Double-double by Melvin Ejim leads Iowa St. to Big 12 semifinals berth
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Melvin Ejim had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Dustin Hogue added 19 points and 10 boards and No. 16 Iowa State held on through a tense final minute to beat Kansas State 91-85 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Georges Niang added 18 points and Naz Long finished with 14 points for the fourth-seeded Cyclones (24-7), who advanced to play the winner of Kansas-Oklahoma State in Friday's semifinals.
Iowa State was clinging to an 87-85 lead with just more than a minute left when Ejim missed a layup and the Wildcats (20-12) got the rebound. They raced the other direction, but Shane Southwell lost control of the ball going toward the rim and Iowa State came away with it.
Long was fouled and made both free throws with 16.2 seconds left. Marcus Foster missed a 3 at the other end, and Long scored a layup in transition to put an exclamation mark on the win.
NEW YORK -- Sterling Gibbs hit a step-back jumper at the buzzer and Seton Hall stunned No. 3 Villanova 64-63 in a thrilling Big East quarterfinal Thursday, a loss that could cost the Wildcats a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Eugene Teague had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the eighth-seeded Pirates (17-16), who advanced to the Big East tournament semifinals for the first time in 13 years. They will play St. John's or Providence on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Josh Hart came off the bench and scored 18 to lead the top-seeded Wildcats (28-4), beaten only twice in 18 regular-season conference games while winning their first outright Big East title since 1982. Both losses were blowouts by Doug McDermott and Creighton.
Patrik Auda scored all 13 of his points in the first half for Seton Hall, a 10 1/2-point underdog. But the Pirates, accustomed to playing close games, built a 15-point lead and recovered after Villanova spurted past them with a 16-0 run in the second half.
LAS VEGAS -- Nick Johnson scored 14 points, T.J. McConnell added 13 and No. 4 Arizona overwhelmed Utah defensively in a 71-39 rout on Thursday to match the most lopsided game in Pac-12 tournament history.
After playing two close games against Utah during the regular season, top-seeded Arizona (29-3) opened the tournament with a spirit-crushing defensive performance.
Energized by a raucous crowd that made it feel like the McKale Center, the Wildcats provided a glimpse of what can happen when one of the nation's best defenses gets rolling.
Arizona ran through the record book against Utah (21-11), setting marks for fewest points allowed, fewest field goals (12) and lowest shooting percentage (25).
The Wildcats held the Utes to 13 points in the first half, another record, and matched UCLA's 32-point win against Oregon State in 2006 to move into Friday's semifinals against Colorado or California.
Jordan Loveridge and Delon Wright, Utah's leading scorers, combined for seven points on 1 of 4 shooting.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Chris Jones scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half, and fifth-ranked Louisville routed Rutgers 92-31 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.
The Cardinals (27-5) have won three in a row and 10 of their past 11 as they look for a third consecutive tournament title even if they're only in the American for one season. Louisville split the regular-season title with Cincinnati, but lost the top seed on a coin flip,
The defending national champion Cardinals will play Houston, which upset No. 25 SMU 68-64, in the semifinals.
Rutgers (12-21) led once at 7-6 as the Scarlet Knights hit their first three shots. But they wound up with far more turnovers (17) than made shots (seven) in the first half.
Russ Smith scored 16 points for Louisville, Terry Rozier had 14 and Luke Hancock and Montrezl Harrell each added 13.
LAS VEGAS -- Mountain West Conference player of the year Xavier Thames scored 15 points and dished seven assists to lead No. 8 San Diego State to a 73-39 victory against Utah State in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament.
The top-seeded Aztecs shot 52.5 percent (31 of 59) from the field, including 7 of 17 (.412) from 3-point range. San Diego State dominated in the paint, out-rebounding the Aggies 35-27 while it outscored Utah State in the paint 40-14.
Winston Shepard added 13 points for the Aztecs, while Josh Davis had eight points and 13 rebounds.
Jarred Shaw led Utah State with 14 points.
