Barnes’ shot lifts UNC past FSU
Top 25: West Virginia shuts down No. 16 UConn 65-56
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Freshman Harrison Barnes’ 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3 seconds to play gave No. 13 North Carolina a 72-70 victory at Florida State on Wednesday night.
John Henson had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Barnes added 18 points for the Tar Heels (23-6, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their sixth consecutive game overall and their fifth in a row on Florida State’s court.
North Carolina took the lead midway through the second half and was up 67-60 on Kendall Marshall’s 3-pointer with 3:59 left. Florida State rallied to take a 70-69 lead with 18 seconds left on two free throws by Derwin Kitchen, who led the Seminoles (20-9, 10-5) with 13 points.
The Tar Heels can clinch the top seed in next week’s ACC tournament win a win against No. 4 Duke on Saturday.
No. 2 Kansas 64, No. 24 Texas A&M 51 -- Box Score
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Marcus and Markieff Morris both scored 13 points and No. 2 Kansas wrapped up at least a share of its seventh straight Big 12 regular-season championship Wednesday night with a 64-51 victory against No. 24 Texas A&M.
The only season since Bill Self arrived as coach that Kansas did not take home trophy was his first, when the Jayhawks finished second.
In an emotional postgame ceremony, the crowd bid farewell to seniors Mario Little, Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar. Reed and Morningstar, two of the most popular Kansas players in recent years, both played key roles in the Jayhawks’ 27th straight Senior Night win.
Kansas (28-2, 13-2) holds a one-game lead over No. 8 Texas with one game left. The Aggies (22-7, 9-6), dropped into a third-place tie in the league with Kansas State.
New Mexico 82, No. 3 BYU 64 -- Box Score
PROVO, Utah -- Phillip McDonald scored 26 points to lead New Mexico to an 82-64 upset of No. 3 BYU on Wednesday night just two days after the Cougars dismissed leading rebounder Brandon Davies for a violation of the school’s honor code.
The loss left the Cougars (27-3, 13-2 Mountain West) reeling just as they had vaulted into the top five nationally and sought a coveted No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
That looks like a long shot now even though the Cougars still have national player of the year candidate Jimmer Fredette.
Fredette had 33 points but it came on 10-of-26 shooting including 1 of 9 from 3-point range in a game that saw BYU try to find the right combination on the court without Davies.
BYU started 6-foot-10 junior James Anderson in Davies’ place but coach Dave Rose quickly went to Plan B and inserted Kyle Collinsworth.
T-No. 4 Duke 70, Clemson 59
DURHAM, N.C. -- Nolan Smith scored 21 points and Kyle Singler had 18 in their final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, leading No. 4 Duke past Clemson 70-59 on Wednesday night.
Seth Curry also had 18 points for the Blue Devils (27-3, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They overcame a season-high 20 turnovers and never trailed in the second half, capping a 17-0 season at Cameron -- their second consecutive undefeated season at home -- by shooting 42 percent against the league leader in scoring defense.
Demontez Stitt scored 14 points to lead the Tigers (19-10, 8-7). They kept it within single digits for most of the game and were in it down the stretch despite being held to two field goals in a late 11-minute span.
T-No. 4 Pittsburgh 66, South Florida 50 -- Box Score
TAMPA, Fla. -- Nasir Robinson scored 18 points and Ashton Gibbs added 16 Wednesday night as No. 4 Pittsburgh overcame a slow start to clinch at least a share of the Big East regular-season championship with a 66-50 victory against South Florida.
The Panthers (26-4, 14-3) bounced back from an overtime loss at Louisville to set a school record with their seventh conference road win. They can claim the league title outright by beating No. 19 Villanova at home Saturday, or if second-place Notre Dame loses its regular season finale at Connecticut.
South Florida (9-21, 3-14) led 27-24 at halftime, limiting Gibbs and Pitt’s second-leading scorer, Brad Wanamaker, to just three points apiece.
The Bulls saw their chances for an upset fade in the opening minutes of the second half when Robinson and Gary McGhee sparked a 25-7 run that broke the game open.
No. 11 Louisville 87, Providence 60 -- Box Score
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Preston Knowles had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his final home game to lead No. 11 Louisville to an 87-60 victory against reeling Providence on Wednesday night.
Kyle Kuric had 25 points and Chris Smith added 12 for Louisville (23-7, 12-5), which clinched one of the top four spots in next week’s Big East tournament and a coveted double-bye into the quarterfinals.
Vincent Council led the Friars (14-16, 3-14) with 20 points but the Cardinals held Providence star Marshon Brooks in check. The Big East’s leading scorer lit Louisville up for 27 points in an upset win on Jan. 22, but finished with 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting in the rematch. Providence has lost seven in a row.
Knowles added five assists and one of the more remarkable shots of his career, a no-look, over-the-head flip just before the halftime buzzer that gave the Cardinals a 45-35 lead.
West Virginia 65, No. 16 Connecticut 56 -- Box Score
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Kevin Jones scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and West Virginia used a late run to beat No. 16 Connecticut 65-56 on Wednesday night.
Jones had 10 rebounds for his second double-double in a row. Joe Mazzulla led the Mountaineers (19-10, 10-7 Big East) with 18 points, three after halftime.
Kemba Walker led Connecticut (21-8, 9-8) with 22 points on 8-of-23 shooting. Shabazz Napier added 18.
Napier’s jumper with 2:49 remaining broke a 5-minute scoring drought and brought the Huskies within 56-53, but West Virginia scored the next nine points, with Truck Bryant sealing the win with seven free throws over the final 1:19.
West Virginia moved into a three-way tie for sixth place in the Big East entering the conference’s final weekend. Connecticut lost for the third time in four games and dropped into a three-way tie for ninth.
No. 23 Xavier 68, Charlotte 48 -- Box Score
CINCINNATI -- Senior guard Dante Jackson scored 18 points Wednesday night, and No. 23 Xavier beat Charlotte 68-48 to secure at least a share of its fifth consecutive Atlantic 10 regular-season title, tying the league record.
During its 16 seasons in the A-10, Xavier (23-6, 14-1) has won outright or shared nine regular-season titles and four tournament championships.
Jamel McLean had 11 points and 13 rebounds as Xavier’s seniors took the lead on a night in their honor. Xavier completed its fifth undefeated A-10 season in a row at home. The Musketeers have won a league-record 40 consecutive home games.
Derrio Green and Chris Braswell had 14 points each for Charlotte (10-19, 2-13), which gave the Musketeers their only league loss.
No. 25 Utah State 58, New Mexico State 54 -- Box Score
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Brockeith Pane scored 12 points, including two free throws with 14.4 seconds to play, to lead Utah State.
Tai Wesley scored 11 points and Nate Bendall and Tyler Newbold each added 10 for Utah State (27-3, 14-1 Western Athletic Conference), which shot 61.9 percent from the field in the second half.
Troy Gillenwater had 17 points for New Mexico State (14-16, 8-7), while Tshilidzi Nephawe and Hernst Laroche both scored 10.
New Mexico State outscored Utah State 19-5 to take a five-point lead with 7:33 to play. Utah State scored on its next six possessions to go up 51-49 on Pane’s jumper with 3:15 left. After Gillenwater missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Wesley scored inside and Newbold hit a 3-pointer to put Utah State up 56-49 with 2:14 to play.
New Mexico State closed within two with 21.7 seconds left, but Pane converted a 1-and-1 with 14.4 seconds left to make it 58-54. Pane’s free throws came after Wesley and Morgan Grim both missed the front end of 1-and-1s.