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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: West Virginia, Georgetown to meet in Big East title game today; OSU's Turner hits 37-footer to lift Buckeys at last second

Photo by Dave Einsel

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Xavier Henry scored 11 points in a stunning 21-2 run that broke a tight game wide open and carried No. 1 Kansas past No. 23 Texas A&M 79-66 in a rough-and-tumble Big 12 semifinal Friday night.

Texas A&M (23-9) led by as many as nine points early in the second half while the regular-season Big 12 champion Jayhawks (31-2) fouled and fumbled and committed turnover after turnover. But the Aggies, who outplayed Kansas throughout the first half, ran into a sudden field goal drought that lasted more than 8 minutes and Kansas suddenly could hardly miss.

Sherron Collins had six of his 26 points in the big run that made Kansas 16-1 all-time against the Aggies and sent them into the finals against Kansas State.

Donald Sloan, playing in his school-record 136th game, led the Aggies with 24 points.

No. 2 Kentucky 73, Alabama 67

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- John Wall had 23 points, including seven straight in the second half to give the Wildcats the lead for good, and Kentucky overcame an 11-point deficit in beating Alabama in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals.

The win gave Kentucky its 12th 30-win season -- the most by any school -- and the Wildcats' first since 2003 when they went 32-4. It's also the fifth straight such season for John Calipari and seventh overall to tie him with Connecticut's Jim Calhoun for third-most among coaches.

Kentucky (30-2) will play No. 15 Tennessee in the semifinals Saturday looking to add a 26th tournament title to the 44th regular-season championship.

Mikhail Torrance led Alabama (17-15) with 20 points.

No. 4 Duke 57, Virginia 46

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Kyle Singler had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Duke pulled away late to beat pesky Virginia in an Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinal.

Nolan Smith added 15 points for the top-seeded Blue Devils (27-5) and Jon Scheyer shook off a rough start to score 15 -- including seven during the late 11-0 run that sent them into Saturday's semifinal against 12th-seeded Miami.

Jeff Jones had 15 points and Mike Scott added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers (15-16). They got as close as 46-44 in the final 7 minutes, but went scoreless for nearly 6 minutes and were denied their first semifinal berth since 1995.

No. 5 Ohio State 69, Michigan 68

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Evan Turner drained a 37-footer at the buzzer to give Ohio State a win over Michigan in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

Turner took the inbounds pass, dribbled upcourt and pulled up barely past halfcourt. The Big Ten player of the year left his arm in the air after the release, confident the long shot would fall. His attempt was so close to the buzzer that the play was reviewed. When officials signaled the shot was good, the red-clad section of the crowd erupted.

Turner finished with 18 points and eight assists for the Buckeyes (25-7), who advanced to play Illinois.

Manny Harris led the Wolverines (15-17) with 26 points.

No. 6 Purdue 69, Northwestern 61

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- E'Twaun Moore tied a career high with 28 points to help Purdue beat Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

JaJuan Johnson had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Boilermakers (27-4). Moore and Johnson were the only Purdue players who scored more than five points.

John Shurna scored 16 points, Drew Crawford had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Michael Thompson added 12 points for the Wildcats (20-13).

Purdue remained hopeful of gaining a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament by improving to 3-1 without forward Robbie Hummel, who is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. The Boilermakers will play Minnesota on Saturday.

No. 7 West Virginia 53, Notre Dame 51

NEW YORK (AP) -- Da'Sean Butler, West Virginia's last-second hero in the quarterfinals, scored 24 points to lead the Mountaineers over Notre Dame in the Big East tournament semifinals.

Third-seeded West Virginia (26-6) will face eighth-seeded Georgetown in the championship game Saturday night. The Mountaineers are looking for their first title; the Hoyas a record eighth.

Butler banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer Thursday for a 54-51 victory over Cincinnati.

Ben Hansbrough had 17 points for the Fighting Irish (23-11), who had the chance to win it Friday. Tory Jackson missed a 3 with 4 seconds left. Notre Dame's Tyrone Nash came up with the rebound, but Wellington Smith stripped it from him just as the buzzer sounded.

