MONDAY’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAMES
Cleveland State 44, Oakland 43
Kenny Carpenter scored 16 points, Anthony Wright added 12 and No. 8 seed Cleveland State upset No. 4 seed Oakland in the Horizon League Tournament. Tyree Appleby scored on a short baseline jumper with 32 seconds left to give the Vikings (12-22) the lead. Cleveland State then got a stop with 14.5 seconds left, Appleby missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and the Vikings got another stop as time expired to secure the win. The Vikings will face the winner of Wright State and Milwaukee in the championship on Tuesday. Kendrick Nunn, the nation’s second-leading scorer entering the game (26.1 per game), finished with 19 points. Jalen Hayes added 20 for Oakland.
Akron 79, Western Michigan 78
Daniel Utomi had 26 points and Freshman Virshon Cotton scored five of his 21 points in the final 45 seconds to help Akron beat Western Michigan in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Utomi was 9-of-12 shooting, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and Cotton had season-high-tying seven assists. The 11th-seeded Zips will play No. 3 seed Eastern Michigan in the quarterfinals Thursday. After a steal by Josh Davis, Bryce Moore banked in a tightly-contested 3 that gave the Broncos a one-point lead with 17 seconds remaining. Cotton, driving the right side of the lane, was fouled with 1.7 second left and hit both free throws and Akron held on. Wilder had 21 points and seven assists and Jones scored 18, including four 3-pointers, for No. 6 seed Western Michigan.
Miami (Ohio) 68, Ohio 55
Darrian Ringo scored 21 on 6-of-10 shooting and Nike Sibande had 13 points and nine rebounds to help Miami (Ohio) beat Ohio in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. The seventh-seeded RedHawks will play No. 2 seed Toledo. Ringo scored seven consecutive points during a 19-2 run that made it 19-7 midway through the first half and Miami (16-16) led the rest of the way. Mike Laster had 16 points and Doug Taylor added 13 with eight boards for Ohio. Jordan Dartis, who came in averaging 13.6 points, left the game late in the first half due to an injury and didn’t return. He was scoreless, in a season-low 11 minutes.
No. 7 Gonzaga 88, San Francisco 60
Killian Tillie scored 26 points on 10-of-11 shooting, including connecting on all five 3-pointers, to lead No. 7 Gonzaga past San Francisco in the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinal game. Tillie has made all 10 3-point attempts at the tournament and is 19-of-23 from the field. For the top-seeded Bulldogs (29-4), Rui Hachimura had 17 points and Zach Norvell Jr. added 14. Johnathan Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga, which won its 13th straight, and 16th at the WCC Tournament. Nate Renfro led the fourth-seeded Dons (18-15) with 15 points. Frankie Ferrari and Souley Boum each added nine points for San Francisco, which lost its 14 straight to Gonzaga.
No. 1 UConn 75, Cincinnati 21
Azura Stevens scored 21 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead top-ranked UConn to a rout of Cincinnati in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament. Napheesa Collier added 13 points for the Huskies (31-0), who have now won 100 games against AAC opponents without a loss since the league began play in 2013. UConn led from the start and used a 38-0 run that stretched from the first quarter into the third to put the game away. Andeija Puckett had five points for Cincinnati, which fell to 19-12.
No. 3 Baylor 77, No. 7 Texas 69
Kalani Brown scored 20 points to help No. 3 Baylor beat No. 7 Texas in the Big 12 championship game. Brown, a 6-foot-7 center, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after averaging 24.7 points in three games. Freshman point guard Alexis Morris scored 19 points for Baylor. Lauren Cox had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Dekeiya Cohen added eight points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Bears (31-1). Lashann Higgs scored 20 points, Brooke McCarty scored 16 and Ariel Atkins and Jatarie White each added 12 for Texas (26-6). Baylor led 35-33 at halftime.
South Florida 74, UCF 59
Kitija Laksa scored 20 points and Laura Ferreira added 17 to lead No. 19 South Florida to a win over rival UCF in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament. Maria Jespersen chipped in with 12 for the Bulls (26-6), who advanced to the conference final for the fourth straight season. Zakiya Saunders had 20 points to lead UCF (21-10). This was the first meeting of the rivals in the AAC Tournament. South Florida won both regular season meetings, beating UCF by 17 points at home in January and by nine points in overtime on Feb. 18. The Bulls are one victory from equaling their highest win total in program history.