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Syracuse reaches Big East final

After getting past Georgetown’s Jabril Trawick, left, and Markel Starks, Brandon Triche scores for Syracuse, which advances to the Big East tournament final for the 15th time.

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After getting past Georgetown’s Jabril Trawick, left, and Markel Starks, Brandon Triche scores for Syracuse, which advances to the Big East tournament final for the 15th time.

NEW YORK — They went nose-to-nose one last time, Syracuse and Georgetown in a throwback struggle at the Big East tournament. Of course, 40 minutes wasn't enough to decide it.

And that was only fitting.

Brandon Triche scored the go-ahead basket early in overtime and No. 19 Syracuse reached the Big East final with a 58-55 victory over No. 5 Georgetown on Friday night in the final conference clash of their storied rivalry.

The No. 5 seed Orange (26-8) makes its 15th appearance in the title game and goes for its sixth crown tonight against No. 4 Louisville, the defending champion, at Madison Square Garden.

Triche, James Southerland and backup center Baye Moussa Keita all had 13 points for Syracuse, which is trying to close out its Big East tenure with one more championship before bolting for the ACC next season.

The Orange held top seed Georgetown (25-6) to 22 percent 3-point shooting (4-of-18) with its trademark 2-3 zone and got a big game from its bench to avenge two double-digit losses to the Hoyas this season.

"Just us losing last time by 20, that meant a lot for us to even get to play against them again," Triche said. "Just reading comments from them, talking trash about us, it made it even more important to win a game like this."

Georgetown is one of seven Catholic schools splitting off to create a league, which will begin next season and keep the Big East name. Syracuse already was headed to the ACC with several other schools.

"This is just to do with football," Orange coach Jim Boeheim said. "You know that. It's just where everything is going. Just wait a few more years. Everything will be gone."

No. 4 L'ville 69, No. 24 N.D. 57: Russ Smith had 20 points and Peyton Siva 12 as Louisville beat Notre Dame in the semifinals for the third straight year.

Siva, the tournament MVP last year when Louisville won its second Big East title, had six assists and seven steals, tying the tournament record.

Second seed Louisville (28-5) makes its fourth final appearance in five years.

Jack Cooley and Jerian Grant both had 14 points for No. 6 seed Notre Dame, which made its fourth straight, and last, semifinal appearance without reaching a final. The Irish (25-9) are heading for the ACC next season.

Syracuse reaches Big East final 03/15/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 16, 2013 12:37am]
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