San Diego State, which swept the regular-season series against first-year member Utah State, will face the winner of the UNLV-Wyoming game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Andrew Wiggins scored 30 points, Wayne Selden Jr. had 14 and No. 10 Kansas pulled away in the final seconds of overtime for a 77-70 victory versus Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Naadir Tharpe made four foul shots in the extra session to seal the victory for the top-seeded Jayhawks (24-8), who will face fourth-seeded Iowa State in Friday night's semifinals.
Phil Forte briefly gave the Cowboys a 70-68 lead with a 3-pointer a minute into overtime, but the Jayhawks scored the final seven points, all but two of them coming at the foul line.
Le'Bryan Nash scored 19 points to lead the Cowboys (21-12). Forte added 16 points and Marcus Smart finished with 14, though he missed all three of his shots in the extra session.
Both teams had chances to earn the win in regulation.
Wiggins hit a baseline jumper with a minute left to knot it 67, but Cowboys coach Travis Ford decided against going 2-for-1 on possessions, and Smart missed a 3 with 32 seconds left.
The Jayhawks got the rebound and called timeout with 16 seconds left to set up a play for Wiggins, and he missed a tightly guarded 3 with a few ticks left on the lock. Tarik Black gathered in the rebound and stuck it back, but the basket came after time had expired.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Sean Kilpatrick scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Justin Jackson added 14 points as No. 13 Cincinnati escaped with a 61-58 victory against Central Florida in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday.
Kilpatrick was 6 of 12 from the field and converted 3 of 4 field goals in the final 11.3 seconds as Cincinnati defeated the Knights for the third time this season.
Kilpatrick added four assists to his night and Jackson had eight rebounds.
Isaiah Sykes led UCF with 21 points, converting 8 of 16 shots, while Kasey Wilson scored 11 points. Calvin Newell finished with 10. Both were 4 of 10 from the field, part of the Knights (13-18) shooting 38 percent for the game.
Cincinnati, the tournament's top seed, will face the winner of the No. 19 Memphis versus No. 21 Connecticut game.
NEW YORK -- Doug McDermott put on a dazzling shooting display in his Big East tournament debut, scoring a record 27 of his 35 points in the first half for No. 14 Creighton during an 84-62 victory against DePaul on Thursday night.
The nation's leading scorer hit six of his first seven 3-point attempts, sending the second-seeded Bluejays (25-6) into the semifinals Friday night against third-seeded Xavier or No. 6 seed Marquette at Madison Square Garden.
Jahenns Manigat added 14 points for Creighton, which left the Missouri Valley Conference for the new-look Big East this season, and Austin Chatman had 11. Led by McDermott, the league's player of the year and a heavy favorite for several national awards, the Bluejays shot a sizzling 14 for 22 from 3-point range (63.6 percent) against 10th-seeded DePaul (12-21).
Brandon Young had 22 points in his final college game for the Blue Demons, who finished in last place during the regular season before upsetting Georgetown 60-56 in the opening round Wednesday night.
McDermott shot 10 of 14 in the first half, including 7-for-9 from 3-point range. He finished 14-for-22 overall and 7-for-10 on 3s, easily surpassing his scoring average of 26.5 points, as Creighton went 32 for 53 (60.4 percent) from the floor and 14 for 22 on 3s (63.6 percent).
The two-time All-America set a Big East tournament record for points in a half but was one 3-pointer shy of the single-game mark set by Boston College guard Dana Barros in 1989.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Isaiah Austin scored 18 points and Baylor held on after blowing most of a 21-point lead for a 78-73 victory against No. 17 Oklahoma on Thursday night in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals.
Cory Jefferson added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the No. 7 seed Bears (23-10), who became the first lower-seeded team to win in this year's tournament. They advanced to face the winner of Texas-West Virginia in the semifinals on Friday night.
Cameron Clark scored 19 points and Buddy Hield had 15 for the second-seeded Sooners (23-9), who spent most of the second half frantically rallying from a 52-31 deficit.
