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  • No. 1 Gonzaga cruises by Loyola Marymount

  • LAS VEGAS — Elias Harris had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 1 Gonzaga over Loyola Marymount 66-48 on Saturday night in the semifinals of the West Coast conference tournament.
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  • LAS VEGAS — Elias Harris had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 1 Gonzaga over Loyola Marymount 66-48 on Saturday night in the semifinals of the West Coast conference tournament.
    Bidding for a top seed in the NCAAs, the Bulldogs (30-2) advanced to play for the league championship Monday night against the winner of Saturday's late semifinal between Saint Mary's and San Diego.
    Challenged in the first half by a team that went 1-15 in WCC play this season, Gonzaga turned up the defensive intensity after halftime and opened the second half on a 19-5 run to seize control.
    Kevin Pangos scored 14 points, and Kelly Olynyk had eight points and eight rebounds for the Zags.
    Anthony Ireland led Loyola Marymount (11-23) with 19 points.
    Gonzaga, which won the WCC regular-season title for the 12th time in the last 13 years, is trying to reclaim the tournament crown Saint Mary's snatched from the Bulldogs last season with a 78-74 overtime win in the championship game.
    No. 3 Duke 69, North Carolina 53
    At Chapel Hill, N.C., Seth Curry hit his first seven shots during Duke's torrid start, helping the Blue Devils jump to a big lead and beat rival North Carolina.
    Curry finished with 20 points, while Mason Plumlee turned in his best performance in a month with 23 points and 13 rebounds. That duo provided Duke (27-4, 14-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) all the punch it needed to earn a season sweep of the Tar Heels.
    Baylor 81, No. 4 Kansas 58
    At Waco, Texas, Pierre Jackson had 28 points and 10 assists as Baylor finished the regular season with a victory that kept Kansas from winning the outright Big 12 title.
    Cory Jefferson added 25 points for Baylor (18-13, 9-9 Big 12).
    No. 5 Georgetown 61,No. 17 Syracuse 39
    At Washington, Georgetown emphatically ended its Big East rivalry against Syracuse, wrapping up the regular-season title by holding the Orange to the lowest scoring output of their time in the conference.
    Otto Porter finished with 10 points, but the national player of the year candidate contributed in plenty of other ways, as usual, with eight rebounds and seven assists for the Hoyas.
    No. 6 Miami 62, Clemson 49
    At Coral Gables, Fla., down to its third try and last chance, Miami came through.
    Kenny Kadji scored a season-high 23 points to help the Hurricanes win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship outright by beating Clemson.
    No. 8 Louisville 73,No. 24 Notre Dame 57
    At Louisville, Ky., Gorgui Dieng had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to help Louisville earn a share of the Big East Conference title with a victory over Notre Dame.
    Peyton Siva added 13 points and five assists in his final home game for the Cardinals (26-5, 14-4 Big East), who finished the regular season tied for first place with Georgetown and Marquette. Louisville receives a bye into Thursday's quarterfinals at the Big East tournament, where coach Rick Pitino's team will defend its 2012 championship.
    No. 13 Oklahoma State 76,No. 9 Kansas State 70
    At Stillwater, Okla., Le'Bryan Nash scored 24 points, Marcus Smart added 21 and Oklahoma State beat Kansas State.
    The Wildcats (25-6, 14-4 Big 12), who came into the day tied with rival Kansas for the conference lead, still ended up sharing their first regular-season conference title since 1977 in the Big Eight when the Jayhawks lost at Baylor later Saturday.
    Kentucky 61, No. 11 Florida 57
    At Lexington, Ky., Julius Mays' two free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining capped Kentucky's comeback from a seven-point deficit for a victory over Florida that boosted its NCAA tournament prospects.
    Archie Goodwin's 16 points led the way in a game that Wildcats coach John Calipari described Friday as "do or die" for his defending national champions. Kentucky needed a signature win to bolster its hopes for an at-large NCAA tournament bid.
    Air Force 89,No. 12 New Mexico 88
    At Air Force Academy, Colo., Todd Fletcher hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining to lift Air Force over New Mexico.
    Tony Snell's 3-point attempt from the right wing clanged off the iron as time expired.
    No. 15 Marquette 69,St. John's 67, OT
    At New York, Vander Blue's driving layup dropped through as the overtime buzzer sounded, giving Marquette a victory over St. John's and a share of the Big East regular-season championship, its first title since joining the conference in 2005-06.
    No. 16 Saint Louis 78, La Salle 54
    At St. Louis, Dwayne Evans had 16 points and 17 rebounds, and Saint Louis hit 17 of its 20 shots in the second half to clinch a share of the Atlantic 10 title with a victory over La Salle.
    No. 20 Pittsburgh 81, DePaul 66
    At Rosemont, Ill., J.J. Moore scored 21 points off the bench and Pittsburgh shot a school-record 72 percent to beat DePaul in the Panthers' last Big East regular-season game.
    No. 25 Memphis 86, UAB 71
    At Memphis, Tenn., Joe Jackson had 17 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to help Memphis complete an undefeated season in Conference USA with a victory over UAB.
    Chris Crawford led Memphis with 20 points and shot 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. Geron Johnson had 19 points.
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