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Men's basketball: Zeller seals Big Ten championship for Hoosiers
Michigan forward Jon Horford (15) blocks a shot by Indiana guard Remy Abell (23) on Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Cody Zeller made a go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left and altered Trey Burke's shot at the other end, lifting No. 2 Indiana to a 72-71 victory over No. 7 Michigan on Sunday that gave the Hoosiers their first outright Big Ten title in two decades.
The Hoosiers (26-5, 14-4) trailed by five points in the last minute but took advantage when the Wolverines (25-6, 12-6) were unable to seal it at the foul line.
Ohio State and Michigan State needed an Indiana loss to earn a share of the conference championship.
No. 10 Michigan St. 71, Northwestern 61
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Keith Appling scored 16 points and Gary Harris added 12 to lift No. 10 Michigan State over Northwestern.
Northwestern (13-18, 4-14) rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit, tying the game at 51 before the Spartans (24-7, 13-5) recovered.
Kale Abrahamson scored 16 points for Northwestern .
No. 14 Ohio State 68, Illinois 55
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Deshaun Thomas, playing perhaps his final home game for No. 14 Ohio State, scored 19 points to lead the Buckeyes (23-7, 13-5 Big Ten) over Illinois.
Brandon Paul scored 21 points for Illinois (21-11, 8-10), which is guaranteed the No. 8 seed in the Big Ten tournament
Aaron Craft added 14 points and six assists while creating his usual havoc on defense.
Temple 84, No. 21 VCU 76
PHILADELPHIA - Khalif Wyatt scored 30 points and Jake O'Brien had 19, and Temple rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat No. 21 VCU (24-7, 12-4 A-10).
The Owls (23-8, 11-5) clinched the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament .
Juvonte Reddic led the Rams with 20 points and Treveon Graham had 17.
No. 22 Wisconsin 63, Penn State 60
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Traevon Jackson made a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 15 points, and No. 22 Wisconsin (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten) survived an upset scare from Penn State in its regular-season finale.
Jermaine Marshall finished with 23 points for Penn State (10-20, 2-16).
<Northeastern 69, George Mason 67
RICHMOND - Jonathan Lee scored 14 points, including a layup with 3 seconds remaining, as top-seeded Northeastern defeated George Mason in the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals after trailing by 24 points before halftime.
The Huskies (20-11) gained possession after a steal by Quincy Ford, whose layup tied the game with 57 seconds left.
Bryon Allen scored 20 for George Mason (18-14).
JMU 58, Delaware 57
RICHMOND - A.J. Davis scored 16 points and Devon Moore hit two go-ahead free throws with 4 seconds showing to lift James Madison over Delaware.
Andre Nation added 12 points for the Dukes (19-14), who will make their first CAA championship appearance since the 1996-97 season against Northeastern on Monday.
Jamelle Hagins (William Fleming) scored 12 points to lead second-seeded Delaware (19-14).
Liberty 87, Charleston Southern 76
CONWAY, S.C. - John Caleb Sanders had 27 points, Davon Marshall added 20 off six 3-pointers and Liberty defeated Charleston Southern (19-12) to win the Big South Conference tournament and reach the NCAA tournament with a 15-20 record.
The Flames opened the season 0-8, but got hot at the right time with a five-game winning streak, the last four at the conference tournament to gain their first NCAA trip since 2004. The Flames's .429 winning percentage is the lowest for an NCAA tournament team since Oakland (Michigan) had a 12-18 record (.400) in 2005.
Saah Nimley had 18 points to lead the Buccaneers, who as the Big South's regular-season champs will play in the NIT.
Creighton 68, Wichita State 65
ST. LOUIS - Jahenns Manigat scored a season-best 16 points and hit a layup with 11 seconds to go that gave top-seeded Creighton just enough to beat Wichita State for its second straight Missouri Valley Conference tournament title.
Reserve Ethan Wragge hit five 3-pointers for 15 points to help the Bluejays overcome an off day from star Doug McDermott, who missed six of his first seven shots Sunday and was held to 14 points - 10 below his average.
Malcolm Armstead scored a season-high 28 points with nine rebounds for second-seeded Wichita State (26-8).
No. 1 Gonzaga 66, Loyola Marymount 48
LAS VEGAS - Elias Harris had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 1 Gonzaga over Loyola Marymount in the semifinals of the West Coast conference tournament.
Bidding for a top seed in the NCAAs, the Bulldogs (30-2) advanced to play for the league championship Monday night against Saint Mary's, a 69-66 winner over San Diego.
Anthony Ireland led Loyola Marymount (11-23) with 19 points.
No. 15 Marquette 69, St. John's 67, OT
NEW YORK - Vander Blue's driving layup dropped through as the overtime buzzer sounded, giving Marquette (23-7, 14-4 Big East) a victory over St. John's and a share of the Big East regular-season championship, its first title since joining the conference in 2005-06.
St. John's closed regulation on a 12-2 run, something most people didn't see coming as the Red Storm (16-14, 8-10).
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