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Men's college basketball roundup

S. Florida extends Villanova’s slide

Anthony Crater scored twice in the final 22 seconds to spark South Florida’s win over Villanova. Anthony Crater scored twice in the final 22 seconds to spark South Florida’s win over Villanova. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Associated Press / March 9, 2011

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Anthony Crater scored on a driving layup with 5.1 seconds remaining, and a last-ditch shot by Maalik Wayns at the buzzer bounced off the back of the rim, allowing South Florida to upset Villanova, 70-69, last night at Madison Square Garden in the Big East tournament.

The Wildcats (21-11) squandered a 16-point halftime lead, completing their collapse when Wayns threw away an inbound pass with 22.8 seconds left that Crater converted into a layup to put the Bulls up, 68-67.

Wayns looked as though he might redeem himself when he was fouled by Toarlyn Fitzpatrick on his own drive to the basket. Wayns made both foul shots to give Villanova a 69-68 lead with 11.6 seconds left.

Shaun Noriega hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead the 15th-seeded Bulls (10-22).

Wayns finished with 24 points for the Wildcats, who slipped from No. 6 in the nation earlier this season. Now, assuming they’re still selected, they’ll slip into the NCAA Tournament having lost five straight.

Connecticut 97, DePaul 71 — Kemba Walker scored 26 points and the Huskies (22-9) won a Big East tournament game for the first time in six years, beating the Blue Demons (7-24).

Rutgers 76, Seton Hall 70 — Jonathan Mitchell scored 25 points, including eight free throws in overtime, to lead the Scarlet Knights (15-16) over the Pirates (13-18).

Marquette 87, Providence 66 — Darius Johnson-Odom scored 23 points and Jimmy Butler added 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists as the Golden Eagles (19-13) scored the first 17 points of the game. Vincent Council had 21 points for the Friars (15-17) and Marshon Brooks, whose 24.8 average led the conference in scoring and is second in the nation, finished with 20 points.

Big Sky semifinals — Will Cherry scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, helping Montana (21-9) rally for a 57-40 win over Weber State (18-12) in Greeley, Colo. . . . Devon Beitzel scored 25 points and Chris Kaba added 14, sparking a second-half charge that led Northern Colorado (20-10) past Northern Arizona, 73-70. Cameron Jones missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds that would have tied it for the Lumberjacks (19-12).

Horizon final — Matt Howard scored 18 points to lead Butler to a 59-44 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee (19-13) in Milwaukee for its third Horizon League tournament title in four years. The Bulldogs (23-9) will get a chance to duplicate their wild run last year to the NCAA title game.

MEAC first round — Kevin White scored 22 points and Hillary Haley added 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maryland-Eastern Shore (9-21) over Florida A&M (12-20), 87-85, in Winston-Salem, N.C. . . . Darnell Porter scored 15 points to lead South Carolina State (10-21) over Delaware State (9-21), 64-59.

Mid-American first round — Ivo Baltic scored 24 points and DeVaughn Washington added 17 points to lead host Ohio (18-14) over Toledo, 74-57 . . . Nikola Cvetinovic scored 13 points as Akron (20-12) defeated Eastern Michigan (9-22), 67-53 . . . A’uston Calhoun had 25 points and nine rebounds as host Bowling Green (14-18) routed Northern Illinois, 74-54, beating the Huskies (9-21) for the fifth time in a row . . . Zach Filzen scored 21 points, leading host Buffalo (18-12) to a 64-50 win over Central Michigan (10-21).

Summit final — Keith Benson scored 28 points and Reggie Hamilton had 26 points to help Oakland (Mich.) beat Oral Roberts, 90-76, in Sioux Falls, S.D., and repeat as conference champion, and clinch a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Grizzlies (25-9) put the game out of reach by outscoring Oral Roberts, 24-5, to take an 84-64 lead.

Sun Belt final — Solomon Bozeman’s deep 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining gave Arkansas-Little Rock a 64-63 win over North Texas in Hot Springs, Ark., and sent the Trojans (19-16) to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years.