INDIANAPOLIS — The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference received two bids into the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament for the fourth consecutive year. Conference tournament champion Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was joined by Transylvania University in the field of 62 for the second straight season.
Transylvania (20-7), despite a loss in the HCAC semifinals, earned an at-large berth into the 62-team field and will travel to Illinois Wesleyan Saturday. It will be making its fifth appearance in the NCAA field.
No. 22 Marquette 74, No. 12 Syracuse 71: Davante Gardner scored a career-high 26 points and No. 22 Marquette beat No. 12 Syracuse on Monday night in a game that further tightened things at the top of the Big East.
Gardner made all seven of his shots and converted 12 of 13 free throws in 33 minutes to pull Marquette (20-7, 11-4 Big East) into second place, one-half game behind No. 7 Georgetown. No. 10 Louisville is alone in third, a game behind Georgetown.
No. 13 Kansas St. 75, Texas Tech 55: Thomas Gipson scored 20 points, Angel Rodriguez added 16 and No. 13 Kansas State beat Texas Tech 75-55 on Monday night giving the Wildcats 12 conference wins for the first time in 40 years.
Pikeville 85, UVa.-Wise 48: Pikeville outscored U.Va.-Wise 54-18 in the second half and turned a one-point game into an lopsided decision. Pikeville faces St. Catharine in the Mid-South Conference tournament on Friday at 6 p.m. Trevor Setty led all scorers with 22 points and his 10 rebounds gave him four straight double-doubles to end the season.
Asbury 87, Indiana East 68: Led by CJ Penny's 32 points and 11 rebounds, Asbury breezed past Indiana East in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference semifinals at Indiana Southeast. Dakotah Euton also had a double-double for Asbury, scoring 19 and pulling down 14 rebounds.
Georgetown 101, St. Catharine 82: Each team had five players in double digits, but host Georgetown carried a 14-point lead into halftime and didn't look back. St. Catharine's Travis Wilkins led all scorers with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Vic Moses topped the Tigers with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Murray St. 56, Morehead St. 48: Murray State outscored host Morehead State 36-12 over a 19-minute span as the Racers defeated the Eagles.
Erika Sisk topped the visitors with 16 points. Kelsey Dirks blocked five shots.
Junior guard Terrice Robinson led the Eagles in scoring for the 17th time this year with 18 points.
Northern Ky. 55, Kennesaw St. 49: Northern Kentucky used a 24-2 run in the first half to rally from an early 10-point deficit, and the Norse held on for a win over Kennesaw State.
Kayla Thacker scored six of her 13 points in the final two minutes and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for Northern Kentucky (13-12). Ellen Holton added 13 points for the Norse.
Asbury 74, Alice Lloyd 73: Asbury squeaked past Alice Lloyd in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference semifinals, bouyed by a 20-point game from guard Trenia Barbee. Alice Lloyd's Ariel Nickell led all scorers with 27 points and earned 17 rebounds.
Georgetown 90, St. Catharine 77: Five Tigers scored in double figures as Georgetown rolled over visiting St. Catharine. Kourtney Tyra had 19 points, while Lizza Jonas and Devanny King pulled down 16 each. Andrewa Howard scored 15 points and Devon Golden scored 10 and grabbed 12 rebounds. Janae Howard led St. Catharine with 27 points and 11 rebounds.