Connecticut beats Cincinnati in fourth overtime in AAC tournament

Jalen Adams

Connecticut’s Jalen Adams is congratulated after tying the score against Cincinnati at the end of the third overtime with an 80pfoot shot Friday night.

(Brad Horrigan / Hartford Courant)

Jalen Adams banked in a three-pointer from beyond half court at the buzzer to send the game into a fourth overtime, and Connecticut went on to surprise Cincinnati, 104-97, Friday in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament at Orlando, Fla.

The Huskies (22-10) moved into the semifinals against Temple. Cincinnati fell to 22-10, but still has a shot to get into the NCAA tournament.

“That was amazing,” Adams said. “That was the best game, and the longest game.”

After the Bearcats went up 88-85 with 0.8 of a second left in the third overtime, the Huskies inbounded the ball, Adams took a few steps and launched the ball from about 60 feet. The ball banked into the basket and the Huskies celebrated the miracle shot. Officials reviewed the call, and ruled the shot was taken before the horn sounded.


Seton Hall 87, No. 5 Xavier 83: Khadeen Carrington had 23 points and seven rebounds at New York to lead the Pirates (24-8) past the Musketeers (27-5) and into their Big East tournament title game appearance since 1993. Seton Hall will face top-seeded, No. 3-ranked Villanova, which defeated Providence.

Michigan 72, No. 10 Indiana 69: Kameron Chatman made a three-pointer with 0.2 of a second left to give the Wolverines (22-11) the upset victory over the Hoosiers (25-7) in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals at Indianapolis. Zak Irvin scored 17 points and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 15 for Michigan, which faces Purdue in Saturday’s semifinals. Troy Williams scored 16 for Indiana, the Big Ten regular-season champ, which has reached the semis only once since 2007.

No. 9 West Virginia 69, No. 6 Oklahoma 67: The Mountaineers (26-7) escaped when Oklahoma star Buddy Hield’s half-court shot that banked in was ruled a fraction of a second late in the Big 12 semifinals at Kansas City, Mo. Jevon Carter scored 26 points to lead the Mountaineers, but it was Jaysean Paige’s pull-up jumper that gave them the lead back with 11.1 seconds left, and ultimately the victory over the Sooners (25-7). West Virginia will play top-ranked Kansas in the title game.

No. 1 Kansas 70, No. 22 Baylor 66: Perry Ellis had 20 points, Devonte Graham added 14 points and eight assists, and the Jayhawks (29-4) held on through a shaky finish to beat the Bears (22-11) in the Big 12 tournament semifinals.


No. 2 Michigan State 81, Ohio State 54: Big Ten player of the year Denzel Valentine scored 19 points and Eron Harris added 13 to help the Spartans (27-5) blow out the Buckeyes (20-13) in the Big Ten quarterfinals. Michigan State has won 11 of 12 and will face No. 18 Maryland, which defeated Nebraska, 97-86.

No. 4 Virginia 73, No. 11 Miami 68: Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points and the Cavaliers (26-6) held off the Hurricanes (25-7) in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals at Washington to set up a showdown with North Carolina in the ACC title game.

No. 7 North Carolina 78, Nortre Dame 47: With Marcus Paige leading the way, the Tar Heels (27-6) scored 24 consecutive points over a 9 1/2-minute span bridging halftime and easily beat the defending champion Fighting Irish (21-11) for a spot in the ACC tournament final at Washington. UNC reached its record 34th ACC title game and fifth in the past six years.

No. 3 Villanova 76, Providence 68: Kris Jenkins scored 21 points and the Wildcats (29-4) smothered Providence stars Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn on defense to advanced to the Big East championship game at Madison Square Garden. Providence (23-10) hopes for an at-large spot in the NCAA tournament.

No. 13 Purdue 89, Illinois 58: Reserve center Isaac Haas scored 16 points on eight-of-nine shooting and Boilermakers (25-7) crushed the Illini (15-19) in the Big Ten quarterfinals. Purdue made 24 of its first 36 shots, including eight of 14 from three-point range, and shot 58.3% for the game.

No. 17 Texas A&M 72, Florida 66: Jalen Jones made a go-ahead layup with 2:08 remaining and Alex Caruso followed with a steal and layup 13 seconds later to key a late 7-0 run that pushed the top-seeded Aggies (25-7) into the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Nashville. Texas A&M will face Louisiana State, which beat Tennessee, 84-75.

No. 16 Kentucky 85, Alabama 59: Jamal Murray scored 23 points, Alex Poythress made a career-best four three-pointers and the Wildcats (24-8) had an easy time in a rout of the Crimson Tide (18-14) Alabama in the SEC tournament.

Division II


Gelaun Wheelwright scored 21 points and Michael Smith had 20 as Cal Baptist defeated Cal Poly Pomona, 70-63, in a first-round NCAA Division II West Regional game at Monmouth, Ore. The Lancers (28-6) outrebounded the Broncos (22-8) by a 39-28 margin in their 10th consecutive victory. Cal Baptist will face UC San Diego on Saturday.

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