College basketball highlights: Iowa St.’s perimeter play too much for Kansas

March 14, 2014 

Georges Niang scored 25 points before leaving with a bloody gash to his forehead in the closing minutes, and No. 16 Iowa State held on to beat No. 10 Kansas 94-83 Friday night and reach its first Big 12 tournament title game since 2000.

DeAndre Kane had five three-pointers and scored 20 points, and Big 12 player of the year Melvin Ejim added 19 points for the fourth-seeded Cyclones (25-8), who will play for just their second tournament title against the winner of Texas-Baylor on Saturday night.

Relying on some hot outside shooting, Iowa State took charge in the second half, and then held on as the top-seeded Jayhawks (24-9) tried to make a late run to get back into the game.

Perry Ellis led Kansas with 30 points. Andrew Wiggins finished with 22.

The Jayhawks again were playing without 7-footer Joel Embiid, the league's defensive player of the year.

Pittsburgh 80, No. 15 North Carolina 75: Talib Zanna had 19 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to help Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.

James Robinson also scored a career-best 19 points for the fifth-seeded Panthers (25-8), who used a dominating start to build a huge lead before having to hold off a late rally by the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (23-9).

Pittsburgh led by 20 points with 7:22 left before UNC's frantic comeback behind Marcus Paige, who scored 20 of his 27 points after halftime before fouling out with 25.4 seconds left.

UNC got it to 78-75 on Nate Britt's jumper with 11.4 seconds left but couldn't complete the comeback.

N.C. State 66, No. 11 Syracuse 63: T.J. Warren scored 28 points while Ralston Turner banked in the go-ahead three-pointer with 2:28 left to help North Carolina State upset No. 11 Syracuse in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals. The seventh-seeded Wolfpack (21-12) blew a 10-point second-half lead but came through with two clutch baskets late to hold off the Orange (27-5).

No. 8 Michigan 64, Illinois 63: Jordan Morgan scored on a layup with 7.9 seconds left, giving No. 8 Michigan a victory in Friday's Big Ten tournament. The Illini had a chance to win on Tracy Abrams' shot, but it bounced off the front of the rim as the final buzzer sounded.

No. 24 Ohio State 71, Nebraska 67: LaQuinton Ross had 26 points and 13 rebounds and No. 24 Ohio State rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to beat fourth-seeded Nebraska in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The victory sends No. 5 seed Ohio State (25-8) into a semifinal matchup with No. 1 seed Michigan on Saturday.

No. 6 Virginia 64, Florida State 51: Joe Harris matched a season high with 20 points, and No. 6 Virginia pulled away in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinal. Anthony Gill added 16 points for the top-seeded Cavaliers (26-6). They shot 48 percent, forced 15 turnovers and reached the semifinals for the first time since 1995.

No. 12 Wisconsin 83, Minnesota 57: Ben Brust scored a career-high 29 points and Frank Kaminsky had 12 rebounds to lead No. 12 Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. The second-seeded Badgers (26-6) have won nine of 10.

St. Bonaventure 71, No. 18 Saint Louis 68: Jordan Gathers hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, and St. Bonaventure stunned No. 18 Saint Louis in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

No. 23 VCU 71, Richmond 53: Defensive ace Briante Weber scored 18 points in 18 minutes, and No. 23 VCU routed crosstown rival Richmond 71-53 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Women's highlights

No. 22 Middle Tennessee 64, FIU 57: Former Paul Laurence Dunbar star Ebony Rowe scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as top-seeded Middle Tennessee (28-4) turned back 13th-seeded Florida International 64-57 in the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament at El Paso, Texas. China Dow (Louisville Christian) came off the bench to add six points, four rebounds and one assist in seven minutes. The Blue Raiders (28-4) will face second-seeded Southern Mississippi for the championship Saturday.

Western Kentucky 66, Arkansas-Little Rock 62: Kendall Noble (Perry County Central) scored 19 points to go with four rebounds, four assists and four steals to help the Lady Hilltoppers win in the Sun Belt Conference semfinals in New Orleans.

Micah Jones (Green County was next up with 17 points and Chastity Gooch (Franklin-Simpson) had 16 points and nine rebounds for Western, which will face Arkansas State in Sunday's finals. WKU lost its previous meetings against Arkansas State 67-64 on Jan. 18 and 78-75 in overtime on Feb. 5.

Marshall coach resigns

Marshall basketball coach Tom Herrion resigned Friday after the Thundering Herd went 11-22 this season.

Herrion, 46, compiled a 67-67 record in four seasons at Marshall but went 24-41 in his final two years.

ACC in the Barclays

The Atlantic Coast Conference will play its men's basketball tournament at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2017 and 2018, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

The move sets up a conference tournament showdown with the Big East tournament, held simultaneously at Madison Square Garden, and brings former Big East members Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Notre Dame, Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech back to New York in March.

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