Hoyas blast rival Orange for Big East title

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WASHINGTON — On an afternoon that Otto Porter Jr. didn’t make a field goal until the second half, No. 5 Georgetown used stifling defense to close its Big East rivalry against No. 17 Syracuse with a 61-39 victory Saturday that gave the Hoyas the regular-season conference title.

Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera drives to the basket against Syracuse's James Southerland. The Hoyas clinched the Big East title in a 61-39 rout.  NICK WASS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
NICK WASS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera drives to the basket against Syracuse's James Southerland. The Hoyas clinched the Big East title in a 61-39 rout.

Georgetown (24-5, 14-4) sent Syracuse (23-8, 11-7) off to the Atlantic Coast Con­ference with the Orange’s lowest-scoring Big East game.

Markel Starks scored 19, and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 15 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Hoyas, who will be the No. 1 seed at the Big East Tournament next week in New York.

BAYLOR 81, NO. 4 KANSAS 58

In Waco, Texas, Pierre Jackson had 28 points and 10 assists as Baylor (18-13, 9-9) finished the regular season with a victory over Kansas (26-5, 14-4) to keep the fourth-ranked Jayhawks from the outright Big 12 regular-season title.

Even after their worst loss in seven years, Kansas will be the No. 1 seed for next week’s conference tournament in Kansas City, and now has at least a share of the last nine Big 12 regular-season titles.

NO. 8 LOUISVILLE 73,

NO. 24 NOTRE DAME 57

In Louisville, Ky., Gorgui Dieng had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to help Louisville (26-5, 14-4 Big East) earn a share of the Big East Conference regular-season title with a victory over Notre Dame (23-8, 11-7).

NO. 13 OKLAHOMA STATE 76, NO. 9 KANSAS STATE 70

In Stillwater, Okla., Le’Bryan Nash scored 24 points, Marcus Smart added 21 and Oklahoma State (23-7, 13-5) hurt Kansas State’s chances to win the Big 12 championship by beating the Wildcats (25-6, 14-4).

AIR FORCE 89,

NO. 12 NEW MEXICO 88

In Air Force Academy, Colo., Todd Fletcher hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left to give Air Force (17-12, 8-8) a victory over New Mexico (26-5, 13-3 Mountain West).

NO. 15 MARQUETTE 69,

ST. JOHN’S 67 (OT)

In New York, Vander Blue’s driving shot fell through the basket as the buzzer sounded, giving Marquette (23-7, 14-4 Big East) a victory over St. John’s (16-14, 8-10), and a share of the Big East regular-season championship, its first title since joining the conference in 2005-06.

NO. 16 SAINT LOUIS 78,
LA SALLE 54

In St. Louis, Dwayne Evans had 16 points and 17 rebounds and Saint Louis (24-6, 13-3) hit 17 of its 20 shots in a pull-away second half, clinching a share of the Atlantic 10 title with a victory over La Salle (21-8, 11-5).

NO. 18 ARIZONA 73,

ARIZONA STATE 58

In Tucson, Ariz., Nick Johnson scored 17 points, Solomon Hill added 12 in his final home game and Arizona (24-6, 12-6) earned a first-round bye in next week’s Pac-12 Tournament with a rout of rival Arizona State (20-11, 9-9).

UTAH 72, NO. 19 OREGON 62

In Salt Lake City, Jason Washburn had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Jarred DuBois added 15 points and several key baskets down the stretch to propel Utah (13-17, 5-13) past Oregon (23-8, 12-6).

NO. 20 PITTSBURGH 81,
D
EPAUL 66

In Rosemont, Ill., J.J. Moore scored 21 points off the bench and Pittsburgh (24-7, 12-6) shot a school-record 72 percent to beat DePaul (11-20, 2-16) in the Panthers’ last Big East regular-season game.

NO. 23 UCLA 61,
WASHINGTON 54

In Seattle, Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points, Larry Drew II came up with another huge shot against Washington (17-14, 9-9), and UCLA (23-8, 13-5) clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 Conference regular-season title.

NO. 25 MEMPHIS 86,

ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM 71

In Memphis, Tenn., Joe Jackson had 17 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to help Memphis (27-4, 16-0) complete an undefeated season in Conference USA with a win over Alabama-Birmingham (15-16, 7-9).

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