Vanderbilt stunned No. 4 Mississippi State in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament last night at Atlanta, pulling off a 74-70 upset in overtime and likely denying Mississippi State any chance of landing a top seed in the NCAAs.
SEC Player of the Year Lawrence Roberts, hobbled by a sprained right ankle, had a chance to win it in regulation for the Bulldogs (25-3) but his 3-pointer at the buzzer clanged off the back of the rim.
Also in SEC -- Cliff Hawkins scored 23 points and No. 8 Kentucky (24-4) took control with a 12-3 run late in the game, beating Georgia 69-60 in the tournament quarterfinals at Atlanta . . . Lee Humphrey hit his only field goal of the game, a 17-foot buzzer-beater from the left baseline, to give Florida (19-9) a 75-73 overtime victory over Alabama . . . Mike Boynton scored 18 points, hitting all six of his field goals from beyond the 3-point line, to lead South Carolina (23-9) to an 85-64 win over LSU.
Pac-10 -- Josh Childress scored 18 points and Stanford pulled away in the final 2 1/2 minutes for a 70-63 victory over Oregon in the tournament semifinals.
Southland -- LeRoy Hurd scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead Texas-San Antonio into the NCAA Tournament with a 74-70 victory over Stephen F. Austin in the conference championship game at San Antonio. Texas-San Antonio (19-13) previously appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1988 and 1999, losing in the first round both times.
ACC -- Roy Williams's first trip to the ACC tournament was shortlived as No. 16 North Carolina lost to Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals on Jarrett Jack's 15-footer with 1.4 seconds to play at Greensboro, N.C. The 14th-ranked Yellow Jackets (23-8) blew an 11-point lead over the final 8:15 before Jack's winning basket . . . Shelden Williams had a career-high 27 points to lift No. 5 Duke (26-4) past Virginia, 84-74 . . . John Gilchrist made one of two free throws with 3.7 seconds remaining to help Maryland (17-11) win its third consecutive game, 87-86 over No. 15 Wake Forest . . . Julius Hodge scored 19 points to lead No. 17 North Carolina State (20-8) past Florida State, 78-71.
Big 12 -- John Lucas III hit a short jumper, then a wide-open 3-pointer, starting a 13-4 run that broke open a tie game late in the second half and sent No. 7 Oklahoma State (25-3) past Iowa State, 83-75, in the tournament's second round at Dallas . . . Brandon Mouton scored 5 points in the final 26.8 seconds, capping No. 11 Texas's comeback from a 12-point deficit with 7:09 left and giving the Longhorns (22-6) a 66-63 victory over three-time defending tournament champion Oklahoma . . . Wayne Simien had 31 points and 11 rebounds and No. 18 Kansas drubbed Missouri, 94-69. . . . Ronald Ross scored 25 points and Mikey Marshall had 23, both hitting career highs, and Texas Tech (22-9) beat Colorado, 79-69.
Big Ten -- Mike Wilkinson scored 22 points to lead No. 10 Wisconsin (22-6) to a 66-52 win over Minnesota in the tournament quarterfinals at Indianapolis . . . Deron Williams scored 12 of his 20 points in the final five minutes and No. 12 Illinois used a stifling defense to pull away from Indiana, 71-59 . . . Freshman Dion Harris scored a career-high 23 points to lead Michigan (18-10) to a 79-70 victory over Iowa . . . Chris Hill scored 17 points and Maurice Ager added 15 to lead Michigan State (18-10) past
Conference USA -- Tony Bobbitt led a 3-point blitz that carried Cincinnati to a 66-46 victory over Saint Louis in the tournament semifinals at Cincinnati. No. 13 Cincinnati (23-6) went 5 of 6 from behind the arc during a 19-point run in the second half that sent the Bearcats to the championship game for the third time in the past four years . . . In the other semifinal, DePaul rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat Alabama-Birmingham, 75-74.
Big West -- Joseph Frazier made a 3-pointer with 29.6 seconds to play to give Cal State Northridge a 63-62 victory over No. 22 Utah State in the tournament semifinals at Anaheim, Calif.
Atlantic 10 -- Lionel Chalmers matched his career high with 26 points -- including 10 during a 22-6 first-half run -- to lead Xavier (22-10) to a 70-47 win over George Washington in a tournament semifinal at Dayton, Ohio . . . Sean Finn scored 17 points, made all seven of his shots from the field and made a big free throw that proved critical in Dayton's 58-56 win over Richmond in the other semifinal.