Sunday , Mar , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

College Basketball Game Capsules

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick scored 20 points and Greg Paulus
added a career-high 18, leading third-ranked Duke to a 78-66 victory over Wake
Forest in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament at
Greensboro Coliseum. Josh McRoberts chipped in 13 points and Shelden
Williams scored 12 for the Blue Devils (29-3), who will play Boston
College for the title on Sunday. Duke, which beat Georgia Tech for last
year’s tournament crown, will play in the championship game for the ninth
straight year. Eric Williams scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for
12th-seeded Wake Forest (17-16), which may have earned an NIT berth with
its upset victories over Florida State and North Carolina State in the first
two rounds. Justin Gray contributed 15 points and Chris Ellis added 13 in
defeat.

Final Score: (5) Memphis 57, (24) UAB 46

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Shawne Williams scored 18 points and Joey
Dorsey contributed 10 with 12 rebounds, as fifth-ranked Memphis captured the
Conference USA Tournament title with a 57-46 victory over 24th-ranked UAB at
the FedEx Forum. The Tigers (30-3) became the first team to reach 30
wins this season and likely locked up a top seed for the upcoming NCAA
Tournament. It was also the first Conference USA crown for Memphis, which
lost a dramatic 75-74 decision last year to Louisville when Darius Washington
missed two of three free throws with no time left on the clock. Paul Delaney
scored 14 points to lead UAB (24-6), which was playing in the tournament
championship game for the first time since a loss to Louisville in 2003. The
Blazers are still expected to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Marvett
McDonald had a rough game for UAB. The club’s leading scorer made only 2-of-11
shots and finished with a mere six points, well below his 15.3 average.
The Blazers shot a dismal 26.7 percent from the field and made only 3-of-18
three-point attempts.

Final Score: (7) Ohio State 52, Indiana 51

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Matt Sylvester hit the eventual game-
winning layup with 36 seconds remaining, as No. 7 Ohio State edged Indiana,
52-51, in a Big 10 semifinal matchup at Conseco Fieldhouse. J.J. Sullinger
posted a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Buckeyes
(25-4), who will face Iowa in the conference championship game on Sunday.
Terence Dials netted 13 points in the loss, while Sylvester finished with
just four points. Roderick Wilmont recorded a team-high 16 points but
missed the potential winning basket in the final seconds for the
Hoosiers (18-11). Marshall Strickland scored 12 points, and Marco
Killingsworth had 10 points and 10 boards.

Final Score: (8) Texas 74, Texas A&M 70

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – P.J. Tucker poured in 26 points , pulled
down 13 rebounds and dished out four assists to lead No. 8 Texas over
intrastate rival Texas A&M, 74-70, in the semifinals of the 10th annual Big 12
Conference Tournament at the American Airlines Center. Kenton Paulino added
15 points for the Longhorns (27-5), who set a school record with their
27th victory of the year and will move on to face off against Kansas
in the tourney championship on Sunday. Daniel Gibson recorded 11 points
in the win. Josh Carter netted 25 points and pulled down seven boards for
the Aggies (21-8), who now will wait to see if they earned an at-large bid
to the NCAA tournament. Acie Law donated 16 points and distributed seven
assists while Joseph Jones had 14 points in the loss.

Final Score: (11) Boston College 85, (10) North Carolina 82

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) – Craig Smith scored 23 points and pulled down
15 rebounds to lead No. 11 Boston College to a 85-82 win over 10th-ranked
North Carolina in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
at Greensboro Coliseum. Jared Dudley added 21 points and Sean Marshall tallied
14 for the third-seeded Eagles (26-6), who will play Duke for the title on
Sunday. The Blue Devils beat Wake Forest, 78-66, in the other semifinal. The
Eagles made it to the final in their first appearance in the ACC
Tournament, as they had moved from the Big East prior to the start of the
season. Tyler Hansbrough had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the second-
seeded Tar Heels (22-7), who saw their attempt to win a conference
championship for the first time since 1998 fall short. David Noel had 18
points and Reyshawn Terry added 17 in the loss.

Final Score: (13) UCLA 71, California 52

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Jordan Farmar scored 19 points to lead
13th-ranked UCLA to the Pac-10 Tournament title, as the Bruins posted a 71-52
victory over California in the championship game at the Staples Center. Cedric
Bozeman added 13 points while Ryan Hollins tallied 12 for the top-seeded
Bruins (27-6), who won the tournament for the first time since its
inaugural year in 1987 and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Luc
Richard Mbah a Moute tallied 10 points in UCLA’s seventh consecutive victory.
Ayinde Ubaka had 18 points and Leon Powe scored 17 for the third-seeded Golden
Bears (20-10), who now await word at a possible at-large bid to the NCAA
Tournament. This was Cal’s first-ever trip to the Pac-10 final.

