Orange end run by Huskies

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Syracuse's Fab Melo (second from right) battles for a rebound with Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb (right) and Andre Drummond during the Orange's three-point win.  SETH WENIG/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Syracuse's Fab Melo (second from right) battles for a rebound with Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb (right) and Andre Drummond during the Orange's three-point win.

NEW YORK — Syracuse and Connecticut had another memorable meeting in the Big East Tournament.

The latest game kept Syracuse’s strong season moving toward a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and ended Connecticut’s memorable postseason streak.

Dion Waiters had 18 points and James Southerland scored all 10 of his points over the final 8 minutes to lead No. 2 Syracuse to a 58-55 victory Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament.

The top-seeded Orange (31-1) won their 11th consecutive game. The Huskies (20-13) had their 13-game postseason winning streak snapped and ended a chance at making history for a second consecutive year.

Ninth-seeded Connecticut was 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.

NO. 3 KANSAS 83,

TEXAS A&M 66

In Kansas City, Mo., Elijah Johnson scored 26 points, and Kansas (27-5) began pursuit of its third consecutive Big 12 Tournament title with a win over Texas A&M (14-18) in the quarterfinals.

Thomas Robinson, the conference player of the year, finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

NO. 5 MISSOURI 88,

OKLAHOMA STATE 70

In Kansas City, Mo., Kim English scored 27 points and led a 26-5 first-half run, and Missouri (28-4) swamped Oklahoma State (15-18) in the Big 12 quarterfinals.

The Tigers outrebounded the Cowboys 40-20.

LOUISVILLE 84,

NO. 9 MARQUETTE 71

In New York, Kyle Kuric scored 20 points, Peyton Siva added 18 and Louisville (24-9) forced Marquette (25-7) into a season-high 26 turnovers, advancing to the Big East Tournament semifinals with a 13-point victory.

The seventh-seeded Cardinals held Big East Player of the Year Jae Crowder to 10 points.

NO. 12 BAYLOR 82,

KANSAS STATE 74

In Kansas City, Mo., Perry Jones III scored a career-high 31 points, hitting 11 of 14 shots, and powered Baylor (26-6) past Kansas State (21-10) in the Big 12 Tournament.

Brady Heslip had 15 points for Baylor, which shot a sizzling 57 percent.

CINCINNATI 72,

NO. 13 GEORGETOWN 70 (2OT)

In New York, Cashmere Wright banked in a runner with 7.6 seconds left, and Cincinnati (23-9) beat Georgetown (23-8) in double overtime in another multiple-
OT classic at the Big East Tournament.

The Bearcats trailed by 11 points midway through the second half of the quarterfinal but rallied behind Yancy Gates, who scored 23 points.

NO. 15 INDIANA 75,

PENN STATE 58

In Indianapolis, Jordan Hulls scored 20 points and Cody Zeller finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to help Indiana (25-7) pull away from Penn State (12-20) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

The Hoosiers ended a six-game losing streak in the tournament.

NO. 18 SAN DIEGO STATE 65, BOISE STATE 62

In Las Vegas, Jamaal Franklin made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give San Diego State (25-6) a victory over Boise State (13-17) in the Mountain West Conference Tournament opener.


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