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Overtime opener highlights Day Two of tourney

March 1, 2011

Washington's Antonio Stello scores two points in front of Michigan State's Taylor Newcome as Matt Wehrle watches in the background during a fourth- and fifth-grade game Tuesday night in Punxsutawney. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Day Two of the Punxsutawney elementary boys' basketball tournament featured a trio of tight conclusions, including a low-scoring overtime match-up that led off Tuesday night's festivities.

Syracuse 11, Michigan 8, OT

In the first of three fourth- and fifth-grade games Tuesday, four Syracuse players scored during the Orangemen's 11-8 overtime victory over Michigan.

Ethan Blose scored a team-best four points, Willie Hoover had three points, and both Caden Barrick and Zach Pape managed two points for Syracuse (1-1).

Matt Blose tallied a game-high seven points for the Wolverines (0-2). Cameron Coble made a free throw for one point.

Pittsburgh 23, North Carolina 10

Pittsburgh was the first of two fourth- and fifth-grade teams to improve to 2-0 on the tournament when it handled North Carolina, 23-10.

Brandon Matthews followed up Monday's 14-point effort with 11 points Tuesday. Teammates Jacob Schiel and Jacob Ward scored six points each.

Leading the Tar Heels (0-2) was Kevin Constant, who scored eight points. Kyle Burkett chimed in with two points.

Washington 18, Michigan State 17

Washington is now 2-0 after edging Michigan State, 18-17.

Tyler Richardson, who scored a Tuesday-best 12 points, scored with 23 seconds left to push Washington ahead 18-17. Matt Wehrle's last-second heave bounced off the rim and gave the Huskies the one-point victory.

Also scoring for Washington were Jesse Burkett (four points) and Antonio Stello (two points).

Carter Newcome had a breakout game, scoring 11 points for the Spartans (1-1). Wehrle added four points, and Matt Greenblatt provided two points.

Texas Tech 22, Ohio State 19

In a battle of two sixth-grade teams that won Monday, Texas Tech knocked off Ohio State Tuesday, 22-19.

Four Red Raiders (2-0) scored during Texas Tech's victory, including Tanner Zimmerman (eight points), Devin Kelly (seven), Josh Godo (four) and Ethan Riley (three).

Sky Anderson's 12 points weren't enough for the Buckeyes (1-1). Nick Constant (three points), Jacob Weaver (two) and Trenton Peace (two) also scored for OSU.

Tournament action resumes today with Pittsburgh taking on Washington at 5:30 p.m. The next two fourth- and fifth-grade contests are Michigan State versus Michigan at 6 p.m., and North Carolina against Syracuse at 6:30 p.m.

The night concludes with Connecticut versus Ohio State at 7 p.m. and Georgetown versus Texas Tech at 7:30 p.m. in the sixth-grade games.

The tournament concludes Thursday night, starting with Pittsburgh versus Michigan State at 5:30 p.m. After that, North Carolina and Michigan face off at 6 p.m., Syracuse opposes Washington at 6:30 p.m., Georgetown stares down Ohio State at 7 p.m., and Connecticut goes up against Texas Tech at 7:30 p.m. in the final game of the week.

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