College basketball roundup: Cincinnati tops Memphis, stays tied with Cards in AAC

March 6, 2014 

Sean Kilpatrick scored a season-high 34 points in his final home game, and a trio of senior starters steadied No. 15 Cincinnati to a 97-84 victory over No. 20 Memphis on Thursday night that left the American Athletic Conference race tied with a game to go. The Bearcats remained tied atop the first-year league with No. 11 Louisville.

No. 6 Villanova 77, Xavier 70: A 32-year drought ended Thursday night when Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and Villanova clinched the outright Big East championship for the first time since the 1981-82 season by defeating Xavier.

SEC men

LSU 57, Vanderbilt 51: Johnny O'Bryant scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as LSU rallied from a 16-point deficit in the first half to beat Vanderbilt for their second win in three games.

The Tigers also snapped a seven-game road skid in the Southeastern Conference with their first win away from home since Jan. 11.

South Carolina's Martin suspended

South Carolina Coach Frank Martin has been suspended one game for harsh language aimed at his players during a loss to Florida and won't be with the team when it plays at Mississippi State on Saturday. Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner announced the suspension Thursday. He said in a statement Martin was disciplined for "inappropriate verbal communication" as it relates to players.

Martin is in his second season and has at times struggled during games handling the mistakes of his 11-19 team. He apologized to leading scorer Brenton Williams in January for a tirade during a loss to Mississippi directed at the Gamecocks' lone senior.

Martin hadn't had a losing season before taking over South Carolina two years ago.

State men

Georgetown 78, Bluefield College 74: Second-seeded Georgetown used an 11-4 run over the final 2:45 to spoil No. 7-seed Bluefield's (Va.) upset bid in the Tigers' win in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Championships in Lebanon, Tenn.

Georgetown advances to Saturday's semifinals at 4 p.m. to face the winner of Cumberlands vs. Campbellsville.

Pikeville 78, Lindsey Wilson 72: Top-seeded Pikeville used a 17-5 run midway through the second half to take a double-digit lead and then hung on to beat Lindsey Wilson in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Championships.

St. Catherine 91, Rio Grande 74: St. Catharine forced 27 turnovers, including 16 in the second half, as the fourth-seeded Patriots romped to a 17-point victory.

The Patriots advance to Saturday's 2 p.m. semifinal matchup in the Mid-South Conference Championships against No. 1 seeded Pikeville.

Morehead State 76, Tennessee Tech 71: Angelo Warner scored 23 points and Kareem Storey added a career-high 17 as fourth-seeded Morehead State defeated fifth-seeded Tennessee Tech 76-71 to advance to the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.

Billy Reader added 10 points for the Eagles, who will play No. 1 seed Belmont Friday in the semifinals.

Centre 78, LaGrange 71: Donovan Whiteside scored 24 points to lead Centre (24-4) over visiting LaGrange in the first round of the NCAA Div. III tournament.

Western Kentucky 75, Louisiana-Lafayette 72: George Fant scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half as Western Kentucky held on to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette.

State women

Eastern Kentucky 79, Tennessee State 74: Senior Marie Carpenter hit a jumper with 34 seconds left to break the 18th tie of the game, and then made two free throws at nine seconds to send No. 5 Eastern Kentucky University past No. 4 Tennessee State in the quarterfinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Nashville.

The Lady Colonels advance to the semifinals for the first time since winning the event in 2005. Eastern will play No. 1 UT Martin on Friday at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Carpenter scored a game-best 24 points for Eastern. Sophomore Shelly Harper finished with 14 points and six rebounds, while fellow sophomore Miranda Maples nearly posted a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Clark Atlanta 72, Kentucky State 69: The Thorobrettes missed out on a chance to advance to the semifinal round of the SIAC Tournament. The Thorobrettes were led by junior forward Brieona Warner, who dropped in a team-high 19 points while pulling down nine rebounds.

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