No. 1 Virginia wraps up regular-season title; Wake wins
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Ty Jerome scored 18 points and top-ranked Virginia held off depleted Georgia Tech 65-54 on Wednesday night, clinching the regular season title and top seed next month in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
Virginia (25-2, 14-1) won its eighth regular-season title and third in five years.
The Cavaliers also got nine points each from De’Andre Hunter and Mamadi Diakite. They led just 31-30 at halftime and didn’t open a double-digit lead until just 5:14 remained.
Ben Lammers scored 22 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (11-17, 4-11). They lost their sixth in a row and 10th in the last 11 games.
No. 3 VILLANOVA 93, DEPAUL 62
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mikal Bridges scored 27 points and Phil Booth added 14 in his return to the lineup to lead Villanova past DePaul on Wednesday night.
Booth played 16 minutes, going 4 for 6 from the field and 2 for 4 from the arc in his comeback from a broken right hand that sidelined him seven games.
Eric Paschall had 16 points, and Jalen Brunson added 11 points and seven assists to help the Wildcats (25-3, 12-3 Big East) beat DePaul for the 16th straight time.
Max Strus scored 21 points for the Blue Demons (10-17, 3-12).
No. 4 XAVIER 89, GEORGETOWN 77
WASHINGTON (AP) — Naji Marshall scored a career-high 21 points and Xavier beat Georgetown, bouncing back from its loss to No. 3 Villanova.
J.P. Macura added 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and Quentin Goodin had 19 points to help the Musketeers (25-4, 13-3 Big East) swept the season series with Georgetown for the second straight season.
Jamorko Pickett tied a career high with 21 points for Georgetown (15-11, 5-10).
WAKE FOREST KEEPS PITTSBURGH WINLESS IN ACC, 63-57
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryant Crawford scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half and Wake Forest battled to a 63-57 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Wake Forest guards Brandon Childress and Keyshawn Woods each made a pair of late free throws and Jared Wilson-Frame had a dunk rattle off the rim for Pitt with under 10 seconds to play.
Wake Forest (11-17, 4-12 Atlantic Coast Conference) nearly doubled up Pitt in the paint with a 30-16 scoring advantage. Doral Moore led the way with nine rebounds and 13 points. Crawford shot 5 of 10 from the field and also added six rebounds and four assists.
Pitt (8-21, 0-16) has relied on outside shooting for much of the season and that caused problems in the second half, going 8 of 28 (29 percent) from the floor. Jared Wilson-Frame and Marcus Carr each scored 11 points for the Panthers.
Wake Forest: Crawford was coming off a career-high 29 points against North Carolina State, and had averaged 21.6 points per game over his last five contests. He continued his dominance despite being held to four points in the first half.
Pitt: The Panthers’ search for a conference win continues, despite yet another close finish. Pitt lost to Florida State on Sunday after trailing by three with under four minutes to play and has three single-digit losses in conference play.
Wake Forest will wrap up its home schedule against Notre Dame on Saturday. The Demon Deacons have lost five straight games against the Fighting Irish.
Pitt hosts No. 1 Virginia on Saturday. The Panthers last hosted the top-ranked team in 2014, when they lost to Syracuse. Pitt is 1-1 all-time against the No. 1 team at the Petersen Events Center.
OKLAHOMA STATE 79, No. 6 TEXAS TECH
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Kendall Smith scored 21 points to help Oklahoma State stun Texas Tech.
Lindy Waters added a career-high 18 points, and Jeffrey Carroll had 14 points. The Cowboys (16-12, 6-9 Big 12) got a huge boost to their hopes of gaining an NCAA Tournament bid.
Zhaire Smith scored 18 points, and Jarrett Culver added 15 for Tech (22-6, 10-5), which needed a win to tie Kansas for the Big 12 lead. The Red Raiders lost their second straight.
Tech’s Keenan Evans, the Big 12’s No. 2 scorer, finished with two points on 1-for-7 shooting.
No. 12 AUBURN 90, ALABAMA 71
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Jared Harper scored 21 points, Chuma Okeke had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Auburn beat rival Alabama even without ailing star Mustapha Heron.
Down to seven scholarship players, the Tigers (24-4, 12-3 Southeastern Conference) turned a five-point halftime lead into a blowout thanks largely to big performances from Okeke and Malik Dunbar off the bench.
Auburn responded with Heron out with a stomach ailment a game after center Anfernee McLemore was lost for the rest of the season to an ankle injury.
Collin Sexton scored 25 points for the Crimson Tide (17-11, 8-7).
No. 13 WICHITA STATE 93, TULANE 86
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Shaquille Morris had 25 points and nine rebounds to help No. 13 Wichita State outlast Tulane.
Conner Frankamp scored six of his 18 points in the final four minutes, Markis McDuffie had 15 points and C.J. Keyser added 11 for the Shockers (22-5, 12-3 American Athletic Conference).
Melvin Frazier scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half for Tulane (13-14, 4-11). He also had 11 rebounds.
VIRGINIA TECH 65, No. 15 CLEMSON 58
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Justin Robinson and Kerry Blackshear Jr. had 14 points each for Virginia Tech.
The Hokies (20-8, 9-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won six of their last eight games to move into a tie for fifth place in the conference standings. Marcquise Reed led Clmeson (20-7, 9-6) with 23 points.
No. 17 MICHIGAN 72, PENN STATE 63
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Duncan Robinson scored 19 points and Moritz Wagner added 18 for Michigan.
Jordan Poole had 13 for the Wolverines (23-7, 12-5 Big Ten) who won their fourth straight.
Tony Carr scored 21 points, and Lamar Stevens added 19 for the Nittany Lions (19-11, 9-8).
No. 19 TENNESSEE 62, FLORIDA 57
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grant Williams bounced back from one of his worst performances of the season to score 23 points for Tennessee.
Williams had a season-low five points Saturday in a 73-62 loss at Georgia. The Tennessee scoring leader responded Wednesday by shooting 8 of 13 from the floor and 7 of 8 from the foul line.
Admiral Schofield added 16 points and eight rebounds for Tennessee (20-7, 10-5 Southeastern Conference). Jalen Hudson had 13 points for Florida (17-11, 8-7).