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Teammates mob Seton Hall's Sterling Gibbs (4) after he hit the winning shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova in the second round of the Big East Conference tournament at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Seton Hall won 64-63.
Teammates mob Seton Hall's Sterling Gibbs (4) after he hit the winning shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova in the second round of the Big East Conference tournament at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Seton Hall won 64-63.
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NEW YORK — Sterling Gibbs hit a step-back jumper at the buzzer and Seton Hall stunned No. 3 Villanova 64-63 in a thrilling Big East quarterfinal Thursday, a loss that could cost the Wildcats a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.


Eugene Teague had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the eighth-seeded Pirates (17-16), who advanced to the Big East tournament semifinals for the first time in 13 years. They will play St. John’s or Providence on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.


Josh Hart came off the bench and scored 18 to lead the top-seeded Wildcats (28-4), beaten only twice in 18 regular-season conference games while winning their first outright Big East title since 1982. Both losses were blowouts by Doug McDermott and Creighton.


Patrik Auda scored all 13 of his points in the first half for Seton Hall, a 10½-point underdog. But the Pirates, accustomed to playing close games, built a 15-point lead and recovered after Villanova spurted past them with a 16-0 run in the second half.


No. 4 Arizona 71, Utah 39


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nick Johnson scored 14 points, T.J. McConnell added 13 and No. 4 Arizona overwhelmed Utah defensively in a rout that tied for the most lopsided game in Pac-12 tournament history.


After playing two close games against Utah during the regular season, top-seeded Arizona (29-3) opened the tournament with a spirit-crushing defensive performance.


No. 5 Louisville 92, Rutgers 31


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Chris Jones scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half, and fifth-ranked Louisville routed Rutgers in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.


The Cardinals (27-5) have won three straight and 10 of their last 11 as they look for a third straight tournament title even if they’re only in the American for one season. Louisville split the regular-season title with Cincinnati, but lost the top seed on a coin flip,


No. 8 San Diego St. 73, Utah St. 39


LAS VEGAS — Xavier Thames scored 15 points and dished seven assists to lead No. 8 San Diego State over Utah State in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West tournament.


The top-seeded Aztecs shot 52.5 percent (31 of 59) from the field, including 7 of 17 (.412) from 3-point range. San Diego State dominated in the paint, out-rebounding the Aggies, 35-27, while it outscored Utah State in the paint, 40-14.


No. 10 Kansas 77, Oklahoma St. 70, OT


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andrew Wiggins scored 30 points, Wayne Selden Jr. had 14 and No. 10 Kansas pulled away in the final seconds of overtime victory over Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.


Naadir Tharpe made four foul shots in the extra session to seal the victory for the top-seeded Jayhawks (24-8), who will face fourth-seeded Iowa State in Friday night’s semifinals.


The No. 16 Cyclones, behind a big game from Melvin Ejim, beat No. 5 seed Kansas State 91-85.


No. 16 Iowa St. 91, Kansas St. 85


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Melvin Ejim had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Dustin Hogue added 19 points and 10 boards and No. 16 Iowa State held on through a tense final minute to beat Kansas State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.


Georges Niang added 18 points and Naz Long finished with 14 points for the fourth-seeded Cyclones (24-7), who advanced to play the winner of Kansas-Oklahoma State in Friday’s semifinals.


No. 24 Ohio St. 63, Purdue 61


INDIANAPOLIS — LaQuinton Ross scored 19 points and Aaron Craft finished with 16 on Thursday, helping No. 24 Ohio State hang on against Purdue in the Big Ten tournament.


The win sent the defending tourney champs into Friday’s quarterfinals against fourth-seeded Nebraska.


Purdue (15-17) didn’t make it easy on the fifth-seeded Buckeyes (24-8).


A.J. Hammons finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while senior Terone Johnson finished with 10 for the 12th seeded Boilermakers, who were eliminated after a seventh straight loss.


Houtston 68, No. 25 SMU 64


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jherrod Stiggers scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and Houston beat No. 25 SMU in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.


L.J. Rose finished with 16, hitting all three of his shots from outside the arc. TaShawn Thomas added 14 points and nine rebounds and four blocks, including a key one down the stretch, while Danuel House finished with 11 for the sixth-seed Houston.


Houston 68, No, 25 SMU 64


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jherrod Stiggers scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and Houston upset No. 25 SMU in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.


L.J. Rose finished with 16, hitting all three of his shots from outside the arc. TaShawn Thomas added 14 points and nine rebounds and four blocks, including a key one down the stretch, while Danuel House finished with 11 for the sixth-seed Houston.


No. 13 Cincinnati 61, UCF 58


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sean Kilpatrick scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Justin Jackson added 14 points as No. 13 Cincinnati escaped with a victory over Central Florida in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.


Kilpatrick was 6 of 12 from the field and converted 3 of 4 field goals in the final 11.3 seconds as Cincinnati defeated the Knights for the third time this season.


Baylor 78, No. 17 Oklahoma 73


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Isaiah Austin scored 18 points and Baylor held on after blowing most of a 21-point lead for a victory over No. 17 Oklahoma in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals.


Cory Jefferson added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the No. 7 seed Bears (23-10), who became the first lower-seeded team to win in this year’s tournament. They advanced to face the winner of Texas-West Virginia in the semifinals on Friday night.


No. 14 Creighton 84, DePaul 62


NEW YORK — Doug McDermott put on a dazzling shooting display in his Big East tournament debut, scoring a record 27 of his 35 points in the first half for No. 14 Creighton during a victory over DePaul.


Led by McDermott, the league’s player of the year and a heavy favorite for several national awards, the Bluejays shot a sizzling 14 for 22 from 3-point range (63.6 percent) against 10th-seeded DePaul (12-21).

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