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Syracuse Tops Pittsburgh to Reach Big East Semifinal Game

March 15 (Bloomberg) -- James Southerland scored 20 points as Syracuse University beat the University of Pittsburgh 62-59 to advance to the semifinals of the Big East men’s college basketball tournament.

The conference champion will get an automatic berth among the 68 teams who play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament that begins March 19.

The Orange today will face Georgetown, which topped Cincinnati 62-43 yesterday in the quarterfinals. In other Big East games, Louisville defeated Villanova 74-55 to reach a semifinal against Notre Dame, which beat Marquette 73-65.

In the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, it was Maryland 75, Wake Forest 62; Boston College 84, Georgia Tech 64; North Carolina State 80, Virginia Tech 63, and Florida State 73, Clemson 69.

In the quarterfinals of the Big 12, it was Iowa State 73, Oklahoma 66; Kansas 91, Texas Tech 63; Kansas State 66, Texas 49, and Oklahoma State 74, Baylor 72.

In the Pacific 12, it was UCLA 80, Arizona State 75; Arizona 79, Colorado 69; Utah 79, California 69 in overtime and Oregon 80, Washington 77 in overtime.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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