No. 3 BYU 102, Wyoming 78
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Jimmer Fredette scored 38 points and BYU closed a tumultuous week with a runaway win.
Charles Abouo scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half for the Cougars (28-3, 14-2 Mountain West Conference), who earned their first win since Brandon Davies was kicked off the team for breaking the school’s honor code. BYU was coming off an 82-64 loss to New Mexico on Wednesday night.
Abouo’s individual 8-0 run early in the second half helped BYU seize control after it had a 38-35 lead at halftime.
Francisco Cruz scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half for Wyoming (10-20, 3-13). Daylen Harrison and Amath M’Baye had 12 points apiece.
No. 4 Pittsburgh 60,
No. 19 Villanova 50
PITTSBURGH — Ashton Gibbs had 18 points to help Pittsburgh clinch the outright Big East title.
After Notre Dame won at Connecticut earlier Saturday, Pitt (27-4, 15-3) needed a victory to secure the No. 1 seed for the Big East tournament for the first time since 2004 and third overall. Nasir Robinson, Travon Woodall and Gilbert Brown each had nine points for the Panthers, who almost blew a 2½-game lead in the conference.
Villanova (21-10, 9-9) was without Corey Stokes (left hamstring) and leading scorer Corey Fisher was limited due to early foul trouble. But the Wildcats managed to stay close behind Maalik Wayns, who had 23 of his career-high 27 points in the second half.
Villanova opened the second half with a 10-3 run to take a 28-25 lead. But Pitt responded with an 16-4 surge to grab the advantage for good.
Iowa 67, No. 6 Purdue 65
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Jarryd Cole had 16 points and 10 rebounds in his final home game and Iowa stunned Purdue, clinching the Big Ten title for top-ranked Ohio State.
Bryce Cartwright and Matt Gatens each added 13 points for the Hawkeyes (11-19, 4-14), who snapped the Boilermakers’ seven-game winning streak and earned their first victory over a ranked opponent this season.
Cartwright hit a floater that bounced up and in with 31 seconds left to put the Hawkeyes ahead 65-61. Purdue’s Lewis Jackson answered with a layup, but Gatens raced down the floor and hit two game-icing free throws with 6 seconds left.
JaJuan Johnson had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Purdue (25-6, 14-4), which went 5 of 25 from 3-point range and shot just 36.2 percent from the field.
No. 8 Notre Dame 70,
No. 16 Connecticut 67
STORRS, Conn. — Ben Hansbrough scored 21 points despite fouling out with over 8 minutes left and Notre Dame held on for the win.
Kemba Walker scored 34 points for Connecticut but missed a 3-point attempt with 8 seconds left and the Huskies trailing 69-67. Donnell Beverly also fumbled away a pass just before time ran out.
Carleton Scott and Tyrone Nash each had 13 points for the Fighting Irish (25-5, 14-4), who closed the regular season with four straight wins and have won 11 of 12 overall.
UConn (22-9, 9-9), which has lost four of five, will have to play Tuesday in the opening round of the conference tournament.
West Virginia 72,
No. 11 Louisville 70
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Truck Bryant sank two free throws with 1 second left to lift West Virginia to the win.
West Virginia (20-10, 11-7 Big East) clinched a first-round bye in the conference tournament. The Mountaineers earned their fourth consecutive 20-win season under coach Bob Huggins and the seventh straight overall.
Kevin Jones had a career-high 25 points and 16 rebounds — his third straight double-double — for the Mountaineers. John Flowers had 12 points and 12 rebounds while Bryant finished with 10 points.
West Virginia beat a ranked team for the fifth time this season and will take a three-game winning streak into the conference tournament.
Kyle Kuric scored 21 points for Louisville (23-8, 12-6), which had won four straight. The Cardinals, who were picked to finish eighth in the Big East preseason poll, already had clinched the No. 3 seed and a double bye into Thursday’s Big East quarterfinals.
No. 12 Syracuse 107, DePaul 59
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Rick Jackson had 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for Syracuse, making sure his final game in the Carrier Dome was one he would never forget.
It was the fifth straight win for Syracuse (25-6, 12-6 Big East) after a midseason swoon in which the Orange lost four straight and six of eight after an 18-0 start. Syracuse also clinched a double-bye in next week’s Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.
DePaul (7-23, 1-17) has won only two regular-season conference games in the past three years, and its chances of adding another were dim at best without standout freshman forward Cleveland Melvin, who is out with a sprained left thumb.
Tony Freeland led DePaul with 25 points and six rebounds.
No. 17 Georgetown 47
CINCINNATI — Yancy Gates scored 10 of his 13 points from the free-throw line, where Cincinnati was nearly flawless, and the Bearcats completed a sweep of Georgetown.
The Bearcats (24-7, 11-7 Big East) completed a breakthrough regular season that put them in position for their first NCAA tournament appearance since Bob Huggins was coach. They won five of their last six, including a pair over the fading Hoyas (21-9, 10-8).
Cincinnati made 20 consecutive free throws while pulling away, finishing 24 of 30 from the line.
Austin Freeman scored 21 for Georgetown, which goes into the Big East tournament with a three-game losing streak. Senior point guard Chris Wright missed his second game with a broken bone in his left (non-shooting) hand that required surgery. The Hoyas hope to get him back before the NCAA tournament.
No. 18 Arizona 90, Oregon 82
TUCSON, Ariz. — Derrick Williams had 14 points despite early foul trouble and got plenty of help in what may have been his final home game, lifting Arizona to the outright Pac-10 title.
Arizona (25-6, 14-4) already had earned a share of the title for the first time in six years and the McKale Center was juiced in anticipation of nets coming down.
The Wildcats put on quite a shooting show, hitting 11 3-pointers and shooting 56 percent overall to close out their first undefeated home season (17-0) in 12 years. Kyle Fogg led Arizona with 20 points and Solomon Hill added 14.
Oregon (14-16, 7-11) put up a fight, trimming a 17-point deficit early in the second half to six with 5½ minutes left behind Joevan Catron (28 points). The Ducks never made it all back, though, ending the regular season with four-game losing streak.
No. 23 Xavier 66, Saint Louis 55
ST. LOUIS — Tu Holloway scored 25 points and Xavier extended its winning streak to nine games.
Mark Lyons had 16 points and Kenny Frease added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Musketeers (24-6, 15-1 Atlantic 10), who have won 16 of 17 and are the No. 1 seed for next week’s conference tournament in Atlantic City, N.J.
Brian Conklin scored 14 points for Saint Louis (12-17, 6-10), which had won four straight.
No. 24 Texas A&M 66,
Texas Tech 54
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — David Loubeau scored 21 points to lead Texas A&M to the win.
Texas A&M (23-7, 10-6 Big 12) put together a 9-0 run to stretch its lead to 43-30 with just over 14 minutes remaining. The biggest highlight from the spurt was a dunk by Loubeau that came after a nifty pass from B.J. Holmes.
The Red Raiders went almost four minutes without scoring, thanks to turnovers and missed layups, as Texas A&M built the lead.
The Aggies already had secured a bye in next week’s Big 12 tournament and the victory gives them the No. 3 seed.
Texas Tech (13-18, 5-11) got 14 points from David Tairu.