James Southerland hit five 3s in the first half and Brandon Triche keyed a big second-half run to lead Syracuse to a 75-63 comeback win over Seton Hall in the second round of the Big East tournament, held at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The fifth-seeded Orange (24-8) extended their Big East tenure with the win and played fourth-seeded and 17th-ranked Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals today. Both Syracuse and Pittsburgh are leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference after this season.
Southerland scored all but three of his 20 points in the first half and Triche finished with 17 for Syracuse, which had lost four of its last five games.
Aaron Cosby had 22 points for the 12th-seeded Pirates (15-18).
NO. 24 NOTRE DAME 69, RUTGERS 61: Pat Connaughton scored a season-high 21 points and Notre Dame beat Rutgers in the second round of the Big East tournament.
Tom Knight had a career-high 18 points for sixth-seeded Notre Dame (24-8), which will face third-seeded and 12th-ranked Marquette in the quarterfinals tonight.
The Irish have reached the semifinals in each of the last three years but haven't been able to get that first tournament title -- and this is the Fighting Irish's last chance since they are leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.
Senior forward Austin Johnson had a career-high 18 points for the Scarlet Knights (15-16).
CINCINNATI 61, PROVIDENCE 44: Sean Kilpatrick scored 17 points to lead Cincinnati past Providence in a Big East tournament game between teams desperate to improve their postseason credentials.
JaQuon Parker added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bearcats (22-10), who might have solidified an NCAA tournament berth with the win. No. 9 seed Cincinnati advanced to a quarterfinal matchup Thursday with No. 5 Georgetown, the top seed, at Madison Square Garden.
Kadeem Batts led the eighth-seeded Friars (17-14) with 14 points and eight rebounds, but Bryce Cotton -- the conference's leading scorer at 19.6 points per game -- was held to 12 on 5-for-15 shooting. He missed all seven 3-point attempts, and Providence went 1 for 16 from beyond the arc.
VILLANOVA 66, ST. JOHN'S 53: Mouphtaou Yarou made his first seven shots and scored 18 points, sending Villanova past St. John's and into the quarterfinals.
Ryan Arcidiacono added 15 points to help the seventh-seeded Wildcats (20-12) move into the quarterfinals, where they will play Thursday night against fourth-ranked Louisville, the tournament's No. 2 seed.
JayVaughn Pinkston had 12 points and nine rebounds for Villanova, which shook off St. John's midway through the second half. Yarou, a senior center winding down his Wildcats career, finished 9 for 10 from the field with seven rebounds and three steals.
Phil Greene scored 16 points on 7-for-19 shooting for the 10th-seeded Red Storm (16-15). JaKarr Sampson, the conference Rookie of the Year, had 13 points and nine rebounds.