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Louisville trips No. 1 Syracuse for 2nd time this year

Reserve guard Kyle Kuric scored all of his career-high 22 points in the second half, and host Louisville stunned No. 1 Syracuse, 78-68, yesterday before a record crowd of 20,135 at 54-year-old Freedom Hall. It was the final game there before the Cardinals move into a new downtown arena.

Louisville (20-11, 11-7 Big East) swept the regular-season series from the Orange (28-3, 15-3), whose only other loss came against No. 17 Pittsburgh.

Syracuse led by eight points late in the first half, but Kuric was 9-for-11 in the second half, including four three-pointers.

With less than four minutes left, Kuric's dunk pushed the Louisville lead to 10, and he got another one on a break that buried the Orange with less than two minutes left.

West Virginia 68, Villanova 66: Trailing 29-16 at halftime after shooting 24 percent from the field (6-for-25), 16.7 percent on threes (2-for-12) and 20 percent from the free-throw line (2-for-10), the No. 10 Mountaineers opened the second half with an 18-5 run to tie the game, then prevailed in overtime in Philadelphia. Da'Sean Butler scored 21 points, including the deciding basket with 5.8 seconds left in overtime, grabbed 10 rebounds and finished 13-for-14 from the foul line for West Virginia (24-6, 13-5). No. 9 Villanova (24-6, 14-5) has lost four of its last six games.

Iowa State 85, Kansas State 82: Diante Garrett scored five points in overtime as Iowa State (15-16, 4-12 Big 12) stunned host No. 5 Kansas State (24-6, 11-4).

South Florida 75, Connecticut 68: Dominique Jones scored 20 points and Chris Howard and Mike Mercer went 7-for-8 from the foul line in the final 1:04, helping host USF (19-11, 9-9 Big East) stay in front after Connecticut (17-14, 7-11) climbed back into the game after falling behind by 14 midway through the second half.

Georgetown 74, Cincinnati 47: Six days after being diagnosed with diabetes, Austin Freeman scored 24 points and host No. 19 Georgetown (20-9, 10-8) clinched a first-round bye in the Big East Tournament.

Notre Dame 63, Marquette 60: Tim Abromaitis had 18 points and hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final 13.8 seconds of overtime for the Irish (21-10, 10-8 Big East). Host Marquette is 20-10, 11-7. Luke Harangody returned with five points in 11 minutes; he missed five games with a bone bruise on his knee.

Pittsburgh 83, Rutgers 54: Gilbert Brown scored 19 points and host No. 17 Pittsburgh (24-7, 13-5 Big East) took control early with a 19-2 run.

AUTOMATIC BIDS

Winthrop 64, Coastal Carolina 53: Mantoris Robinson scored 14 points and Winthrop (19-13) ended the game on a 26-17 run to win the Big South title in Conway, S.C.

East Tennessee St. 72, Mercer 66: Justin Tubbs scored 18 points off the bench as East Tennessee (20-14) won the Atlantic Sun title in Macon, Ga.- AP

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