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Pitino accepts St. John's coaching job

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NEW YORK (AP) Rick Pitino is back in the Big East Conference.

St. John’s hired the Hall of Fame coach Monday to boost a storied program that’s been mired in mediocrity for much of this century.

The school announced the move on Twitter, and Pitino is expected to be formally introduced during a news conference Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.


Georgetown hires Friars' Cooley as coach

WASHINGTON (AP) Ed Cooley is the new men’s basketball coach at Georgetown, hired away from Big East rival Providence in the hopes of rebuilding a once-proud program that dropped to new lows under former star player Patrick Ewing.

Georgetown announced the move on Monday, after Providence issued a news release saying that Cooley had resigned.


Davis ends chase for Maravich's record

Antoine Davis has ended his pursuit of “Pistol” Pete Maravich's NCAA scoring record.

The Detroit Mercy guard finished four points shy of breaking Maravich's mark earlier this month in a loss during the Horizon League Tournament.


St. Francis, Brooklyn, to drop athletics

NEW YORK (AP) St. Francis College, one of the smallest NCAA Division I schools, announced Monday that its board of trustees has approved a plan to eliminate its athletic program at the end of the spring semester.

St. Francis sponsors 21 NCAA teams, including men’s and women’s basketball, and has been a member of the Northeast Conference for more than four decades.


Michigan St. ousts East No. 2 Marquette

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Tom Izzo leaned on star guard and native New Yorker Tyson Walker to get Michigan State to Madison Square Garden for the Sweet 16.

Walker, a fourth-year player who grew up in Westbury on Long Island, delivered against Marquette in March Madness on Sunday night, scoring 23 points and punctuating Michigan State's 69-60 victory with a steal and his first ever collegiate dunk late in the game.


FAU ends FDU's run to reach Sweet 16

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Fairleigh Dickinson came up just a little short this time.

Johnell Davis scored 29 points, Alijah Martin added 14 and Florida Atlantic ended underdog FDU's magical March by outlasting the No. 16 seed 78-70 on Sunday night in the NCAA Tournament.


Hot-shooting Creighton knocks out Baylor

DENVER (AP) The rims really aren’t bigger in Denver. It just felt that way to Ryan Nembhard.

The sophomore guard had a career-high 30 points and No. 6 seed Creighton found its shooting touch to beat third-seeded Baylor 85-76 on Sunday night and earn a spot in the Sweet 16 for the second time in three seasons.


Nowell's big 2nd half gets K-State by UK

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Markquis Nowell never lost faith, not when Kansas State had hardly anyone left on the roster for a new coach nor when the Wildcats were picked last in the Big 12.

“He always believed," coach Jerome Tang said, “And he helped me believe.”


UConn makes first Sweet 16 since 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) UConn decided to return to its roots five years ago, hiring a former Big East guard as coach and then a couple years later returning to the conference where it became a national power.

Now the Huskies are back in the Sweet 16, looking like the beasts of the Big East again.


Gonzaga edges TCU to set up UCLA clash

DENVER (AP) Drew Timme added something new to his twisting, turning, head-faking, mustachioed repertoire - a 3-pointer to help Gonzaga get over the hump and back to the Sweet 16.

The Gonzaga big man extended his one-of-a-kind college career by at least one more game, finishing with 28 points Sunday to help the Zags make their eighth straight Sweet 16 with a come-from-behind 84-81 win over TCU.

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