Donte Poole scored 25 points, and 12th-ranked Murray State routed Tennessee Tech 78-58 Friday night in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament semifinals in Nashville.
Now the Racers (29-1) will play the winner of Tennessee State-Morehead State in the championship Saturday trying to add a 15th overall tournament title to their regular-season title.
The Racers beat Tennessee Tech 69-64 to wrap up the regular season on Feb. 25. They showed fresh legs and no rust while beating the Golden Eagles for the third time this season.
Isaiah Canaan added 18 points, and Ed Daniel had 11.
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Kevin Murphy led Tennessee Tech (19-13) with 31 points.
The Racers outshot Tennessee Tech all over the floor, hitting 54.9 percent (28-for- 51) overall compared to 39.3 percent (22-for-56).
NCAA Division III men
No. 22 Wittenberg 63, No. 13 Birmingham Southern 56: Josh McKee shot 4-for-9 from three-point range and scored 18 points as the Tigers advanced in NCAA III regional semifinals at Tranylvania. Wittenberg (22-6), making its record 26th NCAA appearance, will meet either Transylvania or Carroll (Wis.) for the regional title Saturday at 7 p.m.
Calhoun back at practice
Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun returned to practice Friday four days after undergoing back surgery. The Hall of Fame coach was back with a whistle around his neck, leading UConn (17-12, 7-10 Big East) through drills ahead of the season finale Saturday against Pittsburgh (16-14, 5-12). He said he's not sure when he will return to the bench, but just couldn't stay home any longer.
"I'm getting back to normal," he said. "I'm not quite as cranky as I should be, but hopefully I will get there."
Calhoun took an indefinite medical leave on Feb. 3 and has missed the Huskies' last eight games because he has spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine, normally associated with aging and sometimes with arthritis.
No. 25 Creighton 68, Drake 61: Greg McDermott scored 26 points and Antoine Young added 16 points to lift Creighton over Drake (17-15) in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Creighton (26-5) advances to play the winner of the Evansville-Missouri State game on Saturday.
No. 15 Wichita State 72, Indiana State 48: Toure Murry and Joe Ragland scored 14 points each and Garrett Stutz had 12 rebounds to lead Wichita State past Indiana State in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Tournament. The Shockers (27-4) won their season-high ninth straight and will play Illinois State on Saturday for a spot in the championship.
Diggins named Big EastPlayer of Year
Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins has been selected as the Big East Player of the Year after leading the Irish to their first outright regular-season conference title. The junior guard led No. 3 Notre Dame to a 28-2 record (15-1 Big East), averaging 17.4 points and 5.8 assists. St. John's Kim Barnes Arico earned coach of the year honors.
Bellarmine 82, Lewis 62: Jeremy Kendle scored 28 points to lead Bellarmine (25-2) past Lewis (17-11) and into the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament in Springfield, Ill. Bellarmine will play the Southern Indiana-Indianapolis winner on Saturday night.
Northern Kentucky 58, Kentucky Wesleyan 51: NKU (22-5) held Anthony Young, the league's leading scorer, to eight points, and the Norse shot 66.7 percent in the second half to advance to the GLVC semifinals. NKU will play Missouri-St. Louis (19-8) on Saturday.
Georgetown 79, Virginia-Wise 71 (OT): Former Ballard star Johonne Hamilton scored 11 of his 22 points in overtime, and the No. 2 seed Tigers rallied from an eight-point deficit with just more than seven minutes to play in regulation and advanced to Saturday's semifinals in the Frankfort Convention Center. Georgetown will face sixth-seeded Campbellsville at 8 p.m. Travis Berry made Wise (9-16) a tough out, scoring 39 points.
Lindsey Wilson 51, Rio Grande 48: The top-seeded Blue Raiders held the Red Storm scoreless for the final 3:18 to erase a five-point deficit and advance to Saturday's semifinals at the Frankfort Convention Center. Lindsey Wilson, ranked ninth in the country, will play Cumberlands at 6 p.m.
Cumberlands 68, Pikeville 50: Zavion Neely scored 20 points, and the Patriots held the Bears to 27.8 percent shooting to advance to Saturday's semifinals in Frankfort.
Fourth-seeded Pikeville had six field goals in the second half and finished 15-for-54 from the field. Fifth-seeded Cumberlands wasn't much better, going 21-for-57, but the Patriots went on a 7-0 run midway through the second half to put it away and avenge two regular-season losses to the Bears.