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LSalle's Tyrone Garl (21) goes up past Butler's Andrew Smith during first half an NCAA college basketball game Atlantic 10

La Salle's Tyrone Garland (21) goes up past Butler's Andrew Smith during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament, Friday, March 15, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Updated: March 29, 2013 4:04PM



NEW YORK — Rotnei Clarke led five players in doubles figures with 14 points in Butler’s 69-58 win over La Salle in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals Friday, and now the Explorers must await their NCAA Tournament fate.

Khyle Marshall had 13 points, and Andrew Smith added 11 points and eight rebounds for the fifth-seeded Bulldogs, who face regular-season champ Saint Louis in Saturday’s semifinals.

Clinging to a one-point lead early in the second half, Butler went to work inside. Smith scored in the paint, Marshall had a dunk, and Kameron Woods completed a three-point play after a putback.

The 11-2 run gave the Bulldogs (26-7) a double-digit lead, and they held off fourth-seeded La Salle (21-9) the rest of the way.

Tyreek Duren led the Explorers with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

No. 19 Syracuse 58, No. 5 Georgetown 55, OT: At New York, Brandon Triche scored the go-ahead basket early in overtime and No. 19 Syracuse advanced to the Big East championship game with a victory over No. 5 Georgetown in the final conference clash of their storied heavyweight rivalry.

The fifth-seeded Orange (26-8) will make their 15th appearance in the tournament title game and go for their sixth crown Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. They’ll play Louisville, which beat Notre Dame 69-57 in Friday’s late semifinal game (for coverage, visit posttrib.suntimes.com/sports).

Triche, James Southerland and backup center Baye Moussa Keita all had 13 points for Syracuse, trying to close its Big East tenure with one more championship before bolting for the ACC next season.

Maryland 83, No. 2 Duke 74: At Greensboro, N.C., Dez Wells scored a career-high 30 points and Maryland upset No. 2 Duke in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Wells was 9 of 13 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line to lead the seventh-seeded Terrapins (22-11).



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