Hoyas rout Orange to close out regular-season Big East title

Georgetown coach John Thompson III was noting all the ways in which his team's Big East-closing 61-39 victory over Syracuse was significant, when a familiar baritone voice rose from the back of the room. "Kiss Syracuse goodbye!" interrupted Thompson's father.

Otto Porter had only 10 points but he also had eight rebounds and seven assists as No. 5 Georgetown held No. 17 Syracuse to its lowest scoring total in 558 Big East games -- and its fewest points in any game since a 36-35 victory over Kent State on Dec. 1, 1962.

The Hoyas (24-5, 14-4), who have won 12 of their last 13, will be the No. 1 seed at the Big East Tournament. Syracuse (23-8, 11-7) has last four of its last five.

Baylor 81, Kansas 58: Pierre Jackson had 28 points and 10 assists and Cory Jefferson 25 points as host Baylor tagged No. 4 Kansas (26-5, 14-4 Big 12) with its worst loss in seven years.

Kentucky 61, Florida 57: Julius Mays' two free throws with 9.4 seconds left capped host Kentucky's 11-0 run in the final 7:36. No. 11 Florida (24-6, 14-4 SEC) led 57-50 after a 19-5 run but went 0-for-11 the rest of the way.

Louisville 73, Notre Dame 57: Gorgui Dieng had 20 points and 11 rebounds, including eight points during a 14-5 second-half run for host No. 8 Louisville (26-5, 14-4 Big East). No. 24 Notre Dame is 23-8, 11-7.

Duke 69, North Carolina 53: Seth Curry hit his first seven shots on the way to 20 points and Mason Plumlee had 23 points and 13 rebounds for No. 3 Duke (27-4, 14-4 ACC) in Chapel Hill.

Pittsburgh 81, DePaul 66: J.J. Moore hit a career-best five three-pointers and scored 21 points off the bench as the No. 20 Panthers (24-7, 12-6 Big East) shot a school-record 72 percent in Rosemont, Ill.

Connecticut 63, Providence 59: Ryan Boatright scored 23 points, including a key three-point play in overtime, for host UConn (20-10, 10-8 Big East).

Oklahoma St. 76, Kansas St. 70: Marcus Smart had six points and drew a charge during a 14-1 run for the host No. 13 Cowboys (23-7, 13-5 Big 12). The No. 9 Wildcats are 25-6, 14-4.

Florida Gulf Coast 88, Mercer 75: Brett Comer scored 21 points and FGCU (24-10) opened the second half with an 11-2 run in Macon, Ga., to take the Atlantic Sun's automatic bid, the Eagles' first berth in the NCAAs in only their second year of eligibility in Division I.

Belmont 70, Murray St. 68: Kerron Johnson hit the tying shot to force overtime, then a 10-foot pull-up jumper with 1.2 seconds left in overtime as Belmont capped its first season in the Ohio Valley Conference by taking the title and automatic bid in Nashville.-- AP

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