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 NEW YORK (AP) -Jessie Sapp scored 23 points and No. 9 Georgetown tied a Big East tournament record with 17 3-pointers, fending off a second-half comeback to beat Villanova 82-63 on Thursday in the second round.
Jonathan Wallace hit five 3s and had 19 of his 20 points in the first half for the defending champion Hoyas (26-4), who advanced to play fifth-seeded West Virginia in the semifinals on Friday.
DeJuan Summers added 19 points for Georgetown, winners of five straight. All-Big East center Roy Hibbert, who was 0-for-2 from the field and had no points and just four rebounds before fouling out with 5:09 left.
Villanova (20-12) went on a 26-9 run and took a 45-43 lead on Dante Cunningham's two free throws with 13:41 left. Antonio Pena's putback moments later gave the heavy underdogs a four-point lead.
Sapp converted a three-point play to put Georgetown ahead 51-50 with 12:04 to go. He followed with a 3-pointer to begin building the lead and the Hoyas pulled away.
West Virginia 78, No. 15 Connecticut 72
NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Alexander continued his scoring streak with a career-high 34 points and West Virginia earned its second appearance in the Big East semifinals.
Alexander was 12-for-22 from the field and 10-for-12 from the free throw line as West Virginia led the entire second half. The Mountaineers' biggest lead was 13 points, the last time at 61-48 with 9:18 left, and they held off a run that had the Huskies as close as 70-65 on a driving layup by A.J. Price with 2:02 to play.
Price had 22 points for the Huskies (24-8), who have lost their last four games in the Big East tournament, a streak that started with in the semifinals in 2005.
Pittsburgh 76, No. 13 Louisville 69
NEW YORK (AP) - Sam Young had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and hit a pair of free throws with less than a minute left in overtime to help Pittsburgh advance to the semifinals.
The seventh-seeded Panthers (24-9) outscored Louisville 12-2 to start the overtime.
Pittsburgh, which has knocked Louisville out of three straight conference tournaments, will play No. 6 seed Marquette on Friday night.
DeJuan Blair added 16 points and eight rebounds for Pittsburgh.
Earl Clark scored 19 for Louisville (24-8), and Derrick Caracter, Juan Palacios and David Padgett had 11 each.
No. 25 Marquette 89, No. 14 Notre Dame 79
NEW YORK (AP) - Jerel McNeal scored a career-high 28 points and Marquette advanced to the Big East semifinals for the first time.
Marquette's first win in the Big East quarterfinals came at the expense of the conference player and coach of the year, Luke Harangody and Mike Brey of Notre Dame.
Reserve guard Maurice Acker scored 10 of his 11 points in a 4:07 span of the second half when Marquette (24-8) took its first double-digit lead with 3:37 to play.
Kyle McAlarney had 20 points for the Fighting Irish (24-7).
Atlantic 10
No. 10 Xavier 74, Dayton 65
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Josh Duncan scored 16 points and Xavier limited Dayton to five baskets in the final 12 minutes.
C.J. Anderson added 15 points, Stanley Burrell had 13, Drew Lavender 12 and Derrick Brown 11 as the top-seeded Musketeers (27-5) beat Dayton (21-10) for the third time this season.
The Musketeers advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament for the seventh straight year. They will play fifth-seeded Saint Joseph.
Marcus Johnson had a career-high 26 points and Brian Roberts added 13 for the Flyers, who used a 21-6 run to take a 44-41 lead early in the second half. After Andres Sandoval gave Dayton its final lead at 46-44 with a basket inside, Anderson hit two free throws to start a 14-2 spurt that featured a go-ahead drive across the lane by Duncan and a 3-pointer by the senior. Burrell also nailed a 3-pointer as the Musketeers took a 58-48 lead.
Mountain West
No. 24 BYU 89, Colorado State 62
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Lee Cummard, the conference co-player of the year, scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures as BYU piled up the points to advance to the Mountain West title game.
