COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP | Thursday’s games
No. 1 Virginia 67, Louisville 66
De’Andre Hunter’s 3-pointer as time expired gave No. 1 Virginia a victory over Louisville on Thursday night in a wild finish. Needing everything to overcome an energized Cardinals squad desperate for a statement victory, the Cavaliers (27-2, 16-1) tied the game at 58 with 2 minutes left and overcame another five-point deficit in the final minute. Louisville led 66-64 and tried to inbounds with .9 seconds left, but Virginia got the ball after Deng Adel was called for traveling on the baseline. After a timeout, Hunter got the ball and sank a long 3 that banked in at the horn, sparking a wild dog pile of Cavaliers celebrating in front of Louisville bench. Ty Jerome scored 21 points while Devon Hall and Kyle Guy each had 10 and Hunter seven.
No. 11 Wichita State 75,
UCF 71, OT
Shaquille Morris scored 19 points and Conner Frankamp added 16 as No. 11 Wichita State beat the University of Central Florida in overtime. Landry Shamet scored 14 points and had six assists for the Shockers (24-5, 14-3 American Athletic Conference), who have won seven straight. A.J. Davis led UCF (17-12, 8-9) with 31 points, including a desperation 3-pointer with .7 seconds left in regulation that sent the game into overtime. B.J. Taylor scored 23 for the Knights, who lost their third straight. Darral Willis nailed a fallaway jumper with 37 seconds left in overtime that gave Wichita State a 72-69 lead. The Shockers made three of four free throws in the final 19 seconds to keep UCF at bay.
No. 15 Michigan 77, Iowa 71
Duncan Robinson made Michigan’s only field goal in overtime, a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:15 left, and the 15th-ranked Wolverines survived foul trouble and poor shooting to beat Iowa. The fifth-seeded Wolverines (25-7) face fourth-seeded Nebraska on Friday at Madison Square Garden. Michigan was 3 for 19 from 3-point range and Robinson made all of them. His OT 3 put Michigan up 72-70, and the Wolverines made just enough free throws to hold off the Hawkeyes (14-19), who got a basket from Luka Garza on their first overtime possession and not another one.
No. 24 Middle Tennessee 82, Western Kentucky 64
Brandon Walters scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 24 Middle Tennessee clinched its second straight Conference USA title with a victory over second-place Western Kentucky. Nick King, the leading candidate for C-USA Player of the Year, scored 18 points and had nine rebounds for the Blue Raiders (24-5, 16-1), who cracked the national rankings for the first time in school history last week. Antwain Johnson added 17 points and Giddy Potts had 11 as Middle Tennessee shot 55 percent from the field, extending its winning streak to 11 in front of the season’s biggest crowd (11,307) at the Murphy Center.
No. 12 Tennessee 64, Auburn 61
Rennia Davis scored 16 points and banked in a 3-pointer from the left wing with a half-second lift, lifting 12th-ranked Tennessee to a win over Auburn in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. The seventh-seeded Lady Vols (24-6) advanced to meet second-seconded South Carolina in Friday’s quarterfinals after a desperation shot at the buzzer came up short. There were 13 ties and 15 lead changes. The last tie came when Daisa Alexander caught an errant UT inbounds pass with 21.8 seconds to go and turned that into a drive down the lane, making it 61-61 with 11.2 seconds to go. Jaime Nared led Tennessee with 17 points .
No. 15 Texas A&M 82, Arkansas 52
Danni Williams scored 22 points with four 3-pointers, Chennedy Carter had 19 points, five rebounds and eight assists and No. 15 Texas A&M beat Arkansas in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Carter scored seven of her team’s first nine points, Texas A&M closed the first quarter on an 8-0 run and the Aggies held Arkansas to three second-quarter field goals en route to a 41-19 lead. The Aggies made their final 10 shots of the first quarter and their first two of the second. Khaalia Hillsman added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Texas A&M (23-8).
No. 23 North Carolina State 77, North Carolina 64
Aislinn Konig scored 19 points with five 3-pointers, Greensboro native Akela Maize had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks and No. 23 North Carolina State beat North Carolina to advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Kiara Leslie and Chelsea Nelson each added 13 points for N.C. State (23-7), which has won six of its last seven. The fifth-seeded Wolfpack will play 18th-ranked and No. 4 seed Duke on Friday.
No. 25 Mercer 75, Western Carolina 44
Kahlia Lawrence, the first three-time Southern Conference player of the year, scored 23 points and No. 25 Mercer cruised to a win over Western Carolina in a league tournament opener that set the school record winning streak at 25. Keke Calloway added 18 points for the Bears (28-2), who are ranked for the first time since 1980. Mercer, the No. 1 seed, plays the winner of the Furman-Stanford game in Friday’s semifinals.