College basketball highlights: No. 2 Wichita St. fends off Indiana St.

March 10, 2014 

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Surrounded by South Florida defenders, Louisville's Shoni Schimmel (23) shot the go-ahead basket in the final seconds of the American Athletic Conference semifinals. Schimmel led Louisville with 17 points.

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Fred VanVleet scored 22 points including several key baskets late to lead another strong ensemble effort and No. 2 Wichita State remained the nation's lone unbeaten after defeating Indiana State 83-69 on Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final.

Tekele Cotton added 20 points — with four three-pointers — and Ron Baker had 14 points for the Shockers (34-0), who got tested in the second half before putting the title game out of reach with a 13-0 run capped by two three-pointers from VanVleet that put them up by 18 points with 5:38 to go.

Manny Arop and Justin Gant had 18 points apiece for second-seeded Indiana State.

Maryland 75, No. 5 Virginia 69 (OT): Host Maryland closed out its 61st and final Atlantic Coast Conference regular season in stunning fashion.

After blowing a seemingly secure lead in the closing seconds of regulation, the Terrapins never trailed in the extra session in front of an emotional sellout crowd of 17,950 at the school's final home basketball game in a conference it joined as a charter member in 1953.

No. 7 Syracuse 74, Florida St. 58: C.J. Fair scored 22 points and No. 7 Syracuse closed the regular season with a victory.

The Orange, who ended a two-game losing streak, had lost 4 of 5 after starting the season 25-0.

Jerami Grant, who had been bothered by back problems recently, had 16 points and eight rebounds while Tyler Ennis finished with 16 points for visiting Syracuse (27-4, 14-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). Okaro White led Florida State with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Ohio St. 69, No. 22 Michigan St. 67: LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points and Aaron Craft added 12, including a late free throw, to lead host Ohio State.

Keith Appling's jumper with 2 seconds left was off the mark for the Spartans, who failed to score over the final 4:30.

Adreian Payne scored 23 points, Gary Harris had 12 and Denzel Valentine 11 for the Spartans (23-8, 12-6 Big Ten), who have lost seven of their last 11.

Mercer 68, Florida Gulf Coast 60: Langston Hall and Anthony White Jr. scored 15 points each and Mercer earned its first NCAA tournament berth since 1985.

Pikeville 96, Georgetown 71: Josh Whitaker led five players in double figures with 21 points and Chris Cantino posted 13 points and 16 rebounds, as Pikeville dominated the glass in the Mid-South Conference tournament title game.

The Bears (30-2) will head into the NAIA National Tournament on a 16-game winning streak and avenged their only conference loss of the season to the Tigers (22-10) on January 16. Pikeville outrebounded Georgetown, 44-27, scoring 58 points in the paint.

Georgetown stayed in striking distance until a 12-5 spurt from the Bears midway through the period pushed the lead to 72-55.

Keala King added 16 points and Kenny Manigault posted 13 points off the bench for the Bears.

Noah Cottrill led the Tigers with 17 points, while Monty Wilson netted 16 and was 9-for-10 at the foul line. Deondre McWhorter recorded 15 points as well.

Southern Indiana 86, Bellarmine 73: Bellarmine led at halftime 32-31, but the Screaming Eagles roared back with an 8-of-11 three- point shooting performance in the second period to pull away from Bellarmine, which hit just 3-of-11 second-half treys. Southern Indiana's second half performance also included a 25-13 advantage on the glass.

The Knights had six players in double figures with Vance Hall leading the way with 14.

Women's games

No. 3 Louisville 60, South Florida 56: Shoni Schimmel hit a pullup in the lane with 6 seconds left to lift Louisville in the American Athletic Conference semifinals.

The Cardinals (30-3) will face top-ranked UConn on Monday night for the title.

With the game tied at 56, Courtney Williams missed a three-pointer with 10 seconds left for South Florida. Schimmel then drove up the court and pulled up in the lane for the go-ahead jumper.

Her sister, Jude, then stole the ball at midcourt from Williams and hit two free throws to seal the win.

Shoni Schimmel led Louisville with 17 points.

Campbellsville 75: Georgetown 68: Top-seeded Campbellsville erased a nine-point second-half deficit to capture the Mid-South Conference title.

Campbellsville (30-3) earns the conference's first automatic bid into the NAIA National Championships, Georgetown the second.

Campbellsville used a 22-2 run to turn a 52-43 deficit with 14:23 left in the second half into a 65-54 lead with just over five minutes left in the game.

During the decisive run, Campbellsville made 8-for-14 from the field and scored on 11-of-13 possessions. Georgetown went ice cold during the same fateful nine minutes going 0-for-11 from the field with three turnovers.

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