Anthony Crater scored on a driving layup with 5.1 seconds left, and a last-ditch shot by Maalik Wayns at the buzzer clanked off the rim, allowing South Florida to beat Villanova 70-69 in the Big East Tournament Tuesday night in New York.
The Wildcats squandered a 16-point halftime lead, completing their late-season collapse when Wayns threw away an inbounds pass with 22.8 seconds left that Crater converted into a go-ahead layup.
Shaun Noriega hit six threes and scored 22 points to lead the 15th-seeded Bulls (10-22), who had lost eight of their last nine but still advanced to play seventh-seeded Cincinnati in the second round Wednesday night. South Florida's only win over that stretch came at DePaul.
Wayns finished with 24 points for the Wildcats (21-11), who at one time were considered national title contenders but instead might limp into the NCAA Tournament having lost five straight games.
No. 21 Connecticut 97, DePaul 71: Kemba Walker scored 26 points, and Connecticut won a Big East Tournament game for the first time in six years. Jeremy Lamb, playing on a sore knee, had 17 of his 19 points in the first half for the Huskies (22-9), who got back on track after losing four of their final five regular-season games. No. 9 seed UConn advanced to play Wednesday against No. 22 Georgetown, the No. 8 seed at Madison Square Garden.
Men: Horizon League finals
Butler 59, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 44: In Milwaukee, Matt Howard scored 18 points, and former Bryan Station star Shelvin Mack added 14 to lead Butler to its third tournament title in four years. The Bulldogs will get a chance to duplicate their wild run last year to the NCAA title game when they fell two points short to Duke.
Butler (23-9) reached the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time by reeling off nine straight wins and avoiding losing to Milwaukee (19-13) for the third time this season.
Men: Sun Belt finals
Arkansas-Little Rock 64, North Texas 63: Solomon Bozeman's deep three-pointer with 1.5 seconds left gave Arkansas-Little Rock the Sun Belt Tournament title in Hot Springs, Ark., and sent the Trojans to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years. It's the first conference tournament title in school history.
Men: Ivy League
Princeton 70, Pennsylvania 58: Kareem Maddox scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half as visiting Princeton clinched a share of the Ivy League championship. The Tigers (24-6, 12-2) will face Harvard on Saturday in a one-game playoff at Yale. The winner will get the league's automatic NCAA Tournament invitation, although both will be considered co-champions.
Women: Sun Belt finals
Arkansas-Little Rock 66, Western Kentucky 59: Chastity Reed scored 22 points to help Arkansas-Little Rock book a return trip to the NCAA Tournament with a win in Hot Springs, Ark. Western's Amy McNear, who led the Lady Toppers (15-17) with 24 points, missed a late three-point attempt, and UALR sealed the win at the free-throw line.
Women: Big East finals
No. 1 Connecticut 73, No. 10 Notre Dame 64: Stefanie Dolson scored 24 points, and Maya Moore added 22 to help the Huskies win their fourth straight tournament title in Hartford, Conn. Notre Dame was making its first trip to the championship since 2001 when the Irish lost to UConn on a buzzer-beater. Lexington Catholic graduate Natalie Novosel scored 17 points to lead Notre Dame (26-7).
Wash. guard suspended
The Seattle city attorney charged Washington guard Venoy Overton with providing alcohol to a minor on Tuesday. Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar suspended Overton for the tournament, beginning with Thursday night's game against Washington State.