|
|
|
MailTribune.com
  • Bruins edge 'Cats for Pac-12 crown

  • LAS VEGAS — Kyle Anderson had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Jordan Adams hit a huge 3-pointer in the final minute, and the UCLA Bruins outlasted the No. 4 Arizona Wildcats, 75-71, in a spirited Pac-12 championship game on Saturday.
    • email print
  • LAS VEGAS — Kyle Anderson had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Jordan Adams hit a huge 3-pointer in the final minute, and the UCLA Bruins outlasted the No. 4 Arizona Wildcats, 75-71, in a spirited Pac-12 championship game on Saturday.
    The Pac-12's two best teams during the regular season, UCLA (26-8) and Arizona (30-4) put on a show in the tournament final, trading big plays and floor burns.
    Offense ruled the first half and defense the second until Adams dropped in his contested 3-pointer to put the Bruins up 71-68 with 45 seconds left.
    David Wear and Norman Powell combined to hit four free throws down the stretch, giving UCLA the Pac-12 title in its first year under coach Steve Alford.
    Southeastern Conference
    No. 1 Florida 56, Tennessee 49
    At Atlanta, Patric Young scored 16 points and Florida turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, rallying for a victory over Tennessee in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
    Florida (31-2) extended its school-record winning streak to 25 in a row after trailing by 10 in the first half. The Gators were down 35-28 at the break, but they wore down the Volunteers (21-12) over the final 20 minutes. After shooting 54 percent in the opening period, Tennessee made just 5 of 20 shots and turned the ball over 11 times, leaving its fate in the hands of the NCAA selection committee.
    American Athletic Conference
    No. 5 Louisville 71,No. 21 UConn 61
    At Memphis, Tenn., Montrezl Harrell had 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, and the Cardinals beat the Huskies for the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament title in the Cardinals' lone season in the league.
    The defending national champions clinched their 40th NCAA tournament berth.
    The Cardinals (29-5) have won three straight league tournament titles after taking the last two in the Big East, and they added their 19th overall to go with their share of the regular-season title with Cincinnati. They will play next season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
    Atlantic Coast Conference
    No. 6 Virginia 51, Pittsburgh 48
    At Greensboro, N.C., Anthony Gill hit two free throws with 8.5 seconds left to help Virginia hold off Pittsburgh in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
    Gill was shooting 63 percent from the line for the Cavaliers (27-6) but calmly made both free throws after James Robinson's hanging layup had brought the Panthers to within 49-48.
    Pitt had a chance to tie with 4 seconds left, but Justin Anderson tipped Robinson's 3-pointer to Gill with 0.5 seconds left.
    Atlantic Coast Conference
    No. 7 Duke 75, N.C. State 67
    At Greensboro, N.C., Jabari Parker scored 20 points and Duke advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship.
    Rasheed Sulaimon added 16 points for the third-seeded Blue Devils (26-7) while Rodney Hood had 14 points and keyed the defensive effort against ACC player of the year T.J. Warren.
    Duke earned its 31st championship game appearance and first since 2011.
    Mountain West Conference
    No. 20 New Mexico 64,No. 8 San Diego State 58
    At Las Vegas, Cameron Bairstow scored 17 points to lead the Lobos over the Aztecs in the Mountain West Conference championship game, giving the Lobos the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
    Trailing by one with a little more than one minute left in the game, Bairstow — selected the tournament MVP — scored five of the Lobos' last eight points to help the Lobos win their third consecutive tournament title.
    Big Ten Conference
    No. 8 Michigan 72,No. 24 Ohio State 69
    At Indianapolis, Michigan blew a 12-point second-half lead, then finished the game on a 7-1 run to advance to the Big Ten tournament title game.
    The league's regular-season champs will face No. 22 Michigan State in today's championship game.
    Nik Stauskas had 18 points and Caris LeVert had 17 to lead the Wolverines (25-7), winners of seven straight. It will be Michigan's first title game appearance since 1998, when it won its only tourney title, which was later vacated.
    No. 22 Michigan State 83,No. 12 Wisconsin 75
    At Indianapolis, Adreian Payne scored 18 points, Branden Dawson had 14 and Michigan State beat Wisconsin to reach the Big Ten tournament championship.
    The third-seeded Spartans (25-8) won consecutive games for the first time since winning 11 straight in a stretch over December and January.
    The Spartans went on a 16-1 run in the first half and took a 37-16 lead when Gary Harris scored with 5:39 left before halftime.
    Big East Conference
    Providence 65,No. 14 Creighton 58
    At New York, Bryce Cotton scored 23 points and Providence won its first Big East tournament title since 1994 with a great defensive effort against Doug McDermott and Creighton.
    The fourth-seeded Friars (23-11) used a 2-3 zone to hold the second-seeded Bluejays (26-7) 24 points below their season average and to an 8-for-30 effort from behind the 3-point line.
    Atlantic 10 Conference
    No. 23 VCU 74,George Washington 55
    At New York, Treveon Graham scored 22 points and VCU pressed and pressured its way into another conference tournament championship game, beating George Washington in the Atlantic 10 semifinals.
    The second-seeded Rams (26-7) will play for the A-10 title for the second year in a row, facing fourth-seeded St. Joseph's today. Coach Shaka Smart has led the Rams to a conference tournament final in four of his five seasons, first in the Colonial Athletic Association and the past two in the A-10.
Reader Reaction
      • calendar