Wednesday , Mar , 09 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Three more schools earn trip to NCAA Tournament

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Oakland and
Louisiana-Lafayette earned bids to the NCAA Tournament Tuesday by winning
their conference tournaments.

In Milwaukee, Adrian Tigert’s free throw with 4.2 seconds left snapped a tie
and lifted Wisconsin-Milwaukee over Detroit, 59-58, in the Horizon League
championship game. Ed McCants went 4-of-8 from three-point range and finished
with 18 points to lead the Panthers (24-5), who earned their second trip to
the NCAA Tournament with the win. UW-Milwaukee had the advantage of playing
on its home court, where it improved to 13-1 on the season. Joah Tucker added
15 and Boo Davis had 12 in the win. Brandon Cotton scored a game-high 21
points for the Titans (14-16).

In Tulsa, Pierre Dukes’ go-ahead three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left lifted
Oakland to an upset win over top-seeded Oral Roberts, 61-60, in the Mid-
Continent Conference Championship game at John Q. Hammons Arena. Dukes
finished with seven points, while Courtney Scott led the way for Oakland
(12-18) with 19. The Golden Grizzlies will be appearing in their first-
ever NCAA Tournament in eight seasons in Division-I participation. Rawle
Marshall chipped in 18 points and eight rebounds and Brandon Cassise
finished with 11 points off the bench. Caleb Green paced Oral Roberts (25-7)
with 13 points. Andrew Meloy and Ken Tutt finished with 12 points apiece in
the losing effort.

In Denton, Tiras Wade scored 30 points to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to the Sun
Belt Conference Tournament title with an 88-69 win over top-seeded Denver at
the Super Pit. Dwayne Mitchell added 16 points and eight boards for the Ragin’
Cajuns (20-10), who came into the tournament seeded second after dropping both
regular-season contests to the Pioneers (20-10). Orien Greene tallied 14 and
11 boards for UL- Lafayette, which earned its second straight and fifth
tournament title overall. Brian Hamilton ended with 12 points as UL-
Lafayette now sets its sights on the NCAA Tournament after earning the
conference’s automatic berth. The Cajuns have won three straight and 14 of
their last 17 games. Rodney Billups had 16 points to lead Denver, which was
seeking its first Sun Belt title and first NCAA Tournament berth.