Originally created 03/09/06

Hoyas overcome horrid start to knock out Irish



NEW YORK - Brandon Bowman scored a season-high 25 points, and No. 23 Georgetown overcame a terrible start to beat Notre Dame, 67-63 on Wednesday in the first round of the Big East Tournament.

The fifth-seeded Hoyas (20-8), who missed their first 12 shots from the field, advanced to the quarterfinals and will face fourth-seeded Marquette (20-9) today.

Bowman, whose previous best this season was 23 points in the Hoyas' victory over then-No. 1 Duke on Jan. 21, scored six of Georgetown's final nine points. The 6-foot-8 senior forward's biggest play came when he drove and scored on a left-handed flip off the glass with 22 seconds left to give Georgetown a 66-63 lead.

Colin Falls hit six 3-pointers and had 21 points for the 12th-seeded Irish (15-13), who managed to qualify for the tournament despite getting off to a 1-8 start in league play.

The Hoyas won the only regular-season meeting between the teams, 85-82 in double overtime.

SYRACUSE 74, CINCINNATI 73

Gerry McNamara has made plenty of big shots for Syracuse. This one might have topped them all.

The senior guard drove the length of the court and hit a 3-pointer with a half-second left, leading Syracuse to a riveting victory over Cincinnati in the first round of the Big East Tournament. The Orange greatly improved their chances of earning an at-large NCAA berth.

With the Orange (20-11) trailing 73-71 and just more than 6 seconds to go, McNamara dribbled through the Cincinnati defense and hoisted a one-handed shot between the NBA and college 3-point lines.

Official Curtis Shaw immediately ruled the shot a 3, and the play was reviewed and upheld. McNamara was then serenaded by chants of "Gerry! Gerry!" by the Madison Square Garden crowd.

Jihad Muhammad took a desperation shot from near half court that hit the front of the rim at the buzzer, sealing the win for Syracuse.

The Orange, who lost their previous three games, will play top-ranked Connecticut in the second round today. The Huskies (27-2) earned a first-round bye.

RUTGERS 61, SETON HALL 48

Quincy Douby scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half to help Rutgers beat Seton Hall in the opening round of the Big East tournament.

Rutgers (18-12) will play second-ranked Villanova today. The Wildcats (23-3) earned a first-round bye.

NORTHEAST CONFERENCE

MONMOUTH 49, FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 48

In Hackensack, N.J., Chris Kenny drove the length of the court after a missed free throw to score with 2 seconds to play, lifting Monmouth over Fairleigh Dickinson.

Monmouth reached the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years.