- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 25, 2009

From combined dispatches

MEN

PROVIDENCE 81, No. 1 PITTSBURGH 73: Weyinmi Efejuku scored 16 and the host Friars (17-11, 9-7 Big East) upset the Panthers (25-3, 12-3) on Tuesday night for their first win over a top-ranked team in 33 years.

Sharaud Curry added 15 points for Providence, which picked up a big victory for its NCAA tournament hopes.

DeJuan Blair fouled out on a moving pick with 46 seconds left as Pittsburgh tried to rally.

Blair, the reigning Big East player of the week, averaged 21 points and 20.5 rebounds in wins over No. 1 Connecticut and DePaul that elevated the Panthers to the top spot on Monday. But he picked up two quick fouls - his third and fourth - midway through the second half.

He finished with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Providence led by 20 after completing a 17-1 run with the first basket of the second half, but the Panthers cut it to five points, 75-70, on Blair’s putback with 51 seconds left. After Brian McKenzie hit a pair of free throws for Providence a fraction of a second later, Pitt brought the ball down and Blair was called for an offensive foul that sent the Friars back to the foul line.

No. 18 LSU 81, FLORIDA 75: Marcus Thornton scored 32 points and the Tigers (24-4, 12-1 SEC) clinched a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season title with a victory over the Gators (21-7, 8-5) in Baton Rouge, La.

BOSTON COLLEGE 72, No. 23 FLORIDA ST. 67: Tyrese Rice hit a key 3-pointer with 20.5 seconds to play and Joe Trapani scored 19 points to lead the host Eagles (20-9, 8-6 ACC) to an upset of the Seminoles (21-7, 8-5).

It was Boston College’s third win this season against one of the conference’s top teams. The Eagles handed then-No. 1 North Carolina its first loss on Jan. 4 in Chapel Hill and beat No. 7 Duke at home nine days ago.

WOMEN

No. 22 VIRGINIA 68, No. 11 FLORIDA ST. 63: Lyndra Littles scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half and the Cavaliers (22-7, 8-5 ACC) rallied to upset the Seminoles (23-6, 11-2) in Tallahassee, Fla.

Littles scored six points in the final 2:19, capped by a pair of free throws with 21.3 seconds remaining as Virginia knocked Florida State out of sole possession of first place in the conference.

The win opens the door for Maryland to claim the regular-season title and No. 1 seed for the ACC tournament by winning its final two games.

No. 1 CONNECTICUT 74, VILLANOVA 47: Tina Charles scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Huskies (28-0, 14-0 Big East) past the Wildcats (17-11, 9-5) in Storrs, Conn., giving unbeaten UConn at least a share of its 17th Big East regular-season championship.

Renee Montgomery scored 17 points and Kalana Greene 15 for UConn, which shot 42.4 percent from the field.

No. 15 PITTSBURGH 72, W. VIRGINIA 60: Shavonte Zellous scored 25 points, overcoming first-half foul trouble, to help the Panthers (21-5, 11-3 Big East) beat the Mountaineers (15-12, 3-10) in Morgantown, W.Va.

No. 16 TEXAS 66, MISSOURI 56: Brittainey Raven scored a career-high 31 points and the Longhorns (20-7, 8-5 Big 12) overcame an early 10-point deficit to beat the Tigers (12-14, 3-10) in Columbia, Mo.

No. 23 NOTRE DAME 90, SYRACUSE 79: Lindsay Schrader had 23 points and eight rebounds, Becca Bruszewski added 20 points and the Fighting Irish (19-7, 8-6 Big East) overcame blowing a 17-point lead in the first half to beat the Orange (15-12, 4-10) in South Bend, Ind.

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