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NCAA hoops roundup: Kentucky finishes 31-0 regular season

Posted: March 7, 2015 11:06 p.m.
Updated: March 7, 2015 11:06 p.m.
Kentucky's Aaron Harrison, with microphone, addresses the crowd during a ceremony marking the team's undefeated regular season on Saturday in Lexington, Ky.  Kentucky's Aaron Harrison, with microphone, addresses the crowd during a ceremony marking the team's undefeated regular season on Saturday in Lexington, Ky. 
Kentucky's Aaron Harrison, with microphone, addresses the crowd during a ceremony marking the team's undefeated regular season on Saturday in Lexington, Ky. 
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Trey Lyles scored 14 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 with nine rebounds and No. 1 Kentucky pulled away from Florida 67-50 on Saturday to complete the storied program's first unbeaten regular season.

A sellout crowd cheered loudly as the final seconds wound down on the eight-time NCAA champions' milestone achievement. Players soon donned blue T-shirts with "31-0" in white and the phrase "not done yet."

Towns was essential in getting the Wildcats going toward history with 10 first-half points. He also grabbed six rebounds that were critical in helping Kentucky (31-0, 18-0 Southeastern Conference) slowly pull away.

Kasey Hill scored 15 points and Dorian Finney-Smith had 12 for Florida (15-16, 8-10). The Gators were outscored 46-13 in bench points alone and shot just 43 percent.

No. 16 LOUISVILLE 59, No. 2 VIRGINIA 57

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Mangok Mathiang made a 15-footer with 2.5 seconds left to give No. 16 Louisville the lead in a 59-57 victory over No. 2 Virginia on Saturday night.

No. 4 VILLANOVA 105, ST. JOHN’S 68

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Daniel Ochefu had 21 points and nine rebounds, and JayVaughn Pinkston scored 18 points as Villanova rolled to its 12th straight victory.

No. 5 ARIZONA 91, STANFORD 69

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — T.J. McConnell had 10 points and 11 assists in his final home game to helping Arizona close out the regular season.

No. 7 GONZAGA 81, SAN FRANCISCO 72

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Przemek Karnowski scored a season-high 24 points and Kyle Wiltjer added 19 to lead Gonzaga over San Francisco in the West Coast Conference tournament.

ILLINOIS ST. 65, No. 8 WICHITA ST. 62

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Daishon Knight capped a 25-point game with two critical free throws in the closing seconds and Illinois State rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat Wichita State in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

No. 15 OKLAHOMA 75, No. 9 KANSAS 73

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Buddy Hield scored on a tip-in with 0.2 seconds left to give Oklahoma the victory.

No. 11 NORTHERN IOWA 63, LOYOLA 49

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Seth Tuttle led a balanced, methodical attack with 13 points and Northern Iowa was stingy again defensively in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament semifinals.

No. 12 NOTRE DAME 81, CLEMSON 67

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Jerian Grant had 19 points and eight assists and Zach Auguste added 19 points as Notre Dame shot 55 percent from the field.

WASHINGTON 77, No. 13 UTAH 68

SEATTLE (AP) — Nigel Williams-Goss of Washington scored 28 points, including a deep 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining as the shot clock was about to expire.

No. 17 IOWA ST. 89, TCU 76

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Georges Niang and Monte Morris each had 19 points and Iowa State ended the regular season with another comeback win, beating TCU to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament.

LSU 81, No. 18 ARKANSAS 78

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Keith Hornsby hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give LSU the victory.

No. 20 WEST VIRGINIA 81, OKLAHOMA ST. 72

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Devin Williams tied a career-high with 22 points to lead West Virginia.

No. 21 BUTLER 68, No. 24 PROVIDENCE 64

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Roosevelt Jones scored 16 points and Kellen Dunham had 15 as Butler held on.

BELMONT 88, No. 25 MURRAY ST. 87

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Taylor Barnette hit a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left, and Belmont upset Murray State to win the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship and clinch its seventh NCAA Tournament berth.

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