- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 5, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 3 PITTSBURGH 90, No. 13 MARQUETTE 75: DeJuan Blair scored 23 points and dominated inside during a 21-2 run after the host Panthers (27-3, 14-3 Big East) fell behind by nine points early in the second half and then rallied to beat the Golden Eagles (23-7, 12-5) on Wednesday.

Pitt set up a Big East showdown against No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday that eventually might decide one - or two - of the four top seeds in the NCAA tournament.

Marquette opened the second half with a 21-5 run that gave it a 57-48 lead.

The Panthers weren’t flustered by the kind of turnaround they may see again in postseason play, quickly answering with a 9-0 surge finished off by Blair’s dunk to tie it at 57-57.

After that, it was Marquette that couldn’t find an answer to Pitt’s inside-out game, with point guard Levance Fields pulling up for jumpers or making outlet passes to Blair and Sam Young for quick baskets before the Panthers made Marquette work for points at the other end.

Fields had 17 points and 10 assists, Young scored 18 and Jermaine Dixon had 13 points as Pitt won its 20th in a row at home and moved to 18-0 at Petersen Events Center this season.

No. 15 MISSOURI 73, No. 4 OKLAHOMA 64: DeMarre Carroll had 15 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Tigers (25-5, 12-3 Big 12) wind up a perfect season at home and grab a share of second place in the Big 12 with a victory over the Sooners (26-4, 12-3) in Columbia, Mo.

Leo Lyons added 15 points for Missouri, which regained its footing after a 25-point spanking at Kansas three days earlier.

Blake Griffin had 16 points and 21 rebounds, his nation-leading 24th double-double of the season, for Oklahoma.

No. 5 MEMPHIS 69, HOUSTON 60: Tyreke Evans scored 23 points, Shawn Taggart added 12 points and 10 rebounds and the visiting Tigers (27-3, 15-0 C-USA) inched closer to another perfect run through Conference USA with a victory over the Cougars (18-10, 9-6).

Robert Dozier added 15 points for Memphis, which has won 21 straight games, the nation’s longest winning streak.

No. 6 LOUISVILLE 95, SETON HALL 78: Junior Earl Clark scored a career-high 27 points in his final home game, and senior Terrence Williams added 14 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Cardinals (24-5, 15-2 Big East) raced by the Pirates (15-14, 6-11).

TEXAS TECH 84, No. 9 KANSAS 65: Alan Voskuil had nine 3-pointers and scored a career-high 35 points to lead the Red Raiders (13-17, 3-12 Big 12) to an upset of the Jayhawks (24-6, 13-2) in Lubbock, Texas.

Voskuil, who was playing his final home game, was 9-for-14 from beyond the arc as Texas Tech ended a six-game losing streak.

VANDERBILT 75, No. 12 LSU 67: A.J. Ogilvy scored a career-high 33 points, and the Commodores (18-11, 7-8 SEC) upset the Tigers (25-5, 13-2) in LSU’s home finale in Baton Rouge, La.

Jermaine Beal scored 17 points, and Brad Tinsley thwarted LSU’s comeback attempt with 3-pointer that gave Vanderbilt a 71-66 lead with 38 seconds left.

NORTHWESTERN 64, No. 19 PURDUE 61: Kevin Coble scored 16 points and the Wildcats (17-11, 8-9 Big Ten) defeated the Boilermakers (22-8, 11-6) in West Lafayette, Ind., to end Purdue’s seven-game home winning streak.

Michael Thompson and Craig Moore both scored 12 points for Northwestern.

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