Senior, freshman lead Hoyas to victory

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Georgetown's Henry Sims, left moves to the basket past Pittsburgh's Dante Taylor during the second round of the Big East NCAA college basketball conference tournament in New York, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  Seth Wenig
Seth Wenig
Georgetown's Henry Sims, left moves to the basket past Pittsburgh's Dante Taylor during the second round of the Big East NCAA college basketball conference tournament in New York, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK — Senior Henry Sims and freshman Otto Porter each scored 20 points to lead No. 13 Georgetown to a 64-52 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday in the second round of the Big East Tournament.

Sims grabbed 13 rebounds for the fifth-seeded Hoyas (23-7), who will play fourth-seeded Cincinnati in the quarterfinals today at Madison Square Garden. Georgetown lost to eventual champion Connecticut in the second round of last year’s Big East Tournament.

Ashton Gibbs had 14 points for the 13th-seeded Panthers (17-16).

BIG EAST TOURNAMENT

CONNECTICUT 71,

WEST VIRGINIA 67 (OT)

In New York, Shabazz Napier scored 26 points and Jeremy Lamb added 22 to lead Connecticut to its 13th consecutive postseason win, in the second round of the Big East Tournament.

The victory kept alive the hopes of a second consecutive Big East title for the Huskies (20-12), who won a record five games in as many days last year and then went on to win six more in earning the school’s third national championship.

Kevin Jones had 25 points for the eighth-seeded Mountaineers (19-13), who were playing their last game as a member of the Big East. West Virginia leaves for the Big 12 next season.

Ninth-seeded Connecticut will play top-seeded and second-ranked Syracuse in the quarterfinals today.

LOUISVILLE 61, SETON HALL 55

Peyton Siva had 14 points and six steals, and Louisville (23-9) held off Seton Hall to reach the quarterfinals, leaving the Pirates (20-12) to sweat out Selection Sunday as they hope for an NCAA Tournament bid.

The seventh-seeded Cardinals advance to play ninth-ranked and second-seeded Marquette tonight.

Jordan Theodore scored 17 and Herb Pope had 11 points and 15 rebounds to lead the 10th-seeded Pirates.

NORTHEAST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT

LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY 90,

ROBERT MORRIS 73

In New York, C.J. Garner scored 21 points, Julian Boyd and Jason Brickman each added 18, and Long Island University’s fast-breaking Blackbirds (25-8) made it two consecutive Northeast Conference Tournament championships with a victory over Robert Morris (24-10).

PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

LEHIGH 82, BUCKNELL 77

In Lewisburg, Pa., Gabe Knutson blocked Cameron Ayers’ baseline layup attempt with 7 seconds left and C.J. McCollum scored 29 points to help Lehigh (26-7) hold off Bucknell (24-9) to win the Patriot League Tournament.

After Mackey McKnight missed two foul shots, the second-seeded Bison trailed 78-77 and had a chance to take the lead, but couldn’t get the ball into leading scorer Mike Muscala. Ayers drove underneath the basket, where McCollum swatted his shot away.

McCollum and Jordan Hamilton each hit two foul shots in the final 4 seconds, and Lehigh began celebrating after clinching its second trip to the NCAA Tournament in three seasons.

BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP

MONTANA 85, WEBER STATE 66

In Missoula, Mont., Kareem Jamar scored 23 points and Montana (25-6) beat Weber State (24-6) to win the Big Sky Conference Tournament and earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.


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