Big East Tournament Quarterfinal Summary

Boston College 57 Syracuse 54 - In a battle of two teams in the midst of late season surges, Boston College used superior inside play to move past the Orangemen, and into the Big East semi-finals against top-seeded Pittsburgh.

The Eagles had their way inside Syracuse's 2-3 zone out-rebounding the Orangemen 41-27. The inside force was needed as Boston College was 0-9 from three point range.

Syracuse led by as many as 11 points in the contest, mostly because of Gerry McNamara's four three pointers, but Boston College took its first lead of the game with a minute to go, and sealed the win at the free throw line.

McNamara led Syracuse with 15 points. Josh Pace added 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Hakeem Warrick chipped in with 12 points, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. The loss dropped Syracuse to 21-7.

Boston College was led by Craig Smith's 22 points and 10 rebounds. Uka Agbai and Jarod Dudley added 13, with Dudley also getting 11 rebounds. Boston College (23-8) has won seven straight. They lost at Pittsburgh 68-58 in the regular season.


UConn 66 Notre Dame 58 - Without injured superstar Emeka Okafor, the Huskies' young freshmen were forced to center stage. And, boy, did they perform. Charlie Villanueva had 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks while fellow freshman Josh Boone had 8 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Huskies to their ninth consecutive Big East tournament semi-final. They will play Villanova at approximately 9:30 tonight.

While the freshmen were great, the leading scorer for UConn was guard Ben Gordon, who pumped in 29 points. He also added 8 rebounds as the Huskies out rebounded the Irish 49-29.

Notre Dame was led by Chris Thomas' 19 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals. However, Thomas was only 7-21 from the field, including 1-10 from three point range. Rick Cornett added 15, while Chris Quinn had 14, including four three pointers.

Connecticut will now face Villanova, who they beat at Villanova 75-74 earlier in the year. Notre Dame may have fallen off the fence for the Big East tournament and probably will have to take an NIT bid.


Villanova 69 Providence 66 - The Wildcats got an upset win for the second straight night, becoming the first team to enter the tournament with a losing record and win two games. The win moves the Wildcats into the semi-finals against second-seeded Connecticut, and their 16-15 record also makes them eligible for an NIT berth.

Jason Fraser led Villanova with 17 points, and was joined in double figures by Allen Raye (15), Randy Foye (15), and Mike Nardi (11).

Providence lost its third straight and dropped to 20-8. Sheiku Kabba led the Friars with 24 points. No other Friar was in double figures. All-American candidate Ryan Gomes was held to 9 points and 4 rebounds in 33 minutes.

            2004 BIG EAST MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 

 FIRST ROUND
 WED.  MARCH 10

 QUARTER FINALS
 THURS.  MARCH 11

 SEMIFINALS
 FRI.  MARCH 12

 CHAMPIONSHIP
 SAT.  MARCH 13

(8) VIRGINIA TECH 61
ESPN Noon
(9) RUTGERS 58

     
 

(8) VIRGINIA TECH 61
ESPN2 Noon
(1) PITTSBURGH 74

   

(5) BOSTON COLL. 68
ESPN 2:00pm
(12) GEORGETOWN 57

 

 (1) PITTSBURGH
ESPN 7:00pm
 (5) BOSTON COLL.

 
 

(5) BOSTON COLL. 57
ESPN2 2:00pm
(4) SYRACUSE 54

   
     

 
ESPN 8:00pm
 

(7) NOTRE DAME 65
ESPN 7:00pm
(10) WEST VIRGINIA 64

     

 

(7) NOTRE DAME  66
ESPN2 7:00pm
(2) CONNECTICUT 58

   

(6) SETON HALL 60
ESPN 9:00pm
(11) VILLANOVA 61

 

(7) NOTRE DAME
ESPN 9:00pm
 (11) PROVIDENCE

 

 

(11) VILLANOVA 69
ESPN 9:00pm
(3) PROVIDENCE 66

   

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