TOP 25: Baylor 81, No. 4 Kansas 58
Pierre Jackson had 28 points and 10 assists as host Baylor finished the regular season with a stunning victory over Kansas to keep the Jayhawks from the outright Big 12 regular-season title.
Cory Jefferson added 25 points for Baylor (18-13, 9-9 Big 12), combining his usual powerful dunks with his first three career 3-pointers.
Even after their worst loss in seven years, Kansas (26-5, 14-4) will still be the No. 1 seed for next week’s conference tournament in Kansas City, and now has at least a share of the last nine Big 12 regular-season titles. The Jayhawks had won the previous four outright, but have to share this one with rival Kansas State, which also lost Saturday.
Ben McLemore had 23 points for Kansas, whose only lead came when the freshman made a layup only 5 seconds into the game.
No. 1 Gonzaga 66, Loyola Marymount 48
Elias Harris had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead Gonzaga over Loyola Marymount in a semifinal in the West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas. The Bulldogs (30-2) advanced to play for the league championship Monday night against the winner of Saturday’s late semifinal between Saint Mary’s and San Diego. Challenged in the first half by a team that went 1-15 in WCC play this season, Gonzaga turned up the defensive intensity and opened the second half on a 19-5 run to seize momentum.
No. 2 Duke 69, North Carolina 53
Seth Curry hit his first seven shots as visiting Duke (27-4, 14-4 ACC) scored the first 14 points of the game. Curry finished with 20 points, while Mason Plumlee turned in his best performance in a month with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Duke led UNC (22-9, 12-6) by 25 points after halftime.
No. 5 Georgetown 61, No. 17 Syracuse 39
On an afternoon that Otto Porter Jr. didn’t make a field goal until the second half, host Georgetown used stifling defense to close its Big East rivalry against Syracuse with a victory that gave the Hoyas a share of the regular-season conference title. Georgetown sent Syracuse off to the Atlantic Coast Conference with the Orange’s lowest-scoring Big East game.
Porter finished with 10 points, but the national player of the year candidate contributed in plenty of other ways, as usual, with eight rebounds and seven assists.
Markel Starks scored 19, and freshman D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 15 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Hoyas (24-5, 14-4). Syracuse (23-8, 11-7) was led by Michael Carter-Williams’ 17 points.
No. 6 Miami 62, Clemson 49
Kenny Kadji scored a season-high 23 points to help the host Miami Hurricanes win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship outright by beating Clemson.
Kadji also grabbed 12 rebounds and Miami (24-6, 15-3) clinched its first outright men’s basketball league title.
Clemson (13-17, 5-13) has lost six consecutive games and nine of its past 10.
No. 8 Louisville 73, No. 24 Notre Dame 57
Gorgui Dieng had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to help host Louisville earn a share of the Big East Conference title.
Peyton Siva added 13 points and five assists in his final home game for the Cardinals (26-5, 14-4 Big East), who finished the regular season tied for first place with Georgetown and Marquette. Garrick Sherman led Notre Dame (23-8, 11-7) with 14 points.
No. 13 Oklahoma St. 76, No. 9 Kansas St. 70
Le’Bryan Nash scored 24 points, Marcus Smart added 21 and host Oklahoma State hurt Kansas State’s chances to win the Big 12 championship. The Wildcats (25-6, 14-4) led by as much as nine in the second half and were up 61-57 following Rodney McGruder’s three-point play with 4:45 remaining. The Cowboys (23-7, 13-5) didn’t allow another field goal for more than 4 minutes and hit 13 consecutive free throws during crunch time to clinch the win.
Kentucky 61, No. 11 Florida 57
Julius Mays’ two free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining capped host Kentucky’s comeback from a seven-point deficit for an upset of Florida. Archie Goodwin’s 16 points led the way for Kentucky (21-10, 12-6 SEC). The Wildcats outscored the Gators 11-0 over the final 7:28. Florida (24-6, 14-4) missed its final 11 shots.
Air Force 89, No. 12 New Mexico 88
Todd Fletcher hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining to give host Air Force an upset over New Mexico. Tony Snell’s 3-point attempt from the right wing clanged off the iron as time expired, and Air Force (17-12, 8-8 Mountain West) fans stormed the court to celebrate the program’s first win over a top-15 team. Fletcher’s clutch shot came seconds after New Mexico’s Kendall Williams missed the back end of a one-and-one. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Lobos (26-5, 13-3).
No. 15 Marquette 69, St. John’s 67
Marquette beat St. John’s in overtime to win a share of the Big East regular-season title. It was Marquette’s first championship in the Big East since joining the conference in 2005-06.
A layup by St. John’s Jamal Branch with 27 seconds left in regulation capped a 12-2 run that tied it at 63.
Blue scored in a drive with 48 seconds left in overtime to tie it at 67. After St. John’s missed two shots on one possession, Marquette called a timeout with 7.4 seconds left. Blue scored the winning basket and had 16 points for the Golden Eagles (23-7, 14-4 Big East).
No. 16 Saint Louis 78, La Salle 54
Dwayne Evans had 16 points and 17 rebounds and host Saint Louis hit 17 of its 20 shots in a pull-away second half, clinching a share of the Atlantic 10 title.
