NEW YORK — Jeremy Lamb scored 25 points and Ryan Boatright added 19 to lead Connecticut to an 81-67 victory over DePaul on Tuesday in the opening round of the Big East Tournament.
The ninth-seeded Huskies (19-12) will play eighth-seeded
West Virginia in the second round today at Madison Square Garden.
Cleveland Melvin and Moses Morgan both had 19 points for the 16th-seeded Blue Demons (12-19), who closed the season losing 10 of their last 11.
PITTSBURGH 73, ST. JOHN’S 59
Ashton Gibbs scored 20 points to lead Pittsburgh (17-15) to a victory over St. John’s.
Moe Harkless had 25 points for the 12th-seeded Red Storm (13-19).
SETON HALL 79,
Jordan Theodore put on a show of slick passing and Seton Hall (20-11) routed Providence (15-17) , a crucial victory for the Pirates’ NCAA Tournament hopes.
SUMMIT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 52, WESTERN ILLINOIS 50 (OT)
In Sioux Falls, S.D., Griffan Callahan hit a 3-pointer
with 1:30 left in overtime and South Dakota State got stops the last two times Western Illinois had the ball to beat the Leathernecks in the championship game.
The Jackrabbits (27-7) will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
HORIZON LEAGUE TOURNAMENT
DETROIT 70, VALPARAISO 50
In Valaparaiso, Ind., Ray McCallum Jr. scored 21 points to help Detroit beat Valparaiso in the championship game.
The Titans (22-13) qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999.
SUN BELT TOURNAMENT
WESTERN KENTUCKY 74, NORTH TEXAS 70
In Hot Springs, Ark., Teeng Akol scored 23 points and Western Kentucky rallied for a win over North Texas in the title game.
The win caps a stunning run for the Hilltoppers
(15-18), who earned their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2009 by winning four games in as many days.