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March 17, 2013

Cards claim Big East crown

NEW YORK — Peyton Siva had 11 points and eight assists to lead Louisville to its second straight Big East tournament title, beating Syracuse 78-61.

The Cardinals got their third title by overcoming a 16-point deficit in the second half — almost double the previous record in a championship game — and they kept pouring it on once they got the lead, going ahead by as many as 18 points.

Louisville (29-5) won its 10th straight game with its defense, forcing Syracuse into 20 turnovers and keeping the Orange off balance during the 24-3 run that turned the 16-point deficit into a 56-48 lead with 8:51 to play.

Montrezl Harrell led Louisville with 20 points. C.J. Fair had 21 points for the Orange.

No. 9 Miami 81, N.C. State 71: Miami earn its first trip to the ACC championship game.

Shane Larkin added 23 for the top-seeded Hurricanes (26-6), who led the entire way and by 19 points late in the first half. Miami shot 46 percent behind Scott, a senior guard who went 12 for 18 from the field and 5 for 8 from 3-point range.

No. 13 Florida 61, Alabama 51: Kenny Boynton scored 11 straight points during a 15-0 second-half run as Florida rallied from 10 points down to advance to the SEC tournament title game.

The top-seeded Gators (26-6) will face Mississippi.

Boynton finished with a game-high 16 points.

No. 15 New Mexico 63, UNLB 56: Tony Snell scored 13 straight points for New Mexico during a second-half run as the Lobos pulled away late and added the Mountain West tournament title to their regular season crown.

Snell carried New Mexico (29-5) down the stretch, making three 3-pointers and adding a pair of field goals as the Lobos took over in the last 8 minutes of the game to win the conference title.

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