Xavier is getting used to final-minute heroics.
David West scored 10 of his 25 points in overtime, and Dedrick Finn also had seven in the extra period, leading the 11th-ranked Musketeers to their 14th straight victory, 88-80, over Saint Joseph's last night in Philadelphia.
It was the fourth straight game in which the Musketeers (23-4, 14-1 Atlantic 10) needed a big shot in the final seconds of regulation. Lionel Chalmers hit a turnaround jumper with seven seconds left to send this one into overtime.
Xavier had won two of its last three games in the final seconds, and needed a tip-in at the buzzer to set up a two-point overtime victory against lowly Duquesne last Wednesday. The Musketeers have not lost since Richmond beat them, 67-59, on Jan. 7.
"We agreed that toughing these games out and winning on the road will make us better later," West said. "Being able to pull these games out will only help us."
* COLORADO 68, OKLAHOMA ST. 56: David Harrison had 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Buffaloes beat the No. 20 Cowboys in Boulder, Colo. Colorado (18-10, 8-7 Big 12) played without leading scorer Michel Morandais because of a sprained ankle, but still improved its home record to 12-1.
* DEPAUL 79, LOUISVILLE 76: Drake Diener hit a three-pointer with 19 seconds left in overtime to lead the Blue Demons over the No. 15 Cardinals (20-6, 10-5 Conference USA) in Rosemont, Ill.
DePaul forced overtime when Sam Hoskin hit two free throws after time expired in regulation when he was fouled on a controversial put-back attempt at the buzzer.
"I was shocked," Hoskin said. "At the end of the game, I haven't ever seen that call. Ever."
Said Diener: "I hadn't made many shots. No matter what you've done in the game before, you have to be ready to shoot."
* TENNESSEE 59, MISSISSIPPI ST. 49: Ron Slay scored 17 points and Brandon Crump added 16 as the Volunteers (16-10, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) beat the visiting No. 23 Bulldogs (18-8, 8-7) to end their four-game losing streak.
* WAKE FOREST 75, NORTH CAROLINA 60: Josh Howard had 24 points and nine rebounds to give the No. 9 Demon Deacons at least a share of the ACC title with the home win.
Wake Forest (22-4, 12-3) now has a chance to win its first outright ACC title since 1962 with a victory at North Carolina State on Saturday. As usual, Howard led the charge, scoring 17 points in the second half to close his senior season 17-0 at home.
* KENTUCKY 106, VANDERBILT 44: In Lexington, Ky., Erik Daniels scored a career-high 20 points and freshman Kelenna Azubuike added a season-high 16 as the No. 2 Wildcats rode another dazzling defensive performance to their 19th straight win.
Marquis Estill added 17 points and nine rebounds and Gerald Fitch had 15 points and five assists for Kentucky (25-3, 15-0 SEC), which held Vanderbilt to seven field goals and 15 points in the second half.
The Wildcats play at No. 4 Florida (24-5, 12-3) on Saturday.
* PITTSBURGH 86, SETON HALL 54: The Panthers opened a big early lead behind unusually strong outside shooting and got 16 points from Julius Page in ending the Pirates' nine-game winning streak with a victory in Pittsburgh.
The seventh-ranked Panthers (22-4, 12-3 Big East) wrapped up a 16-0 home-court record in their first season at Petersen Events Center and secured a first-round bye in the Big East tournament.
* MIAMI 79, VIRGINIA TECH 71: James Jones had 21 points and Eric Wilkins scored 19 as the Hurricanes (11-15, 4-11) beat the Hokies (11-17, 4-11) in a matchup of Big East cellar-dwellers in Blacksburg, Va. Bryant Matthews and Terry Taylor led Virginia Tech with 16 points apiece.
* WISCONSIN 60, ILLINOIS 59: Wisconsin won its first outright Big Ten title since 1947 when Devin Harris made a free throw with four-tenths of a second remaining to give the 24th-ranked Badgers the home win over the No. 14 Illini. The Badgers are 22-6, 12-4. Illinois is 20-6, 10-5.
Stacy Stephens scored 28 points and No. 5 Texas clinched at least a share of its first Big 12 regular season title with a 78-66 win over Oklahoma in Austin.
Heather Schreiber scored 16 points and Tai Dillard added 10 for the Longhorns (22-5, 15-1), who finished the regular season with a 15-0 record at Frank Erwin Center.