Syracuse Edges Georgetown in OT
New York — 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.
The Orange held top-seeded Georgetown (25-6) to 22 percent shooting from 3-point range with their trademark 2-3 zone and got a big game from their bench to avenge two previous losses to the Hoyas this season.
Maryland 83, No. 2 Duke 74
Greensboro, n.c. — Dez Wells scored a career-high 30 points and Maryland upset No. 2 Duke last night 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).
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. 3 Indiana 80, Illinois 64
Chicago — 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.
They took control midway through the first half and withstood a mild push in the second, avenging a two-point loss at Illinois (22-12) last month. That set up a matchup with Michigan oin today’s semifinals.
No. 22 Wisconsin 68
No. 6 Michigan 59
Chicago — Ben Brust scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 22 Wisconsin knocked off sixth-ranked Michigan in the second round of the Big Ten tournament.
Traevon Jackson had 16 points for the Badgers (22-10), who will play top-seeded Indiana in the semifinals on Saturday. Ryan Evans added 12 points, six rebounds and six assists.
No. 7 Kansas 88
Iowa State 73
Kansas City, Mo. — Perry Ellis scored a career-high 23 points, and 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).
No. 9 Miami 69, BC 58
Greensboro, n.c. — Shane Larkin scored 20 points and Miami pulled away to beat Boston College in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
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.
No. 10 Ohio State 71
Chicago — DeShaun Thomas and Sam Thompson had 19 points apiece, helping Ohio State rout Nebraska in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
No. 13 Florida 80, LSU 58
Nashville, Tenn. — Erik Murphy scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds to help the Gators take the first step toward trying to add a Southeastern Conference tournament title to their regular season championship.
No. 16 Saint Louis 72 Charlotte 55
New York — 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 of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
No. 20 Memphis 85, Tulsa 74
Tulsa, Okla. — 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 No. 20 Memphis reached the Conference USA championship by beating Tulsa.
No. 25 VCU 82
Saint Joseph’s 79
New York — Treveon Graham scored 17 points, and hot-shooting VCU beat Saint Joseph’s in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
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).