Massachusetts won its fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 tournament title, beating Temple, 63-44, on Thursday night at Amherst, Mass. The eighth-ranked Minutemen (26-4) have also won four regular-season championships in a row.
Four Massachusetts players scored in double figures. Rick Brunson was only four of 24 from the field for Temple (19-10).
No. 20 Alabama 55, Tennessee 43--Jamal Faulkner scored 15 points to lead the Crimson Tide (21-8), who survived a slowdown by Tennessee (11-16) in a first-round game at Atlanta and advanced to a quarterfinal game against Georgia.
Vanderbilt (13-14) got 28 points from Ronnie McMahan in an 85-61 victory over Louisiana State (12-15) and drew fifth-ranked Arkansas. . . . Auburn (16-11) got 21 points from Chris Davis in an 81-66 victory over South Carolina (10-17) and will play No. 3 Kentucky. . . . Dan Cross made three of four free throws in the final 2:45 as Florida (16-11) was a 63-59 winner over Mississippi (8-19) to advance to a game against No. 15 Mississippi State.
Andre Aldridge made four free throws in the final 1:17 at New York as Pittsburgh was a 74-71 winner over St. John's (14-13) to earn a game against No. 6 Connecticut. . . . Danya Abrams scored 38 points and all of Boston College's (9-18) eight overtime points in an 89-87 victory over Seton Hall (16-13) that set up a game against No. 13 Villanova.
No. 22 Utah 72, San Diego State 63--Keith Van Horn scored 23 points to lift the Runnin' Utes (25-5) past the Aztecs (11-17) and into a semifinal game against host New Mexico at Albuquerque.
The Lobos (15-14) got 18 points from Marlow White in a 63-56 victory over Wyoming (13-15). . . . Colorado State's (17-13) Delmonte Madison made an 18-footer that beat the buzzer and Brigham Young (22-9), 75-73, giving the Rams a semifinal game against Hawaii. The Rainbows (15-12) got a three-point basket from John Molle with 23.7 seconds to play in a 66-65 victory over Texas El Paso (19-9).
LaZelle Durden made two free throws with 13.4 seconds left in overtime at Milwaukee as Cincinnati (19-11) was a 96-95 winner over DePaul (17-10) to earn a game against Memphis. . . . Scott Highmark and H Waldman scored 16 points for St. Louis (21-6) in a 78-62 victory over Dayton (7-20) that sent the Billikens against Marquette (17-10), a 55-46 winner over Alabama Birmingham (14-16).
Willie Byrd and Damon Jones made free throws in the last 17 seconds to help Houston (9-18) to an 80-77 victory over Texas Christian (16-11) at Dallas. The Cougars next play Texas Tech (19-8), a 92-54 winner over Southern Methodist (7-20). . . . Tommy McGee's 30 points led Rice (15-12) to a 84-75 victory over Texas A&M; (14-16).
No. 14 Purdue 72, Minnesota 59--Cuonzo Martin scored 26 points as the Boilermakers (23-6, 14-3) won at Minnesota (19-10, 10-7) to take a one-game lead over Michigan State and earn at least a share of the Big Ten title.