Men's Basketball

College basketball highlights: Feb. 26

Missouri's Michael Dixon doubled over while Kansas' Travis Releford waved a towel after the Jayhawks' overtime win.
Missouri's Michael Dixon doubled over while Kansas' Travis Releford waved a towel after the Jayhawks' overtime win. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Thomas Robinson kept the game going with a three-point play in the closing seconds of regulation, and Tyshawn Taylor's two free throws with 8.3 seconds left in overtime gave fourth-ranked Kansas an 87-86 win over No. 3 Missouri on Saturday in their final scheduled regular-season matchup.

Robinson finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds for Kansas (24-5, 14-2), which wrapped up at least a share of its eighth straight Big 12 title. Taylor added 24 points, seven in overtime. Marcus Denmon had 28 points to lead Missouri (25-4, 12-4), which heads to the SEC next season.

No. 5 Duke 70, Virginia Tech 65 (OT): Austin Rivers scored 23 points, Seth Curry added 19 and the host Blue Devils won their sixth straight to stay atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. Miles Plumlee added 15 rebounds and two free throws with 9.6 seconds left for Duke (25-4, 12-2), which made six of eight foul shots in the final minute of OT.

No. 7 North Carolina 54, No. 25 Virginia 51: Tyler Zeller scored 20 points, including a critical dunk with 13.3 seconds left and the shot clock winding down, and the Tar Heels won on the road to sweep the season series.

Purdue 75, No. 11 Michigan 61: Terone Johnson scored a career-high 22 points, and Robbie Hummel added 17 to help the Boilermakers hand the Wolverines their first home loss of the season.

St. John's 61, No. 20 Notre Dame 58: Moe Harkless had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Red Storm to their first win over a ranked team in 11 games this season.

SEC men

Georgia 76, No. 12 Florida 62: Freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points, Gerald Robinson added 15, and the host Bulldogs snapped the Gators' three-game winning streak. Florida never led in the game and trailed by double digits most of the second half. They whittled the lead to five on Kenny Boynton's three-pointer with 1:53 left, but Georgia (13-15, 4-10) scored the next six to seal it.

Tennessee 73, South Carolina 64: Trae Golden had 21 points, and Jordon McRae added 16 points and eight rebounds as the Volunteers (16-13, 8-6) never trailed and shot 52.2 percent. The win keeps Tennessee in fourth place in the SEC, tied with Alabama as they try to get a bye into the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

Mississippi 72, Louisiana State 48: Terrance Henry scored 21 points, Nick Williams added 18, and the host Rebels snapped a three-game losing streak. It was a crushing loss for LSU (17-11, 7-7), which had played its way into the NCAA Tournament conversation with a four-game winning streak.

Alabama 67, Mississippi State 50: Levi Randolph scored a career-high 18 points, and the host Tide welcomed back JaMychal Green from suspension with a dominant second half. Alabama (19-9, 8-6) has won six of eight games, and Green, one of four players to serve a suspension recently, returned after four games to score nine points.

Arkansas 77, Auburn 71: Rickey Scott scored 22 points, and Arkansas picked up its first road win in nine tries this season. Mardracus Wade added 18 points for the Razorbacks (18-11, 6-8 SEC), who trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half.

Women

No. 3 Notre Dame 80, South Florida 68: Former Lexington Catholic star Natalie Novosel scored a career-high 32 points for the host Irish, and Coach Muffet McGraw got her first league title in 11 years.

"Each year has been different, and I've absolutely loved each year even more. It's just been an amazing experience," Novosel said. "I can't wait to keep playing."

On Saturday, she was 9-for-16 from the floor and 12-for-12 from the line.

No. 16 Louisville 75, No. 21 DePaul 62: Becky Burke scored 20 points, and the host Cardinals earned a split in the season series. Louisville used a 12-2 run that spanned the final minute of the first half and the first four minutes of the second to build a 43-31 lead and never looked back. The Cards have won three of their past four games. Anna Martin (Lexington Christian) led DePaul (20-9, 8-7) with 18 points.

Franklin 67, Transylvania 45: Sarah Condra scored 13 points, and the top-seeded Grizzlies knocked the Pioneers out of the Heartland Conference Tournament, advancing to the finals at home. Franklin plays Hanover on Sunday for the title. Nicole Coffman (Casey Co.) led Transy (14-13) with 14 points.

Thomas More 77, Saint Vincent 66: Sophomore guard Devin Beasley (Conner) recorded her first career double-double with 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the top-seeded Saints to the Presidents' Athletic Conference Tournament title. The hosts earned the PAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament for a sixth straight season. Brackets will be announced on Monday.

Georgetown 94, West Virginia Tech 53: Andrea Howard had 17 points and 11 rebounds as the visiting Tigers rolled in the season finale for both teams. Georgetown is the third seed in the Mid-South Tournament and will face Lindsey Wilson on Thursday in Frankfort.

SIU-Edwardsville 72, Morehead State 70: The host Eagles erased a 14-point second-half deficit but fell in overtime for the third time this year. MSU earned the fifth seed for the OVC Tournament in Nashville and will face eighth-seed Austin Peay on Wednesday.

State men

Transylvania 71, Anderson 59: Barrett Meyer scored 20 points, and Ethan Spurlin added 13 points and 10 rebounds as the host Pioneers cruised into the HCAC finals, at the Beck Center on Sunday. Top-seeded Transy will face No. 3 Rose-Hulman at 2 p.m. for an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Pikeville 89, Virginia-Wise 79: Junior Trevor Setty (Mason Co.) scored a career-high 39 points, and the host Bears (17-11) finished the regular season at 9-7 in the Mid-South Conference. Setty raised his scoring average almost a full point, to 16.1. He shot 12-for-17 and hit six three-pointers.

Eastern Kentucky 86, Eastern Illinois 74: Joshua Jones scored a game-high 27 points, and former Bryan Station star Jaron Jones added 23 as the Colonels (16-15, 7-9) clinched the final spot in the OVC Tournament.

Centre 77, Birmingham-Southern 58: Greg Ross scored 28 points on 11-for-13 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds as Centre rolled into the finals of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. The Colonels ended a 43-game home winning streak for Birmingham, ranked ninth in NCAA Division III, and will go for their fourth straight tournament title against Trinity Sunday.

Asbury 96, Indiana-East 93: Former Scott County star Dakotah Euton tied a career high with 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the visiting Eagles upset the NAIA's No. 17 team in the first round of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. Euton is averaging 21.6 points and 9.8 rebounds in eight February games. Asbury will play either Berea or Brescia at Berea on Monday in the semifinals.

Georgetown 82, West Virginia Tech 74: Aaron Morris scored 21 points to lead five players in double figures, and the Tigers won their season finale on the road.

Western Kentucky 73, Middle Tennessee 67: T.J. Price scored 13 points and the host Hilltoppers snapped a five-game losing streak and beat the conference champions in front of a sell-out crowd of 7,326. Middle Tennessee finishes 14-2 in the Sun Belt and has received votes in the coaches' poll.

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