Hoyas Stifle, Upset Wildcats
PHILADELPHIA - Both teams played stifling defense. Georgetown's was just a little bit better. DaJuan Summers scored 16 points and Chris Wright had 13, including a crucial driving layup with 47 seconds left, to lead the Hoyas to a 56-54 victory against No. 10 Villanova on Saturday. Georgetown (15-12, 6-10 Big East) forced the Wildcats into a season-high 20 turnovers and season-lows in points, field goals (15) and field-goal percentage (33.3 percent). "They missed shots they normally make and were never able to get into a rhythm," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "We did a good job of protecting the 3-point line. It's hard to do because of their spacing but we wanted to eliminate their 3s."Villanova had one of its poorest games of the season from long range, converting just three of 16 (18.8 percent) from beyond the arc. Georgetown was a big reason for Villanova's offensive struggles, according to Wildcats coach Jay Wright. "I thought we played hard but we didn't execute and didn't adjust to their defense," he said. "They played better. They knew our personnel and did a great job of playing our personnel and executing their game plan." Nikita Mescheriakov had a career-high 11 points for the Hoyas, who snapped a two-game losing streak while winning their fifth straight over the Wildcats. Dante Cunningham had 13 points to pace Villanova (23-6, 11-5), which had won three straight and nine of 10. Scottie Reynolds added 12 points for the Wildcats in a game played before a sellout of 20,378 at the Wachovia Center. NO. 1 PITTSBURGH 89, SETON HALL 78 NEWARK, N.J. - Sam Young had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Pittsburgh (26-3, 13-3 Big East) bounced back from its loss to Providence with a victory against Seton Hall (15-13, 6-10). The Panthers moved back into the top spot in The Associated Press' poll on Monday and lost 81-73 at Providence the next day. They took a 36-31 halftime lead against Seton Hall and had it at 10 points for the first time on a move down low by Young that made it 49-39 with 15:42 to play. NO. 2 CONNECTICUT 72, NOTRE DAME 65 STORRS, Conn. - Jeff Adrien had 25 points and nine rebounds in his final home game, and Connecticut (27-2, 15-2 Big East) held off Notre Dame (16-12, 7-9). Hasheem Thabeet added 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots for UConn, which is assured of byes in the first and second rounds of the Big East tournament. NO. 3 OKLAHOMA 78, TEXAS TECH 63 LUBBOCK, Texas - Blake Griffin scored 20 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in his first game back from a concussion, leading Oklahoma (26-3, 12-2 Big 12) to a win over Texas Tech (12-16, 2-12). The Sooners never trailed, but Tech got within 50-49 midway through the second half. The Sooners pulled away steadily after that for the win, which ended a two-game skid. NO. 4 NORTH CAROLINA 104, GEORGIA TECH 74 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Tyler Hansbrough scored 28 points and set the NCAA's career free-throw shooting record as North Carolina (25-3, 11-3 ACC) routed Georgia Tech (10-17, 1-13). NO. 5 MEMPHIS 58, SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 42 MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Robert Dozier had 18 points and seven rebounds, and Memphis (26-3, 14-0 Conference USA) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 20 games with victory over Southern Mississippi (14-14, 4-10). NO. 7 DUKE 72, VIRGINIA TECH 65 BLACKSBURG, Va. - Kyle Singler scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half and threw a long pass for a breakaway layup on an inbounds play in the final minute Saturday as Duke (24-5, 10-4 ACC) withstood a furious rally by Virginia Tech (17-11, 7-7). NO. 13 WAKE FOREST 70, VIRGINIA 60 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Jeff Teague scored 12 points, including a big 3-pointer late, to help Wake Forest (22-5, 9-5 ACC) beat Virginia (9-16, 3-11). WASHINGTON ST. 51, NO. 14 ARIZONA ST. 49, OT PULLMAN, Wash. - Taylor Rochestie's long 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in overtime lifted Washington State (16-13, 8-9 Pac-10) to an upset of Arizona State (21-7, 10-6). NO. 16 PURDUE 75, OHIO STATE 50 WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Robbie Hummel scored 17 points and Purdue (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) defeated Ohio State (18-9, 8-8). E'Twaun Moore had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Nemanja Calasan had 14 points and JaJuan Johnson added 12 for the Boilermakers. NO. 17 GONZAGA 58, SAN DIEGO 47 SAN DIEGO - Matt Bouldin scored 15 points to lead Gonzaga (23-5, 14-0 West Coast) to victory over San Diego (15-15, 6-8) as the Bulldogs finished conference play undefeated. Gonzaga became the first team in conference history to go undefeated in three seasons as it won its 21st straight WCC game. NO. 18 LSU 73, KENTUCKY 70 LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tasmin Mitchell scored 21 - including the game-winning 3-pointer with 9.8 seconds remaining - to lead LSU (25-4, 13-1) to victory over Kentucky (19-10, 8-6) and give the Tigers the Southeastern Conference regular season title. NO. 21 WASHINGTON 83, ARIZONA 78 SEATTLE - Jon Brockman and Washington can claim a share of the Pac-10 Conference title for the first-time in nearly a quarter century. Brockman scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and the Huskies (22-7, 13-4) clinched at least a tie for the Pac-10 regular season championship by rallying for victory over Arizona (18-11, 8-8). NO. 22 UCLA 72, CALIFORNIA 68 BERKELEY, Calif. - Darren Collison scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half on a variety of daring drives to the basket, and UCLA (22-7, 11-5) took sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 with victory over California (21-8, 10-6). NO. 24 BUTLER 58, CLEVELAND ST. 56 INDIANAPOLIS - Willie Veasley scored a career-high 16 points and Ronald Nored scored the last three points to rally Butler (25-4, 15-3 Horizon League) to a conference-championship clinching victory over Cleveland State (21-10, 12-6). OKLAHOMA STATE 68, NO. 25 TEXAS 59 STILLWATER, Okla. - James Anderson scored 16 points, Marshall Moses added 15 points and 16 rebounds, and Oklahoma State (19-9, 8-6 Big 12) held off a second-half charge by Texas (19-9, 8-6). TAMPA 86, LYNN 68 BOCA RATON - Anthony LaBruno scored 25 points, while Rashad Callaway and Marcus Morrison each added 22 as Tampa (15-11, 8-8 SSC) ended the regular season with victory against Lynn (16-11, 7-9). SAINT LEO 64, PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 62 SAINT LEO - Jordan Prais scored 18 points, and Matt Salay added 15 as Saint Leo (15-15) closed out its regular season with victory against Palm Beach Atlantic (9-18).