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Freshmen carry UNC past Duke

UConn clinches share of Big East

Tyler Hansbrough scored 27 points, fellow freshman Danny Green came up with the key defensive stop, and 13th-ranked North Carolina held off No. 1 Duke, 83-76, last night in the final home game for Blue Devils J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams.

Another freshman, Bobby Frasor, converted two free throws with 23 seconds remaining, and Hansbrough later made two more. That made it a 5-point game, and the Blue Devils (27-3, 14-2 ACC) were done.

Marcus Ginyard, the fourth freshman in the rotation for the Tar Heels (21-6, 12-4), added 12 points and Frasor finished with 10. Green stripped Duke's Sean Dockery on a drive in the final minute.

Redick scored 18 points despite missing 15 of his final 16 shots, and Williams had 18 points, 15 rebounds, and 6 blocks as Duke dropped its second straight game heading into the conference tournament.

UConn 84, Louisville 80 -- Marcus Williams went 6 for 6 from the free throw line in the final 48 seconds and the No. 2 Huskies (27-2, 14-2) outlasted the Cardinals (18-11, 6-10) to finish 16-0 at home and win at least a share of the regular-season Big East title for the 10th time.

Memphis 69, Houston 62 -- The third-ranked Tigers (27-3, 13-1 Conference USA) polished off their first conference title in 11 years, riding Rodney Carney's 17 points in Memphis.

Geo. Washington 86, Charlotte 85 -- Carl Elliott's basket at the buzzer in overtime helped the host No. 7 Colonials (26-1, 16-0) run their win streak to 18 games and complete their first perfect Atlantic 10 season and only the fourth in conference history.

Washington 70, Arizona 67 -- At Tucson, Brandon Roy had 16 points and the No. 14 Huskies (24-5, 13-5 Pac-10) came from behind to top the Wildcats (18-11, 11-7) for their eighth straight win.

Cincinnati 78, W. Virginia 75 -- Eric Hicks had 18 points to lead the host Bearcats (19-11, 8-8 Big East) over the No. 16 Mountaineers (20-9, 11-5), a win that could extend Cincinnati's streak of 14 NCAA Tournament appearances.

Illinois 75, Michigan St. 68 -- Dee Brown scored 16 of his 20 points after halftime and made two 3-pointers during a 12-0 run midway through the second half to lift the visiting 10th-ranked Illini (25-5, 11-5 Big Ten) past the 25th-ranked Spartans (20-10, 8-8).

Tennessee 68, Vanderbilt 59 -- In Nashville, Chris Lofton scored 21 points to help the 11-ranked Volunteers (21-6, 12-4 SEC) erase a 16-point second-half deficit.

UCLA 75, Stanford 54 -- Arron Afflalo led four players in double figures with 16 points and the 15th-ranked Bruins (24-6, 14-4) captured their first Pac-10 title in nine years with a victory over the host Cardinal (15-12, 11-7).

Kansas 66, Kansas St. 52 -- In Manhattan, Kan., Brandon Rush tied a career high with 24 points, and the 18th-ranked Jayhawks (22-7, 13-3) beat the Wildcats (15-12, 6-10) to clinch at least a share of the Big 12 championship.

S. Florida 63, Georgetown 56 -- Solomon Jones (23 points) and the Bulls (7-22, 1-15) avoided going winless in Big East play by stunning the No. 20 Hoyas (19-8, 10-6) in Tampa.

LSU 55, Mississippi 52 -- Glen Davis finished with 15 points, including five free throws down the stretch, to help the No. 21 Tigers (22-7, 14-2 SEC) hold off the visiting Rebels (14-15, 4-12).

Wake Forest 76, N.C. State 63 -- In Winston-Salem, N.C., Eric Williams had 22 points and 16 rebounds to help the Demon Deacons (15-15, 3-13 ACC) upset the 22d-ranked Wolfpack (21-8, 10-6).

Iowa 59, Wisconsin 49 -- Jeff Horner scored 22 points and the No. 23 Hawkeyes (22-8, 11-5) beat the Badgers (19-10, 9-7) to go unbeaten at home for the first time in 40 years and clinch at least a No. 2 seed for the Big Ten tournament.

Marquette 88, Providence 78 -- Senior Steve Novak scored 17 second-half points in his final home game as the Golden Eagles (20-9, 10-6 Big East) beat the Friars (12-15, 5-11).

Harvard 69, Columbia 64 -- Jim Goffredo scored 22 points, 14 in the second half, and the host Crimson (13-14, 5-9 Ivy) snapped an eight-game skid.

Penn 74, Brown 68 -- Ibrahim Jaaber hit five free throws late in overtime to give the Quakers (20-7, 12-1 Ivy) a road win over the Bears (10-17, 6-8).

URI 65, Dayton 56 -- Dawan Robinson scored 4 points in an 8-0 run to close the game to lead the visiting Rams (14-13, 8-8 Atlantic 10) over the Flyers (14-16, 6-10).

Atlantic Sun -- Justin Hare scored 10 of his 32 points in overtime to help Belmont (20-10) earn its first NCAA Tournament bid with a 74-69 victory over Lipscomb (21-10) in the conference championship game in Johnson City, Tenn.

Big South -- In Rock Hill, S.C., Craig Bradshaw buried a soft hook shot with 9.9 seconds left to help Winthrop (23-7) beat Coastal Carolina, 51-50, in the conference title game for an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Ohio Valley -- In Nashville, Tyler Holloway scored 11 of his 13 points in a second-half run and Murray State (24-6) clinched its 13th NCAA Tournament bid with a 74-57 win over Samford (20-11) in the conference title game.

Northeast-10 -- Jim Moore scored 25 points as fourth-seeded Saint Anselm beat Stonehill, 77-61, in Easton to capture its second straight conference tournament title and earn a berth in the NCAA Division 2 Tournament.

NCAA Division 3 -- Amherst (26-2) advanced to the Round of 16 for the fifth consecutive season with an 83-59 win over visiting Hamilton. John Bedford paced the Jeffs with 30 points . . . David Shepherd hit four free throws in the final 24 seconds and visiting Tufts (23-6) earned its first Sweet 16 bid by beating Cortland State, 68-65 . . . Ray Bryant's 29 points carried Utica (23-6) past WPI, 76-58, in the second round in Worcester . . . Norwich (21-8) couldn't keep pace with St. John Fisher (25-3), losing, 71-50, in a second-round matchup in Pittsford, N.Y.

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