Cedric Jenkins, a reserve, made two baskets and two foul shots in the final minutes in Lexington, Ky., to lift third-ranked Kentucky over Alabama, 83-72, in the final of the Southeastern Conference tournament. The Wildcats (29-3) will represent their conference in the NCAA Tournament.
They trailed by nine points in the first period, but Jenkins put them ahead early in the second half, and all-SEC forward Kenny Walker kept them there by making 16 foul shots. He had 12 in the last three minutes, when his team totaled 18 of 19. Alabama is 22-8.
Southwest Conference: Guard Tony Benford scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to carry Texas Tech to a 71-67 victory over top-seeded Texas Christian in the semifinals in Dallas.
Texas Tech (16-13 overall) will play Texas A&M in today's final at 1:08 p.m. The Aggies beat Texas, 55-47. Texas Tech defeated A&M, 74-72, in 1976, the only time they've met in the final.
Yesterday the Aggies broke open a 31-all tie with an 11-point run. Texas (18-11) went 5:55 without scoring. Carl Lott had a chance to tie it with four seconds to go; his jump shot rebounded to Texas Tech's Ray Irvin, who was fouled and made two shots.
Illinois 73, Minnesota 64: In Minneapolis, Glynn Blackwell scored 20 points as 19th-ranked Illinois won the Big Ten finale for both teams. Illinois is 21-9 overall, 11-7 in the league and is expected to get an NCAA tournament invitation today. Minnesota ended 15-16 and 5-13.
Big Eight: Danny Manning's two foul shots with six seconds left gave second-ranked Kansas a 72-70 victory over 15th-ranked Oklahoma in Kansas City, Mo. In today's final, the Jayhawks (30-3) will play Iowa State, which beat Nebraska, 75-58.
Linwood Davis fouled Manning in the lane after the Sooners (25-8) had tied the score at 70. After Manning's shots, Oklahoma's Anthony Bowie missed a 20-footer at the buzzer.
ECAC North Atlantic: In Boston, Reggie Lewis and John Williams each had 16 points to help Northeastern win its fifth conference title in six years by beating Boston University, 63-54. Northeastern is 26-4. Metro Conference: In Louisville, senior guard Andre Turner's short jumper with six seconds left gave 10th-ranked Memphis State a 73-71 victory over Florida State.
In today's final, Memphis State (27-4) will play Louisville, which beat Cincinnati, 86-65, after 81 foul shots.
With Florida State leading by 71-67, Turner stole the ball from PeeWee Barber and made a layup. Then he stole it again from Barber, leading to Dwight Boyd's basket. After Florida State lost the ball again, Turner waited out the shot clock before shooting.
Florida State's LaRae Davis took a 17-footer at the buzzer; it rolled out.
Pacific Coast Athletic Association: In Inglewood, Calif., Anthony Jones scored 22 points in 13th-ranked Nevada-Las Vegas' easy 75-55 victory over New Mexico State in the final. UNLV is 31-4.
De Paul 95, Marquette 87: In Rosemont, Ill., Rod Strickland scored 27 points and Tony Jackson 22 to enable the Blue Demons to end 16-12. Marquette ended 18-10.
Southern California 66, Oregon State 60: Tom Lewis had 24 points and Greg Kimble 18 to help the Trojans end 11-17 with a victory in Corvallis, Ore. They finished last in the Pac-10 at 5-13. The Beavers, who had their first losing season since 1971, ended 12-15 and 8-10.
Oregon 80, UCLA 65: In Eugene, Ore., Jerry Adams' 19 points and 16 rebounds hurt the Bruins' chances of hearing from the NIT, which they won last year. They ended 15-13 overall and 9-9 in the Pac-10. Oregon ended 11-17 and 6-12.
California 78, Washington 72: Kevin Johnson scored six of his game-high 25 points in overtime to help win in Seattle for the first time since 1970. Washington led at halftime, 40-21, but, after that, Johnson scored 23 points. The Bears are 19-9 overall and 11-7 in the Pac-10. The Huskies are 19-11 and 13-5.
Notre Dame 69, Dayton 55: David Rivers scored 27 points in South Bend, Ind., to end the Irish's schedule successfully. The 12th-ranked Irish are 23-5. Dayton ended 17-12.
Michigan State 91, Ohio State 81: Senior Scott Skiles' 43 points in East Lansing, Mich., made the 17th-ranked Spartans 21-7 overall and 12-6 in the Big Ten. Ohio State, playing its last game under Eldon Miller, ended 14-14 and 8-10. Skiles, Michigan State's all-time scorer with 2,070 points, won the league scoring title with an average of 29.1 points.
ECAC Metro: In Coraopolis, Pa., Rik Smits' foul shot with 14 seconds left in overtime gave Marist a 57-56 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson and, with it, a berth in the NCAAs. Marist is 19-11, the losers 22-8.
Trans America Athletic Conference: Michael Clarke, usually a rebounder, not a scorer, scored 18 points to enable the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to win a trip to the NCAAs by beating Centenary, 85-63, in Little Rock.
Southland: In Monroe, La., Arthur Hayes' 30-footer with five seconds left gave Northeast Louisiana a 59-57 victory over McNeese State and a berth in the NCAAs. Northeast is 20-9, McNeese 20-10.
Ohio Valley: In Akron, substitute Eric McLaughlin's 18 points included four foul shots in the last minute to give Akron a 68-63 victory over Middle Tennessee State and the league title. Akron is 22-7, Middle Tennessee 23-10.
Mid-American: In Rockford, Ill., Dan Palombizio had 29 points and 16 rebounds to help third-seeded Ball State upset top-seeded Miami of Ohio, 87-79, in the final. Ball State, off to the NCAAs, is 21-9 overall. Miami is 24-6 and hoping for an at-large bid from the NCAA.
Ball State made 33 of 41 foul shots, Palombizio making 15 of 17.
Western Athletic Conference: Juden Smith missed a shot but tipped in the rebound with 37 seconds to play in Laramie, Wyo., to give Texas El-Paso a 65-64 victory over Wyoming in the title game.
Wyoming missed a layup and inside shot in the last 10 seconds. UTEP is 27-5,Wyoming 20-11.
Division II Regionals: In the South Atlantic Regional in Emmitsburg, Md., Barry Mitchell made two foul shots with 10 seconds play to enable Norfolk State University to beat Mount St. Mary's, 78-75.
Norfolk State will play Sacred Heart in the national quarterfinals Saturday in Norfolk.
Big Sky: Montana State is off to the NCAAs with a 14-16 record, having beaten Montana, 82-77, in the league finale in Reno, Nev. Montana is 21-10.