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First-half surge lifts Gonzaga back into NCAAs

LAS VEGAS — Sam Dower Jr. had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 18 Gonzaga held its ground during a second-half rally to beat BYU 75-64 Tuesday night for its 13th West Coast Conference title.

Gonzaga (28-6) took a 21-point lead in the first half and had an answer when BYU fought back in the second. Gary Bell had 14 points and David Stockton seven assists to send the Bulldogs to their 16th straight NCAA Tournament.

BYU (23-11) rallied after a dismal first half, pulling within eight with three minutes left. The Cougars couldn't finish off the comeback and now have to wait until Selection Sunday.

Tyler Haws had 24 points and Kyle Collinsworth added 13 before leaving with a right leg injury in the second half.

Gonzaga and BYU split two meetings during the regular season. The Zags won the first by 15 after hitting 10 of 22 3-pointers in Spokane. The Cougars were much better guarding the perimeter in Provo, holding the Bulldogs to 4-of-18 3-point shooting.

HORIZON LEAGUE: Senior forward Kyle Kelm had 20 points and nine rebounds, and No. 5 seed Milwaukee (21-13) led the whole way in a 69-63 victory over Wright State for its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006.

MEAC: Reggie Lewis had 18 points for sixth-seeded Florida A&M (14-17), which finished on an 11-1 run to beat 11th seed Delaware State 65-61 in the first round in Norfolk, Va. … Michael Murray had 24 points and eight rebounds as No. 7 seed Coppin State (11-19) beat 10th-seeded Bethune-Cookman (7-25).

NORTHEAST: Rashad Whack scored 20 to lead five players in double figures for fourth-seeded Mount St. Mary's (16-16), which clinched an NCAA berth with an 88-71 victory against Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa.

SUMMIT LEAGUE: Taylor Braun made a layup while being fouled with 12 seconds left and added the free throw to lead top-seeded North Dakota State (25-6) to a 60-57 win over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne in Sioux Falls, S.D.

BOWLING GREEN: The school will not renew the contract of coach Louis Orr, who went 101-121 in seven seasons, including 12-20 this season.

UNC WILMINGTON: Coach Buzz Peterson was fired after going 42-82 in four seasons.

TENNESSEE ST.: Coach Travis Williams was fired after going 23-40 in two seasons.

Women

NO. 18 GONZAGA 71, BYU 57: Keani Albanez scored 20 and the Bulldogs (29-4) dominated on defense to win the West Coast Conference title in Las Vegas.

NO. 23 DEPAUL 65, ST. JOHN'S 57: Brittany Hrynko scored 15 for the host Blue Demons (27-6), who captured their first Big East tournament championship.

IVY LEAGUE: Alyssa Baron scored 23 to lead visiting Penn (22-6, 12-2) to an 80-64 win over Princeton, giving it an automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

SUMMIT LEAGUE: Polly Harrington scored 16 to lead fourth-seeded South Dakota (19-13) to an 82-71 win over Denver and its first NCAA Tournament trip.

AREA STAR HITS MILESTONE: FIU's Jerica Coley, a former St. Pete Catholic standout, became the 10th Division I player to reach 3,000 points, scoring 20 in an 85-65 win over Rice in the first round of the Conference USA tournament at El Paso, Texas.

ACC tournament | Greensboro, N.C.

First round Second round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final Semifinals Quarterfinals Second round First round
8 Maryland 7 N.C. State
noon Thursday, ESPNU 7 Thursday, ESPNU 10 Miami
9 FSU noon Friday, ESPN2 7 Friday, ESPN2 3:30 today, ESPN2
1 Virginia 2 Syracuse 15 Virginia Tech
5 Pittsburgh 1 Saturday, ESPN 1 Sun., ESPN, Ch. 44 3:30 Saturday, ESPN 6 Clemson
12 Wake Forest 2:30 Thursday, ESPNU 9:30 Thursday, ESPNU 11 Georgia Tech
1 today, ESPN2 2:30 Friday, ESPN2 9:30 Friday, ESPN2 7 tonight, ESPN2
13 Notre Dame 4 North Carolina 3 Duke 14 Boston College

SEC tournament | Atlanta

First roundSecond roundQuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinalSemifinalsQuarterfinalsSecond roundFirst round
9 Texas A&M10 Alabama
1 Thursday, Ch. 387 Thursday, Ch. 38
8 Missouri1 Friday, ESPNU7 Friday, Ch. 387 LSU
12 Auburn1 Florida2 Kentucky11 Vanderbilt
7 tonight, Ch. 381 Saturday, Ch. 283:15 Sunday, ESPN3:25 Saturday, Ch. 289:25 tonight, Ch. 38
13 South Carolina3:25 Thursday, Ch. 389:25 Thursday, Ch. 3814 Mississippi St.
5 Arkansas3:25 Friday, ESPNU9:25 Friday, Ch. 386 Mississippi
4 Tennessee3 Georgia


. NCAA TOURNAMENT

Automatic berths

Men

Coastal Carolina Big South

Delaware Colonial

E. Kentucky Ohio Valley

Gonzaga West Coast

Harvard Ivy League

Manhattan Metro Atlantic

Mercer Atlantic Sun

Milwaukee Horizon

Mount St. Mary's Northeast

North Dakota St. Summit

Wichita St. Missouri Valley

Wofford Southern

Women

Albany America East

Baylor Big 12

Chattanooga Southern

UConn American Athletic

DePaul Big East

Fordham Atlantic 10

Gonzaga West Coast

Marist Metro Atlantic

Nebraska Big Ten

Notre Dame ACC

Penn Ivy League

South Dakota Summit

Southern Cal Pac-12

Tennessee SEC

Tenn. Martin Ohio Valley

Winthrop Big South



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