- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

From combined dispatches

BIG EAST

No. 21 MARQUETTE 74, ST. JOHN’S 45: Wesley Matthews scored 20 points, and the Golden Eagles (24-8) snapped a four-game losing streak by holding the Red Storm (16-17) to a Big East tournament-record 10 points in the first half on the way to a victory Wednesday in the second round in New York.

Lazar Hayward added 17 points for fifth-seeded Marquette, which advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinals against fourth-seeded and 10th-ranked Villanova.

It was Marquette’s first win since losing starting point guard Dominic James to a broken left foot. The Golden Eagles could have used him in the four losses - all to ranked teams - but they didn’t need him in the rout of St. John’s, their ninth straight win over the Red Storm, a streak that dates to 1966.



Paris Horne had 15 points for the Red Storm, who advanced to the second round with a 64-59 victory over Georgetown on Tuesday. The last time St. John’s won two games in a Big East tournament was 2000, when it won the third of three titles.

PROVIDENCE 83, DePAUL 74: Sharaud Curry scored 25 points, and the Friars (19-12) held the Blue Demons (9-24) without a field goal for nearly eight minutes to beat surprising DePaul, enhancing their chances for an NCAA bid.

W. VIRGINIA 74, NOTRE DAME 62: Alex Ruoff scored 25 points, Devin Ebanks had 17 rebounds and the Mountaineers (22-10) built a big halftime lead then held off a surge led by Luke Harangody to beat the Fighting Irish (18-14).

No. 18 SYRACUSE 89, SETON HALL 74: Eric Devendorf scored all but one of his 19 points in a technical-filled second half, and the Orange (24-8) pulled away for a victory over the Pirates.

BIG 12

BAYLOR 65, NEBRASKA 49: Curtis Jerrells scored 19 points and Kevin Rogers had 10 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as the Bears (18-13) dominated the boards and beat the Cornhuskers (18-12) in the opening game in Oklahoma City.

TEXAS 67, COLORADO 56: Dexter Pittman dominated inside with a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Longhorns (21-10) past the Buffaloes (9-22).

OKLAHOMA ST. 81, IOWA ST. 67: Marshall Moses matched his career high with 18 points and provided a much-needed inside threat as the Cowboys (21-10) held off the scrappy Cyclones (15-17).

TEXAS TECH 88, TEXAS A&M; 83: Mike Singletary scored 43 points and the 11th-seeded Red Raiders (14-18) rallied from a 19-point halftime deficit to stun the sixth-seeded Aggies (23-9).

ATLANTIC 10

SAINT LOUIS 62, La SALLE 60 (OT): Kwamain Mitchell scored 18 points, including a layup with 1.8 seconds left in overtime, to lift the Billikens (18-13) to a victory over the Explorers (18-13) in the first round in Atlantic City, N.J.

SAINT JOSEPH’S 72, CHARLOTTE 62: Tasheed Carr scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead the Hawks (17-14) to a win over the 49ers (11-20).

DUQUESNE 91, MASSACHUSETTS 81: Melquan Bolding had 23 points to lead five players in double figures for the Dukes (19-11) in their victory over the Minutemen (12-18).

RICHMOND 65, ST. BONAVENTURE 49: Kevin Anderson scored 22 points to lead the sixth-seeded Spiders (18-14) to a win over the No. 11 Bonnies (15-15).

CONFERENCE USA

RICE 60, MARSHALL 59: Lawrence Ghoram scored 18 points, and the Owls (10-21) held off a late rally to defeat the Thundering Herd (15-17) in the opening round in Memphis, Tenn.

S. MISSISSIPPI 77, C. FLORIDA 53: Courtney Beasley and Jeremy Wise scored 19 points apiece as the Golden Eagles (15-16) defeated the Knights (17-14).

TULANE 69, EAST CAROLINA 59: Kevin Sims scored 23 points and handed out six assists for the Green Wave (14-16) in their win over the Pirates (13-17).

HOUSTON 85, SMU 76: Aubrey Coleman scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead five Cougars players in double-figure scoring as Houston (20-10) defeated the Mustangs (9-21).

MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC

MORGAN ST. 71, FLORIDA A&M; 41: Reggie Holmes scored 18 points and the top-seeded Bears (21-11) beat the Rattlers (10-21) in the quarterfinals in Winston-Salem, N.C.

BETHUNE-COOKMAN 52, UMES 47: C.J. Reed scored 22 points to lead the Wildcats (17-15) to a win over the Hawks (7-23) in the first round.

NORTHEAST

ROBERT MORRIS 48, MOUNT ST. MARY’S 46: Dallas Green picked up a loose ball and made a hurried shot with 2.5 seconds remaining for his only basket of the game, and the regular-season champion Colonials (24-10) shook off their tournament jinx against the Mountaineers (19-13) for a victory in the Northeast Conference championship game in Coraopolis, Pa.

PACIFIC 10

STANFORD 62, OREGON STATE 54: Anthony Goods scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half when the Cardinal (18-12) rallied to beat the Beavers (13-17) in a first-round game in Los Angeles.

MOUNTAIN WEST

AIR FORCE 71, COLORADO ST. 67 Four players scored in double digits to give the Falcons (10-20) their first conference win of the year as they beat the Rams (9-22) in the opening round in Las Vegas.

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