Hoyas Reach Big East Semis
Arizona State's Jonathan Gilling, center, battles for a rebound against UCLA's Kyle Anderson, left, and Jordan Adams in the second half during a Pac-12 tournament NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Las Vegas. UCLA won 80-75. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
New York — Otto Porter Jr. scored 18 points and fifth-ranked Georgetown advanced to the Big East tournament semifinals by pulling away from Cincinnati for a 62-43 victory yesterday.
Markel Starks had 14 points and reserve D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 13, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer that sparked a game-turning run for the top-seeded Hoyas (25-5).
Georgetown, looking to land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, squandered an early 16-point cushion and fell behind briefly in the second half before clamping down with its signature defense.
Georgetown, looking for its first title since 2007, improved to 15-1 as the top seed in the Big East tournament.
No. 4 Louisville 74
New York — Russ Smith scored 28 points in a bittersweet homecoming, leading No. 4 Louisville into the Big East tournament semifinals with a 74-55 victory over Villanova.
Smith and the defending champion Cardinals (27-5) harassed Villanova into 25 turnovers and advanced to play Notre Dame or Marquette in the late game tonight at Madison Square Garden.
No. 19 Syracuse 62
No. 17 Pitt 59
New York — James Southerland had a second straight great effort from 3-point range and Michael Carter-Williams scored Syracuse’s last seven points as the 19th-ranked Orange held off Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
Southerland had 20 points as he did in the second-round win over Seton Hall. The senior was 6 for 6 on 3s against Pittsburgh, a day after going 6 for 9 from beyond the arc against Seton Hall.
Big Ten Tournament
No. 6 Michigan 83, Penn St. 66
Chicago — Trey Burke scored 21 points to lead Michigan over Penn State in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, avenging a shocking loss to the Nittany Lions during the regular season.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nik Stauskas each added 15 points for the Wolverines (26-6), who will play fourth-seeded Wisconsin in the quarterfinals today.
Big 12 Tournament
No. 7 Kansas 91
Texas Tech 63
Kansas City, Mo. — Ben McLemore scored 24 points to lead Kansas to a rout of Texas Tech, setting up an intriguing date with Iowa State in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.
The regular-season co-champion, Kansas was pushed by Texas Tech in their meeting in Lubbock earlier this season, but used a big run early in the second half to put this one away early.
Conference USA Tournament
No. 20 Memphis 81, Tulane 68
Tulsa, Okla. — Chris Crawford set career-highs with 24 points and six 3-pointers, Adonis Thomas scored 17 points and Memphis beat Tulane in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament.
No. 21 UCLA 80
Arizona St. 75
Las Vegas — Shabazz Muhammad scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, Travis Wear hit a jumper with 11 seconds left and UCLA rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Arizona State in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament.
Jahii Carson had 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds for No. 9 seed Arizona State (21-12).
No. 18 Arizona 79
Las Vegas — Nick Johnson scored 18 points and hit a contested shot with 34 seconds left, helping Arizona beat Colorado in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals.
Arizona (25-6) led by 14 in the second half, but had trouble shaking the Buffaloes (21-11).
Claremont native Kaleb Tarczewski had four points for Arizona.