8. Totals 21-62 17-22 65.

Cincinnati (27-4) - Fortson 7-11 4-5 18, Gregor 0-1 0-0 0, Long 1-2 0-0 2, Flint 8-17 2-2 22, LeGree 1-3 6-6 8, Levett 0-0 0-0 0, Fletcher 0-0 2-2 2, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Burton 5-13 3-4 18, Brannen 0-1 0-0 0, Julson 1-2 0-0 3, Monroe 2-2 1-1 5. Totals 25-52 18-20 78.

Halftime-Cincinnati 34, Temple 33. 3-Point goals-Temple 6-23 (Futch 2-4, Alston 2-8, Stewart 1-4, Ivey 1-5, Jackson 0-1, Laws 0-1), Cincinnati 10-24 (Burton 5-12, Flint 4-11, Julson 1-1). Fouled out- Long. Rebounds-Temple 31 (Ivey, Jackson, Futch, Battie 5), Cincinnati 37 (Fortson 11). Assists-Temple 13 (Alston 5), Cincinnati 19 (LeGree 10). Total fouls-Temple 20, Cincinnati 19.



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