College basketball roundup

College basketball: Miami wins first ACC title

2013-03-17T16:52:00Z 2013-03-17T18:21:07Z College basketball: Miami wins first ACC titleThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 17, 2013 4:52 pm  • 

Shane Larkin scored a career-high 28 points, eight in the final 2½ minutes, and No. 9 Miami beat North Carolina 87-77 on Sunday for the program's first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship to go with its first regular-season title.

Trey McKinney Jones added a career-high 20 points for the top-seeded Hurricanes (27-6), including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 6:27 left that started Miami's final push.

P.J. Hairston scored 28 points and had six of the Tar Heels' 13 3-pointers. The loss by the third-seeded Tar Heels (24-10) left coach Roy Williams at 699 career wins.

Miami shot 51 percent and made 12 of 22 3-pointers, six from McKinney Jones and four from Larkin.

MISSISSIPPI 66, No. 13 FLORIDA 63: Murphy Holloway scored 23 points and Marshall Henderson had 21 as Mississippi Rebels gave coach Andy Kennedy his first NCAA tournament berth with the upset in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship.

The Rebels (26-8) have won seven of eight and earned their first tournament title since 1981 and second ever. Reginald Buckner added 13 points for Ole Miss.

Mike Rosario had 18 points and Kenny Boynton added 13 for the Gators (26-7), who haven't won this tournament since wrapping up a three-peat in 2007. They go into the NCAA tournament 0-6 in games decided by six points or less.

The Gators had a final chance to force overtime. Scottie Wilbekin missed both free throws with 4.2 seconds left, and Boynton's last gasp 3 glanced off the rim after he took a step back to make sure he was over the line.

No. 16 SAINT LOUIS 62, No. 25 VCU 56: Kwamain Mitchell scored 19 points, including a huge 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down, and tournament MVP Dwayne Evans added 16 for Saint Louis, which won its first Atlantic 10 tourney title.

Top-seeded Saint Louis (27-6) led 45-32 with less than 12 minutes left, but the second-seeded Rams were within a point 3 minutes later.

Cody Ellis hit a 3-pointer on the Billikens' next possession, then made another clutch 3 for a 57-51 lead with more than 2 minutes left.

Treveon Graham led VCU (26-8) with 20 points.


Women's basketball

WICHITA STATE 69, ILLINOIS STATE 65: Alex Harden and Michaela Dapprich scored 19 points each to lead Wichita State to a 69-65 win over Illinois State in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Sunday.

The top-seeded Shockers (24-9) won the tournament for the first time and will be making their first NCAA tournament appearance.

Chynna Turner added 12 points and Jessica Diamond scored 11 for Wichita State, which lost in its only previous MVC title appearance in 1997.

Jamie Russell led third-seeded Illinois State (23-10) with a game-high 27 points.

Janae Smith added 19 points and Brianna Puni had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Redbirds.

GREEN BAY 54, LOYOLA 38: Even when No. 20 Green Bay isn't playing its best, it still finds a way to win — and win big.

The Phoenix missed 21 of their first 23 shots in the second half, but still maintained a double-digit lead. Green Bay didn't allow Loyola of Chicago to get any closer than 13 points in winning 54-38 on Sunday in the Horizon League tournament championship game. It was the 24th consecutive victory for Green Bay (29-2).

"It's the same thing we've been saying the four years we've been here, it's all about defense. It's always been defense," said Green Bay senior Sarah Eichler, who scored a game-high 16 points. "I think that we played really good defense in the second half."

The stifling Green Bay defense held Loyola to just 7-of-22 shooting in the second half. But Green Bay was just 8 of 34.

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