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Hoyas smother Irish in key Big East battle

WASHINGTON — Before finishing pregame warmups on senior day, Georgetown huddled in a hallway with its two departing players, Jason Clark and Henry Sims. A voice shouted:

"We've got to go out with a bang, fellas! We've got to out with a bang!"

Sure did.

Playing at home for the last time, Clark and Sims combined for 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and No. 11 Georgetown used its typically tough defense to beat No. 20 Notre Dame 59-41 on Monday night in a key game for Big East tournament seeding.

"If we play defense the way we did the last couple of games," Sims said, "you've got to be happy with that."

Georgetown (22-6, 12-5) and Notre Dame (20-10, 12-5) are tied for third in the Big East, a half-game ahead of USF.

The Hoyas held the Irish to 33 percent field-goal shooting, including 3-of-17 on 3-pointers (17.6 percent).

NO. 3 KANSAS 70, OKLA. ST. 58: Tyshawn Taylor scored 27 for the visiting Jayhawks (25-5, 15-2), who claimed the Big 12 title outright.

NO. 9 BAYLOR 77, TEXAS TECH 48: Perry Jones III had 15 points and 10 rebounds to help the Bears (25-5, 12-5 Big 12) win their home finale.

MIAMI PROBE: Missouri coach Frank Haith said he is fully cooperating with the NCAA in the latest round of trouble at Miami, his home for seven years before this season. The Hurricanes have declared center Reggie Johnson ineligible, saying his family received impermissible travel benefits from an unnamed staff member when Haith was in charge.

UCONN: Coach Jim Calhoun had what the school called successful surgery to address the spinal condition that has forced him to miss the past seven games.

MISSISSIPPI ST.: Backup guard Shaun Smith will miss the rest of the season after breaking his right middle finger during Saturday's loss to Alabama.

AP POLL: Florida State fell from 15th to 22nd. New Mexico fell out, replaced by No. 25 Creighton. Kentucky and Syracuse remained the top two.

Women: Bulls finish strong

TAMPA — Inga Orekhova hit a 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds left to force overtime, and USF pulled away, sending senior guard Jasmine Wynne out with a 64-56 win over Providence in the final regular-season game at USF Rec Center.

"For us to finish the season like we did today, to send off our lone senior, was really special," coach Jose Fernandez said.

Orekhova also hit a 3 for the first points in overtime and finished with 17 points. Wynne added 15 on senior night.

The Bulls (16-14, 8-8 Big East) will be the ninth seed in the Big East tournament, opening with Pittsburgh (0-16) Friday in Hartford.

NO. 1 BAYLOR 69, NO. 17 TEXAS A&M 62: Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims scored 25 each for the visiting Bears (30-0, 17-0 Big 12), who led the Aggies (20-8, 11-6) by one before going on a 6-0 run that was aided when a ball that was headed out of bounds bounced off a ref and remained on the court, setting up a layup by Sims.

NO. 3 NOTRE DAME 72, NO. 4 UCONN 59: Natalie Novosel scored 21 as the Irish (28-2, 15-1) won their first outright Big East regular-season title. The Huskies (26-4, 13-3) have lost consecutive home games for the first time in 19 years.

NO. 18 ST. JOHN'S 54, NO. 12 G'TOWN 45: The visiting Red Storm (21-8, 13-3 Big East) outrebounded the Hoyas (22-7, 11-5) 44-31 and held them to 6-of-30 shooting in the second half.

NO. 20 LOUISVILLE 63, SETON HALL 53: Shawnta' Dyer came off the bench to score a career-high 22 to lift the visiting Cardinals (21-8, 10-6 Big East).

NO. 23 RUTGERS 69, MARQUETTE 58: April Sykes scored 20 for the host Scarlet Knights (21-8, 10-6 Big East), who improved to 9-0 in the series.

AP POLL: Miami dropped two spots to No. 7. South Carolina re-entered at No. 25 and DePaul fell out. Baylor remained a unanimous No. 1.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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