Thursday Nightcap

9 Mar

The Thursday night session began with a thriller in Memphis with the Conference USA quarterfinal between #6 Marshall and #3 Tulsa.  The two teams battled through three overtime periods before Marshall pulled the upset 105-100. The win earns them a semifinal date with #2 Southern Mississippi tomorrow.  The Thundering Herd were led by sophomore DeAndre Kane’s Conference USA Tournament record 40 points.

In the Big West, the only team to defeat top seed Long Beach State, #2  Cal State Fullerton fell by the wayside at the hands of #7 UC-Irvine 65-59, despite 10 points and 21 rebounds from Fullerton’s Omondi Amoke.

In the Big Ten John Shurna and JerShon Cobb combined for 45 points but it wasn’t enough as Northwestern fell to Minnesota 75-68 in OT to probably end the Wildcats’ hopes of a first ever NCAA bid.  Minnesota will now face Michigan in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

Purdue then followed with a methodical 79-61 dismantling of Nebraska.  The Boilermakers had 5 guys in double figures and will face Ohio State in the quarterfinals.

#7 Louisville got out to a 21-6 lead over #2 Marquette and never looked back.  The Cardinals led wire-to-wire en route to an 84-71 victory and will now face #3 Notre Dame in the semifinals.

In a game that will not be made into a “how to” video anytime soon Notre Dame defeated South Florida 57-53 in OT.

In the MidEastern Athletic Conference #11 Florida A&M earned a berth in the semifinals with a 65-55 OT win over #3 Delaware State.  The Rattlers will face #2 Norfolk State in the semifinals.

In the WAC, Nevada and New Mexico State remain on a collision course to meet in the final.  After trailing 14-13, yes 14-13 at the half to San Jose State, Nevada turned it on late to win 54-44 and will face  #5 Louisiana Tech in the semifinals.

New Mexico State got 15 points and 13 rebounds from Wendell McKines in a 65-49 rout of Fresno State.  The Aggies will now face Hawaii in the semifinals.

In the night session in the PAC 12 #2 California outlasted #7 Stanford 77-71 on the back of Jorge Gutierrez’s 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.  The Golden Bears have #6 Colorado next on the docket in the semifinals.

Colorado got 12 points and 10 rebounds from Andre Roberson, the last of those came on a put back with 13 seconds to play to give the Buffs a 63-62 win over #3 Oregon.

In a shocker in the Southland, Texas-Arlington, who owned the league all season long to the tune of a 15-1 record was shellacked by #4 McNeese State 92-72.  Patrick Richard led 4 Cowboys in double figures with 20.  McNeese will face Lamar in the title game tomorrow with an NCAA auto bid on the line.

Lamar won their semifinal easily over Stephen F. Austin 54-44, the Cardinals had 4 players score all but 4 of their 54 points in the win.

In a must-win game for Texas, they defeated #3 Iowa State behind 23 points from J’Covan Brown and now face Missouri in the semifinals.  Royce White had 17 points 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss for the Cyclones.

In a game that saw #6 Miami and #11 Georgia Tech shoot a combined 6-34 from behind the arc, the Hurricanes got a 54-36 win to keep their at-large hopes alive. They now face #3 Florida State in the ACC quarterfinals, the same Seminoles that Miami beat by 16 in Tallahassee on Feb. 26.

A season that started so promising for #6 Mississippi State may have ended tonight with a 71-61 loss to #11 Georgia in the 1st round of the SEC tournament.  With the win Georgia draws #3 Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

In the Mountain West seeds held in the evening just as they had in the afternoon.   #2 New Mexico used a balanced attack, 4 guys in double figures to beat #7 Air Force 79-64.  The Lobos will face #3 UNLV in a much anticipated semifinal match up.

#3 UNLV withstood a furious comeback by #6 Wyoming to win their quarterfinal match up 56-48.  The Rebels led by as many as 19 in the 2nd half before Wyoming got as close as 6 at 51-45.  Mike Moser led the UNLV with 22 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks in the win.

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