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AP PHOTOSyracuse's Brandon Triche reacts after scoring against Seton Hall during the second half of a Big East tournament game on Wednesday in New York. Syracuse won 75-63.
AP PHOTOSyracuse's Brandon Triche reacts after scoring against Seton Hall during the second half of a Big East tournament game on Wednesday in New York. Syracuse won 75-63.
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NEW YORK — James Southerland hit five 3-pointers in the first half to keep No. 19 Syracuse in the game and Brandon Triche keyed a big second-half run that gave the Orange a 75-63 victory Wednesday in the second round of the Big East tournament.


Fifth-seeded Syracuse (24-8) extended its Big East tenure with the win and the Orange will play fourth-seeded and 17th-ranked Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Both Syracuse and Pittsburgh are leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference after this season.


Syracuse, which had lost four of its last five games, looked more like the team that was second in the league in scoring (72.3). The Orange looked nothing like the team that managed just 39 points in a 22-point loss to Georgetown to close the regular season.


Villanova 66, St. John’s 53


NEW YORK — Mouphtaou Yarou made his first seven shots and scored 18 points, sending Villanova to a victory over St. John’s in the second round of the Big East tournament.


Ryan Arcidiacono added 15 points to help the seventh-seeded Wildcats (20-12) move into the quarterfinals, where they will play Thursday night against fourth-ranked Louisville, the tournament’s No. 2 seed.


JayVaughn Pinkston had 12 points and nine rebounds for Villanova, which shook off St. John’s midway through the second half. Yarou, a senior center winding down his Wildcats career, finished 9 for 10 from the field with seven rebounds and three steals.


Texas Tech 71, West Virginia 69


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dejan Kravic rebounded Texas Tech’s desperation shot and dropped it into the bucket just ahead of the buzzer, lifting Texas Tech over West Virginia in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.


The Red Raiders (11-19), who lost twice to West Virginia in the regular season, gave up a 14-point lead in the first half but managed to hold on for only their second victory all year away from home.


Texas Tech will meet the regular-season champion, No. 7 Kansas (26-5), in Thursday’s quarterfinals.


Jaye Crockett’s 18 points led Texas Tech, which had lost 11 of its last 12.


Colorado 74, Oregon State 68


LAS VEGAS — Spencer Dinwiddie scored 20 points and Colorado picked up a much-needed win at the Pac-12 tournament, holding off Oregon State in the first round.


Colorado (21-10) needed a couple of wins in Las Vegas to boost its NCAA chances and got off to a good start by dominating Oregon State defensively most of the second half.


Xavier Johnson had 16 points and Andre Roberson 12 for the fifth-seeded Buffaloes, who moved on to face No. 4 seed Arizona in Thursday’s quarterfinals.


UAB 53, SMY 52


TULSA, Okla. — Jordan Swing scored 17 points, including a layup with 9 seconds to play, and UAB beat SMU in the opener of the Conference USA tournament.


Swing had a team-high nine rebounds and was 7 of 13 from the field for the game. Rod Rucker had 11 points.


UAB was up 32-23 at halftime and led until Brian Bernardi hit two free throws to put the Mustangs up 52-51 with 29 seconds remaining. Swing’s layup put the Blazers (16-16) back on top. No. 10 seed SMU missed a jumper with a second to play.


Jalen Jones led SMU (15-17) with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Cannen Cunningham had 11 points.


Bucknell 64, Lafayette 56


LEWISBURG — Mike Muscala scored six of his 20 points during a decisive second-half stretch to help Bucknell capture its second NCAA tournament berth in three seasons with a win over Lafayette in the Patriot League title game.


Joe Willman had 14 points and eight boards to form a potent frontcourt duo with Muscala, the conference player of the year for the top-seeded Bison (28-5). Muscala also had 11 rebounds.


Just like two years ago, Bucknell beat Lafayette (19-15) on its home floor to advance.


Joey Ptasinski had 15 points for Lafayette, including several buckets during a key second-half sequence that helped narrow a 12-point deficit to single digits. Ptasinski’s layup off a backdoor cut drew the Leopards within 41-38 with 7:17 left.


That’s when the 6-foot-11 Muscala took over, hitting turnaround jumpers and dominating the post during a 10-2 run that extended the lead to 51-40 with 3:52 left.


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