NCAA BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Syracuse to play for one more Big East title
Brandon Triche scored the go-ahead basket early in overtime and No. 19 Syracuse advanced to the Big East championship game with a 58-55 victory over No. 5 Georgetown on Friday night in the final conference clash of their storied heavyweight rivalry.
The fifth-seeded Orange (26-8) will make their 15th appearance in the tournament title game and go for their sixth crown tonight at Madison Square Garden.
Triche, James Southerland and backup center Baye Moussa Keita all had 13 points for Syracuse, trying to close its Big East tenure with one more championship before bolting for the ACC next season.
NO. 4 LOUISVILLE 69, NO. 24 NOTRE DAME 57: Russ Smith scored 20 points and Peyton Siva added 12 to lead Louisville to a victory over Notre Dame, the third straight year the Cardinals beat the Fighting Irish in the semifinals of the Big East tournament. Siva, the tournament MVP last year when Louisville won its second Big East title, had six assists and seven steals, which tied the tournament record in another solid defensive outing by the Cardinals.
MARYLAND 83, NO. 2 DUKE 74: Dez Wells scored a career-high 30 points and Maryland upset Duke in the quarterfinals. Wells was 9 of 13 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free throw line to lead the seventh-seeded Terrapins (22-11). They never trailed, held the league’s best team from 3-point range to 4 of 25 shooting from beyond the arc, and bolstered their NCAA tournament credentials with their second straight win over Duke.
NO. 9 MIAMI 69, BOSTON COLLEGE 58: Shane Larkin scored 20 points and Miami pulled away to beat Boston College in the quarterfinals. Miami withstood a serious scare from eighth-seeded BC (16-17), letting an early 13-point lead disappear before making all the plays down the stretch to avoid becoming the ACC’s first No. 1 seed to lose its tournament opener since 1997.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
NO. 3 INDIANA 80, ILLINOIS 64: Cody Zeller scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Indiana past Illinois in the quarterfinals. The top-seeded Hoosiers (27-5) are off to a good start after claiming their first outright conference title in two decades. Victor Oladipo added 12 points and 11 rebounds and drew the loudest cheers with a 360-degree fast-break dunk with 90 seconds left.
NO. 22 WISCONSIN 68, NO. 6 MICHIGAN 59: Ben Brust scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half and Wisconsin knocked off Michigan. Traevon Jackson had 16 points for the Badgers (22-10). Trey Burke had 19 points and seven assists for Michigan (26-7), but the Big Ten player of the year was 8-for-22 from the field.
NO. 8 MICHIGAN STATE 59, IOWA 56: Adreian Payne had 18 points and 10 rebounds, leading Michigan State to a rugged victory over Iowa in the quarterfinals. Keith Appling and Gary Harris had 13 points apiece for the Spartans (25-7), who trailed by 12 midway through the second half. Iowa (21-12) will have to sweat out a nervous Selection Sunday.
NO. 10 OHIO STATE 71, NEBRASKA 50: DeShaun Thomas and Sam Thompson had 19 points apiece, helping Ohio State rout Nebraska in the quarterfinals. The Buckeyes turned a close game into a runaway with an impressive 30-5 spree spanning halftime that included a little bit of everything. LaQuinton Ross connected on three consecutive 3-pointers, Aaron Craft made a couple of nifty passes and Thompson had two jams to go along with a 3-pointer.
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
NO. 7 KANSAS 88, IOWA STATE 73: Perry Ellis scored a career-high 23 points, and seventh-ranked Kansas pulled away in the second half to beat Iowa State and reach the Big 12 tournament title game. The top-seeded Jayhawks (28-5) advanced to play No. 11 Kansas State tonight for its sixth Big 12 tournament championship.
NO. 11 KANSAS STATE 68, NO. 14 OKLAHOMA STATE 57: Rodney McGruder scored Kansas State’s first nine points of the second half and led the Wildcats past Oklahoma State in the semifinals. McGruder scored 25 points as the Wildcats avenged a loss to Oklahoma State in the regular season finale that forced them to share the league title with Kansas.
NO. 13 FLORIDA 80, LSU 58: Erik Murphy scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds to help Florida take the first step toward adding a Southeastern Conference tournament title to its regular season championship by beating LSU. SEC commissioner Mike Slive presented Florida coach Billy Donovan with the regular season trophy before tipoff.
PAC 12 TOURNAMENT
NO. 21 UCLA 66, NO. 18 ARIZONA 64: Jordan Adams scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half and UCLA beat Arizona for the third time this season, a victory that sends the Bruins to the Pac-12 championship game. The Bruins (25-8) fought back from an 11-point second-half deficit after pulling off a similar rally against Arizona State in the quarterfinals.
ATLANTIC 10 TOURNAMENT
NO. 16 SAINT LOUIS 72, CHARLOTTE 55: Dwayne Evans played through foul trouble to score 25 points on near-perfect shooting, and top-seeded Saint Louis pulled away early to beat Charlotte in the quarterfinals. The Billikens forced 20 turnovers and turned them into 21 points.
NO. 25 VCU 82, SAINT JOSEPH’S 79: Treveon Graham scored 17 points, and hot-shooting VCU beat Saint Joseph’s in the quarterfinals. The Rams made 11 3-pointers to build a double-digit lead in the second half before the Hawks’ frantic comeback in the final minutes fell short. Tenth-seeded Saint Joseph’s pulled within 80-76 with 9.1 seconds left, but VCU’s Darius Theus found an open Briante Weber downcourt for an emphatic slam to cap the victory.
CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT
NO. 20 MEMPHIS 85, TULSA 74: Chris Crawford scored 30 points while connecting on eight 3-pointers to set new career highs in both categories for the second straight game, D.J. Stephens had 10 points and 10 rebounds after attending his grandmother’s funeral earlier in the day and Memphis reached the Conference USA championship by beating Tulsa.
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
NO. 15 NEW MEXICO 60, SAN DIEGO STATE 50: Tony Snell scored 17, including five 3-pointers, to lead No. 15 New Mexico past San Diego State in the semifinal round. New Mexico will defend its tournament title today. The Lobos used a 24-4 run that lasted from late first half into early second half.