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For Dale Brown, the end came too soon.

Brown's 25-year coaching career at LSU came to a close with a 75-54 loss to No. 24 Georgia in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Memphis.Brown, 61, announced in January that this would be his last season. The loss left his LSU record at 448-301, including 10-20 this season.

Michael Chadwick finished with 20 points for Georgia. Duane Spencer scored 12 for LSU.

No. 2 Minnesota 81, Michigan State 74

Sam Jacobson scored 18 points and Minnesota finished 14-0 at Williams Arena, its first perfect home record since 1948-49. The Big Ten champion Golden Gophers (27-2, 16-1) won their 12th in a row overall.

No. 9 UCLA 87, Washington 85

Charles O'Bannon scored a career-high 31 points and UCLA (20-7, 14-3) overcame a 16-point deficit in the first half to win on the road.

No. 23 Stanford 81, No. 12 Arizona 80

Peter Sauer swished a baseline jumper with six seconds left as Stanford won at home. Brevin Knight, who had 23 points and 12 assists for the Cardinal (19-7 Pac-10, 11-6) drove into the lane before passing to Sauer for the go-ahead basket. Michael Dickerson had 22 points for Arizona (19-8, 11-6).


Conference USA

Danny Fortson scored 15 points despite 5-for-15 shooting and No. 10 Cincinnati (25-6) routed host Saint Louis, 71-43. Three technical fouls were called during a first-half fracas that had Saint Louis' Sekeue Barentine shoving Fortson.

DeMarco Johnson and Sean Colson each made two free throws in the last 16 as North Carolina-Charlotte (20-8) rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half and beat No. 20 Louisville (23-8).

In other C-USA quarterfinals, Alabama-Birmingham beat Tulane 74-70 and Marquette defeated Memphis 63-45.

Atlantic 10

Lamont Barnes scored eight of his 16 points in overtime as Temple upset No. 11 Xavier in the quarterfinals at Philadelphia. The game was tied at 62 before the Owls (19-9) got the last seven points to eliminate Xavier (22-5).

Arthur "Yah" Davis scored 20 points as No. 19 St. Joseph's (22-6) beat St. Bonaventure (14-14) for the third time this season. In other games, Rhode Island defeated Virginia Tech 67-63 and George Washington beat Massachusetts 58-41.

Big East

Freshman Tim Thomas scored 20 points and No. 21 Villanova (22-8) advanced to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden with an 80-70 victory over Syracuse.

In other games, Georgetown downed Miami 63-59, Providence beat West Virginia 76-69 and Boston College defeated Pittsburgh 76-68.


No. 24 Georgia moved on to play Arkansas in the quarterfinals. In other first-round games, Alabama beat Florida 80-66, Auburn defeated Tennessee 67-54 and Vanderbilt topped Mississippi State 73-67 in overtime.