Shelby County's A.J. Slaughter scored 22 points, including a pair of big three-pointers in the final five minutes that sent Western Kentucky to a 77-70 victory over North Texas in the Sun Belt semifinals Monday night in Hot Springs, Ark.
North Texas (20-12) tied the game at 58 on Adam McCoy's three-pointer with just over five minutes remaining. Slaughter answered immediately with two threes of his own to make it 64-58 and rescue the top-seeded Hilltoppers (23-8) during a poor night of outside shooting.
"Myself and my teammates weren't ready to go home," Slaughter said. "I just put my team on my back and made two huge shots. We're just not ready to go home."
Slaughter's shots started a 10-0 run that Sergio Kerusch capped with a three-point play inside. Kerusch led Western Kentucky with 23 points, and Jeremy Evans added 12.
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Dominique Johnson scored 20 points for the Mean Green.
Western Kentucky finished 4-for-19 on three-pointers.
Virginia Commonwealth 71, George Mason 50: Eric Maynor had 25 points and eight assists and is heading back to the NCAA Tournament after leading the Rams to the Colonial Athletic Association championship Monday night.
Larry Sanders added 18 points, and set championship game records with 20 rebounds and seven blocks for Virginia Commonwealth (24-9), which stunned Duke in the first round two years ago.
Chattanooga 80, College of Charleston 69: Keyron Sheard scored 18 points and the Mocs (18-16) earned their 10th NCAA Tournament appearance with the automatic bid for winning the Southern Conference Tournament.
Chattanooga, which scored the first 20 points of the second half, last appeared in the tournament in 2005.
No. 5 Louisville 69, No. 14 Pittsburgh 63: Angel McCoughtry scored 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the No. 5 Cardinals advance to the finals of the Big East Tournament.
Louisville (29-3) will face Connecticut in the tournament championship for the second consecutive season. The top-ranked and unbeaten Huskies routed Villanova 72-42 in the other semifinal.
Trailing 63-62 with 1:40 left, McCoughtry's three-point play gave Louisville a two-point edge with 1:12 left. After a turnover by Xenia Stewart, McCoughtry hit a pull-up jumper from the wing with 23.5 seconds remaining to make it 67-63.
No. 1 Connecticut 72, Villanova 42: Big East Player of the Year Maya Moore scored 17 points to lead the top-ranked Huskies.
Tina Charles added 16 points and Renee Montgomery had 12, helping Geno Auriemma to an easy win over Harry Perretta in a battle of the conferences co-coaches of the year.