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John Wall scored seven of his 15 points in overtime, and No. 2 Kentucky rallied from five down with 2:28 left in regulation to beat Mississippi State 75-74 on Sunday. It was the Wildcats’ 26th Southeastern Conference tournament championship and gave them the automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
The Wildcats (32-2) tied the game at 64 when DeMarcus Cousins’ layup off Wall’s missed 3-pointer from the right corner beat the regulation buzzer.
It was Kentucky’s first SEC tournament title since 2004.
Mississippi State (23-11) lost for the second time to the Wildcats this season after leading late in regulation. The Bulldogs blew a seven-point lead on Feb. 16, and lost that game 81-75 in overtime.
Eric Bledsoe’s jumper put the Wildcats ahead to stay at 71-69 with 1:20 left, and Wall’s lone 3-pointer of the game pushed it to 74-71 with 26 seconds remaining.
Bledsoe finished with 18 points and Cousins had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Johnson scored 20 points to lead Mississippi State, while Jarvis Varnado added 18.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Kyle Singler scored 20 points and Jon Scheyer hit a critical 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to help No. 4 Duke win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Scheyer finished with 16 points for the top-seeded Blue Devils (29-5), who let an 11-point lead with 6 minutes left slip to one before Scheyer’s big shot. Nolan Smith also had 16 points to help Duke earn a league-record 18th tournament title, breaking a tie with rival North Carolina.
The seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (22-12) were trying to become the first team in tournament history to win four games in four days.
Duke has won nine of the past 12 ACC tournaments.
Freshman Derrick Favors had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Yellow Jackets, who were trying to become the lowest-seeded team to win the tournament.
Singler was named MVP despite shooting 3 of 15 from the field, though he did make 14 of 16 free throws – the 14 were a championship-game record – and finished with six rebounds.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Evan Turner had 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.
Turner hit a 37-foot shot at the buzzer to beat Michigan in the quarterfinals, then scored 12 of his 31 points after regulation in a double-overtime win over Illinois in the semifinals. On Sunday, he set the tournament record for points in a championship game.
Ohio State (27-7) made nine 3-pointers in the second half to pull away after leading by three points at halftime. David Lighty scored 20 points and Jon Diebler added 19 for the Buckeyes, who tied the record for largest victory margin in a Big Ten tournament game.
Lawrence Westbrook scored 17 points and Devoe Joseph added 14 for Minnesota (21-13), which had beaten Purdue by 27 on Saturday.
Turner, who had four 3-pointers and several acrobatic layups, had six assists. He averaged 27.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists in the tournament.
Minnesota had won four straight games and seven of nine.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Ryan Brooks hit four free throws over the final 50 seconds and the top-seeded Owls won their third straight Atlantic 10 tournament.
Tournament MVP Juan Fernandez scored 18 points and Brooks and Ramone Moore finished with 12 each for Temple (29-5), which won its ninth conference title.
Third-seeded Richmond (26-8) had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds but David Gonzalvez missed a 3-pointer with 7 seconds to play.
Kevin Anderson, the conference player of the year, stepped up late for Richmond and scored nine of his 14 points in the final 7:06 to help the Spiders rally from a 12-point deficit.
Justin Harper and Ryan Butler added 10 points apiece and Gonzalvez had nine, going 1 of 5 from long range.