Lamonte' Turner ended a shooting slump by sinking a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds left as No. 8 Tennessee rallied to beat No. 4 Kentucky 82-78 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinal thriller Saturday at Nashville, Tenn.
Tennessee (29-4) trailed by eight with less than three minutes left before rallying to move a step closer to its first SEC Tournament title since 1979. The third-seeded Volunteers face No. 22 Auburn (25-9) in Sunday's championship game.
Tennessee went on an 11-2 run to take a 75-74 lead on a Grant Williams 3-pointer from in front of the Vols' bench with 1:31 left. Kentucky (27-6) went back ahead with 1:06 left when PJ Washington delivered a putback of his own miss.
NO. 22 AUBURN 65, FLORIDA 62: Jared Harper hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left as No. 22 Auburn held off Florida at Nashville, Tenn., to reach the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship for the first time since 2000.
Auburn came in as the fifth-seeded team after sharing the SEC regular-season title a year ago and is looking for their second tournament championship and first since 1985. The title game also will give them a chance to burnish their NCAA Tournament seeding.
Florida (19-15) may have needed one more upset after knocking off regular-season champ LSU in the quarterfinals to earn their at-large NCAA berth.
IOWA STATE 78, NO. 17 KANSAS 66: Something about the Big 12 Tournament brings out the best in Iowa State.
The fifth-seeded Cyclones raced to a big early lead against No. 17 Kansas, then leaned on some balanced scoring and enough stops down the stretch to beat the Jayhawks and remain unbeaten in five championship game appearances.
Lindell Wigginton had 17 points, Marial Shayok had 15 and Michael Jacobson 14 for the Cyclones (23-11). They became the lowest-seeded team ever to win the conference tournament and improved to 2-0 against Kansas (25-9) in the finals.
NO. 11 HOUSTON 61, MEMPHIS 58: Corey Davis Jr. scored 17 points and No. 11 Houston weathered a late Memphis rally to defeat the Tigers in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at Memphis, Tenn.
Jeremiah Martin led Memphis with 23 points, most of them from the free throw line, as he made only 5 of 24 shots, including going 1 of 7 from outside the arc.
Memphis (21-13), which struggled offensively throughout the contest, crafted a 10-1 run to pull within 61-58 with a minute left. During that stretch, Houston (31-2), the tournament's top seed, missed 10 straight shots and failed to score for more than four minutes.
NO. 24 CINCINNATI 66, WICHITA STATE 63: Nysier Brooks scored 13 points and Cane Broome hit the go-ahead layup with 23.5 seconds left to lift Cincinnati past Wichita State in the American Athletic Conference semifinals at Memphis, Tenn.
Tre Scott added 12 points and eight rebounds for Cincinnati (27-6). Jarron Cumberland, the conference player of the year, was limited to 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting. Markis McDuffie had 18 for the Shockers (19-14).
NO. 18 BUFFALO 87, BOWLING GREEN 73: Jeremy Harris scored 31 points, C.J. Massinburg added 17 and No. 18 Buffalo won its fourth Mid-American Conference title in five years — and further stamped itself as a team to fear in the NCAA Tournament — by beating Bowling Green at Cleveland.
The top-seeded Bulls (31-3), who dominated the MAC during the regular season, withstood a strong effort by the Falcons (22-12), one of three teams to beat Buffalo during the regular season.
NO. 25 VILLANOVA 74, SETON HALL 72: Villanova became the first team to win three consecutive Big East Tournaments, beating Seton Hall behind seniors Eric Paschall and Phil Booth and key contributions from freshman Saddiq Bey.
Seton Hall star Myles Powell, guarded closely by Booth, missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds that could have won it. Booth was called for traveling as he tried to corral the rebound, however, and the Pirates got one more chance with 0.4 seconds left.