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College basketball: Seton Hall defeats No. 3 Villanova on buzzer-beater

Published March 13, 2014 9:42 pm

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New York • Sterling Gibbs hit a step-back jumper at the buzzer and Seton Hall stunned No. 3 Villanova 64-63 in a thrilling Big East quarterfinal Thursday, a loss that could cost the Wildcats a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Eugene Teague had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the eighth-seeded Pirates (17-16), who advanced to the Big East tournament semifinals for the first time in 13 years. They will play Providence on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Josh Hart came off the bench and scored 18 to lead the top-seeded Wildcats (28-4), beaten only twice in 18 regular-season conference games while winning their first outright Big East title since 1982.

Both losses were blowouts by Doug McDermott and Creighton.

Patrik Auda scored all 13 of his points in the first half for Seton Hall, a 10½-point underdog.

But the Pirates, accustomed to playing close games, built a 15-point lead and recovered after Villanova spurted past them with a 16-0 run in the second half.

Baylor 78, No. 17 Oklahoma 73 • In Kansas City, Mo., Isaiah Austin scored 18 points and Baylor held on after blowing most of a 21-point lead for a victory over Oklahoma in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals.

Cory Jefferson added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the No. 7 seed Bears (23-10), who became the first lower-seeded team to win in this year's tournament. —

Thursday's scores

• Seton Hall 64,No. 3 Villanova 63

• No. 4 Arizona 71,Utah 39

• No. 5 Louisville 92,Rutgers 31

• No. 8 San Diego State 73,Utah State 39

• No. 10 Kansas 77, Oklahoma State 70 (OT)

• No. 13 Cincinnati 61,Central Florida 58

• No. 14 Creighton 84,DePaul 62

• No. 16 Iowa State 91,Kansas State 85

• Baylor 78,No. 17 Oklahoma 73

• No. 21 UConn 72,No. 19 Memphis 53

• No. 24 Ohio State 63,Purdue 61

• Houston 68, No. 25 SMU 64