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Georgetown clobbers Syracuse to secure Big East's No. 1 seed
Georgetown emphatically ended its Big East rivalry against Syracuse, wrapping up the regular-season title by holding the Orange to the lowest...
AP Sports Writer
WASHINGTON — Georgetown emphatically ended its Big East rivalry against Syracuse, wrapping up the regular-season title by holding the Orange to the lowest scoring output of its time in the conference.
On an afternoon that Otto Porter Jr. didn't make a field goal until the second half, No. 5 Georgetown used stifling defense to close its rivalry against No. 17 Syracuse with a 61-39 victory Saturday.
Porter finished with 10 points, but the national player of the year candidate contributed in plenty of other ways, as usual, with eight rebounds and seven assists.
Markel Starks scored 19, and freshman D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 15 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Hoyas (24-5, 14-4), who will be the No. 1 seed at the Big East tournament next week in New York.
Syracuse (23-8, 11-7) was led by Michael Carter-Williams' 17 points.
This regular-season finale was the schools' 89th meeting overall (Syracuse leads 48-41) — but the last time they will face each other as rivals in the Big East. Syracuse is heading to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Other Top 10 men
No. 3 Duke 69, at North Carolina 53
Seth Curry hit his first seven shots during Duke's torrid start, helping the Blue Devils (27-4, 14-4 ACC) sweep rival North Carolina. Duke scored the game's first 14 points, never let UNC (22-9, 12-6) closer than nine and led by 25 points after halftime.
At Baylor 81, No. 4 Kansas 58
Pierre Jackson had 28 points and 10 assists as the Bears denied the Jayhawks the outright Big 12 regular-season title. Cory Jefferson added 25 points for Baylor (18-13, 9-9). Even after its worst loss in seven years, Kansas (26-5, 14-4) will still be the No. 1 seed for next week's conference tournament in Kansas City, and now has at least a share of the last nine Big 12 regular-season titles.
At No. 6 Miami 62, Clemson 49
Kenny Kadji scored a season-high 23 points to help the Hurricanes (24-6, 15-3) win the ACC championship outright. It's Miami's first outright men's basketball league title after sharing the Big East title in 2000. The Hurricanes also tied the school record for victories set in 2001-02.
At No. 8 Louisville 73,
No. 24 Notre Dame 57
Gorgui Dieng had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to help Louisville earn a share of the Big East title. Peyton Siva from Franklin High School added 13 points and five assists in his final home game for the Cardinals (26-5, 14-4). Garrick Sherman led Notre Dame (23-8, 11-7) with 14 points.
At No. 13 Oklahoma St. 76,
No. 9 Kansas St. 70
Le'Bryan Nash scored 24 points and Marcus Smart added 21 for the Cowboys (23-7, 13-5 Big 12). Despite losing, the Wildcats (25-6, 14-4) came away with a share of their first regular-season conference title since 1977 when Kansas lost to Baylor.
Top 5 women
No. 1 Baylor 80, Kansas St. 47
Brittney Griner had 19 points, 13 rebounds and a career-best nine assists, and Baylor (30-1) built a 25-point lead in a win against Kansas State (15-17) in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament in Dallas.
• Brett Comer scored 21 points and Florida Gulf Coast (24-10) claimed the first NCAA tournament berth in school history, knocking off top-seeded Mercer 88-75 in the Atlantic Sun championship game in Macon, Ga. Also, Sasha Sims scored 15 points to help Stetson (24-8) rally for an NCAA tournament berth with a 70-64 victory over Florida Gulf Coast in the women's title game.
• Kerron Johnson hit a 10-foot jumper with 1.2 seconds left, and Belmont (26-6) capped its first season in the Ohio Valley Conference by beating league power Murray State 70-68 in overtime in Nashville, Tenn., for the tournament championship and NCAA berth. In the women's final, UT Martin beat Tennessee Tech 87-80 in overtime to also earn a spot in the NCAAs.
• Laurent Rivard scored 17 points as host Harvard (19-9) beat Cornell 65-56 and won its third straight Ivy League title and the league's automatic NCAA berth.
• Niveen Rasheed overcame a bloody nose to score 14 points and lead host Princeton (21-6) to its fourth straight Ivy League women's title and NCAA tournament berth with an 80-51 win over Brown.