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Syracuse defeat Seton Hall; Connecticut is next

Eric Devendorf scores 18 of his 19 points in the second half and Syracuse pulls away for an 89-74 victory over Seton Hall in the second round of the Big East tournament.

March 12, 2009|Associated Press

Eric Devendorf scored all but one of his 19 points in a technical-filled second half and No. 18 Syracuse pulled away for an 89-74 victory over Seton Hall on Wednesday night in the second round of the Big East tournament at New York.

Jonny Flynn had 19 points and 11 assists for the sixth-seeded Orange (24-8), which will face third-seeded and third-ranked Connecticut in the quarterfinals tonight.

Jeremy Hazell had 27 points for the 11th-seeded Pirates (17-15), who had advanced to the second round with a victory over South Florida. Seton Hall was looking to win two games in the Big East tournament for the first time since 2001.

No. 21 Marquette 74, St. John's 45: Wesley Matthews scored 20 points and No. 21 Marquette ended a four-game losing streak by holding St. John's to a Big East tournament-record 10 points in the first half at New York.

Lazar Hayward added 17 points for the fifth-seeded Golden Eagles (24-8), who advanced to today's quarterfinals against fourth-seeded and 10th-ranked Villanova.

It was the first Marquette win since the loss of starting point guard Dominic James to a broken left foot. The Golden Eagles needed him in the four losses -- all to ranked teams -- but they didn't need him in the rout of St. John's, their ninth straight win over the Red Storm, a streak that dates to 1966.

Paris Horne had 15 points for the Red Storm (16-17).

Conference championships

Robert Morris is in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 17 years, thanks to a late shot by a player who hadn't made a shot all night.

Dallas Green picked up a loose ball and made a hurried shot with 2.5 seconds left and regular-season champ Robert Morris beat Mount St. Mary's for a 48-46 win in the Northeast Conference title game.

Jeremy Chappell scored 15 points as Robert Morris (24-10), rallying from five points down in the second half to beat the 2008 champion Mountaineers (19-13) for the third time this season, withstood a ragged performance on its home court in Coraopolis, Pa.

Big Sky Conference: Julius Thomas got free for a tiebreaking dunk with 3.5 seconds left and Portland State (23-9) held on for a 79-77 win over Montana State (14-17) in the Big Sky Conference tournament championship game at Ogden, Utah. The Vikings repeated as conference champions and clinched their second consecutive NCAA tournament berth.



Automatic NCAA bids


Chattanooga, Southern Conf.

Cleveland State, Horizon

Cornell, Ivy

East Tennessee State, Atlantic Sun

Gonzaga, West Coast

Morehead State, Ohio Valley

North Dakota State, Summit

Northern Iowa, Missouri Valley

Portland State, Big Sky

Radford, Big South

Robert Morris, Northeast

Siena, Metro Atlantic Athletic

Virginia Commonwealth, Col. Athletic

Western Kentucky, Sun Belt



Austin Peay, Ohio Valley Conf.

Charlotte, Atlantic 10

Connecticut, Big East

Dartmouth, Ivy

East Tennessee State, Atlantic Sun

Gonzaga, West Coast

Lehigh, Patriot

Marist, Metro Atlantic Athletic

Maryland, Atlantic Coast

Middle Tennessee, Sun Belt

Ohio State, Big Ten

South Dakota State, Summit

Central Florida, Conference USA

Vanderbilt, Southeastern

Western Carolina, Southern

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