Final Score: Syracuse 65, (15) Pittsburgh 61

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Gerry McNamara capped an incredible run for
Syracuse in the Big East Tournament with 14 points and six assists, as the
Orange won the title game for the second straight year with a 65-61 triumph
over 15th-ranked Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden. Demetris Nichols had
15 points and Terrence Roberts scored 13 for the Orange (23-11), who became
the first team in Big East history to win four times in the same
tournament. The Orange also secured the automatic bid to the NCAA
Tournament, and became the first team since Connecticut (1998-99) to win the
Big East crown in two consecutive years. Josh Wright hit four free throws
in the closing 17.4 seconds for Syracuse, which won its four games at the
tournament by a total of eight points and got a clutch performance from
McNamara each time. Carl Krauser had 16 points and Aaron Gray added 14
and 12 rebounds for Pittsburgh (24-7), which was in the title game for
the fifth time in six years. Antonio Graves also had 14 points for the
sixth-seeded Panthers, who won the Big East Tournament in 2003.

Final Score: (16) Florida 81, (18) LSU 65

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Taurean Green scored 18 points and had six
steals to lead the 16th-ranked Florida Gators to an 81-65 win over the 18th-
ranked Louisiana State Tigers in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference
Tournament. Joakim Noah totaled 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Corey
Brewer also tallied 15 points as all five starters scored in double figures
for the Gators (26-6), who will face South Carolina in Sunday’s final. Darrel
Mitchell scored a game-high 21 points and Tasmin Mitchell had 20 points and
nine rebounds for the Tigers (23-8), who saw their seven game winning
streak come to an end.

Final Score: (17) Kansas 79, Nebraska 65

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Mario Chalmers scored 18 points, pulled down six
rebounds and dished out seven assists to lead 17th-ranked Kansas to an easy
79-65 win over Nebraska in the semifinals of the 10th annual Big 12 Conference
Tournament at American Airlines Center. Darnell Jackson added 13 points and
10 boards for the second-seeded Jayhawks (24-7), who have won four straight
and will face top-seeded Texas for the tourney championship on Sunday.
Russell Robinson also had 13 points while Jeff Hawkins tallied 11 in the win.
The Jayhawks have now won 14 of their last 15 games, with the only blemish
over that stretch coming to Texas in Austin on February 25. Jason Dourisseau
netted 16 points for the sixth-seeded Cornhuskers (19-13), who lost for the
fourth time in their past six games and will likely be headed to the NIT
Tournament. Wes Wilkinson added 15 points, while Aleks Maric had 12 and Marcus
Perry chipped in 10 in the loss.

Final Score: (20) Iowa 53, Michigan State 48

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jeff Horner netted 14 points to help No.
20 Iowa defeat Michigan State, 53-48, in a defense-dominated Big Ten
Tournament semifinal showdown at Conseco Fieldhouse. Greg Brunner added 12
points and five rebounds while Mike Henderson finished with 11 points and
three steals for the Hawkeyes (24-8), who will face Ohio State in the final.
The Buckeyes edged Indiana, 52-51, in the other semifinal. Maurice Ager
scored a game-high 21 points to pace Michigan State (22-11), which was
coming off an upset win over nationally-ranked Illinois in the
quarterfinals. Paul Davis posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards
for the Spartans, who shot only 28.3 percent from the field.

Final Score: (21) Nevada 70, Utah State 63 (OT)

Reno, NV (Sports Network) – Nick Fazekas compiled 23 points and 14 rebounds
and 21st-ranked Nevada claimed the Western Athletic Conference Tournament
championship with a hard-fought 70-63 overtime decision over Utah State at
Lawlor Events Center. Mo Charlo netted 14 points and Marcelus Kemp
contributed 13 to the top-seeded Wolfpack’s 14th consecutive victory, which
assured Nevada (27-5) an NCAA berth for the third straight year. Nate Harris
scored 22 points and Cass Matheus had 13 in the heartbreaking loss, which
may keep the second-seeded Aggies (23-8) out of the field of 65 come
Selection Sunday. The game between the conference’s top programs certainly
lived up to its billing, as the two teams battled tooth-and-nail right
down to the wire. The seven-point margin at the final buzzer was the largest
of the night.

