Boston College soars at Big East tournament

Posted: Friday, March 09, 2001

NEW YORK -- Boston College punctuated its worst-to-first march through the Big East on Thursday, ripping Villanova 93-79 and advancing to the semifinals of the conference tournament.

BC, which went from 3-13 and last in the league a year ago to 13-3 this season, made 10 3-pointers. The 10th-ranked Eagles (24-4) will face Seton Hall on Friday night.

Troy Bell, the conference's co-Player of the Year, led BC with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Kenny Harley had 19, and Ryan Sidney added 13.

Seton Hall 58, No. 18 Georgetown 40

NEW YORK -- Seton Hall, the team that didn't clinch a spot in the Big East tournament until the last game of the regular season, advanced to the semifinals with a 58-40 victory over Georgetown.

The Pirates (16-13) opened the second half with a 24-3 run and held the Hoyas (23-7) to half their season scoring average in matching the fewest points ever allowed in a Big East tournament game.

Andre Barrett had 12 points to lead Seton Hall, which started the year ranked 10th in the preseason poll before going 5-11 in the conference. It is the Pirates' first appearance in the semifinals since 1994.

No. 21 St. Joseph's 82, La Salle 74

PHILADELPHIA -- Jameer Nelson set career highs with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead St. Joseph's to an 82-74 victory over La Salle and into the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Marvin O'Connor scored 16 points, and Damian Reid added 15 for St. Joseph's (25-5), which will play Massachusetts in Friday night's semifinals.

No. 25 Fresno St. 60, Rice 52

TULSA, Okla. -- Demetrius Porter scored 21 points to help Fresno State beat Rice 60-52 in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

WAC player of the year Melvin Ely, who averages 16 points a game, was held to a season-low six on 1-of-3 shooting. The Bulldogs (25-5) play Hawaii in the semifinals Friday.

No. 17 Syracuse 55, Providence 54

NEW YORK -- Syracuse, which led by 15 points at halftime, had to rally in the final five minutes.

Preston Shumpert, who had 31 points in the opening-round win over Connecticut, led the Orangemen (24-7) with 14 points, while Damone Brown added 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Erron Maxey led the Friars (21-9) with 10 points.

Pittsburgh 66, No. 19 Notre Dame 54

NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh threw a defensive curtain over All-American Troy Murphy and stunned Notre Dame 66-54 to advance to the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

The Panthers will face either Syracuse or Providence, who played in the second game of the night doubleheader.

Ricardo Greer led four Pitt players in double figures with 17 points as the Panthers (17-12) reached the tournament semifinals for the first time since 1989.

No. 13 UCLA 86,

Washington State 76

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Jason Kapono scored 28 points as UCLA came back to win. The Cougars have lost to UCLA 17 straight times, dating to Dec. 19, 1986.

The Bruins (21-7, 13-2 Pac-10) tied the score at halftime and went on a 16-2 run down the stretch. Washington State (12-15, 5-12 Pac-10 Conference) built an 11-point lead in the first half, but lost it to strong inside play and full-court pressure by the Bruins.

No. 8 Arizona 76, No. 1 Stanford 75

STANFORD, Calif. -- Michael Wright's layup with three seconds left gave Arizona the upset.

Gilbert Arenas' 22 points, Wright's inside play and tough defense in the final minutes allowed the Wildcats to claim their second victory over a No. 1 Stanford team in two seasons. Arizona (22-7, 14-3) also delayed the Cardinal's hopes of claiming the outright Pac-10 title.

Casey Jacobsen missed a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left, and Arizona set up one last play. Wright got the ball in the middle of the key, sliced between two defenders and put the ball in.

HEAD:Boston College soars at Big East tournament

BYLINE1:By The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Boston College punctuated its worst-to-first march through the Big East on Thursday, ripping Villanova 93-79 and advancing to the semifinals of the conference tournament.

BC, which went from 3-13 and last in the league a year ago to 13-3 this season, made 10 3-pointers. The 10th-ranked Eagles (24-4) will face Seton Hall on Friday night.

Troy Bell, the conference's co-Player of the Year, led BC with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Kenny Harley had 19, and Ryan Sidney added 13.

Seton Hall 58, No. 18 Georgetown 40

NEW YORK -- Seton Hall, the team that didn't clinch a spot in the Big East tournament until the last game of the regular season, advanced to the semifinals with a 58-40 victory over Georgetown.

The Pirates (16-13) opened the second half with a 24-3 run and held the Hoyas (23-7) to half their season scoring average in matching the fewest points ever allowed in a Big East tournament game.

Andre Barrett had 12 points to lead Seton Hall, which started the year ranked 10th in the preseason poll before going 5-11 in the conference. It is the Pirates' first appearance in the semifinals since 1994.

No. 21 St. Joseph's 82, La Salle 74

PHILADELPHIA -- Jameer Nelson set career highs with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead St. Joseph's to an 82-74 victory over La Salle and into the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Marvin O'Connor scored 16 points, and Damian Reid added 15 for St. Joseph's (25-5), which will play Massachusetts in Friday night's semifinals.

No. 25 Fresno St. 60, Rice 52

TULSA, Okla. -- Demetrius Porter scored 21 points to help Fresno State beat Rice 60-52 in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

WAC player of the year Melvin Ely, who averages 16 points a game, was held to a season-low six on 1-of-3 shooting. The Bulldogs (25-5) play Hawaii in the semifinals Friday.

No. 17 Syracuse 55, Providence 54

NEW YORK -- Syracuse, which led by 15 points at halftime, had to rally in the final five minutes.

Preston Shumpert, who had 31 points in the opening-round win over Connecticut, led the Orangemen (24-7) with 14 points, while Damone Brown added 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Erron Maxey led the Friars (21-9) with 10 points.

Pittsburgh 66, No. 19 Notre Dame 54

NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh threw a defensive curtain over All-American Troy Murphy and stunned Notre Dame 66-54 to advance to the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

The Panthers will face either Syracuse or Providence, who played in the second game of the night doubleheader.

Ricardo Greer led four Pitt players in double figures with 17 points as the Panthers (17-12) reached the tournament semifinals for the first time since 1989.

No. 13 UCLA 86,

Washington State 76

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Jason Kapono scored 28 points as UCLA came back to win. The Cougars have lost to UCLA 17 straight times, dating to Dec. 19, 1986.

The Bruins (21-7, 13-2 Pac-10) tied the score at halftime and went on a 16-2 run down the stretch. Washington State (12-15, 5-12 Pac-10 Conference) built an 11-point lead in the first half, but lost it to strong inside play and full-court pressure by the Bruins.

No. 8 Arizona 76, No. 1 Stanford 75

STANFORD, Calif. -- Michael Wright's layup with three seconds left gave Arizona the upset.

Gilbert Arenas' 22 points, Wright's inside play and tough defense in the final minutes allowed the Wildcats to claim their second victory over a No. 1 Stanford team in two seasons. Arizona (22-7, 14-3) also delayed the Cardinal's hopes of claiming the outright Pac-10 title.

Casey Jacobsen missed a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left, and Arizona set up one last play. Wright got the ball in the middle of the key, sliced between two defenders and put the ball in.



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