No. 13 Syracuse Holds Off No. 19 Arizona St., 78-67
March 22, 2009
MIAMI (AP) -With Syracuse's season on the cusp of slipping away, Eric Devendorf picked the perfect time to be at his best.
Devendorf hit a pair of 3-pointers less than a minute apart to snuff out a big Arizona State rally, and the third-seeded Orange held on for a 78-67 win over the sixth-seeded Sun Devils in a South Regional second-round game Sunday.
Devendorf finished with 21 points for Syracuse (28-9), which moves on to play second-seeded Oklahoma (29-5) in Memphis on Friday, a spot in the regional final against either North Carolina or Gonzaga at stake for the winner.
Rihards Kuksiks scored a career-high 20 points, and Ty Abbott also finished with 20 for Arizona State (25-10), which struggled mightily against Syracuse's zone and led for only 31 seconds all afternoon.