Sophomore forward Eric Stutz scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Eastern Kentucky past Southeast Missouri 84-69 in the quarterfinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Nashville on Thursday.
Eastern took took an eight-point lead at halftime with a 13-4 run in the last four minutes of the first half.
The Colonels (24-8) built the lead to 14 in the second half before Southeast rallied to within five with a 9-0 run but got no closer as Eastern pulled away again.
Stutz hit six of nine shots from the field and nine of 11 free throws. Orlando Williams scored 14 off the bench for the Colonels.
Nino Johnson led the Redhawks with 18 points.
Cyphers hit five of seven shots, including 3-for-4 from three-point range, and hit 10 of 11 at the foul line. Robert Covington added 21 points, including 8 of 9 free throws, while the OVC's leading assist man, Patrick Miller, had 15 points and 10 assists.
Tennessee State jumped to an 18-9 lead as Miller scored seven.
The Eagles pulled within 59-56 on Bakari Turner's three-pointer midway through the second half, but the Tigers quickly rebuilt the lead.
Drew Kelly had 16 points and Angelo Warner 15 for Morehead State.
Florida State 53, Virginia 51: Michael Snaer's left-handed runner in heavy traffic with four seconds left lifted the Seminoles past Virginia after the Cavaliers had fought back from an 11-point deficit to take the lead in the game's final seconds.
It was the fourth game-winning shot by Snaer in Atlantic Coast Conference play this season and his sixth over the past two years.
Okaro White led the Seminoles with 17 points while Snaer finished with 14.
Bellarmine 53, Maryville 48: The Knights advanced to the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament in Evansville.
Bellarmine (22-6) got a few late-game heroics from Jelani Johnson and a 17-point, six-rebound performance from Chris Dowe as the Knights led most of the way although neither team led by more than nine.
Johnson deflected a shot with 1:39 left with Bellarmine protecting a four-point lead. The senior from Aurora, Ill., then converted three of four free throws in the last 27.2 seconds.
Wisconsin-Parkside 65, Kentucky Wesleyan 56: After a close first half, Wisconsin-Parkside established a lead with a 11-4 run to open the second half in the GLVC quarterfinals.
The winners got 18 points and six rebounds from Jeremy Saffold and outshot the Panthers 46 percent to 32 percent.
Kentucky Wesleyan (20-8) got 21 points and nine rebounds from Donovan Johnson, who hit 7 of 8 shots.
Tennessee-Martin 78, Eastern Kentucky 63: Ohio Valley Conference player of the year Jasmine Newsome poured in 41 points, an OVC tournament record, to lead UT-Martin into the semifinals of the league tournament in Nashville.
EKU finished the season 18-11, the most wins by EKU since the Lady Colonels won the league in 2004-05.
Marie Carpenter led EKU with 22 points and Jalisa Bryant had a career-high 16 points in her final game. Raechele Gray had eight assists and senior Alex Jones grabbed eight rebounds to finish her career with 1,039.
Cards' Schimmelmakes All-Big East
Louisville's Shoni Schimmel was named to the All-Big East women's first team for the second time. Schimmel, a 5-foot-9 junior guard, led the Cards with 14 points and 4.7 assists per game.
U o f L 's Antonita Slaughter made the second team.
Akron guard suspended
Akron has suspended point guard Alex Abreu after he was arrested Thursday and charged with possession and trafficking of marijuana.
Abreu is averaging 10.3 points and six assists for the Mid American Conference champs.
Bulldog out for season
Mississippi State's Jalen Steele will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee while driving to the basket in Bulldogs' loss to South Carolina on Wednesday.
Steele is Mississippi State's leading scorer with 10.1 points per game.