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Seton Hall stuns No. 3 Villanova on buzzer-beater

Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs releases the winning shot over Villanova’s Darrun Hilliard in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.

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Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs releases the winning shot over Villanova’s Darrun Hilliard in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.

NEW YORK — Villanova didn't do much with its No. 1 seed this week, and the Wildcats might not get another one.

Sterling Gibbs hit a step-back jumper at the buzzer and Seton Hall stunned third-ranked Villanova 64-63 in a Big East tournament quarterfinal Thursday, a loss that could cost the conference regular-season champ a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

"This was not about 1 seeds, 2 seeds," Wildcats coach Jay Wright said. "This was about we wanted to come to Madison Square Garden and win the Big East tournament. Winning the Big East tournament would mean much more to us than a 1 seed. The NCAA Tournament seedings, my belief is 1, 2, 3, it doesn't matter that much. You're going to play great teams."

Eugene Teague had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the eighth-seeded Pirates (17-16), who advanced to the semifinals for the first time in 13 years.

"It was big time," Gibbs said. "We beat the No. 3 team in the country. We're real confident."

Josh Hart scored 18 to lead the Wildcats (28-4).

more big east: Doug McDermott scored 27 of his 35 in the first half as No. 14 Creighton (25-6), the second seed, beat DePaul 84-62. … Josh Fortune scored a career-high 24 and Providence beat St. John's 79-74 to advance to the semifinals for the first time in 17 years.

big ten: LaQuinton Ross scored 19 as No. 24 and fifth-seeded Ohio State (24-8) held off 12th-seeded Purdue 63-61 in Indianapolis. … Tracy Abrams scored a season-high 25 as ninth-seeded Illinois beat eighth-seeded Indiana 64-54. … Austin Hollins scored 18 and seventh-seeded Minnesota beat 10th-seeded Penn State 63-56. … Tre Demps had 20 points, making four 3-pointers, and Northwestern beat sixth-seeded Iowa to become the first 11th seed to win in the Big Ten tournament.

big 12: Andrew Wiggins scored 30 and No. 10 Kansas pulled away late in overtime to beat eighth-seeded Oklahoma State 77-70 in the quarterfinals in Kansas City, Mo. The top-seeded Jayhawks (24-8) face fourth-seeded Iowa State tonight. The No. 16 Cyclones (24-7) got 24 points and 10 rebounds from Melvin Ejim to beat fifth-seeded Kansas State 91-85. … Isaiah Austin scored 18 and seventh-seeded Baylor held on after blowing most of a 21-point lead to beat No. 17 Oklahoma 78-73. Cameron Clark scored 19 for the second-seeded Sooners (23-9).

pac-12: No. 4 Arizona, the top seed, beat Utah 71-39 in Las Vegas to match the most lopsided game in the conference's tournament history. The Wildcats (29-3) set marks for fewest points allowed, fewest field goals (12) and lowest shooting percentage (25). … Askia Booker scored 17 and Colorado held off fourth-seeded Cal 59-56, likely sending the Bears to the NIT.

elsewhere: Xavier Thames had 15 points and seven assists to lead No. 8 and top-seeded San Diego State (28-3) to a 73-39 victory over Utah State in the Mountain West tournament quarterfinals in Las Vegas. Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk each scored 21 as No. 20 and second-seeded New Mexico (25-6) beat seventh-seeded Fresno State 93-77. … No. 6 seed FAMU lost to No. 3 Morgan State 81-68 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinal in Norfolk, Va. Jamie Adams scored 26 for the Rattlers (14-18).

rice: Coach Ben Braun resigned after a 7-23 season. He was 63-128 in six seasons.

WOMEN: Ebony Rowe had 29 points and 15 rebounds as No. 22 and top-seeded Middle Tennessee State beat eighth-seeded UAB 69-59 in the Conference USA tournament in El Paso, Texas. Today the Blue Raiders (27-4) play 13th-seeded FIU.

NCAA Tournament automatic berths

Men

American Patriot

Coastal Carolina Big South

Delaware Colonial

E. Kentucky Ohio Valley

Gonzaga West Coast

Harvard Ivy League

Manhattan Metro Atlantic

Mercer Atlantic Sun

Milwaukee Horizon

Mount St. Mary's Northeast

North Dakota St. Summit

Wichita St. Missouri Valley

Wofford Southern

Women

Albany America East

Baylor Big 12

Chattanooga Southern

UConn American Athletic

DePaul Big East

Fordham Atlantic 10

Gonzaga West Coast

Marist Metro Atlantic

Nebraska Big Ten

Notre Dame ACC

Penn Ivy League

South Dakota Summit

Southern Cal Pac-12

Tennessee SEC

Tenn. Martin Ohio Valley

Winthrop Big South

Seton Hall stuns No. 3 Villanova on buzzer-beater 03/13/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 14, 2014 12:09am]
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