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Rutgers women perfect in Big East

Cappie Pondexter scored 26 points and No. 6 Rutgers won its second straight Big East regular-season championship with a 48-42 victory over No. 7 Connecticut last night in Piscataway, N.J.

The Scarlet Knights (24-3, 16-0) finished undefeated in the Big East for the first time in the 11 years they have been a member and earned the top seed in the conference tournament, which begins Saturday.

Rutgers held the Huskies (26-4, 14-2) to five field goals and 12 points in the second half and 1 point in the final 11:38, becoming the first team to sweep a regular-season series from UConn since Miami in 1992-1993. The 42 points were the fewest scored by UConn since Dec. 29, 1992, when the Huskies lost, 57-37, to Vanderbilt, a span of 480 games.

''This is definitely something monumental for the Rutgers program, something for future teams to build on," Rutgers forward Mariota Theodoris said.

Pondexter made one of two free throws with 1:03 left to give Rutgers a 43-42 lead, and Ann Strother missed a jumper at the other end.

Kia Vaughn followed with two free throws for Rutgers with 44 seconds left. Pondexter added another free throw with 16 seconds remaining.

Men
Gonzaga 75, San Francisco 72 -- Adam Morrison scored 34 points, but it was his assist on Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes's 3-pointer with 1 second left that lifted the No. 5 Bulldogs (25-3, 14-0) over the Dons (11-16, 7-7) in Spokane, Wash., completing Gonzaga's second undefeated run through the West Coast Conference in three years.

The Bulldogs won their 38th consecutive home game, the longest such streak in the nation.

West Virginia 67, Pittsburgh 62 -- Kevin Pittsnogle, held scoreless against Pittsburgh two weeks ago, had 26 points in his final home game to lead the No. 16 Mountaineers (20-8, 11-4) over the eighth-ranked Panthers (21-5, 10-5) and clinch a first-round bye in the Big East tournament.

Oklahoma 67, Oklahoma State 66 -- In Norman, Okla., Terrell Everett made two free throws with 0.6 seconds left to give the No. 19 Sooners (20-6, 11-4 Big 12) their fourth 1-point victory in as many games.

Northeast-10 quarterfinals -- Jon Ezeokoli scored 24 points, going 6 for 7 from beyond the 3-point arc, as Bryant (21-8) tripped host UMass-Lowell (19-9), 63-61. Bryant outscored Lowell, 41-32, in the second half behind 16 points from John Williams to advance to Thursday's semifinals against Stonehill . . . In Easton, Chris Kraus made a 3-pointer as time expired to lift Stonehill (22-5) to a 70-67 victory over Southern New Hampshire (18-11) . . . Senior guard Sean Cooke scored a game-high 21 points as Bentley (21-7) routed Merrimack, 82-56, in Waltham . . . Saint Anselm (21-7) got 26 points from Matt Cahill to score an 88-85 double-overtime victory over Saint Rose in Manchester, N.H. Saint Anselm will face Bentley in Thursday's other semifinal.

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