national men’s basketball roundup

Miami gets ACC title outright

From left, Julian Gamble, Kenny Kadji, and Reggie Johnson celebrate Miami’s first outright ACC championship.
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From left, Julian Gamble, Kenny Kadji, and Reggie Johnson celebrate Miami’s first outright ACC championship.

Down to its third try and last chance, Miami came through.

Kenny Kadji scored a season-high 23 points to help the sixth-ranked Hurricanes win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship outright by beating Clemson, 62-49, on Saturday in Coral Gables, Fla.

Kadji also grabbed 12 rebounds and Miami (24-6, 15-3) clinched its first outright men’s conference title after being foiled in consecutive losses to Duke and Georgia Tech. The Hurricanes tied the school record for victories set in 2001-02 and improved to 14-1 at home in their regular-season finale.


The conference championship is the second for the Hurricanes, who shared the Big East Conference title in 2000.

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Clemson (13-17, 5-13) has lost six consecutive games and nine of its past 10.

Georgetown 61, Syracuse 39 — In Washington, the No. 5 Hoyas emphatically ended their Big East rivalry against the 17th-ranked Orange, wrapping up a share of the regular-season title by holding Syracuse to the lowest scoring output of its time in the conference.

Otto Porter Jr. finished with 10 points, but the national player of the year candidate contributed in plenty of other ways for Georgetown, finishing with eight rebounds and seven assists. Markel Starks scored 19 points, and freshman D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Hoyas (24-5, 14-4), who shared the title with Marquette and Louisville but will be the No. 1 seed at the Big East tournament next week in New York. Syracuse (23-8, 11-7) was led by Michael Carter-Williams’s 17 points.

The regular-season finale was the schools’ 89th meeting overall (Syracuse leads, 48-41) — but the last time they will face each other as rivals in the Big East. Syracuse is heading to the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Georgetown is part of a group of seven schools splitting away to form a basketball-centric league that will get to keep the Big East name.


Gonzaga 66, Loyola Marymount 48 — Elias Harris had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the No. 1 Bulldogs over the Lions in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas. Gonzaga (30-2) advanced to play for the league championship Monday night against the winner of Saturday’s late semifinal between Saint Mary’s and San Diego. Anthony Ireland led Loyola Marymount (11-23) with 19 points.

Duke 69, North Carolina 53 — Seth Curry hit his first seven shots and finished with 20 points and the third-ranked Blue Devils (27-4, 14-4 ACC) scored the game’s first 14 points and never looked back during a rout of the host Tar Heels (22-9, 12-6).

Baylor 81, Kansas 58 — Pierre Jackson scored 28 points as the host Bears (18-13, 9-9) kept the fourth-ranked Jayhawks from the outright Big 12 regular-season title. Even after its worst loss in seven years, Kansas (26-5, 14-4) earned a share of the title with Kansas State.

Louisville 73, Notre Dame 57 — Gorgui Dieng had 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks to help the No. 8 Cardinals (26-5, 14-4) earn a share of the Big East title with a home win over the No. 24 Fighting Irish (23-8, 11-7).

Oklahoma State 76, Kansas State 70 — Le’Bryan Nash scored 24 points, Marcus Smart added 21, and the 13th-ranked Cowboys (23-7, 13-5 Big 12) rallied past the No. 9 Wildcats (25-6, 14-4) in Stillwater, Okla.


Kentucky 61, Florida 57 — Julius Mays’s two free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining capped the host Wildcats’ comeback from a 7-point deficit against the No. 11 Gators (24-6, 14-4 SEC), reviving their NCAA Tournament prospects.

Archie Goodwin’s 16 points led the way for Kentucky (21-10, 12-6), which could use another win in next week’s Southeastern Conference tournament to bolster its NCAA bid.

Air Force 89, New Mexico 88 — Todd Fletcher hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining to give the host Falcons (17-12, 8-8 Mountain West) the upset of the No. 12 Lobos (26-5, 13-3), the program’s first over a top-15 team.

Marquette 69, St. John’s 67 — Vander Blue scored the final 4 points in overtime and the No. 15 Golden Eagles (23-7, 14-4) edged the host Red Storm (16-14, 8-10) to gain a share of the Big East title, their first since joining the conference in 2005-06.

Saint Louis 78, La Salle 54 — Dwayne Evans had 16 points and 17 rebounds and the 16th-ranked Billikens hit 17 of 20 field goals in the second half to pull away from the visiting Explorers (21-8, 11-5), clinching a share of the Atlantic 10 title.

Kwamain Mitchell had 19 points and six assists for Saint Louis (24-6, 13-3), which can take the title outright if VCU loses at Temple on Sunday.

Arizona 73, Arizona State 58 — Nick Johnson scored 17 points and the No. 18 Wildcats (24-6, 12-6) earned a first-round bye in next week’s Pac-12 tournament with a rout of the host Sun Devils (20-11, 9-9).

Utah 72, Oregon 62 — Jason Washburn had 20 points and 13 rebounds and the host Utes (13-17, 5-13 Pac-12) upset the No. 19 Ducks (23-8, 12-6).

Pittsburgh 81, DePaul 66 — J.J. Moore scored 21 points off the bench and the No. 20 Panthers (24-7, 12-6 Big East) shot a school-record 72 percent from the field to beat the host Blue Demons (11-20, 2-16).

UCLA 61, Washington 54 — Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points and the No. 23 Bruins (23-8, 13-5) beat the Huskies (17-14, 9-9) in Seattle to clinch the Pac-12 regular-season title, their third under coach Ben Howland.

Memphis 86, UAB 71 — Joe Jackson scored 17 points, handed out 10 assists, and grabbed 9 rebounds as the No. 25 Tigers (27-4, 16-0) pulled away to beat the visiting Blazers (15-16, 7-9) and finish undefeated in their final season in Conference USA.

Ohio Valley final — Kerron Johnson hit a 10-foot pull-up jumper with 1.2 seconds left, and Belmont (26-6) capped its first season in the conference by beating league power Murray State, 70-68, in overtime in Nashville. The Racers (21-10) were looking for their third title in four years and 16th overall.

Atlantic Sun final — Brett Comer scored 21 points and Florida Gulf Coast (24-10) claimed the first NCAA Tournament berth in school history, knocking off top-seeded Mercer, 88-75, in Macon, Ga. Travis Smith had 16 points for Mercer (23-11), which had its 17-game home win streak snapped.