Roundup: Alabama advances on buzzer-beater

Collin Sexton scored 27 points, including the game-winning basket at the buzzer after an end-to-end dash, as Alabama outlasted Texas A&M 71-70 on Thursday in a Southeastern Conference tournament second-round contest at St. Louis.

Texas A&M's Admon Gilder canned an NBA-length 3-pointer to tie the game at 65 with 1:16 to play, after which Sexton and the Aggies' TJ Starks traded jumpers. Sexton then hit a jumper with 17 seconds remaining to push the Crimson Tide back to the lead before Starks coolly poured in a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds left that looked as if it gave the Aggies the win.

However, Sexton raced up the floor, split two Texas A&M defenders and sunk the clinching floater as time expired.

The Crimson Tide (18-14) move on play top-seeded and 16th-ranked Auburn on Friday in one of the event's four quarterfinal games. Dazon Ingram added 13 points as Alabama ended a five-game losing streak. The Aggies (20-12) got 23 points from Starks.

In other SEC tournament action:

Georgia 62, Missouri 60

The Bulldogs spoiled heralded freshman Michael Porter Jr.'s return for the Tigers and hung on for a victory to advance to the SEC quarterfinals.

Yante Maten scored a game-high 21 points and Teshaun Hightower scored a much-needed 13 for the 12th-seeded Bulldogs (18-14), who will face No. 4 seed Kentucky on Friday. Georgia missed three free throws in the closing seconds but survived when Missouri's Kassius Robertson missed a corner 3-point attempt with two seconds remaining.

The Tigers (20-12) got 12 points from Porter, who had been out since the season opener due to a back problem. His younger brother, Jontay Porter, led Mizzou with 20 points.

Mississippi State 80, LSU 77

Lamar Peters scored 24 points, and the seventh-seeded Bulldogs held off the 10th-seeded Tigers in the second round of the SEC tournament at St. Louis.

Mississippi State (22-10) will face second-seeded Tennessee in the quarterfinals Friday. Quinndary Weatherspoon and Nick Weatherspoon scored 15 points each for the Bulldogs. Aric Holman had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Tremont Waters, who played with a plastic mask on his face to protect a broken nose sustained in practice Monday, scored a game-high 28 points to lead LSU (17-14). Daryl Edwards scored 11 and Brandon Rachal had 10.

Atlantic Coast Conference tournament action:

No. 1 Virginia 75, Louisville 58

Paced by Kyle Guy, who scored a game-high 19 points, the top-seeded Cavaliers cruised past the ninth-seeded Cardinals in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament at New York.

Virginia (29-2) led for 34 minutes and put five players in double figures while shooting 52.5 percent for the game. Guy was returning from spraining his MCL and being held scoreless in the Cavaliers' regular-season finale last Saturday.

Louisville (20-13) cut Virginia's lead to four midway through the second half but got no closer. The Cardinals, who are now 1-8 against Virginia since joining the ACC, got a team-high 16 points from Ray Spalding.

No. 5 Duke 88, Notre Dame 70

Marvin Bagley III scored 33 points as the fifth-ranked Blue Devils posted a victory over the Irish in the ACC quarterfinals at New York.

Grayson Allen, who poured in 17 points in the opening 10 minutes, finished with 23 points for second-seeded Duke (26-6). The Blue Devils won for the sixth time in seven games.

Bonzie Colson's 18 points, Martinas Geben's 14 points and Matt Farrell's 11 points and 12 assists led 10th-seeded Notre Dame (20-14).

No. 19 Clemson 90, Boston College 82

Gabe DeVoe matched his career high with 25 points as the Tigers topped the Eagles in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.

Clemson, the tournament's No. 4 seed, improved to 23-8 and advanced to play top seed and No. 1-ranked Virginia in Friday's semifinals. The Tigers have won seven in a row against Boston College (19-15).

Shelton Mitchell scored 21 points and Marcquise Reed added 12 for Clemson. Ky Bowman paced Boston College with 23 points while Jerome Robinson had 20.

Big 12 tournament action:

No. 9 Kansas 82, Oklahoma State 68

Malik Newman scored a career-high 30 points as the Jayhawks avenged two regular-season losses to the Cowboys by earning a win in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament at Kansas City, Mo.

