clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

3 LIGHTWEIGHTS TO JOIN HEAVYWEIGHTS IN NCAAS

Delaware, Robert Morris and Georgia Southern aren't exactly Duke, Indiana and Kansas. However, those small schools will be joining the big boys in the NCAA basketball tournament.

All three gained automatic berths by winning their conference tournaments Wednesday night.Delaware routed Drexel 92-68 to win the North Atlantic title, Robert Morris beat Marist 85-81 to capture the Northeast Conference crown and Georgia Southern downed Georgia State 95-82 in the Trans America final.

Alexander Coles scored 22 points as Delaware earned its first-ever NCAA berth. Spencer Dunkley had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Blue Hens (27-3), who won their 20th straight game.

Dexter Abrams had 21 points and 14 rebounds as Georgia Southern gained its first tournament bid since 1987. Wendell Charles added 21 points, six assists and five steals for the Eagles (25-5).

Tony Windless held State's Phillip Luckydo to nine points - less than half his 21.4 average.

Myron Walker scored 28 points as Robert Morris made the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years. Walker, the conference player of the year, hit 11 of 20 shots from the field and all four of his free throws.

No. 5 Ohio St. 82, Illinois 70

At Columbus, Jim Jackson scored 26 points as Ohio State took a half-game lead in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes (22-5 overall, 14-3 Big Ten) moved ahead of second-place Indiana, which plays Wisconsin tonight.

Jackson hit eight of 13 shots from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and was 7-of-7 from the line. He also had nine assists and five rebounds as the Buckeyes won their fifth game in a row.

No. 14 Michigan 70, Purdue 61

At West Lafayette, Ind., Juwan Howard scored 18 points and fellow freshman Jalen Rose added 17 as visiting Michigan hurt Purdue's slim chances of making the NCAA tournament.

The win avenged a 65-60 Michigan loss to Purdue at Ann Arbor and gave Wolverine coach Steve Fisher his first win over the Boilermakers in six tries.

Chris Webber added 12 points and reserve Rob Pelinka had a career-high 11 for the Wolverines (19-8 overall, 10-7 Big Ten). Woody Austin scored 22 points for Purdue (15-14, 7-10).

No. 16 Michigan St. 66, Minn. 57

At East Lansing, Mike Peplowski led Michigan State with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Michigan State (20-7 overall, 10-7 Big Ten), which avenged a 70-66 loss at Minnesota, led 24-23 at halftime. But the Golden Gophers rallied to take a 35-31 lead before Peplowski took over.

Iowa 69, Northwestern 66

At Iowa City, Acie Earl scored 28 points and blocked five shots as Iowa handed Northwestern its 55th consecutive road loss in the Big Ten.

The Hawkeyes improved to 18-9 overall and 10-7 Big Ten, while Northwestern fell to 8-19 and 1-16 in the Big Ten.