Sean Kilpatrick keyed Cincinnati’s early 3-point barrage and scored 18 points as the Bearcats held on for a 71-68 victory over No. 2 Syracuse Friday night in the semifinals of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.
The fourth-seeded Bearcats (24-9) ended the 11-game winning streak of the top-seeded Orange (31-2). They did it with incredible shooting over the opening 14 minutes when they took a 17-point lead, and then by holding on as Syracuse was able to get within 1 point in the final seconds.
It was Cincinnati’s seventh win over a ranked team this season, the most in the country.
Dion Waiters had 28 points for Syracuse.
Big East semifinal - Gorgui Dieng scored 16 points and Louisville (25-9) dominated No. 23 Notre Dame, 64-50, to reach the championship game for the third time in four years. The third-seeded Fighting Irish (22-11) fell to 0-5 in the semifinal round - all under coach Mike Brey.
ACC quarterfinals - In Atlanta, top-seeded North Carolina (28-4) shook off a wrist injury to John Henson and pulled away from Maryland, 85-69, behind Kendall Marshall’s 13 points and 12 assists. Marshall set the ACC season record for assists with 311. Terrell Stoglin scored 30 points for the Terrapins (17-15) . . . Tyler Thornton scored a career-high 13 points, Austin Rivers added 17 and hustled for a clinching 3-point play, and No. 6 Duke survived an ugly performance against cold-shooting Virginia Tech, beating the Hokies, 60-56. Seeking their fourth straight tournament title, the Blue Devils (27-5) didn’t put away the 10th-seeded Hokies (16-17) until the closing seconds, even though Virginia Tech went more than eight minutes without making a field goal in the second half . . . No. 17 Florida State (22-9) beat shorthanded Miami, 82-71, behind 20 points from Michael Snaer. Miami (19-12) was without leading scorer, Durand Scott, who was ruled ineligible for receiving impermissible benefits . . . C.J. Leslie had 19 points and 14 rebounds and North Carolina State (21-11) may have guaranteed its spot in the NCAA Tournament by beating Virginia, 67-64.
Big 12 semifinals - Baylor sharpshooter Brady Heslip hit a pair of 3-pointers to keep No. 3 Kansas at bay, and Perry Jones III finished with 18 points as the No. 12 Bears beat the Jayhawks, 81-72, in Kansas City, Mo. Quincy Miller added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Bears (27-6). Tyshawn Taylor had a game-high 20 points for Kansas (26-6) . . . Phil Pressey and Kim English each scored 23 points, leading No. 5 Missouri past Texas, 81-67. Missouri (29-4), which is leaving the Big 12 for the SEC and severing ties with some schools that go back more than 100 years, led almost the entire way.
Big Ten quarterfinals - In Indianapolis, Trey Burke scored a career-high 30 points to help No. 10 Michigan rally past 10th-seeded Minnesota, 73-69, in overtime. The Wolverines (24-8) opened overtime with back-to-back 3s, their last two in a stretch of five straight. Minnesota (19-14) gave up a 7-point lead in the last 4:37, then Rodney Williams missed a potential winning 10-footer at the buzzer . . . Jared Sullinger had a season-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help No. 7 Ohio State beat Purdue, 88-71. The third-seeded Buckeyes (26-6) shot 61 percent to post its second-best scoring output of the season. D.J. Byrd scored 20 points for the Boilermakers (21-12) . . . Eighth-ranked Michigan State (25-7) shot 70 percent from the field in a dominating first half and cruised to a 92-75 victory over Iowa. Draymond Green led with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Adreian Payne had a career-high 16 points . . . Rob Wilson scored a career-high 30 points and No. 14 Wisconsin (24-8) tied the tournament record with 13 3-pointers to get past No. 15 Indiana, 79-71. The Hoosiers (25-8) played without starting point guard Verdell Jones, who tore his right ACL Thursday night.
Conference USA semifinals- In Memphis, Damier Pitts scored 24 points, including 16 in the second half, as Marshall defeated Southern Mississippi, 73-62. Sixth-seeded Marshall (21-12) will play Saturday in its first conference tournament final since the 1997 Southern Conference championship game. Southern Mississippi (25-8), the second seed, was led by Angelo Johnson’s 24 points . . . Wesley Witherspoon scored 15 points and top-seeded Memphis (25-8) coasted with an 83-52 victory over Central Florida (22-10).
MAC semifinals - Alex Abreu made two free throws with 15 seconds left, giving top-seeded Akron a 78-74 win over rival Kent State (21-11) in Cleveland. The defending champion Zips (22-10) advance to their record sixth straight title game . . . D.J. Cooper scored 18 points - 15 on 3-pointers in the first half - and Ohio (26-7) withstood league MVP Mitchell Watt’s strong second half and poor free-throw shooting in the final seconds to beat Buffalo, 77-74.
Mountain West - Jamaal Franklin, playing most of the second half with three fouls, scored 19 points to lead No. 18 and top-seeded San Diego State to a 79-69 victory against fourth-seeded Colorado State in Las Vegas. The Aztecs (26-6) will play for their third MWC tournament title.
Pac-12 semifinals - Kyle Fogg scored 22 points and Arizona rallied with a big run after halftime to beat Oregon State, 72-61, at Staples Center. The fourth-seeded Wildcats (23-10) will seek their fifth tournament title.
SEC second round - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist helped No. 1 Kentucky overcome some early sloppiness against LSU until his teammates came alive in the second half, scoring 19 points as Kentucky survived to take a 60-51 victory in New Orleans. Terrence Jones added 15 points and 11 rebounds, including a 9-0 run by himself that gave the Wildcats (31-1) the lead for good as they extended their winning streak to 23 games. Anthony Davis added 12 points and 14 rebounds after a slow start. Storm Warren scored 14 for LSU (18-14). The Tigers led by as many as 5 points early in the second half before Jones’s surge turned the tide . . . Terrance Henry scored 19 points and Mississippi (20-12) beat Tennessee, 77-72, in overtime. Tennessee’s Skylar McBee banked in a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to tie the game and send it overtime . . . Bradley Beal scored 16, Erik Murphy added 15, and Florida beat Alabama, 66-63. The Tide (21-11) had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Trevor Lacey’s 3-pointer bounced off. Florida (23-9) snapped a three-game slide. . . . John Jenkins scored 15 points and Vanderbilt (22-10) comfortably beat Georgia, 63-41.
Division 3 sectional semifinal (Lancaster, Pa.) - Third-ranked MIT hit 12 of 20 3-pointers and held Staten Island to its lowest scoring output in 17 games, beating the Dolphins, 83-67, in a sectional semifinal. The Engineers’ Mitchell Kates poured in a game-best 29 points on 5-of-8 shooting from deep and had five assists, Jamie Karraker hit 7 of his 10 3-point attempts en route to 25 points, and Will Tashman had 11 points and 13 rebounds for his third double-double in a row for MIT (28-1). Jordan Young scored 19 points to pace Staten Island (26-5) . . . Aaron Toomey scored a team-high 21 points, but second-ranked Amherst lost, 80-71, to ninth-ranked Franklin & Marshall (28-2). The Lord Jeffs (26-3) fell for the first time in 14 games.
Division 3 sectional semifinal (Middlebury, Vt.) - Scranton edged fourth-ranked Middlebury, 58-55, on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Travis Farrell . . . Eastern Connecticut’s Nick Nedwick scored 27 of his game-high 31 after halftime, but the Warrior rally fell short in a 72-65 loss to Cabrini in the sectional semifinal.