Top 25 basketball roundup: No. 10 Nevada stumbles vs. Utah St.

first_imgNevada (28-4) is assured of its fourth straight NCAA tournament bid, but the loss could hurt the Wolf Pack’s seeding. Spicer, whose two free throws with 3 seconds left in overtime beat Nevada 79-77 last week in Logan, did it again. He was fouled by Nevada’s Matt LaGrone on a drive to the basket in which it looked like he might have traveled. With the Nevada crowd yelling for a travel call, Spicer calmly hit both free throws. Nothing new for Spicer, who went 6 for 6 at the line in the game, has hit 30 of his last 32 free throws and has won four games for the Utah State guard Jaycee Carroll led the Aggies with 24 points. No. 1 Ohio State 72, Michigan 62: Greg Oden scored 22 points – 15 in the second half – and the Buckeyes (28-3) won their 15th in a row in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in Chicago. The Buckeyes advance to a semifinal today against Purdue, which beat Iowa 74-55. Chaz Spicer made two free throws with 2.5seconds left and Utah State took advantage of an intentional foul call to hold off No. 10 Nevada 79-77 in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament Friday night in Las Cruces, N.M. Utah State (23-10) beat Nevada for the second time in a week to move into today’s championship game against the winner of the New Mexico State-Boise State semifinal late Friday. center_img The 7-foot Oden was 8-for-12 from the field and 6-for-10 from the free throw line to go with eight rebounds and four blocks. It was Ohio State’s third win in as many tries this season against Michigan (21-12), which is hoping to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998. No. 3 Wisconsin 70, Michigan State 57: Alando Tucker, held to three free throws in the opening half, made four 3-pointers in the second half to lift the Badgers (28-4) in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. Tucker, the league’s player of the year, finished with 21 points – his 39th straight game in double figures – and the Badgers advanced to a semifinal today against Indiana or Illinois. No. 2 Kansas 64, Oklahoma 47: Brandon Rush scored 16 points and ignited the Jayhawks (28-4) after an uninspired first half in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City. Rush started Kansas’ 18-2 second-half run with a reverse layup, and added a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws. The Jayhawks advance to a semifinal today against Kansas State, which beat Texas Tech 66-45. Oklahoma State 57, No. 7 Texas A&M 56: Mario Boggan scored from the right block with 11.5 seconds left to give the Cowboys (21-11) a win in the Big 12 quarterfinals. No. 15 Texas 74, Baylor 69: Kevin Durant rebounded from a dismal first half to score 29points and grab 13 rebounds for the Longhorns (23-8), who advanced to the Big 12 Conference semifinals. The Longhorns came from 20 points down to win, the largest rally in tournament history. No. 9 Georgetown 84, No. 20 Notre Dame 82: Jeff Green had a career-high 30 points, including the winning basket with 13 seconds left, and 12 rebounds to lead the Hoyas (25-6) in the semifinals of the Big East tournament in New York. DaJuan Summers added 18 points and Patrick Ewing Jr. tied his career high of 15 as the Hoyas face Pittsburgh in today’s final. No. 13 Pittsburgh 65, No. 12 Louisville 59: Antonio Graves scored 10 of his 23 points during a 20-2 run for the Panthers (27-6) against the Cardinals (23-9) in the Big East semifinals. No. 6 Florida 74, Georgia 57: The Gators (27-5) scored the first 17 points of the game, built a 25-point lead before halftime and romped in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Atlanta. No. 5 Memphis 71, Tulane 49: Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 17 points and the Tigers (29-3) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 21 straight by winning in the Conference USA tournament semifinals on their home court. No. 8 North Carolina 73, Florida State 58: Wayne Ellington scored 18 points and Ty Lawson had 14 to lead the Tar Heels (26-6) in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Tampa, Fla. Tyler Hansbrough, whose nose was broken in North Carolina’s victory over Duke last Sunday, wore a protective mask and scored six points on 3-for-7 shooting before fouling out late in the game. No. 23 BYU 96, Wyoming 84: Trent Plaisted scored 27 points as the Cougars (25-7) made it to the Mountain West finals for the first time since 2001. No. 25 UNLV 88, Colorado State 72: The Rebels (27-6) swept into the championship game of the Mountain West tournament on their home court. Holy Cross 74, Bucknell 66: Torey Thomas scored a season-best 28 points and Keith Simmons added 23 to lead the Crusaders (25-8) to their fifth Patriot League title and automatic NCAA tournament bid. Long Beach State 77, UC Irvine 63: Sterling Byrd had 20 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks to lead the 49ers (23-7) in the semifinals of the Big West Conference tournament in Anaheim. The top-seeded 49ers will face second-seeded Cal Poly in tonight’s championship. WOMEN No. 20 Bowling Green 71, Eastern Michigan 57: Carin Horne scored 18 points as the Falcons (28-3) reached the Mid-American Conference tournament final in Cleveland. No. 22 Wis.-Green Bay 84, Wis.-Milwaukee 79 (OT): Natalie Berglin scored 21 points as the Phoenix (27-3) won in the Horizon League semifinal. Northern Arizona 64, No. 25 Montana 59: Kim Winkfield had seven points in the final 1:38 to help Northern Arizona over Montana (27-3) in the Big Sky Conference tournament semifinals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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