Final Score: Albany 80, Vermont 67

Albany, NY (Sports Network) – Jamar Wilson sprang for 29 points as Albany
secured its first trip to the NCAA Tournament with an 80-67 win over Vermont
in the America East final at the Recreation and Convocation Center. Wilson
finished 10-of-18 from the field and gathered eight rebounds while Lucious
Jordan netted 18 points for the top-seeded Great Danes (21-10), who had
never even reached the conference semifinals prior to this year. Brent
Wilson and Jon Iati added eight points apiece. Mike Trimboli paced his team
with 16 points but was just 4-of-14 from the floor for the Catamounts
(13-17), who were denied a fourth-straight AEC Tournament title. Josh
Duell had 13 points and Chris Holm scored 12 in the loss.

Final Score: Xavier 62, Saint Joseph’s 61

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Justin Cage scored 19 points and blocked
a three-point attempt at the buzzer to secure Xavier’s 62-61 win over
Saint Joesph’s in the Atlantic-10 championship game at U.S. Bank Arena.
Stanley Burrell donated 15 points and Josh Duncan added 10 for Xavier (21-10),
which became the first 10th-seeded team to win the Atlantic-10 Tournament.
Justin Doellman contributed seven points and seven rebounds in win. Chet
Stachitas led all scorers with 23 points and Pat Calathes tallied 14
points off the bench for St. Joe’s (18-13), which had an eight-game winning
streak snapped. Rob Ferguson notched 13 points in the loss. Xavier earned an
automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while St. Joe’s will likely be
relegated to the NIT.

Final Score: Kent State 71, Toledo 66

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Kevin Warzynski scored 21 points to lead the
Kent State Golden Flashes to a 71-66 win over the Toledo Rockets to capture
the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship. Mike Scott had 13
points and eight rebounds and DeAndre Haynes added 12 points, five
assists and two steals for the Golden Flashes (25-8), who have won this title
four times in the last eight seasons. Justin Ingram contributed 16 points
and seven boards and Kashif Payne netted 14 for the Rockets (20-11), who
finished the campaign winning 10 of their last 12 contests.

Final Score: Hampton 60, Delaware State 56

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) – Jaz Cowan scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting
and pulled down eight rebounds as Hampton survived to capture the Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference Tournament crown in a rematch of last year’s championship
game by besting Delaware State, 60-56, at the RBC Center. Jeff Granger added
14 points for the sixth-seeded Pirates (16-15), who avenged last season’s
thrilling 55-53 loss to Delaware State in the championship tilt and earned an
automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA tourney. Tracy Worley tallied 15 points
for the top-seeded Hornets (20-13), who lost for just the second time in
their past 11 outings. Darrin Shine and Troy Roundtree both chipped in with
12 points apiece in the loss.

Final Score: Southern 57, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 44

Birmingham, AL (Sports Network) – Peter Cipriano posted 21 points and nine
rebounds as top-seeded Southern beat seventh-seeded Arkansas-Pine Bluff,
57-44, to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament title. Deforrest
Riley-Smith grabbed 12 rebounds, while Alvin Mott added 10 boards for the
Jaguars (19-12), who earned the automatic berth for the NCAA
Tournament. Timothy Hamilton scored nine points and V’Angelo Smith scored
eight for the Golden Lions (13-16). Larry Williams and William Byrd added
seven points apiece.

Final Score: San Diego State 69, Wyoming 64 (OT)

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Brandon Heath scored 22 points and Kyle Spain
hit three free throws in the final 11.5 seconds to help San Diego State to a
69-64 overtime win over Wyoming for the Mountain West Conference Tournament
title. Marcus Slaughter added 16 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out
near the end of regulation for the Aztecs (24-8), who won the tournament for
the second time in five years. Spain ended with 11 points and 12 boards,
as San Diego State earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Brandon
Ewing had 22 points and Brad Jones added 15 for the Cowboys (14-18), who
entered the tournament as the seventh seed, but proved a tough test for the
top seed. Justin Williams added 16 rebounds for Wyoming.

Final Score: Pacific 78, Long Beach State 70

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Big West Player of the Year Christian Maraker
posted 23 points and 11 rebounds as top-seeded Pacific downed third-seeded
Long Beach State, 78-70, to win the Big West Conference Tournament
title.Johnny Gray scored 21 points, while Michael White had 11 for the Tigers
(24-7), who advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year.
Steffan Johnson added 10 points. Shawn Hawkins scored a career-high 27 points,
while Aaron Nixon scored 17 for the 49ers (18-12), who reached the conference
finals for the first time since 1995. Mark Dawson scored seven points and
grabbed 15 rebounds.