Friday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Saturday, March 3, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Donte Poole scored 25 points, and 12th-ranked Murray State routed Tennessee Tech 78-58 Friday night in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament semifinals.
Now the Racers (29-1) will play Tennessee State in the championship Saturday trying to add a 15th overall tournament title to their regular season title.
The Racers beat Tennessee Tech 69-64 to wrap up the regular season on Feb. 25. They showed fresh legs and no rust while beating the Golden Eagles for the third time this season.
Isaiah Canaan added 18 points, and Ed Daniel had 11.
Kevin Murphy led Tennessee Tech (19-13) with 31 points.
No. 15 Wichita State 72, Indiana State 48
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Toure Murry and Joe Ragland scored 14 points each and Garrett Stutz had 12 rebounds to lead No. 15 Wichita State to the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
The Shockers (27-4) won their season-high ninth straight and will play Illinois State on Saturday for a spot in the championship.
Wichita State, which won the regular season title with a 16-2 mark, is looking for its first MVC tournament title since 1987.
Eighth-seeded Indiana State (18-14) missed 20 of its first 22 shots. Dwayne Lathan and R.J. Mahurin led the Sycamores with nine points each.
The Shockers hit on nine of their first 12 shots on the way to a 20-3 lead after 8:13.
No. 20 Notre Dame 75, Providence 69
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Jack Cooley scored a career-high 27 points and had 17 rebounds as No. 20 Notre Dame wrapped up a double bye in next week’s Big East tournament.
Notre Dame (21-10, 13-5) locked up the No. 3 seed in the tournament and ended a two-game losing skid that followed a nine-game winning streak.
Cooley, who had just two points and no rebounds in the Irish’s loss at Georgetown on Monday, scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the first half, hitting 7 of 10 shots. He finished 10 for 15 from the field.
LaDontate Henton had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Vincent Council added 17 points and Gerald Coleman 15 for Providence (15-16, 4-14).
No. 25 Creighton 68, Drake 61.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Doug McDermott scored 26 points and Antoine Young added 16 points to help No. 25 Creighton reach the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
Creighton (26-5) advances play Evansville on Saturday.
Rayvonte Rice led Drake (17-15) with 15 points. Kurt Alexander added 14 and Jordan Clarke and Ben Simons each added 11 points.
Creighton won all three matchups this season with the Bulldogs, but they did not go quietly in this one.
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