Sun Devils Drop Season-Opener, 69-67

Nov. 11, 2000

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Dante Swanson's steal and layup with 38.7 seconds left gave Tulsa a 69-67 victory over Arizona State in the second game of the NABC Classic on Friday night.

Swanson's go-ahead basket gave Buzz Peterson a win in his debut as Golden Hurricane coach in a physical game that featured a combined 44 fouls.

Tulsa advanced to play North Carolina in the title game Saturday night in a rematch of last year's NCAA tournament South Regional championship, won by the Tar Heels 59-55. North Carolina beat Winthrop 66-61 earlier Friday.

Antonio Reed led Tulsa with 16 points in 21 minutes off the bench, while Shawn Redhage led the Sun Devils, who shot 29 percent in the second half, with 19.

Neither team led by double digits, and the game was tied nine times in the second half before Donnell Knight's 3-pointer with 1:38 left gave Arizona State a 67-64 lead.

But David Shelton sank two free throws 25 seconds later. Arizona State was working the shot clock down when Swanson stepped in front of a pass from Kyle Dodd and raced toward the winning layup.

Knight missed a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left and Tulsa's Jason Parker added a free throw for the final margin.

Alton Mason's desperation 3-pointer from 30 feet didn't come close as the buzzer sounded.

Tulsa, a school-record 32-5 last year, turned the ball over 10 times and shot 37 percent in the opening 20 minutes but only trailed 34-27.

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