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Hoyas look sharp, win Big East title

March 11th, 2007 10:12 am by Associated Press



NEW YORK - John Thompson was barking calls at his Georgetown players, a dominant big man was leading the way and, just like the old days, the Hoyas were on top of the Big East.


Roy Hibbert scored 14 of his 18 points in the ninth-ranked Hoyas' big first half and Georgetown cruised past No. 13 Pittsburgh 65-42 to win the Big East tournament Saturday night.


Jeff Green, the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, added 21 points for top-seeded Georgetown (26-6), which won its conference-record seventh title and first since 1989.


With John Thompson III now coaching Georgetown and Patrick Ewing Jr. one of his players - and their famous fathers sitting just a few rows behind them - these Hoyas established their place in Big East history.


The Hoyas trailed just once - on Mike Cook's layup to start the game - and left no doubt as to how their first appearance in the finals since 1996 would turn out. They used a 15-2 run midway through the first half to open a big lead that grew in the second half. The dominance was reminiscent of the days when John Thompson led Georgetown to six Big East titles from 1982-89, with Patrick Ewing leading the way for three of them.


Sam Young scored 10 points for third-seeded Pittsburgh (27-7), which was in the championship game for the sixth time in seven years but has just one title in that span. Poor shooting did in the Panthers, who set a final record for fewest points by scoring a season-low.


LOS ANGELES - Bryce Taylor scored a career-high 32 points, making every shot he took, and the Ducks won the Pac-10 tournament title.


Oregon (26-7) heads into the NCAA tournament on a six-game winning streak. They haven't been there since 2003, also the last time it won the conference tourney.


Taylor went 11-for-11 from the field, 7-for-7 from 3-point range and 3-for-3 from the line - before being removed with 6½ minutes left and the Ducks ahead by 40 points.


Taylor electrified the crowd with each shot he made. The sophomore from nearby Encino broke the tourney field-goal percentage game record of .917 set by Arizona's Anthony Cook in 1989.


His seven 3-pointers tied the mark set by Arizona's Salim Stoudamire in 2005, and Taylor tied the 3-point percentage record shared by several others.


Taj Porter added 16 points and Aaron Brooks 15 for the Ducks, who shot 54 percent for the game.


Lodrick Stewart led the Trojans (23-11) with 12 points, Nick Young added 10 and Gibson grabbed 10 rebounds. USC was the only Pac-10 team to sweep the Ducks this season, shooting 57 percent in both games.



OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant had 26 points and hit the decisive 3-pointer to help the Longhorns hold off Oklahoma in the rubber match of a season series that included a triple-overtime classic.


Playing in front of a partisan Oklahoma State crowd at the Ford Center, Texas (24-8) dealt the Cowboys their first loss in their seven games in the building. Texas will play No. 2 Kansas today for the tournament title. The Longhorns lost 90-86 at Kansas on March 3 in the teams' regular-season meeting.


Oklahoma State (22-12), ranked as high as ninth earlier this season, likely dropped out of NCAA tournament consideration with the loss.


OKLAHOMA CITY - Mario Chalmers scored 16 points and the Jayhawks held off a second-half charge from Kansas State to advance to the Big 12 championship game.


Julian Wright added 12 points, including a jumper with 1:05 left that put the game out of reach, and Sherron Collins had 10 points and six assists for the top-seeded Jayhawks (29-4), who won for the 35th time in its last 36 games against Kansas State, and this victory came as the teams met for only the second time outside of Kansas City, Mo., or their home state.


Chalmers hit consecutive 3-pointers to give Kansas its first double-digit lead of the game at 43-31 in the opening minutes of the second half, and the Jayhawks eventually pushed ahead by 14 on a 3-pointer by Brandon Rush.


Cartier Martin led the Wildcats (22-11) with 17 points, Lance Harris scored 16 and Akeem Wright had 12 points.



CHICAGO - Greg Oden put together a highlight package for NBA scouts and helped the Buckeyes move to the finals of the Big Ten tournament and a step closer to a top seed in the NCAA tournament.


Oden had 17 points, a tournament-record 19 rebounds and four blocks Saturday and Ohio State (29-3) pulled away late.


Carl Landry scored 24 points for the Boilermakers (21-11), who managed just four baskets in the final 10 minutes.


Ohio State, which won its 16th straight, will meet Wisconsin for the tournament title today.


Purdue (21-11), losing for the third time this season to the Buckeyes, will have to wait until Sunday's selection announcement to see if it will make the NCAA tournament.



CHICAGO - Alando Tucker showed why he is the Big Ten's player of the year, setting the school's career scoring record and finishing with 21 points to lead the Badgers (29-4) into the Big Ten final.


Kammron Taylor did his part, too, scoring all but two of his 16 points in the second half.


Tucker carried over the momentum from Friday's quarterfinal win over Michigan State, when he scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, and asserted himself immediately.


He began the day with 2,146 points - one shy of Michael Finley - and set the record on his first attempt, when he pulled up in the lane less than two minutes into the game. Tucker hit his first four shots and was 10-of-17.


Taylor got going midway through the second half, after Illinois pulled within 39-34. He scored 10 points in a 3½-minute stretch, starting with a 3-pointer from the right corner and a jumper that sent the Illini into a timeout with 9:18 left.


Warren Carter scored 14 for Illinois (23-11), which had won 18 straight at the United Center.


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