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Pitt sends Louisville home once again

NEW YORK — Rick Pitino didn't glean any useful knowledge sitting behind Pitt's bench for the opening round of the Big East tournament. It's simply where organizers decided to put him.

Too bad because it's quickly becoming evident the Louisville coach could use some help dealing with the Panthers come March.

Sam Young had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and hit two free throws with less than a minute left in overtime to help Pitt beat the No. 13 Cardinals 76-69 Thursday and reach the semifinals.

Pittsburgh has knocked Louisville out of three straight tournaments.

"Give them credit for their defense," said Pitino, who fell to 3-8 against Pittsburgh and 1-3 in the tournament.

"Our guys did a good job of fighting back to get into overtime. Sometimes it's just about making shots. It's a simple explanation," he said. "But you've got to give Pitt credit. Their defense had a lot to do with it."

Pittsburgh (24-9) outscored Louisville 12-2 to start the overtime, and its 74-64 lead with 30.9 seconds left was its biggest of the game.

"We went cold at the wrong time," Pitino said.

No. 25 Marquette 89, No. 14 Notre Dame 79: Jerel McNeal scored a career-high 28 for the Golden Eagles.

Marquette was 0-2 in its only two previous quarterfinal appearances, but its first win in that round came at the expense of the conference player of the year, Luke Harangody.

The Irish started the second half on a 6-2 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 44-34.

McNeal, whose career high was 25, scored seven as Marquette answered with a 13-2 run to take a 47-46 lead. Harangody, who finished with 13 points, scored eight straight for Notre Dame but McNeal had eight of Marquette's next 10 as it took the lead for good at 57-54 on his 3-pointer with 11:52 to play.

W. Va. 78, No. 15 UConn 72: One year has made a remarkable difference for Joe Alexander and the Mountaineers. Last March, Alexander didn't score as the Mountaineers beat Clemson in the NIT championship game.

Thursday, the 6-foot-8 junior forward scored a career-high 34 on the same Madison Square Garden court as West Virginia beat the Huskies.

It will be West Virginia's second appearance in the tournament's final four. It lost in the 2005 final.

No. 9 G'town 82, Villanova 63: Austin Freeman missed Georgetown's first shot, a 3-pointer the Hoyas rebounded and kicked out to DaJuan Summers for another 3 that hit nothing but net.

That was only the start.

Jessie Sapp scored a career-high 23 and Georgetown tied a tournament record with 17 3-pointers, fending off a second-half comeback.

Jonathan Wallace hit five 3s and had 19 of his 20 points in the first half for the defending conference champion. Georgetown finished 17-of-28 from beyond the arc to set a school record for 3s in a game.

"We told our guys to be ready to shoot," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "You're going to be open, put the ball in the basket. Make shots."

Pitt sends Louisville home once again 03/14/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:38am]
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