college basketball roundup Friday’s games
No. 1 Virginia 64, No. 19 Clemson 58
Kyle Guy scored 15 points and No. 1 Virginia advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a victory over No. 19 Clemson. The top-seeded Cavaliers (30-2) got several crucial plays from role player Jack Salt down the stretch. Shelton Mitchell had 18 points and Elijah Thomas added 15 for the fourth-seeded Tigers (23-9).
Providence 75, No. 3 Xavier 72
Alpha Diallo hit a go-ahead jumper with 2:22 left in overtime and fifth-seeded Providence rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit and stunned top-seeded and No. 3 Xavier in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. Kyron Cartwright hit a clutch jumper with 55 seconds to go and took an offensive foul on a layup attempt by J.P. Macura with eight seconds to play as the Friars (21-12) beat the Musketeers (28-5) for the second time in three games this season. This one was totally unexpected after the opening 25 minutes at Madison Square Garden. The win sent Providence in the title game.
No. 8 Cincinnati 61, SMU 51
Kyle Washington scored 15 points and Gary Clark added 12 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 8 Cincinnati beat SMU in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament. The Bearcats also got 13 points from Cane Broome and rallied from a six-point second-half deficit to move on to the semifinals. Jahmal McMurray led SMU with 17 points and Ben Emelogu had 11 points and seven rebounds. The Mustangs got eight points and six rebounds from their best big man, Akoy Agau. But Agau reinjured a severely sprained ankle on the first possession of the game and wasn’t much of a factor in his 24 minutes.
No. 9 Kansas 83, Kansas State 67
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Malik Newman poured in 22 points, Silvio De Sousa filled in admirably for ailing big man Udoka Azubuike and ninth-ranked Kansas beat short-handed Kansas State to reach the Big 12 Tournament title game.
Devonte Graham added 15 points and Svi Mykhailiuk had 12 for the top-seeded Jayhawks (26-7). The fourth-seeded Wildcats (23-10) learned Friday morning they’d be without All-Big 12 forward Dean Wade, who hurt his foot in their quarterfinal win over TCU. They still put up a fight, thanks primarily to Makol Mawien, the unheralded forward who scored a career-high 29 points.
No. 11 Wichita State 89, Temple 81
Landry Shamet scored 24 points, Rashard Kelly had 16 and No. 11 Wichita State beat Temple in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament. The Shockers (25-6) also got a strong performance from their reserves, including 13 points from Austin Reaves. Quinto Rose led Temple (17-14) with 25 points. Shizz Alston and Josh Brown each had 15 points for the Owls, who didn’t have enough depth to keep pace with Wichita State in the final four minutes. The Shockers were clinging to a 63-61 lead with eight minutes to play when Reaves, fellow reserve Markis McDuffie and Kelly powered a key 13-3 run. The three combined for 11 points in the surge and helped cool off Rose while leading Wichita State to a 76-64 advantage with just over four minutes remaining.
No. 13 Tennessee 62, Mississippi State 59
Lamonte turner scored 15 points and No. 13 Tennessee locked down on defense to beat Mississippi State in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament. The second-seeded Volunteers (24-7) led nearly the entire game, but the Bulldogs (22-11) had an opportunity to take the lead in the final 10 seconds. Down 61-59, Xavian Stapleton missed a 3-pointer that would have put the Bulldogs ahead. Lamar Peters led the Bulldogs with 22 points and Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 17 points.
Alabama 81, No. 15 Auburn 63
Collin Sexton scored 31 points and Alabama used a strong second half to defeat No. 16 Auburn in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. The Crimson Tide trailed 41-31 at halftime but started the second half on a 28-3 run. The stretch was keyed by three consecutive 3s by Sexton. Alabama’s surge put the Tigers away early in the half, and the Crimson Tide (19-14) outscored Auburn 50-22 after the break. By the time halftime hit, it was all Sexton. The freshman scored 21 second-half points.
No. 25 Rhode Island 76, VCU 67
Jeff Dowtin scored 18 points, Jared Terrell added 16 points and No. 25 Rhode Island survived a challenge from VCU in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Top-seeded Rhode Island (24-6) snapped a two-game slide as it began its tournament defense. Justin Tillman had 23 points and 15 rebounds for eighth-seeded VCU (18-15), which lost to Rhode Island in the conference tournament for the second consecutive season.
Buffalo 78, Kent State 61
Jeremy Harris scored 22 points and CJ Massinburg scored 14 and Buffalo beat Kent State and advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament title game. Buffalo used a 14-4 run and led 31-17 with just more than four minutes before halftime. Jaylin Walker’s 3 as time expired brought Kent State within 39-29. Harris made a pair of 3-pointers as the Bulls went on a 16-9 run for a 17-point lead with 141/2 minutes to play and stayed ahead by double digits the rest of the way.