Syracuse upsets Georgetown in Big East semifinals
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 last 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.
MARYLAND 83, No. 2 DUKE 74
Dez Wells scored a career-high 30 points and Maryland upset Duke in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
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).
Mason Plumlee had 19 points to lead second-seeded Duke (27-5), which had the ball trailing by six points with about two minutes left after Seth Curry hit a rare 3-pointer and the Blue Devils got an even rarer defensive stop.
NO. 9 MIAMI 69, BOSTON COLLEGE 58
Shane Larkin scored 20 points and Miami pulled away to beat Boston College in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Kenny Kadji added 15 points and Trey McKinney Jones finished with 12 for the top-seeded Hurricanes (25-6).
They 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 Big Ten quarterfinals.
The top-seeded Hoosiers (27-5) are off to a good start after claiming their first outright conference title in two decades and earning a first-round bye.
Victor Oladipo added 12 points and 11 rebounds and drew the loudest cheers with a 360-degree fastbreak 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), who will play top-seeded Indiana in the semifinals today. Ryan Evans added 12 points, six rebounds and six assist.
NO. 10 OHIO STATE 71, NEBRASKA 50
DeShaun Thomas and Sam Thompson had 19 points apiece, helping Ohio State rout Nebraska in the Big Ten tournament 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.
Ross finished with 11 points for the Buckeyes (24-7), who have won six straight games and seven of eight overall.
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.
Jeff Withey and Elijah Johnson added 14 points each, and Ben McLemore finished with 10 for the top-seeded Jayhawks (28-5), who advanced to play No. 11 Kansas State or No. 14 Oklahoma State on Saturday night for its sixth Big 12 tournament championship.
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 trying to add a Southeastern Conference tournament title to their regular season championship by beating LSU.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive presented Florida coach Billy Donovan with the regular season trophy before tipoff. Then the Gators (25-6) started working toward their first tournament title since 2007 when they wrapped up a three-peat.
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 ensured the 49ers would not be making any crazy comebacks this time by forcing 20 turnovers and turning them into 21 points. A day earlier, ninth-seeded Charlotte came from behind to shock Richmond 68-63 by hitting eight free throws in the final five seconds after the Spiders were called for three technical fouls.
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 25th-ranked 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. Darius Theus had 12 points and six assists, making all five of his field-goal attempts, as five players scored in double figures for second-seeded VCU (25-7).
CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT
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 championship.
Crawford had three 3-pointers from the right wing during a 14-4 run that put the top-seeded Tigers (29-4) in control midway through the second half after Tulsa had erased an 11-point deficit to take the lead just after halftime.
Crawford’s third 3 during the stretch made it 61-46 with 9:57 to play, and he hit two more during a 10-0 burst later on that prevented the fifth-seeded Golden Hurricane (17-15) from making another comeback.
Senior Scottie Haralson led Tulsa with 25 points and 12 rebounds in his final game.