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Syracuse ends UConn win streak at 13 games

The Huskies had plenty of people thinking they could be repeating history just one season later and it took another memorable Big East tournament matchup with Syracuse to end their 13-game postseason winning streak.

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NEW YORK — Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said he didn't think any team would ever do what his did last year — win five games in five days to earn a conference tournament title.

The Huskies had plenty of people thinking they could be repeating history just one season later and it took another memorable Big East tournament matchup with Syracuse to end their 13-game postseason winning streak.

Dion Waiters had 18 points and James Southerland scored all 10 of his points over the final eight minutes to lead No. 2 Syracuse to a 58-55 victory Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.

The top-seeded Orange (31-1) won its 11th straight game overall and advanced to face fourth-seeded Cincinnati in the semifinals Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

"The anguish I feel is disappointment for them," said Calhoun, whose team is 20-13. "They were primed mentally today to do something very special and almost pulled it off."

Other Top 10 men

Cincinnati 72,

No. 13 Georgetown 70 (2OT)

In New York, Cashmere Wright banked in a runner with 7.6 seconds left, and Cincinnati beat Georgetown to earn a date with Syracuse at the Big East tournament.

The fourth-seeded Bearcats (23-9) trailed by 11 points midway through the second half of the quarterfinal but rallied behind Yancy Gates, who scored 23 points in his back-and-forth, big-man duel with Henry Sims.

Sims had 22 points and 15 rebounds and hit a layup at the buzzer to force a second OT for the Hoyas (23-8).

Louisville 84, No. 9 Marquette 71

In New York, Kyle Kuric scored 20 points, Peyton Siva from Franklin High School in Seattle added 18 and Louisville forced Marquette into a season-high 26 turnovers, advancing to the Big East tournament semifinals against Notre Dame.

No. 3 Kansas 83, Texas A&M 66

In Kansas City, Mo., Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 26 points, and Kansas began pursuit of its third straight Big 12 tournament title with a victory over Texas A&M in the quarterfinals.

Thomas Robinson, the conference player of the year, finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks (27-5). They will play Baylor on Friday.

No. 5 Missouri 88, Oklahoma State 70

In Kansas City, Mo., Kim English scored 27 points and led a 26-5 first-half run, and Missouri swamped short-handed Oklahoma State in the Big 12 quarterfinals. The Tigers (28-4) will play Texas in the semifinals Friday night.

Top 5 women

No. 1 Baylor 72, Texas Tech 48

In Kansas City, Mo., Odyssey Sims scored 18 points and Brittney Griner had 15 points, nine rebounds and five blocks to power Baylor over Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. The Bears (32-0) move into Friday's semifinal against Kansas State.

Note

• Federal authorities are investigating suspended Auburn point guard Varez Ward for alleged point shaving involving in at least two games this season, Yahoo Sports reported. The report cited anonymous sources and said the FBI began an investigation in late February centering on losses to Alabama on Feb. 7 and Arkansas on Jan. 25.

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