No. 2 Virginia rallies to beat NC State in ACC quarterfinals
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Guy scored 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, and No. 2 Virginia rallied to beat North Carolina State 76-56 on Thursday in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
Big man Jack Salt provided an unexpected offensive boost with a career-high 18 points for the top-seeded Cavaliers (29-2). Down 29-27 at halftime, Virginia shot 63 percent after the break and scored 49 points.
Virginia will play Florida State in the semifinals.
Guy made 10 of 13 shots and 7 of 9 from 3-point range.
Markell Johnson had 13 points for the Wolfpack (22-11).
NO. 3 NORTH CAROLINA 83, LOUISVILLE 70
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Luke Maye had 19 points and nine rebounds, Coby White added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists and North Carolina beat Louisville in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.
Cameron Johnson scored all of his 14 points in the first half to help the Tar Heels (27-5) extend their winning streak to eight games. North Carolina: will face the Duke-Syracuse winner in the semifinals.
Dwayne Sutton had 14 points for Louisville (20-13). The Cardinals shot just 10 of 34 from 3-point range. They beat North Carolina by 19 on Jan. 12 in Chapel Hill — Roy Williams’ worst home loss ever as Tar Heels coach.
WEST VIRGINIA 79, NO. 7 TEXAS TECH 74
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Emmitt Mathews scored a career-high 28 points and 10th-seeded West Virginia upset Texas Tech in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals.
West Virginia (14-19) will play the Kansas-Texas winner in the semifinals.
Jarrett Culver scored 26 points, Tariq Owens had 14, and Matt Mooney had 12 for Texas Tech (26-6).
Matthews hit a corner 3 to give West Virginia a 16-point lead with nine minutes to go, but Texas Tech scored 16 of the next 18 to get within four.
NO. 12 FLORIDA STATE 65, NO. 16 VIRGINIA TECH 63, OT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Terance Mann hit a wild off-balance runner with 1.8 seconds left in overtime to help Florida State beat Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
Mann’s shot from the right side rattled around the rim before dropping through the net to break a tie for the fourth-seeded Seminoles (26-6). The fifth-seeded Hokies (24-8) had a final chance, but Nickeil Alexander-Walker missed a long desperation 3-pointer at the horn.
Devin Vassell scored 14 points to lead the Seminoles, including a contested 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
Alexander-Walker finished with 21 points for the Hokies, including a 3 that bounced up off the front rim and dropped through the net for a 63-60 lead with 1:40 left in OT. It marked the second straight week that Florida State beat Virginia Tech in overtime.
NO. 14 NEVADA 77, BOISE STATE 69
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jazz Johnson scored 20 points, Caleb Martin had 19 and Nevada rallied to beat Boise State in the Mountain West Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
Tre’Shawn Thurman added 17 points, and Cody Martin had 10 to help top-seeded Nevada (29-3) tie the school record for victories in a season. The Wolf Pack will face San Diego State in the semifinals.
Down 34-29 at halftime, Nevada shot 62 percent from the field in the second half, going 5 of 11 from 3-point range.
Derrick Alston led Boise State (13-20) with 21 points, and Justinian Jessup had 18.
NO. 15 KANSAS STATE 70, TCU 61
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Xavier Snead scored 19 points, none bigger than a 3-pointer as the shot clock sounded in the final minute, and Kansas State rallied from a slow start to beat TCU Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals.
Barry Brown added 12 points, Kamau Stokes had 11 and Makol Mawien had 10 for the tournament’s top seed. The Wildcats (25-7) advanced to play No. 5 seed Iowa State in the semifinals.
Kansas State (25-7) played without forward Dean Wade, who is sidelined once again with a foot injury. The senior watched the game from the sideline with a boot on his right foot.
Desmond Bane had 16 points for the Horned Frogs (20-13).
NO. 18 BUFFALO 82, AKRON 46
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jeremy Harris scored 23 points, Dontay Caruthers and Buffalo routed Akron in the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
The top-seeded Bulls (29-3) built a 20-point lead in the first half and pushed it to 30 points midway through the second half. Seeking its fourth MAC title in five years, Buffalo will play Central Michigan in the semifinals.
Buffalo got just 10 points from C.J. Massinburg, the MAC’s Player of the Year, and still rolled to its 10th straight win.
Moments after the game, Bulls coach Nate Oats met with athletic director Mark Alnutt in signed an extension through 2024.
Loren Cristian Jackson scored 16 points for Akron (17-16).
NEBRASKA 69, NO. 21 MARYLAND 61
CHICAGO (AP) — James Palmer scored 24 points and Nebraska shut down Maryland for the first big surprise of the Big Ten Tournament.
Using a seven-man rotation because of injuries and backup guard Nana Akenten’s suspension, the Cornhuskers harassed the Terrapins into 36 percent (18 for 50) shooting and 11 turnovers. Glynn Watson Jr. added 19 points, and Isaiah Roby finished with 15.
Nebraska (18-15) earned a second win in the Big Ten tourney for the first time since 2016 and will face fourth-seeded Wisconsin on Friday. The Cornhuskers advanced with a 68-61 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night.
Maryland (22-10) swept Nebraska during the regular season, including a 60-45 win in Lincoln on Feb. 6. But the Terrapins struggled offensively in their third loss in their last four games.
NO. 22 AUBURN 71,
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bryce Brown scored all 17 of his points in the second half and Auburn beat Missouri in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Auburn (23-9) won its fifth straight to advance to the quarterfinals Friday against fourth-seeded South Carolina. The Tigers also snapped a three-game skid at the SEC tournament dating to 2015 when they reached the semifinals.
Jordan Geist had 25 points for Missouri (15-17).