West Virginia upsets BC in Big East tourney

Posted: Friday, March 11, 2005

 

  Boston College's Sean Williams, center, reacts with teammates as the second half against West Virginia draws to a close during the quarterfinals of the 2005 Big East Men's Basketball Championship at New York's Madison Square Garden Thursday. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Boston College's Sean Williams, center, reacts with teammates as the second half against West Virginia draws to a close during the quarterfinals of the 2005 Big East Men's Basketball Championship at New York's Madison Square Garden Thursday.

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

NEW YORK — Mike Gansey scored 21 points and West Virginia hung on to upset No. 7 Boston College 78-72 in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament Thursday, ruining the Eagles' bid for a final conference championship.

Kevin Pittsnogle added 17 points for the Mountaineers (20-9), who very likely wrapped up at least an NCAA tournament at-large bid with the surprising win over the Big East's top seed.

West Virginia, the No. 8 seed, improved to 3-8 in the tournament and advanced to its first semifinals.

No. 6 Louisville 85, TCU 61

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Larry O'Bannon scored 18 points to lead five Louisville players in double figures, and the sixth-ranked Cardinals beat TCU in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament.

The top-seeded Cardinals (27-4) never trailed in winning their seventh straight game, and 16th in their last 17.

No. 8 Arizona 88, California 63

LOS ANGELES — Channing Frye scored 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting and No. 8 Arizona routed California in the opening game of the Pac-10 tournament.

Frye was perfect until missing a 15-footer with 13:05 remaining in the game. He sat down for good moments later, only because the Wildcats led by 28 points.

No. 12 Connecticut 66, Georgetown 62

NEW YORK — Connecticut, despite making just one field goal over the final 5 minutes, hung on to beat Georgetown in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.

The second-seeded and 12th-ranked Huskies (22-6) advanced to Friday's semifinals. Connecticut has been in the last three championship games, winning the title in 2002 and 2004, and has reached the semifinals in seven of the last eight years.

No. 14 Washington 95, Arizona St. 90, OT

LOS ANGELES — Nate Robinson scored six of his 29 points in overtime, and No. 14 Washington survived Arizona State's comeback in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament.

Kevin Kruger's 3-pointer with 4:14 remaining gave the Wildcats an 86-85 lead — their second of the game. But Brandon Roy made two free throws, and Robinson added four straight points to put the second-seeded Huskies (25-5) on top 91-86 with 2:09 left.

No. 15 Utah 62, Colorado St 49

DENVER — Andrew Bogut scored 11 of his 21 points over the first 4 1/2 minutes and the Utah guards took over from there, leading the 15th-ranked Utes past Colorado State in the opening round of the Mountain West Conference tournament.

No. 16 Syracuse 81, Rutgers 57

NEW YORK — Gerry McNamara scored 25 points and Hakeem Warrick added 23 to lead Syracuse past Rutgers in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.

No. 19 Villanova 67, No. 22 Pittsburgh 58

NEW YORK — Randy Foye scored 23 points and No. 19 Villanova won its eighth straight game, beating No. 22 Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.

The Wildcats (22-6) advanced to the semifinals for the second straight year.

The loss ended Pittsburgh's four-year run of championship game appearances. The Panthers' only title in that span came in 2003.

South Florida 80, No. 21 Cincinnati 68

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Terrence Leather scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, and South Florida upset No. 21 Cincinnati in the Conference USA tournament quarterfinals.

The 11th-seeded Bulls (14-15) now have won three straight and reached the tournament semifinals for the first time in their last season as a member.

The Bulls will be playing in the Big East next season along with Cincinnati (24-7).

Boise St. 73, No. 24 Nevada 72

RENO, Nev. — Jermaine Blackburn scored off a rebound from a missed free throw with 1.8 seconds left and Boise State shocked No. 24 Nevada in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

Memphis 83, No. 25 Charlotte 69

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rodney Carney scored 20 points, and Memphis continued its run through the Conference USA tournament in the quarterfinals.

Memphis (18-14), the tournament's No. 7 seed, won for the second straight night after a season-ending four-game skid. St. Louis, Memphis' first victim in the tournament was one of the losses during that stretch, and Charlotte was another.

Women's Capsules

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chelsea Whitaker's layup with 2.1 seconds to go lifted top-seeded Baylor over Texas Tech 58-57 Thursday night in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.

No. 17 Kansas State 72, No. 11 Texas 69

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Twiggy McIntyre scored a career-high 19 points and Kansas State hung on to beat Texas and reach the Big 12 title game.

Kansas State (23-6) will face top-seeded and sixth-ranked Baylor in Saturday's championship game.

Kendra Wecker finished with 17 points for the Wildcats (23-6), who outscored Texas 14-4 over the final 4 minutes. Brie Madden added 14 points and Megan Mahoney had 11.

Tiffany Jackson had 24 points and nine rebounds for Texas (21-8), which has never beaten Kansas State in the Big 12 tournament. Jamie Carey hit four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points.



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