Pirates’ Dance Drought Ending

Monday, February 29, 2016
Newark, n.j. — Desi Rodriguez had career-highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds and Seton Hall all but clinched its first NCAA Tournament berth in a decade with a stunning 90-81 victory over No. 5 Xavier on Sunday.

Isaiah Whitehead had 22 points, Angel Delgado added 17 and the Pirates (21-7, 11-5 Big East) used a suffocating defense in knocking off Xavier (25-4, 13-4), just four days after it beat No. 1 Villanova.

The Pirates, who have not been in the NCAA Tournament since 2006, had a season-high point total and shot 50 percent from the field in winning their fourth straight and eighth of nine.

No. 6 Michigan St. 88
Penn St. 57

East Lansing, Mich. — Denzel Valentine had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Michigan State.

The Spartans (24-5, 11-5 Big Ten) have won four straight and eight of nine.

The Nittany Lions (15-14, 6-10) had won three straight and four of five, including victories over then-No. 4 Iowa and then-No. 22 Indiana.

Ohio St. 68, No. 8 Iowa 64

Columbus, Ohio — Marc Loving scored 25 points, including both ends of a 1-and-1 with less than 2 seconds to go, as Ohio State rallied from a late deficit.

Keita Bates-Diop added 19 points while Kam Williams added 11 for the Buckeyes, who ended the game on a 12-2 run.

Pittsburgh 76, No. 15 Duke 62

Pittsburgh — Jamel Artis scored 17 points as Pittsburgh gave its NCAA Tournament hopes a needed jolt.

Senior point guard James Robinson added 14 points, seven assists and three rebounds in his final home game at the Petersen Events Center as the Panthers (20-8, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) overwhelmed the Blue Devils (22-8, 10-6). Sheldon Jeter had 11 points for Pitt while Michael Young and Ryan Luther had 10 points each.

No. 24 SMU 74, Tulane 53

Dallas — Ben Moore scored 16 points and Sterling Brown added 15 for SMU, which moved back into a first-place tie in the American Athletic Conference with Temple.

Malik Morgan had 15 points and Louis Dabney added 12 for Tulane (10-19, 3-13), which dropped into a last-place tie with East Carolina.


No. 3 S. Carolina 75, LSU 39

Columbia, s.c. — Tiffany Mitchell scored a season-high 24 points and No. 3 South Carolina finished a perfect run through the Southeastern Conference with a dominating victory over LSU.

The Gamecocks (28-1), who wrapped up their third straight regular-season league crown last week, joined the 2011 Tennessee squad as the only 16-0 SEC champions. And two-time defending SEC player of the year Mitchell again led the way, sparking a 22-4 second quarter run that put away the struggling Lady Tigers (9-20, 3-13), who lost 20 games in a season for the first time since 1995.

No. 6 Maryland 110
Minnesota 77

College Park, Md. — Sixth-ranked Maryland won the Big Ten regular season title Sunday, getting a career-high 29 points from Tierney Pfirman and 24 from Brionna Jones in a surprisingly lopsided victory over Minnesota.

No. 7 Oregon State 54
California 44

Berkeley, Calif. — Ruth Hamblin had a career-high 19 rebounds, Marie Gulich scored six straight points spanning the third and fourth quarters and Oregon State beat California to wrap up Pac-12 regular-season play.

No. 15 Kentucky 71
No. 11 Texas A&M 58

College Station, Texas — Evelyn Akhator and Alexis Jennings combined for 30 points and 34 rebounds and Kentucky pulled away in the second half to defeat Texas A&M.

No. 14 UCLA 74
No. 9 Arizona State 61

Los Angeles — Nirra Fields scored 24 points, Jordin Canada added 22, and UCLA beat Arizona State.

Fields, a senior playing her final regular-season game for the Bruins, and Canada combined to shoot 15 for 33 from the field and 15 for 17 from the free-throw line as UCLA (22-7, 14-4 Pac-12) clinched a tie for third in the conference standings.