San Diego State 72, No. 8 New Mexico 69

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Dairese Gary missed a runner in the final second and San Diego State escaped with an upset of New Mexico in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament.

The top-seeded Lobos (29-4) saw their 15-game winning streak snapped and, in all likelihood, their hopes of a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament were dashed.

Trailing 70-69, the Lobos had the ball under their basket with 7.4 seconds left. Gary grabbed the inbounds pass and sped upcourt but stumbled at the top of the key and didn't get off a clean shot. Kawhi Leonard grabbed the rebound for the Aztecs (24-8) and was fouled by A.J. Hardeman with seven-tenths of a second left. He sank both shots and Gary was way short on a desperation heave that would've sent it into overtime.

No. 9 Kansas St. 82, No. 21 Baylor 75

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Dominique Sutton had a double-double and a key offensive rebound that led to Jacob Pullen's 3-pointer with 2:02 left, helping Kansas State survive for a win over Baylor in the Big 12 tournament semifinals.

Sutton provided the early spark for listless Kansas State (26-6) early and finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds to send the second-seeded Wildcats into their first Big 12 championship game against rival Kansas. Pullen had 26 points and Denis Clemente added 24 to give Kansas State a school single-season record for wins.

Baylor (25-7), the third seed, shot 54 percent and got 26 points from LaceDarius Dunn, but gave up 17 offensive rebounds, including the late grab by Sutton.

Minnesota 72, No. 11 Michigan St. 67, OT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Devoe Joseph made two 3s during a 10-0 overtime run and scored 17 points to lead Minnesota past Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

The Gophers (20-12) meet No. 6 Purdue in Saturday's semifinals.

Raymar Morgan had 23 points to lead Michigan State (24-8), which played without guard Chris Allen. He was suspended for the game by coach Tom Izzo for "not meeting responsibilities to his teammates."

The Spartans went on a late 7-0 run to force overtime, and both teams had a chance to win it in the final 5 seconds. But Lucas lost the ball out of bounds with 3.9 seconds to go and Joseph's desperation heave was off the mark.

Illinois 58, No. 13 Wisconsin 54

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Mike Tisdale scored 21 points and Demetri McCamey had 13 as Illinois hung on for an upset of Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

The Fighting Illini (19-13) are hoping the win solidifies their NCAA hopes. Illinois faces No. 5 Ohio State in Saturday's semifinals.

Wisconsin (23-8) was led by Trevon Hughes and Jon Leuer, each with 14 points.

Jason Bohannon's 3-pointer with 15.9 seconds left clanked off the front of the rim, Mike Davis grabbed the rebound for Illinois, made 1 of 2 free throws and the Illini hung on.

The loss ended Wisconsin's four-game winning streak and prevented coach Bo Ryan from earning his 600th career win.

UNLV 70, No. 14 BYU 66

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Tre'Von Willis scored 18 points and Chace Stanback added 17 as UNLV upset BYU to advance to the championship game of the Mountain West Conference tournament.

The third-seeded Runnin' Rebels (25-7) will face fourth-seeded San Diego State for the title Saturday night.

UNLV didn't let Jimmer Fredette go off quite like he did a night earlier in a win over TCU, when the junior from Glens Falls, N.Y., set tournament records with 45 points and a 23-of-24 performance from the line. This time, he was "held" to 30 points -- 12-of-12 from the stripe.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Wayne Chism had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Tennessee beat Mississippi in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals.

J.P. Prince added 17 points for Tennessee (25-7), which is 7-0 this season when Chism gets a double-double. Cameron Tatum came off the bench to score 15, and Bobby Maze added 13.

The Vols' win sets up a Saturday rematch with their most bitter rival, No. 2 Kentucky, which overcame an 11-point deficit to beat Alabama 73-67 earlier Friday.

Chris Warren led Mississippi (21-10) with 16 points, Zach Graham added 15 and Terrico White had 13.

No. 17 Temple 69, St. Bonaventure 51

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Juan Fernandez hit three 3-pointers and handed out three assists in a game-opening 24-8 run that led Temple over St. Bonaventure in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.

