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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: No. 8 Louisville tops No. 24 Notre Dame for share of Big East title

2013-03-09T20:45:00Z 2013-03-10T00:57:05Z COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: No. 8 Louisville tops No. 24 Notre Dame for share of Big East titleThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 09, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

Gorgui Dieng had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to help No. 8 Louisville earn a share of the Big East Conference title with a 73-57 victory over No. 24 Notre Dame on Saturday in Louisville.

Peyton Siva added 13 points and five assists in his final home game for the Cardinals (26-5, 14-4 Big East), who finished tied for first place with Georgetown and Marquette. Louisville receives a bye into Thursday's quarterfinals at the Big East tournament, where coach Rick Pitino's team will defend its 2012 title.

Dieng and Siva were honored before the game as part of Louisville's senior day festivities. Dieng, a junior center from Senegal, is expected to enter the NBA draft after the season.

Garrick Sherman led Notre Dame (23-8, 11-7) with 14 points. The Fighting Irish will next play Wednesday in the conference tournament at Madison Square Garden.

No. 20 Pittsburgh 81, DePaul 66: J.J. Moore scored 21 points off the bench, and Pittsburgh shot a school-record 72 percent to beat DePaul in the Panthers' last Big East regular-season game.

The next stop for surging Pittsburgh is its final Big East tournament, which begins Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Panthers (24-7, 12-6), who will move into the Atlantic Coast Conference next season, have won 11 of their last 14 games and six of eight on the road.

Moore, a junior forward, hit a career-best five 3-pointers while many of his teammates got to the rim at will against DePaul (11-20, 2-16). Twenty-two of Pittsburgh's 46 first-half points came on either a dunk or layup.

Minnesota 89, Purdue 73: D.J. Byrd and Rapheal Davis each scored 18 points as Purdue rolled past Minnesota.

The Boilermakers (15-16, 8-10) won for only the third time in seven games as they head into this week's Big Ten tournament.

Minnesota (20-11, 8-10) lost its third straight to the Boilermakers and its eighth consecutive road game.

Ball State 53, Northern Illinois 51: Jauwan Scaife scored 17 points, and Ball State held off Northern Illinois in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Majok Majok added nine points for the Cardinals (15-14, 8-8 Mid-American), who won their fifth straight game and locked up the No. 5 seed and a first-round bye in the MAC tournament, which begins Monday.

Darrell Bowie led the Huskies (5-24, 3-13) with 10 points. Aksel Bolin chipped in nine points and nine rebounds. Northern Illinois closed the season on a 10-game losing streak and will be seeded No. 10.

Butler 67, Xavier 62: Rotnei Clarke scored 21 points, and Kameron Woods scored 15 off the bench, helping Butler defeat Xavier.

Clarke connected on three 3-pointers for Butler (24-7, 11-5 Atlantic 10), and converted 8 of 8 free-throw attempts.

Samaj Christon scored 20 points to lead Xavier (17-13, 9-10), and Isaiah Philmore scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Woods' effort helped Xavier build a 36-13 scoring advantage off the bench.

Butler's largest lead of the game was 10 points, Xavier's was 4.

Clarke scored 17 of his points in the second half. Woods totaled 10 of his points after intermission.

Creighton 64, Indiana State 43: Doug McDermott had 25 points and nine rebounds, and Creighton reached the final of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament with a victory over Indiana State.

Creighton, the top seed in the tournament, will face No. 2 seed Wichita State in today's final.

McDermott was 6 of 7 from 3-point range, and 8 of 10 overall, for the Bluejays (26-7), who opened the game on an 11-2 run and later scored 18 unanswered points en route to a 41-18 halftime lead.

The Sycamores (18-14) couldn't get much closer in the second half as Creighton cruised to the victory. Manny Arop had 13 points to lead fifth-seeded ISU.

Wichita State 66, Illinois State 51: Carl Hall scored 16 points; Malcolm Armstead added 15, and Wichita State (26-7) advanced to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final with a victory over Illinois State.

Jackie Carmichael had 22 points for the sixth-seeded Redbirds (18-15), who beat No.3 seed Northern Iowa on Friday but couldn't continue their tournament run. Illinois State shot just 29 percent.

South Dakota State 66, IUPUI 49: Nate Wolters scored 20 points; Tony Fiegen had a double-double, and No. 1-seeded South Dakota State advanced to the second round of the Summit League tournament with a win over eighth-seeded IUPUI.

Fiegen had 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, grabbed 10 rebounds and the Jackrabbits (23-9) shot 60 percent from the field in the second half.

South Dakota State led 31-27 at halftime and used a 22-12 run to begin the second half sparked by Wolters, who scored nine of his 20 points during the run to help put the Jaguars away for good.

Jordan Dykstra added 15 points and six rebounds for the Jackrabbits, which committed only three turnovers.

Mitchell Patton led IUPUI (6-26) with 17 points and Donovan Gibbs had 10 points and nine rebounds.

South Dakota State will play Monday against the winner of No. 4 Oakland and No. 5 IPFW. The two play today in first-round action.



No. 20 Green Bay 80, Milwaukee 56: Lydia Bauer scored 22 points, and Green Bay completed an undefeated Horizon League season, defeating Milwaukee.

Adrian Ritchie had 19 points and seven rebounds, Stephanie Sension scored 11 and Breannah Ranger finished with 10 points for the Phoenix (26-2, 16-0), who have won 21 in a row. They have now had six unbeaten regular seasons in the Horizon League. Green Bay will host the league tournament beginning Wednesday.

Green Bay never trailed and used a 14-0 run to take a 28-11 lead. Milwaukee couldn't close the gap to single digits after that point.

Ashley Greene, with 20 points, was the only player in double figures for the Panthers (9-19, 5-11). Green Bay has won 17 in a row in the series between the in-state rivals.

Purdue 77, No. 21 Nebraska 64: Sam Ostarello scored 18 points; Courtney Moses had 16, and Purdue beat Nebraska to advance to the Big Ten tournament championship.

KK Houser added 13 points, eight rebounds, six steals and five assists for the Boilermakers (23-8), who also beat Nebraska 69-66 in overtime on Jan. 5. Taylor Manuel had 11 points.

Purdue will face in today's title game Michigan State, a 54-46 winner over top-seeded, No. 8-ranked Penn State.

Lindsey Moore scored 22 points for the second-seeded Cornhuskers (23-8), who had won 11 of 12.

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