No. 2 Alabama turns back Auburn’s upset bid in OT

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jahvon Quinerly scored 24 points, Brandon Miller made the clinching free throws with six seconds left and No. 2 Alabama rallied from a 17-point deficit before beating archrival Auburn 90-85 in overtime on Wednesday night.

The Crimson Tide (26-4, 16-1 Southeastern Conference) clinched outright their second regular-season SEC title in three years but continued to live on the edge over a troubling eight days that included courtroom revelations in a capital murder trial.

Miller rebounded teammate Jaden Bradley’s missed dunk and drew a foul, making both free throws. Noah Clowney had blocked KD Johnson’s layup attempt on the other end.

The Tigers (19-11, 9-8), who had three key players foul out, couldn’t close it out after leading almost the entire way in regulation. They were up 17 with under 11 minutes left.

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NO. 22 TCU 75, NO. 9 TEXAS 73: Damion Baugh scored a career-high 24 points, Emanuel Miller had 20 and host TCU held on to beat Texas and deny the Longhorns a chance to play for a share of the Big 12 title in their upcoming regular-season finale.

Baugh scored on a breakaway layup off the opening tip and the Horned Frogs (20-10, 9-8 Big 12) never trailed. It was the second loss in a row and third in five games for the Longhorns (22-8, 11-6), who haven’t won a conference title since 2008.

Texas hosts third-ranked Kansas (25-5, 13-4) on Saturday. The Jayhawks had already clinched a share of their 21st Big 12 title with a home win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night, and now won’t have to share it.

NO. 11 KANSAS ST. 85, OKLAHOMA 69: Desi Sills flirted with a triple-double in his Bramlage Coliseum farewell, Keyontae Johnson and Markquis Nowell also had big senior send-offs, and host Kansas State held on to beat Oklahoma (14-16, 4-13 Big 12).

Sills finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while Johnson had 16 points and Nowell added 11 points and 10 assists, helping the Wildcats (23-7, 11-6) snap a three-game skid against the Sooners.

NO. 14 UCONN 88, DEPAUL 59: Adama Sanogo scored 26 points to lead five UConn players in double figures and the Huskies closed out their home schedule in emphatic style with a victory over skidding DePaul (9-21, 3-16 Big East) in Hartford.

Andre Jackson filled up the stat sheet for Connecticut (23-7, 12-7) with 11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Tristen Newton added 12 points for the Huskies, who have won four straight and seven of eight.

NO. 19 XAVIER 94, NO. 20 PROVIDENCE 89: Souley Boum scored a season-high 33 points and Colby Jones added 29 to help Xavier (22-8, 14-5) win at Providence (21-9, 13-6) to clinch the second seed in the Big East Tournament.

Ed Croswell scored 17 points with 13 rebounds, and Bryce Hopkins also scored 17 for Providence, which cut a 22-point first-half deficit to two in the second half.

OHIO ST. 73, NO. 21 MARYLAND 62: Felix Okpara had 12 points and 12 rebounds to help Ohio State finish its home schedule with a victory over Maryland.

Ohio State jumped ahead after Maryland led 4-2 in the opening two minutes thanks to a 12-0 run, and the Buckeyes didn’t give up their lead the rest of the way.

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Vanderbilt’s Jordan Wright shoots the game-winning shot near Kentucky’s Chris Livingston during the second half of Wednesday’s game in Lexington, Ky.

VANDERBILT 68, NO. 23 KENTUCKY 66: Jordan Wright hit a go-ahead fall-away jumper in the lane with 2.6 seconds remaining to finish with 23 points, and Vanderbilt topped Kentucky for its first win at Rupp Arena since January 2007.

The surging Commodores (17-13, 10-7 Southeastern Conference) earned their seventh win in eight games and are 7-3 since losing to Kentucky (20-10, 11-6) 69-53 last month in Nashville. They trailed 26-21 late in the first half before leading 34-30 at halftime and 46-35 early in the second before withstanding Kentucky’s rally for a 66-64 advantage with 1:10 left on Oscar Tshiebwe’s layup.

NOTRE DAME 88, NO. 25 PITT 81: Marcus Hammond and Cormac Ryan each scored 20 points as Notre Dame won longtime coach Mike Brey’s final home game with an upset of Pittsburgh (21-9, 14-5 ACC).

Nate Laszewski and Trey Wertz each added 14 points as the Fighting Irish (11-19, 3-16) snapped a seven-game losing streak.


CSU 72, HIGH POINT 70: Claudell Harris scored 20 points and Tyeree Bryan had 14 points and nine boards as Charleston Southern knocked off High Point in the first round of the Big South Tournament.

CAMPBELL 68, PRESBYTERIAN 63: Jay Pal scored 19 points to lead seventh-seeded Campbell past No. 10 Presbyterian.


ST. FRANCIS (PA) 83, CCSU 69: Led by Josh Cohen’s 25 points, the Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) Red Flash defeated the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils in the Northeast Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

MERRIMACK 91, LIU 76: Ziggy Reid’s 33 points led top-seeded Merrimack over eighth-seeded Long Island University.

FDU 83, ST. FRANCIS (NY) 75: Sean Moore and Ansley Almonor scored 18 points each in Fairleigh Dickinson’s victory against Saint Francis.

SACRED HEART 67, WAGNER 55: Tanner Thomas had 14 points in Sacred Heart’s victory against Wagner.

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