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College Basketball Roundup : Bucknell Beats Lafayette to Win East Coast Title

From Associated Press

Mike Joseph scored 12 points in the second half, including four free throws in the final minute Tuesday night, as top-seeded Bucknell defeated Lafayette, 71-65, to win the East Coast Conference Tournament championship at Towson, Md.

Bucknell (23-7) advances to the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. tournament for the second time in three years.

Missouri Valley Tournament

Creighton 79, Southern Illinois 77--Chad Gallagher scored 25 points and blocked a last-second shot to lead the Bluejays to the conference tournament title at Wichita, Kan.

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James Farr made an eight-footer with three seconds left to give Creighton (20-10) the final margin.

Mid-Continent Tournament

Southwest Missouri State 82, Valparaiso--Chris Stange scored 15 points and Kelby Stuckey ignited a 25-8 run to start the second half, as Southwest Missouri State advances to tonight’s final against Illinois Chicago at Springfield, Mo.

Illinois Chicago 91, East Illinois 75--Freshman guard Brian Hill came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points as the Flames (13-16) advanced to the final.

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Trans-America Conference

Houston Baptist 78, Georgia Southern 72--Reggie Gibbs scored a tournament-record 43 points, including six free throws in the final 1:12 as the Huskies upset the conference champion to advance to the semifinals of the conference tournament at Little Rock, Ark.

Centenary 76, Mercer 74--Marro Hawkins and Larry Robinson made 20 of 24 shots from the field as Centenary advanced to the semifinals tonight against Houston Baptist.

Stetson 106, Georgia State 63--Randy Anderson scored 13 points and had a tournament-record 17 rebounds to lead Stetson to the semifinals tonight against Arkansas Little Rock.

Arkansas Little Rock 82, Texas San Antonio 79--Derrick Owens scored 19 points, including two free throws with 17 seconds left, as Arkansas-Little Rock won.


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