Thursday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Friday, March 9, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Dion Waiters had 18 points and James Southerland scored all 10 of his points in the final 8 minutes to lead No. 2 Syracuse to a 58-55 victory over Connecticut on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament, snapping the Huskies’ 13-game postseason winning streak.
The top-seeded Orange (31-1) won their 11th straight game overall and advanced to face Cincinnati in the semifinals Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
But not before these rivals added another chapter to their Big East tournament history.
Shabazz Napier had 15 points and Andre Drummond added 14 for the ninth-seeded Huskies (20-13), who were trying to duplicate last year’s first-ever five-game run to the Big East tournament title that was followed by a six-game streak that brought the school its third national championship.
In the semifinals last year, Connecticut beat the Orange 76-71 in overtime. In the previous meeting in the tournament in 2009, Syracuse won 127-117 in a six-overtime quarterfinal.
CINCINNATI 72, NO. 13 GEORGETOWN 70, 2OT
NEW YORK (AP) — Cashmere Wright banked in a runner with 7.6 seconds left, and Cincinnati beat Georgetown in another multiple-OT classic at the Big East tournament.
The fourth-seeded Bearcats (23-9) trailed by 11 points midway through the second half of the quarterfinal but rallied behind Yancy Gates, who scored 23 points in his back-and-forth, big-man duel with Henry Sims.
Gates scored twice in the last 2 minutes of regulation to give the Bearcats their first lead since midway through the first half. The Hoyas’ Otto Porter sent the game to overtime when his jumper bounced in with 3.6 seconds remaining. Sims, who had 22 points and 15 rebounds, hit a layup at the buzzer to force a second OT for the Hoyas (23-8). Well out of his range, Sims missed a potential winning 3-pointer at the end.
LOUISVILLE 84, NO. 9 MARQUETTE 71
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Kuric scored 20 points, Peyton Siva added 18 and Louisville forced Marquette into a season-high 26 turnovers, advancing to the Big East tournament semifinals.
Wearing new bright orange, neon-looking uniforms, the seventh-seeded Cardinals flashed their quick hands all over the court and held Big East Player of the Year Jae Crowder to 10 points in 31 foul-plagued minutes.
Russ Smith and Chane Behanan each scored 12 points for Louisville (24-9), which will play Notre Dame on Friday night.
Siva had another outstanding all-around game at point guard, piling up eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. Darius Johnson-Odom had 23 points to pace No. 2 seed Marquette (25-7).
NO. 23 NOTRE DAME 57, SOUTH FLORIDA 53, OT
NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Atkins scored all six of his points in overtime and Notre Dame beat South Florida in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
Pat Connaughton and Jerian Grant both had 12 points for third-seeded Notre Dame (22-10), which will be making its fifth semifinal appearance but has never made it to the title game.
Victor Rudd Jr. had 16 points for the sixth-seeded Bulls (20-13), who advanced to the quarterfinals with a win over Villanova, the farthest they have ever gone in the conference tournament.
NO. 3 KANSAS 83, TEXAS A&M 66
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 26 points, and Kansas began pursuit of its third straight Big 12 tournament title with a victory over Texas A&M in the quarterfinals.
Thomas Robinson, the conference player of the year, finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and All-Big 12 guard Tyshawn Taylor added 16 points for the Jayhawks (27-5).
They’ll play Baylor on Friday.
Khris Middleton led Texas A&M (14-18) with 24 points, though he didn’t get a whole lot of help. Leading scorer Elston Turner was held to eight points on 3-of-11 shooting.
NO. 12 BAYLOR 82, KANSAS STATE 74
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Perry Jones III scored a career-high 31 points, hitting 11 of 14 shots, to help Baylor beat Kansas State in the Big 12 tournament.
The 6-foot-11 Jones also had 11 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Bears (26-6).
Brady Heslip had 15 points and Pierre Jackson added 13 points and eight assists for Baylor, which shot a sizzling 57 percent. Jordan Henriquez, often left unattended in the middle of Baylor’s zone defense, scored a career-high 22 points for Kansas State (21-10).
NO. 5 MISSOURI 88, OKLAHOMA STATE 70
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kim English scored 27 points and led a 26-5 first-half run, and Missouri swamped short-handed Oklahoma State in the Big 12 quarterfinals.
Marcus Denmon added 24 points, and Phil Pressey had 12 assists, one short of Missouri’s school record. The Tigers also outrebounded the Cowboys 40-20.
The Tigers (28-4), who set a school record with 27 regular-season victories, played much of the game as though they have something to prove while heading out the door for the Southeastern Conference— a move that has earned the animosity of many soon-to-be former Big 12 peers.
Missouri will play Texas in the semifinals Friday night.
Keiton Page had 22 points for Oklahoma State, and Brian Williams had 21.
TEXAS 71, NO. 25 IOWA STATE 65
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — J’Covan Brown converted a go-ahead three-point play with 36.3 seconds left, and Texas held on to beat Iowa State in the Big 12 quarterfinals.
Brown finished with 23 points for the Longhorns (20-12), who reached the 20-win plateau for the 13th consecutive season and likely removed themselves from the NCAA tournament bubble.
Royce White had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Cyclones (22-10), and it was his turnaround bank shot with 51.6 seconds left that tied it 65. But after Brown was fouled on a spinning jumper and made the free throw, White lost control of the ball with 22.9 seconds left.
It wound up in the hands of the Longhorns’ Jonathan Holmes, who made both free throws for a 70-65 lead. The Cyclones turned it over again on their next possession to seal the outcome.
NO. 15 INDIANA 75, PENN ST. 58
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan Hulls scored 20 points, Cody Zeller had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Indiana beat Penn State to end a six-game losing streak in tournament play.
The Hoosiers (25-7) won for the first time in the postseason since the first round of the 2007 NCAA tournament. They hadn’t won in the Big Ten tournament since a victory over Wisconsin on March 10, 2006.
Indiana will face No. 14 Wisconsin on Friday in the quarterfinals.
Tim Frazier scored 19 of his 26 points in the first half for Penn State. The Nittany Lions finished 12-20 in their first season under coach Patrick Chambers.
NO. 18 SAN DIEGO ST. 65, BOISE ST. 62
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jamaal Franklin made an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer to push top-seeded San Diego State past eighth-seeded Boise State in the Mountain West Conference tournament opener.
Franklin lifted the Aztecs (25-6) after they got sloppy against the scrappy Broncos (13-17).
The Aztecs squandered an eight-point lead in the final 3 minutes. Xavier Thames’ turnover against a full-court press set up Boise State’s Thomas Bropleh for an inside shot to tie at 62 with 26 seconds left.
Chase Tapley scored 20 for the Aztecs, Franklin had 19 and Thames 14.
Anthony Drmic had 19 points for the Broncos.
San Diego State will face Colorado State on Friday night in the semifinals. The Rams beat TCU 81-60.
NO. 20 UNLV 56, WYOMING 48
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mike Moser scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half and had 14 rebounds to lead third-seeded UNLV to a wild victory over sixth-seeded Wyoming in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals.
Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian watched from his seat behind one baseline as the Runnin’ Rebels held Wyoming to just 11 points in the first half, raced to a 22-point lead early in the second half and then let the Cowboys pull to 51-45 with 59.8 seconds left.
Oscar Bellfield and Moser each made two free throws and Anthony Marshall had one in the final 48.9 seconds to help UNLV (26-7) advance to the semifinals Friday night against second-seeded New Mexico.
Wyoming made just 3 of 24 shots — 12.5 percent — in the first half, including missing all eight shots from 3-point range.
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