|Arron Afflalo stood tall for No. 2 UCLA by scoring 14 points against No. 13 Washington State. (KODY WHITEAKER/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
UCLA wraps up Pac-10
Arron Afflalo scored 14 points to help second-ranked UCLA beat No. 13 Washington State, 53-45, last night in Pullman, Wash., in a showdown of the top teams in the Pacific-10 Conference.
UCLA (26-3, 15-2) wrapped up a second consecutive Pac-10 title with the win. It had already clinched at least a tie with Washington State and the top seed in the tournament.
Kyle Weaver scored 14 points for the Cougars (23-6, 12-5), who had their hopes of a first Pac-10 title in school history end.
After trailing by 1 at the half, the Bruins made 11 of their first 14 shots to open the second half and pulled away in a game matching the top defenses in the conference.
Memphis 78, UTEP 67 -- The sixth-ranked Tigers (26-3, 15-0 Conference USA) made it 18 straight wins behind Chris Douglas-Roberts's 21 points in El Paso.
Georgia Tech 84, North Carolina 77 -- At Atlanta, Thaddeus Young scored a career-high 25 points in a much-needed win for the Yellow Jackets (19-10, 7-8 ACC) and a loss that dropped the No. 8 Tar Heels (24-6, 10-5) from the top of the conference standings.
Utah St. 79, Nevada 77 -- Chaz Spicer made two free throws with 3.8 seconds left in overtime to boost the host Aggies (21-9, 9-7 WAC) and end a nine-game winning streak by the No. 10 Wolf Pack (26-3, 13-2).
Virginia 69, Virginia Tech 56 -- Sean Singletary scored 17 points and the host Cavaliers (20-8, 11-4) took over the ACC lead by avenging a loss to the No. 21 Hokies (20-9, 10-5) last month.
Washington 85, Southern Cal 70 -- At Seattle, Ryan Appleby had 22 points and the Huskies (17-12, 7-10 Pac-10) dropped the No. 23 Trojans (21-9, 11-6).
Atlantic Sun Conference tourney -- At Johnson City, Tenn., Eric Smith hit a pair of 3-pointers and two free throws in overtime to help sixth-seeded Campbell (14-16) upset third-seeded Jacksonville, 90-85, in the quarterfinals . . . Justin Hare scored 14 points as second-seeded Belmont (21-9) routed Gardner-Webb, 79-61, in the quarterfinals . . . Courtney Pigram's 31 points helped top seed East Tennessee State (23-8) dump Stetson, 77-61 . . . Eddie Ard and Brian Fisk each scored 17 points as No. 4 seed Lipscomb (18-12) rolled to an easy 85-49 quarterfinal win over Mercer.
Big South Conference tourney -- Reggie Williams scored 28 points to lead VMI (14-18) to a 91-81 upset of second-seeded High Point in a semifinal matchup in Rock Hill, S.C. . . . Top-seeded Winthrop (27-4) won its 22d consecutive home game, a 79-60 blowout of North Carolina-Asheville in the other semifinal.
Missouri Valley Conference tourney -- Klayton Korver's 3-pointer late in overtime led Drake (17-14) to a first-round win over Evansville, 101-96, in St. Louis . . . Marcio Stinson's 3-pointer with 14 seconds left lifted Indiana State (13-17) past Illinois State, 68-65.
Northeast Conference tourney -- Second-seeded Sacred Heart (17-13) won for the first time in the conference tournament, getting 20 points and 11 rebounds from Joey Henley in a 100-68 quarterfinal romp over Wagner in Fairfield, Conn. . . . Tristan Blackwood tallied 25 points for top seed Central Connecticut (20-11), which eliminated Saint Francis (N.Y.), 79-61, in a quarterfinal in New Britain, Conn. . . . Van Crafton (23 points) hit two free throws with 5.9 seconds left, giving No. 3 seed Quinnipiac (14-14) a 78-77 win over visiting Fairleigh Dickinson and a semifinal berth . . . Mychal Kearse had 19 points as fifth-seeded Mount St. Mary's (11-19) took out No. 4 seed Robert Morris, 78-61, in Coraopolis, Pa.
Southern Conference tourney -- At North Charleston, S.C., Jason Richards and Stephen Curry had 20 points each as top-seeded Davidson (27-4) advanced to the semifinals with a 78-68 victory over Chattanooga . . . Fifth-seeded Furman (15-15) used an 18-4 second-half run and 18 points from Robby Bostain to hold off UNC Greensboro, 73-71, in another quarterfinal . . . D.J. Thompson had 15 points to lead No. 2 seed Appalachian State (25-6) to a 78-59 victory over Western Carolina . . . Dontaye Draper scored 23 points and third-seeded College of Charleston (21-10) disposed of Georgia Southern, 77-66.
Northeast-10 Conference tourney -- Jason Westrol matched his career high with 16 points for Bentley (28-0), which advanced to tomorrow's title game with an 85-74 win over Bryant in Waltham . . . Third seed Saint Rose (21-8) edged host Pace, 82-81, on Will Monica's 3-pointer with five seconds left.
NCAA Division 3 tourney -- Eleven players scored for Keene State (23-5) and David Sontag netted 22 points in an 81-47 first-round thrashing of visiting Rivier.