They got within 72-68 on Hield's 3-pointer with 1:27 left, and had a chance to get even closer when Royce O'Neale turned it over for Baylor. But a 3-pointer by Jordan Woodard with about a minute left was off the mark, and O'Neal came through with a pair of free throws.
Oklahoma had a couple of open layups on the ensuing possession, but opted to toss it out to Clark for a 3-pointer. He missed it, the Sooners had to foul again and Brady Heslip -- one of the best free-throw shooters in the Big 12 -- knocked down two more to help the seal the win.
O'Neal wound up with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears. Kenny Chery added 12 points and seven assists, and Heslip also finished with 12 points.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Niels Giffey scored a career-high 24 points, hitting six 3-pointers, as No. 21 UConn finished off a season sweep of 19th-ranked Memphis by routing the Tigers 72-53 Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.
The fourth-seeded Huskies (25-7) now have won four of their past five, and a team that was barred from the Big East tournament last year will be playing No. 13 Cincinnati, a 61-58 winner against UCF, in the semifinals Friday night.
Memphis (23-9) played as a visitor on its own court as the league's No. 5 seed where the Tigers had won 15 consecutive conference tournament games dating back to 2005 in Conference USA. But they struggled mightily in their fourth consecutive game against a ranked team.
DeAndre Daniels had 13 points for UConn. Shabazz Napier, the American's player of the year, and Terrence Samuel each finished with 11.
LAS VEGAS -- Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk each scored 21 points to lead No. 20 New Mexico to a 93-77 victory against Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference tournament Thursday night.
Using an aggressive defense, dominating the boards and capitalizing on the Bulldogs' mistakes, the second-seeded Lobos built a 16-point lead and extended it to as many as 19 in the second half.
New Mexico (25-6) outrebounded the seventh-seeded Bulldogs 40-25, and outscored Fresno in the paint 42-20. The Lobos never trailed after opening the game on a 14-3 run.
Despite getting in foul trouble early, Bairstow also had 10 rebounds and three blocks. Kendall Williams chipped in with 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
Fresno State (17-16) had four players score in double figures, led by Allen Huddleston's 18 points. Alex Davis had 17 points, Paul Watson contributed with 16 and Marvelle Harris added 13.
INDIANAPOLIS -- LaQuinton Ross scored 19 points and Aaron Craft finished with 16 on Thursday, helping No. 24 Ohio State hang on for a 63-61 victory against Purdue in the Big Ten tournament.
The win sent the defending tourney champs into Friday's quarterfinals against fourth-seeded Nebraska.
Purdue (15-17) didn't make it easy on the fifth-seeded Buckeyes.
A.J. Hammons finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while senior Terone Johnson finished with 10 for the 12th seeded Boilermakers, who were eliminated after a seventh consecutive loss.
The Boilermakers stayed closer than expected, trailing just 30-27 at halftime. They led much of the second half and still had a chance to win it at the end.
Ohio State (24-8) seemingly had control after a 12-3 run gave it a late 59-54 lead with 3:24 left. But after the Buckeyes missed two free throws in the final 15 seconds, Johnson's buzzer-beating 3 came up short.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Jherrod Stiggers scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and Houston upset No. 25 SMU 68-64 in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday.
The Cougars (17-15), who will face either No. 5 Louisville or Rutgers, which play later Thursday, converted 9 of 19 3-pointers in the game.
L.J. Rose finished with 16, hitting all three of his shots from outside the arc. TaShawn Thomas added 14 points and nine rebounds and four blocks, including a key one down the stretch, while Danuel House finished with 11 for the sixth-seed Houston.
Cannen Cunningham led SMU (23-9), the tournament's third seed, with 14 points, while Markus Kennedy scored 13 and grabbed nine rebounds. Nick Russell had 10 points.
Nic Moore, SMU's leading scorer at 13.9 a game, had eight points, but missed all nine of his shots from the field. He had eight assists.