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TOP 25 ROUNDUP | Wednesday's games


Published: Wed, March 8, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


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No. 23 Georgetown 67, Notre Dame 63
NEW YORK -- Brandon Bowman scored a season-high 25 points and Georgetown overcame a terrible start to beat Notre Dame in the first round of the Big East tournament. The fifth-seeded Hoyas (20-8), who missed their first 12 shots from the field, advanced to the quarterfinals and will face fourth-seeded Marquette (20-9) today. Bowman, whose previous best this season was 23 points in the Hoyas' victory over then-No. 1 Duke on Jan. 21, scored six of Georgetown's final nine points. The 6-foot-8 senior forward's biggest play came when he drove and scored on a left-handed flip off the glass -- he's right-handed -- with 22 seconds left to give Georgetown a 66-63 lead. Colin Falls hit six 3-pointers and had 21 points for the 12th-seeded Irish (15-13), who managed to qualify for the tournament despite getting off to a 1-8 start in league play. Jon Wallace hit the ninth and last of Georgetown's 3-pointers to break the game's final tie and give the Hoyas a 58-55 lead with 3:57 to play. Chris Quinn scored on a drive for Notre Dame, but Bowman then scored four straight points to make it a five-point game. Russell Carter hit the 11th and last of the Irish's 3-pointers to make it 62-60 with 1:38 left. Ashanti Cook took a pass down low from 7-foot-2 Roy Hibbert and scored as he was falling to give Georgetown a 64-60 lead with 1:14 left. Torin Francis' three-point play 20 seconds later made it a one-point game and Bowman sealed it with his left-handed drive. Cook was 4-for-8 from 3-point range and had 14 points for Georgetown, while Green had 13 points and nine rebounds. Hibbert had four points and 11 rebounds for the Hoyas, who finished with a 41-31 advantage on the boards. Carter had 12 points for Notre Dame and Rob Kurz had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Notre Dame, which led the conference this season by shooting 40.1 percent from 3-point range, was 11-for-23 from behind the arc, with Falls going 6-for-11. Georgetown, which entered the game shooting 36.3 percent on 3s, was 9-for-24 (37.5 percent) against Notre Dame's 2-3 zone.
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No. 8 Oklahoma 78, Iowa State 74
DALLAS -- Erin Higgins made a 3-pointer with 49 seconds remaining to help lift Oklahoma beat Iowa State and advance to the Big 12 tournament semifinals. Though freshman Courtney Paris scored a tournament-record 36 points, the top-seeded Sooners needed Higgins to bail them out. Brittany Wilkins scored with 1:05 left to cap a 16-3 run and give the ninth-seeded Cyclones a 74-73 lead. But Higgins' 3 from the top of the circle put the Sooners (27-4) ahead for good, 76-74.
No. 10 Baylor 79, Kansas State 74, OT
DALLAS -- Sophia Young became the all-time leading scorer in conference history, and her six straight points in overtime lifted Baylor.
No. 19 Utah 67, Air Force 47
DENVER -- Kim Smith scored a season-high 29 points and had 13 rebounds to Utah in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference.
No. 20 BYU 65, Colorado State 45
DENVER -- Ambrosia Anderson scored 20 points and led a second-half charge to help BYU.
UNLV 57, No. 21 New Mexico 45
DENVER -- Sherry McCracklin scored 15 points, Sheena Moore had 12 and Sequoia Holmes and Nikki Hitchens each added 10 for UNLV, which put a quick end to New Mexico's hopes of a fourth straight Mountain West Conference tournament title.
No. 24 Bowling Green 73, No. Illinois 61
CLEVELAND -- Liz Honegger had 17 points and Ali Mann scored 12 and added 15 rebounds for the Falcons, who haven't lost since falling at Kentucky in overtime Jan. 2.
Associated Press


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