Monique Billings added 14 points for the Bruins, who outscored the Sun Devils 14-0 in fast break points and held them Sun Devils to 38 percent shooting to post its sixth victory in seven league games.

Quinn Dornstauder scored 24 points to lead Arizona State (25-5, 16-2), which snapped a seven-game winning streak.

No. 10 Louisville 65, Pittsburgh 36

Louisville, Ky. — Myisha Hines-Allen had 25 points and 13 rebounds as Louisville sprinted to a big early lead and closed the regular season in style with a win over Pittsburgh.

Louisville (24-6, 15-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its sixth straight. The Cardinals have won 21 of their last 22 after starting the season 3-5.

Hines-Allen made her first nine shots before missing a jumper in the lane midway through the third quarter. She earned her ninth double-double of the season and finished 11 of 14 from the field.

Louisville had its biggest halftime lead of the season at 42-10 behind her 17 points and eight rebounds. The Cardinals shot 68 percent (17 of 25) compared to Pitt’s 15 percent (4 of 27) in the first half.

Yacine Diop led Pitt (12-17, 4-12) with 12 points on 4 of 22 shooting.

No. 12 Florida State 70, No. 17 Miami 67

Tallahassee, Fla. — Leticia Romero scored a career-high 24 points, including five free throws in the final 17 seconds, and Florida State defeated Miami.

After Romero’s first two free throws made it 67-61, she fouled Michelle Woods, who converted a 3-point play. Following two more free throws at 7.5 seconds, Adrienne Motley drained a 3-pointer. By the time Romero was fouled on the inbounds play, only .2 seconds remained and she hit one of two foul shots.

Shakayla Thomas had 14 of her 22 points in the second half for the Seminoles (23-6, 13-3), who were locked into the fourth-seed for the ACC tournament.

Motley led the Hurricanes (22-7, 10-6), the fifth seed, with 18 points and Jessica Thomas added 14 points.

The Seminoles erased a six-point deficit with an 11-1 run and were up 65-58 with 51 seconds left.

No. 13 Stanford 69, Oregon 42

Stanford, Calif. — Erica McCall had her 15th double-double of the season by halftime and finished with 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and Stanford rolled past Oregon.

Oregon, in its second game without leading scorer and rebounder Jillian Alleyne, who suffered a career-ending knee injury in practice on Tuesday, missed its first 10 shots to fall behind 15-0.

It was 24-4 after one quarter and 39-18 at the half as McCall had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Stanford had 16 offensive rebounds and outrebounded the Ducks, who shot 22 percent, 30-16.

McCall was 12 of 18 from the field and had a career-high 25 points and a 3-pointer, the second of her career, for the second straight game.

Briana Roberson had 10 points for the Cardinal (24-6, 14-4 Pac-12), who rallied late to win the first meeting 64-62.

Maite Cazorla had 17 points for the Ducks (20-9, 9-9), who shot 29 percent.

No. 16 Mississippi State 61, Alabama 52

Starksville, Miss. — Dominique Dillingham scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half and Mississippi State beat Alabama.

The Bulldogs (23-6, 11-5) secured the third-seed for the Southeastern Conference Tournament, the first-time ever they’ve finished that high in consecutive seasons.

Victoria Vivians had nine points to surpass 1,000 for her career, and grabbed nine rebounds for the Bulldogs, who made 11 of 13 free throws in the second half to hold off the Crimson Tide (15-14, 4-12).

Meoshonti Knight had 11 points and Breanna Hayden 10 for Alabama.

Vanderbilt 56, No. 24 Missouri 52

Columbia, Mo. — Christa Reed scored 20 points and had a key block late as Vanderbilt pushed back Missouri’s late rally and held on for a victory to snap an eight-game skid.

Reed made four 3-pointers, and Minta Spears chipped in 19 points for the Commodores (16-13, 5-11 SEC).

Cierra Porter and Sophie Cunningham had 11 points apiece for Missouri, (21-8, 8-8), which has lost two straight, including a 69-59 loss at No. 15 Kentucky on Friday.

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