Newman scored 20 first-half points, keeping the No. 9 Jayhawks (25-7) in the game early before they rallied for a one-point halftime edge and then took control with a 14-0 spurt in the second half. Devonte' Graham added 10 points and nine assists for Kansas, which will face Kansas State in Friday's semifinals.

Ninth-seeded Oklahoma State (19-14) was led by senior guard Jeffrey Carroll with 17 points. The Cowboys, on the NCAA bubble, were bidding for a fifth win over a top-10 opponent.

No. 14 Texas Tech 73, Texas 69

Keenan Evans scored 25 points, including two baskets and a pair of free throws in the final two minutes, to help push the Red Raiders to a win over the Longhorns in a Big 12 tournament quarterfinal at Kansas City, Mo.

Second-seeded Texas Tech (24-8) will play either Baylor or No. 18 West Virginia in Friday's second semifinal.

Jacob Young poured in a career-high 29 points to lead all scorers, while Texas (19-14) also got 20 points from Matt Coleman.

Kansas State 66, TCU 64 (OT)

Barry Brown scored the decisive basket with 11.2 seconds left in overtime as the Wildcats posted a victory over the Horned Frogs in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament at Kansas City, Mo.

Makol Mawien contributed 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots for the fourth-seeded Wildcats (22-10).

Kenrich Williams had 20 points, 10 rebounds and three steals for fifth-seeded TCU (21-11), while Alex Robinson added 16 points.

Pac-12 tournament action:

No. 15 Arizona 83, Colorado 67

Allonzo Trier scored 22 points and Dusan Ristic had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the top-seeded and 15th-ranked Wildcats advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament with a victory over the Buffaloes in Las Vegas.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 14 points, Rawle Alkins had 12 and Deandre Ayton added 10 for the Wildcats (25-7), who avenged one of their four conference regular-season losses. Arizona will oppose UCLA on Friday in the semis.

George King scored 19 points and Lucas Siewert had 16 for Colorado. The Buffaloes (17-15) had lost four of five before beating Arizona State in the first round of the tournament.

UCLA 88, Stanford 77

Aaron Holiday tied a career high with 34 points and added eight assists and six rebounds as the fourth-seeded Bruins moved into the Pac-12 tournament semifinals with a victory over the Cardinal in Las Vegas.

Holiday made five 3-pointers for the Bruins (21-10), and Thomas Welsh hit four as part of a double-double that included 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Kezie Okpala had a season-high 23 points and Reid Travis had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Cardinal (18-15), who had won five of six and seven of 10. Okpala also compiled seven rebounds and five assists.

Big East tournament action:

No. 2 Villanova 94, Marquette 70

Mikal Bridges had 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists as the second-seeded Wildcats advanced in the Big East tournament with a victory over the Golden Eagles in New York.

Jalen Brunson added 21 points, Phil Booth contributed 15 and Eric Paschall had 13 for Villanova (28-4). Coach Jay Wright earned his school-record 414th career victory on the Main Line, allowing him to surpass Alexander Severance, who coached from 1936-61. The Wildcats will face either third-seeded Butler or sixth-seeded Seton Hall in the semifinals Friday night.

Markus Howard led seventh-seeded Marquette (19-13) with 23 points while Andrew Rowsey added 22.

No. 3 Xavier 88, St. John's 60

Trevon Bluiett had 27 points and Kaiser Gates added 16 points to lead the Musketeers to a win over the Red Storm in a Big East tournament quarterfinal matchup at New York.

The Musketeers (28-4) went on a 15-6 run to start the second half and used a 14-4 stretch midway through the half to go up by 20-plus. Xavier advances to a semifinal meeting with Providence.

Marvin Clark II had 18 points and Shamorie Ponds added 15 for the Red Storm, who lost for the third time to Xavier this season to fall to 16-17 on the year.

Providence 72, Creighton 68 (OT)

Alpha Diallo had 19 points to lead the ninth-seeded Friars to an overtime win over the eighth-seeded Bluejays in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament at New York.

Kyron Cartwright and Rodney Bullock added 13 apiece for Providence (20-12).

Marcus Foster had 19 points and Davion Mintz added 14 for Creighton (21-11).

--Field Level Media

03/08/2018 22:39

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