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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: No. 8 Michigan overcomes scare from Illinois

2014-03-14T22:00:00Z 2014-03-15T01:27:07Z COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: No. 8 Michigan overcomes scare from IllinoisThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 14, 2014 10:00 pm  • 

Jordan Morgan scored on a layup with 7.9 seconds left, giving No. 8 Michigan a 64-63 victory over Illinois in Friday's Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis.

The Illini had a chance to win on Tracy Abrams' shot, but it bounced off the front of the rim as the final buzzer sounded.

Michigan (24-7), the regular-season champion, advances to today's semifinals with its seventh straight win.

Conference player of the year Nik Stauskas scored 19 points to lead Michigan. Glenn Robinson III, a Lake Central graduate, added 15 points and seven rebounds.

Illinois (19-14) was led by Abrams and Rayvonte Rice with 11 points each.

After leading most of the game, Michigan gave away the lead with 2:30 to go. But Morgan bailed out the Wolverines with his post move to win it.

No. 24 Ohio State 71, Nebraska 67: LaQuinton Ross had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Ohio State rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit in the Big Ten quarterfinals.

The victory sends No. 5 seed Ohio State (25-8) into a semifinal matchup with No. 1 seed Michigan today.

Amedeo Della Valle added 12 points for the Buckeyes, who led for all but the final minute of the first half, then had to rally past the Cornhuskers (19-12).

Terran Petteway led Nebraska with 20 points, but fouled out while defending Ross late in the game.

No. 22 Michigan State 67, Northwestern 51: Branden Dawson, a Lew Wallace graduate, had 16 points, and Gary Harris added 13 points to lead Michigan State to a victory over Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.

The third-seeded Spartans (24-7), who lost 3 of 4 games heading into the contest, will face No. 12 Wisconsin in one semifinal today.

Drew Crawford scored 21 points and Alex Olah finished with 10 for the 11th-seeded Wildcats (14-19), who lost to the Spartans in the league tournament for the fourth time.

No. 12 Wisconsin 83, Minnesota 57: Ben Brust scored a career-high 29 points and Frank Kaminsky had 12 rebounds to lead Wisconsin to a rout over Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

The second-seeded Badgers (26-6) have won nine of 10.

Minnesota (20-13) was led by Deandre Mathieu with 18 points and Joey King with 14 but lost for the sixth time in their last eight tries against the Badgers. The Gophers now must wait to see if the NCAA tournament selection committee thinks they have done enough to get one of the precious 36 at-large bids.

No. 1 Florida 72, Missouri 49: Scottie Wilbekin scored 15 points, and Florida (30-2) remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference, using one of its customary spurts to rout Missouri in the quarterfinals of the league tournament.

No. 6 Virginia 64, Florida State 51: Joe Harris matched a season high with 20 points, and Virginia (26-6) pulled away in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinal.

Pittsburgh 80, No. 15 North Carolina 75: Talib Zanna had 19 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to help Pittsburgh (25-8) beat North Carolina (23-9) in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.

St. Bonaventure 71, No. 18 Saint Louis 68: Jordan Gathers hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and St. Bonaventure (18-14) stunned Saint Louis (26-6) in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament.


Ball State 73, No. 25 Bowling Green 55: Shelbie Justice scored 21 points as fifth-seeded Ball State upset top-seed Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference tournament.

Ball State (18-15) has won seven straight after winning four games in five days to reach today's championship game for the first time since 2009, where the Cardinals will face third-seeded Akron.

Joining Justice in double figures were Brandy Woody with 16 points, Brittany Carter 13 and Katie Murphy and Nathalie Fontaine 10 each. Ball State hit 11 of 24 3-point attempts. They shot 47.9 percent overall to Bowling Green's 33.3.

The Falcons (27-4), who came in on a 13-game winning streak and a bye into the semifinals, were led by Erica Donovan with 17 points and Jillian Halfhill with 14.

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