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Providence writes off Penn

Dwight Brewington went 5 for 5 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 21 points last night, leading host Providence to an 89-52 win over Pennsylvania in the second round of the Preseason NIT.

Ryan Gomes, who finished with 10 points and a career-high eight assists, hit a pair of 3-pointers 29 seconds apart during an 18-2 run midway through the first half as the Friars (2-0) broke the game open.

Providence plays No. 2 Wake Forest, an 81-67 winner over Virginia Commonwealth, in the semifinals Wednesday at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Gerald Brown had 12 points and Donnie McGrath 10 for the Friars, who shot 65.5 percent (36 of 55). Providence was 11 of 17 on 3-point attempts.

Jan Fikel led the Quakers (1-1) with 13 points. Penn, overmatched by Providence's quickness, shot just 34.5 percent (10 of 29) in the first half. Providence, which never trailed, went on its 18-2 run over a 4:55 stretch, pulling to a 25-9 lead. Gomes had 7 points in the run.

Wake Forest 81, Virginia Commonwealth 67 -- Chris Paul scored 16 points despite taking just three shots from the field to help the No. 2 Demon Deacons beat the Rams in the Preseason NIT at Winston-Salem, N.C. Paul hit 14 of 15 free throws and had five assists for Wake Forest (2-0).

Justin Gray added 14 points and was one of five Wake Forest players in double figures.

Syracuse 71, Mississippi St. 58 -- Hakim Warrick scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half and the fifth-ranked Orange beat the No. 12 Bulldogs in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York. Syracuse (3-0) will play No. 24 Memphis tonight in the championship game at Madison Square Garden.

Warrick had 10 rebounds and Gerry McNamara finished with 9 points and 7 assists for Syracuse, which went 21 for 31 from the field in the second half (67.7 percent). Lawrence Roberts, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year last season, had 9 points and 12 rebounds in his first game of the season for the Bulldogs (2-1).

Arizona 83, Wright St. 66 -- Salim Stoudamire scored 24 points, including 6 of 9 3-pointers, and the 10th-ranked Wildcats beat the Raiders in the second round of the Preseason NIT at Tucson. The Wildcats (2-0) play Michigan in the semifinals Wednesday in New York.

Stoudamire, whose six 3-pointers were one shy of his career best, made six in a row after missing his first one.

N.C. State 71, Elon 45 -- Julius Hodge scored 17 points to join an exclusive group of ACC players, leading the No. 19 Wolfpack past the Phoenix in the semifinals of the BCA Invitational at Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina State (2-0) advanced to the final, where it will play East Carolina, which was a 64-62 winner over Oregon State.

Hodge now has 1,505 points and 303 assists in his career, becoming the 18th player in the 52-year history of the ACC to record at least 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, and 300 assists.

Memphis 81, Saint Mary's 66 -- Rodney Carney scored a career-high 33 points and the No. 24-ranked Tigers ended the tournament run of the Gaels in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York.

Field hockey

ECAC Div. 3 Tournament -- Lowell's Lilly Silva scored her third goal of the game seven minutes into the first overtime to give Plymouth State a 3-2 victory over Wellesley in the championship game at Plymouth, N.H. Wellesley battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the last 15 minutes of regulation.

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