Fernandez finished with 17 points and matched a career high with seven assists as the top-seeded and two-time defending champion Owls (27-5) beat the Bonnies (15-16) for the 13th straight time.

Andrew Nicholson had 13 points and seven rebounds for the eighth-seeded Bonnies, who beat Duquesne on Tuesday for their first win in the conference tournament since 2002.

Georgia Tech 69, No. 19 Maryland 64

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Iman Shumpert scored 14 points and made the key defensive play that lifted Georgia Tech past Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

Maurice Miller added 13 points for the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (21-11). They blew most of a 19-point lead and had 25 turnovers, but for the second straight night, they did just enough to advance -- this time, to the semifinals for the first time since 2005.

Greivis Vasquez had 17 points on 6 of 21 shooting for the second-seeded seed Terrapins (23-8). They had the ball and were within one possession of the lead six times in the final 4:30 and didn't score on any of those possessions.

No. 20 Vanderbilt 78, Georgia 66

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- John Jenkins scored 22 of his career-high 25 points in the second half, and Vanderbilt held off Georgia in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals.

The Commodores (24-7) came in with only their third first-round bye since the SEC went to divisional play in 1992 as the East's No. 2 seed, and they managed to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2004 and just the second time in coach Kevin Stallings' 11 seasons.

A program that has only one SEC tournament title back in 1951 will play Mississippi State, the West's No. 1 seed and a 75-69 winner over Florida, on Saturday.

Travis Leslie had a career-high 34 points for Georgia (14-17).

No. 22 Georgetown 80, Marquette 57

NEW YORK (AP) -- Greg Monroe had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Georgetown finally got the better of Marquette in a victory that sent the Hoyas to the Big East tournament title game for the third time in four years.

Chris Wright followed his 27-point performance against top-seeded Syracuse in the quarterfinals with 15 points for Georgetown (23-9), which put the game away with a 14-1 run with under 10 minutes to go. The Hoyas will play No. 7 West Virginia on Saturday night, looking to extend their record to eight tournament championships.

Jimmy Butler scored 17 points to lead Marquette (22-11), which had won three straight against Georgetown, including their only meeting during the regular season.

No. 24 Xavier 78, Dayton 73

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Terrell Holloway made a go-ahead three-point play with 1:22 remaining and Xavier rallied from a 15-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to defeat Dayton in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.

The game between the longtime Ohio rivals had somewhat of a controversial ending when Rob Lowery was called for a technical foul with 33.6 seconds to play for taking a swipe at Holloway after the guard knocked the ball out of his hands following a time out with Xavier ahead 70-68.

Holloway hit the two free throws to push the lead to four points and he added two more with 32.4 seconds to go after he was fouled again. Holloway finished with 22 points to lead the second-seeded Musketeers (24-7), who closed the game with a 32-12 run.

Marcus Johnson had 18 points and Chris Wright had 17 to lead seventh-seeded Dayton (20-12).

No. 25 UTEP 75, Tulsa 61

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Randy Culpepper scored 21 points to lead UTEP over Tulsa in the semifinals of the Conference USA tournament.

Arnett Moultrie added 18 points, Christian Polk scored 13 points and Derrick Caracter added 10 for the top-seeded Miners (26-5), who have won 16 straight and haven't lost since Jan. 13.

The Miners' offense was effective from the perimeter as well as the paint while their defense forced Tulsa into off-target shots.

The Golden Hurricane (23-11) was led by Justin Hurtt, who scored a game-high 22 points.

In other conference tournament championships:

Patriot League

Lehigh 74, Lafayette 59

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -- C.J. McCollum scored 20 points to lead Lehigh to the Patriot League title and into its first NCAA tournament in six years with a win over Lafayette.

The Mountain Hawks (22-10) are going to the tournament for the fourth time in team history (1985, 1988, 2004). Zahir Carrington had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Dave Buchberger scored 13 points to help Lehigh win on its home court in front of a raucous crowd.

Ryan Willen had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Lafayette (19-13). The Leopards were trying to reach their first NCAA tournament since 2000.