Kwamain Mitchell had 19 points and six assists for Saint Louis (24-6, 13-3 A-10), which won its first conference title since 1970-71 in the Missouri Valley. Tyrone Garland had 15 points off the bench for La Salle (21-8, 11-5).
No. 18 Arizona 73, Arizona St. 58
Nick Johnson scored 17 points, and Solomon Hill added 12 in his final home game for host Arizona (24-6, 12-6 Pac-12). The Wildcats built a 15-point lead in the first half and answered a big second-half run by the Sun Devils with one of their own. Arizona State (20-11, 9-9) pulled within five in the second half, but had trouble holding on to the ball, its 17 turnovers leading to 21 points for Arizona.
Utah 72, No. 19 Oregon 62
Jason Washburn had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Jarred DuBois added 15 points and several key baskets down the stretch to propel host Utah past Oregon. Jordan Loveridge and Brandon Taylor chipped in 14 points apiece for the Utes (13-17, 5-13), who won consecutive Pac-12 games for the first time since joining the league. E.J. Singler had 21 points and seven rebounds to lead Oregon (23-8, 12-6).
No. 20 Pittsburgh 81, DePaul 66
J.J. Moore scored 21 points off the bench and visiting Pittsburgh shot a school-record 72 percent to beat DePaul. The Panthers (24-7, 12-6 Big East) have won 11 of their last 14 games. Moore, a junior forward, hit a career-best five 3-pointers while many of his teammates got to the rim at will against DePaul (11-20, 2-16). Twenty-two of Pittsburgh’s 46 first-half points came on dunks and layups.
No. 23 UCLA 61, Washington 54
Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points, Larry Drew II came up with another huge shot against host Washington and UCLA clinched the Pac-12 Conference regular-season title. Muhammad scored 14 in the second half and helped UCLA (23-8, 13-5 Pac-12) rally from a four-point deficit with 5 minutes remaining. Scott Suggs had 14 points, but Washington (17-14, 9-9) scored just two points over the final 5 minutes.
No. 25 Memphis 86, UAB 71
Guard Joe Jackson scored 17 points, handed out 10 assists and grabbed nine rebounds as the host Memphis Tigers pulled away to complete an undefeated run through Conference USA. Jackson added six steals for Memphis (27-4, 16-0).
Jordan Swing led Alabama-Birmingham (15-16, 7-9) with 19 points.
BIG TEN: Iowa 74, Nebraska 60
Aaron White led a balanced effort with 19 points and host Iowa beat Nebraska in its regular-season finale to finish at .500 in the Big Ten for the first time in six years.
Freshman Adam Woodbury had 12 points for the Hawkeyes (20-11, 9-9).
Iowa, which broke the game open with a 20-2 run midway through the second half.
Ray Gallegos had 22 points for Nebraska (14-17, 5-13).
Iowa’s Devyn Marble scored his 1,000th point, joining his father Roy Marble as the only father/son duo in Big Ten history to do so.
Purdue 89, Minnesota 73
D.J. Byrd and Rapheal Davis each scored 18 points as host Purdue rolled past Minnesota. The Boilermakers (15-16, 8-10) won for only the third time in seven games.
For Minnesota (20-11, 8-10), it was another dreadful day on the road. Forward Trevor Mbakwe got into early foul trouble and the Golden Gophers looked flat as they fell into an early 15-point deficit.
Andre Hollins scored 24 points, Rodney Williams added 13 points and Mbakwe finished with six points and 10 rebounds after playing fewer than five minutes in the first half. Minnesota missed seven of its first eight shots, found itself in a quick 20-5 hole and never got closer than seven.
MID-AMERICAN: Western Michigan 71, Central Michigan 68
Shayne Whittington had 16 points and 14 rebounds as host Western Michigan won to earn a share of the MAC West Division title with Toledo. Brandon Pokley scored 15 points for the Broncos (19-11, 10-6). Western Michigan overcame a 33-point effort by Kyle Randall, who was 6-for-10 on 3-pointers for Central Michigan (11-19, 4-12).
Toledo 78, Eastern Michigan 67
Dominique Buckley scored 21 points to help visiting Toledo clinch a share of the MAC West. Julius Brown had 19 points and 12 assists for Toledo (15-13, 10-6). Derek Thompson led the Eagles (14-17, 7-9) with 25 points. Eastern Michigan led 35-31 at halftime. The Rockets took control with a 21-2 burst in the second half.
Ohio 58, Miami 54
D.J. Cooper scored 17 points and host Ohio overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half to beat Miami. Ohio trailed 44-32 with 11:58 left in the game when Miami’s Geovonie McKnight made a free throw. But the Bobcats (23-8, 14-2) answered with a 15-0 run, capped by Cooper’s 3-pointer with 7:04 remaining to claim a 47-44 advantage.
Will Felder finished with 20 points for Miami (8-21, 3-13).
Ball State 53, Northern Illinois 51
Jauwan Scaife scored 17 points, and host Ball State (15-14, 8-8) won its fifth consecutive game. Darrell Bowie led the Huskies (5-24, 3-13) with 10 points.