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College basketball

Sycamores hold on, get past Aces

– Justin Gant made a free throw with 2.5 seconds remaining and Devonte Brown blocked Ned Cox’s shot just before the buzzer as Indiana State defeated Evansville 51-50 in the Missouri Valley Conference quarterfinals Friday.

The fifth-seeded Sycamores (18-13) advanced to play MVC regular-season champion Creighton today.

Brown led Indiana State with 11 points, but the big play was his blocked shot after the Purple Aces’ length-of-the-court pass was deflected to Cox, who drove toward the basket only to have his layup try knocked away as time ran out.

DJ Balentine had 10 points for the fourth-seeded Purple Aces (18-14).


No. 4 STANFORD 79, WASHINGTON STATE 60: In Seattle, Chiney Ogwumike had a double-double by halftime and finished with 23 points and 21 rebounds to lift the Cardinal to its 55th straight win over the Cougars to advance to the Pac-12 tournament semifinals.

No. 5 CALIFORNIA 78, USC 59: In Seattle, Gennifer Brandon had 17 points and 16 rebounds and the Golden Bears scored the first 11 points on their way to the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinal win.

Brandon led a balanced scoring attack as Cal (28-2) won its 16th straight. The 28 wins sets a single-season school record.

Cassie Harberts led USC (11-20) with 24 points.

No. 6 DUKE 79, N.C. STATE 65: In Greensboro, N.C., Tricia Liston scored 10 of her 26 points during a timely run that carried the Blue Devils in an Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinal.

Freshman Alexis Jones added 17 points for top-seeded Duke (28-2).

No. 7 KENTUCKY 76, VANDERBILT 65: In Duluth, Ga., A’dia Mathies had 16 points and five steals to lead the Wildcats in the SEC tournament. The last point Vanderbilt trailed by single digits was at 26-17. Kentucky’s big lead was 22 points at 52-30 early in the second half.

No. 9 TENNESSEE 82, FLORIDA 73: In Duluth, Ga., Meighan Simmons scored 20 points as the three-time defending champion Vols won their 10th straight Southeastern Conference tournament game.

Tennessee will face Texas A&M in today’s first semifinal.

No. 10 MARYLAND 92, WAKE FOREST 81, OT: In Greensboro, N.C., Alyssa Thomas had the first triple-double in Atlantic Coast Conference tournament history as the Terrapins won a quarterfinal game.

Thomas, the league’s two-time player of the year, had a career-high 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for her second triple-double this season.

No. 12 GEORGIA 71, No. 22 LSU 53: In Duluth, Ga., Jasmine Hassell scored 19 points, Tiaria Griffin added 15 and the Bulldogs snapped the Tigers’ seven-game winning streak with the win in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament.

No. 14 UCLA 54, UTAH 43: In Seattle, Jasmine Dixon and Atonye Nyingifa both scored 11 points as the Bruins won in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament.

The Bruins will play No. 5 California in the semifinals tonight.

No. 15 NORTH CAROLINA 62, BOSTON COLLEGE 57: In Greensboro, N.C., Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 19 points as the Tar Heels advanced to the semifinals of the ACC tournament.

No. 19 TEXAS A&M 61, No. 17 SOUTH CAROLINA 52: In Duluth, Ga., Kristi Bellock scored 17 points, and Karla Gilbert added 11 in a reserve role to lead the Aggies in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals.

Texas A&M survived a scare early in the second half when All-SEC center Kelsey Bone fell to the floor with a leg injury. She later returned wearing a right knee brace after missing about 6 minutes.

No. 23 FLORIDA STATE 70, MIAMI 58: In Greensboro, N.C., Alexa Deluzio scored 11 of her 19 points in the final six minutes to lead the Seminoles an Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinal.