College hoops roundup: Duke to meet Ga. Tech for ACC title

Blue Devils edge Miami

Jackets defeat N.C. State

March 14, 2010|By From Sun news services

Kyle Singler scored 27 points to help fourth-ranked Duke push ahead in the second half to beat Miami, 77-74, in Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinal in Greensboro, N.C.

Jon Scheyer added 16 points, including eight in the go-ahead 15-0 run early in the second half that restored some sense of order in an upset-filled tournament. The top-seeded Blue Devils (28-5) trailed by three at halftime against the league's last-place team before rallying to reach the championship game, where they will defend their title against Georgia Tech.

ACC semifinal: Derrick Favors had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Georgia Tech held off North Carolina State, 57-54, to reach the tournament championship game.

Gani Lawal added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (22-11).

Georgia Tech reached the final for the first time since losing to Duke in 2005.

Big East championship: Da'Sean Butler's second game-winner in three days gave West Virginia its first Big East championship.

The senior guard, who had banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give West Virginia a quarterfinal win, scored in the lane with 4.2 seconds left, and the seventh-ranked Mountaineers beat No. 22 Georgetown, 60-58.

Big 12 championship: Marcus Morris had 18 points, Tyrel Reed added 15 and No. 1 Kansas held off No. 9 Kansas State down the stretch for a 72-64 victory and its seventh Big 12 tournament title.

Kansas (32-2) labored through a physical, defense-dominated first half and used a small spurt midway through the second to beat its in-state rivals for the third time this season.

Pacific-10 championship: Quincy Pondexter scored 18 points, Isaiah Thomas added 16 and Washington rallied from a late deficit to win the Pac-10 tournament with a thrilling 79-75 victory over California.

Big Ten semifinal: Minnesota held No. 6 Purdue to the worst first half in the Boilermakers' record books and rolled to a 69-42 victory.

Ralph Sampson III scored 13 points for the sixth-seeded Golden Gophers (21-12), who reached the final for the first time. They'll play No. 5 Ohio State today for the championship.

Big Ten semifinal: Evan Turner scored 12 of his 31 points after regulation Saturday, leading No. 6 Ohio State past Illinois, 88-81, in double overtime.

The Big Ten Player of the Year finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds but added 10 turnovers.

Southeastern Conference semifinal: DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and No. 2 Kentucky beat 15th-ranked Tennessee, 74-45, and advanced to the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game.

Kentucky (31-2) will play Mississippi State today.

Southeastern Conference semifinal: Barry Stewart scored 14 points and Mississippi State advanced to its second consecutive SEC tournament championship game with a 62-52 win over No. 20 Vanderbilt.

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