Sam Burgess had 13 points, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Collinsworth each added 12 and Trent Plaisted 11 for the top-seeded Cougars (26-6), who shot 65 percent from the field.
The Rams (7-25), who snapped a school record 17-game skid with a win over Wyoming in the play-in game, didn't have any players in double figures. Andre McFarland, Marcus Walker, Adam Nigon and Willis Gardner scored nine each.
The Rams led for much of the first half and trailed just 40-34 at the break following David Cohen's hook shot from behind the backboard at the buzzer.
Pac-10
No. 3 UCLA 88, California 66
LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA buried California under a barrage of 3-pointers to start the second half and advanced to the Pac-10 semifinals.
Darren Collison scored 19 points, Josh Shipp 18, and freshman Kevin Love had nine of his 11 in the second half after early foul trouble. UCLA (29-3) had its best 3-point shooting game of the season, hitting 14-of-25.
The top-seeded Bruins won their eighth in a row and advanced to a matchup against Southern California. The rivals split in the regular season, with each winning on the other's floor.
Ryan Anderson scored 17 points and Patrick Christopher 12 to lead the ninth-seeded Golden Bears (16-15), who have lost eight of their last 10.
No. 11 Stanford 75, Arizona 64
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brook Lopez had 20 points and 15 rebounds, including 10 in a second-half spurt that helped Stanford pull away.
The second-seeded Cardinal (25-6) advanced to Friday's semifinals against No. 3 seed Washington State, which beat Oregon 75-70. The Cardinal swept the Cougars (24-7) during the regular season.
Robin Lopez, the 7-foot twin brother of Brook, added 14 points. Lawrence Hill, Mitch Johnson and Fred Washington had 11 points each. Brook Lopez had 11 defensive rebounds and Johnson added 10 rebounds, helping Stanford dominate the boards, 50-27.
Jerryd Bayless led seventh-seeded Arizona (19-14) with 18 points.
No. 21 Washington St. 75, Oregon 70
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Derrick Low scored 18 points, and Washington State blew most of a 20-point lead before beating Oregon.
Taylor Rochestie scored 16 points, Kyle Weaver had 14 points and seven assists, and Robbie Cowgill added 12 points and six rebounds for the third-seeded Cougars (24-7), who won for the seventh time in nine games following a three-game losing streak.
Tajuan Porter scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half and Malik Hairston also had 20 points for Oregon (18-13), whose final hope for an NCAA tournament berth almost surely disappeared.
Southeastern Conference
No. 18 Vanderbilt 93, Auburn 82
ATLANTA (AP) - A.J. Ogilvy scored a career-best 27 points and Shan Foster added 26 after being named the top player on the coaches' All-SEC team earlier in the week, leading Vanderbilt in the opening round.
The Commodores (26-6) shot 67 percent (33 of 49) from the field, falling just short of the conference tournament record. They advanced to face Arkansas in the quarterfinals.
Auburn (14-16) will miss out on a postseason berth for the fifth year in a row. Rasheem Barrett scored 20 points to lead four Tigers players in double figures. Senior Frank Barrett chipped in with 17 before fouling out of his final college game with less than a minute to go.
Vanderbilt built a double-digit lead 5 1/2 minutes into the game, and was comfortably out front most of the first half with the Big Two leading the way. Foster had 19 points and Ogilvy 14 by halftime.
Conference USA
Memphis 75, Tulane 56
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 17 points, and No. 2 Memphis advanced to the semifinals of the C-USA tournament.
Memphis (31-1), the two-time defending tournament champ, will play either Southern Mississippi or No. 4 seed UCF, who played later Thursday night.
Coach John Calipari and the Tigers are trying to lock down a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the second time in three seasons.
Robert Dozier added 14 points for Memphis and grabbed nine rebounds. Derrick Rose had six assists and six rebounds to offset a 2-for-8 performance from the floor.
David Gomez led Tulane (17-15) with 18 points.
 

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