Tuesday’s College Basketball games at a glance
Wright State 74, Cleveland State 57
Grant Benzinger had 19 points and nine rebounds to help second-seeded Wright State beat eighth-seeded Cleveland State to win the Horizon League Tournament title and earn an NCAA Tournament bid. The Raiders (25-9) will play in college basketball’s showcase for the third time in school history and the first since 2007. The Vikings (12-23) took their last lead with 7:36 left in the first half and seemed to wear down, playing their fourth game in five days. Wright State took control late in the first half with a 13-2 run, taking an eight-point lead at halftime. The Raiders outscored Cleveland State 10-2 early in the second half to pull away. Loudon Love made his first field goal with 14:42 left to put the Raiders up 44-33. The 6-foot-9, 275-pound center finished with nine points and 12 rebounds, setting the school’s freshman scoring record and single-season mark for rebounds.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 6 Gonzaga 74, BYU 54
Killian Tillie scored 22 points and No. 6 Gonzaga raced away to its sixth straight West Coast Conference title with a victory over BYU. Gonzaga (30-4) appeared as if it would lock into a defensive battle with BYU (24-10). The Zags turned it into a title-game rout with a halftime-spanning 36-6 run to win their 17th WCC title. Zach Norvell Jr. had 17 points and the Bulldogs held BYU to 35 percent shooting to win their 17th straight conference tournament game. The dominant title performance should boost Gonzaga’s chances for a high NCAA Tournament seed in what could be its last go-round in the WCC. The Bulldogs are in talks about joining the Mountain West Conference, possibly next season. Yoeli Childs had 20 points to cap a stellar tournament for BYU.
COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIP
College of Charleston 83, Northeastern 76, OT
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.
Joe Chealey had 32 points and the College of Charleston rallied from 17 points down in the second half to win the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament championship and earn its first NCAA Tournament berth in 19 years. Fans mobbed the floor when things ended, swarming a team that looked cooked about an hour earlier. After rallying to tie, the Cougars caught fire in the extra period. They hit their first four shots, including a pair of 3-pointers by Marquise Pointer to take a 75-69 lead. Northeastern (23-10) could not come back.
NORTHEAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
LIU Brooklyn 71, Wagner 61
Joel Hernandez had 32 points and seven rebounds, and LIU Brooklyn shocked New York City rival Wagner to win the Northeast Conference Tournament title and earn its first NCAA Tournament bid in five years. Raiquan Clark had 20 points and eight rebounds for the fourth-seeded Blackbirds (18-16), who handed the top-seeded Seahawks (23-9) their first loss this season on their Staten Island campus. Romone Saunders had 17 points and Devin Liggeons had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Wagner.
No. 22 Green Bay 62, Wright State 44
Allie Leclaire scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Jessica Lindstrom had her 41st career double-double and No. 22 Green Bay beat Wright State for its fourth straight Horizon League Tournament championship and automatic NCAA berth. Lindstrom added 12 points and 14 rebounds for top-seed Green Bay (29-3). The Phoenix, winners of 11 straight HL tournament games, has claimed seven of the last eight titles and 16 of 21. Green Bay held Chelsea Welch, the league’s player of the year, to just 13 points on 2-of-15 shooting. The Raiders were 1 of 13 from long range and shot 28 percent overall. The Phoenix closed the first quarter on a 7-0 run for a 10-point lead and Wright State didn’t make a second-quarter field goal for the final seven minutes of the half to trail 38-21. Lexi Smith scored 14 points for No. 3 seed Wright State (23-10).
No. 1 UConn 70, No. 19 South Florida 54
Gabby Williams scored 19 points to lead No. 1 UConn to a victory over 19th-ranked South Florida on in the American Athletic Conference championship. Williams also had seven rebounds, six assists and five steals before exiting the game for good with just under 6 minutes left. Tournament MVP Azura Stevens added 13 points for the Huskies (32-0). Kitija Laksa scored 26 points to lead South Florida (26-7).