Marland Smith scored 20 points and Tyler Stone had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Southeast Missouri to a 75-65 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday night in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament's first round in Nashville.
Smith went 9-for-13 at the free-throw line and hit 5 of 10 field goals for the fifth-seeded Redhawks (15-15). Southeast Missouri advances into Thursday's quarterfinal against No. 4 seed Tennessee Tech after ousting eighth-seeded Eastern Kentucky (16-16) for the second straight year.
Leon Powell added 12 points and 14 rebounds and Lucas Nutt dished out 11 assists for the Redhawks.
Jaron Jones led the Colonels with 28 points and Joshua Jones scored 17, hitting three three-pointers apiece.
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Southeast Missouri led 15-2 after a 13-0 run that included six of Stone's 10 first-half points. The Redhawks' biggest lead was 36-19 and Eastern Kentucky couldn't get any closer than five points at 56-51.
No. 6 North Carolina 88, Maryland 64: Tyler Zeller had 30 points in his final home game to help North Carolina beat Maryland. John Henson added 19 points for the Tar Heels (26-4, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led all game to set up a matchup with No. 4 Duke this weekend to determine the league's regular-season champion.
Zeller went 20-for-23 from the free-throw line, breaking Tyler Hansbrough's Smith Center record for free throws in a game and finishing one shy of matching the ACC's all-time mark.
In addition, Kendall Marshall added eight assists to set UNC's season record.
Nick Faust had 17 points to lead the Terrapins (16-13, 6-9), who shot just 37 percent and got no closer than six points early in the second half.
No. 7 Missouri 78, Iowa St. 72: Michael Dixon scored 21 points to lead five Missouri players in double figures and the host Tigers beat Iowa State, clinching the No. 2 seed in next week's Big 12 tournament. Dixon's driving layup with 3:36 left gave Missouri (26-4, 13-4) a 66-64 lead it wouldn't relinquish.
It was Missouri's 13th Big 12 win, the most in school history as it prepares to leave for the Southeastern Conference next season.
Royce White led Iowa State (21-9, 11-6) with 20 points and nine assists.
Cincinnati 72, No. 8 Marquette 61: JaQuon Parker scored a career-high 28 points in a take-it-to-the-hoop attack, leading host Cincinnati to a victory over Marquette that boosted the Bearcats' NCAA Tournament chances.
The Bearcats (21-9, 11-6) have won six of their last eight, including home victories over then-No. 17 Louisville and Marquette (24-6, 13-4).
Cincinnati repeatedly drove through Marquette's defense for layups, with Parker leading the way. Dion Dixon added 21 points for the Bearcats. Cincinnati's front line dominated with nine blocks, including seven by Justin Jackson.
Darius Johnson-Odom scored 18 points, and Jae Crowder added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Marquette.
Alabama 55, Auburn 49: JaMychal Green scored six of his 15 points in the final 1:23 to help host Alabama escape with a victory over Auburn, its fourth straight win. The Crimson Tide (20-9, 9-6 SEC) hit 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch to claim its fifth consecutive victory in the in-state rivalry.
The Tigers (14-15, 4-11) kept it tight by holding Alabama to 30.4 percent shooting (14-for-45). The Tide was far more efficient at the free-throw line, making 24 of 32 (75 percent) to avoid a loss that would have looked bad on their NCAA Tournament résumé.
Albany State 63, Kentucky State 60: Kentucky State entered the SIAC Tournament with a three-game winning streak but lost in the first round to Albany State in Atlanta. Troy Adams had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Thorobreds (12-15).
Austin Peay 84, Morehead State 83 (2 OT): Whitney Hanley scored 38 points, and Nicole Olszewski hit a go-ahead free throw with 12 seconds left in the second overtime to help Austin Peay (9-21) eliminate Morehead State (10-19) in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Nashville.
Morehead State, which blew a 15-point second-half lead, sent the game to a second overtime on Linda Dixon's three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left. Dixon had 21 points, and teammate Courtney Lumpkin scored 22.
Eastern Kentucky 70, Tennessee State 55: Alex Jones and Jade Barber each had double-doubles, and EKU (13-15) got its first OVC Tournament win since 2005. EKU will face No. 3 seed Tennessee Tech (15-15) in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Jones had 15 points and 14 rebounds, including her 1,000th career point. Barber had 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.