CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Zabian Dowdell scored a career-high 33 points and Deron Washington blocked Ty Lawson's shot in the final seconds of overtime, preserving Virginia Tech's 81-80 upset of No. 4 North Carolina on Tuesday night.
Dowdell's big game helped the Hokies (18-7, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) to an improbable season sweep of the Tar Heels (22-4, 8-3).
Markus Sailes gave the Tar Heels one last chance when he missed two free throws with 7.1 seconds left. Lawson rushed down the court and took a quick shot, which was tied up by Dowdell. Lawson got the rebound and shot again from the lane, but Washington swatted it away.
Wayne Ellington grabbed the ball and the buzzer sounded just before he released and hit a 3-pointer.
TEXAS TECH 77, No. 6 TEXAS A&M 75: At College Station, Texas, Jarrius Jackson hit a jumper at the buzzer to give Texas Tech a win over Texas A&M, ending a five-game losing streak for the Red Raiders. Acie Law tied the game with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 6 seconds left before Jackson drove the length of the court and pulled up for the winning score. The crowd sat in stunned silence for a few seconds while officials looked at a replay of the basket before declaring it good. Jackson finished with 31 points and helped coach Bob Knight avoid matching the worst losing streak in his career. The win is Tech's second of the season over the Aggies and they remain the only Big 12 team to beat A&M (21-4, 9-2 Big 12) this season.
No. 13 BUTLER 79, FLORIDA GULF COAST 65: At Indianapolis, Mike Green scored a career-high 24 points, A.J. Graves added 22 and Butler won its 22nd straight game at home, beating Florida Gulf Coast — a Division II team. The nonconference win by the Bulldogs (24-3) snapped a school-record 14-game winning streak by the Eagles (22-6), who will move up to Division I next season as members of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
No. 16 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 51, MISSOURI STATE 47: At Springfield, Mo., Randal Falker scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Southern Illinois over Missouri State.
Southern Illinois (22-5, 13-3 Missouri Valley) extended its winning streak to eight games while Missouri State (19-8, 10-6) saw its five-game winning streak end. The Salukis watched a 27-22 halftime lead melt away as Missouri State opened the second half with an 11-6 run to tie the game at 33 with 12:32 left. SIU had trouble handling Missouri State's zone defense and made just two field goals in the first 9:03 of the half. Missouri State took its first lead on a basket by Blake Ahearn with 7:50 left to make it 37-35. The Bears extended the lead to 43-40 on a shot by Tyler Chaney with 3:14 left.
TENNESSEE 89, No. 20 KENTUCKY 85: At Knoxville, Tenn., Chris Lofton scored 23 points and Duke Crews added 18 to help Tennessee upset Kentucky. The Volunteers (18-8, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) had plenty of motivation with the school's big promotion of the game — "Paint the Town Orange" — and a halftime ceremony to retire No. 53 worn by former All-American and NBA All-Star Bernard King. Not to mention the opponent was border rival Kentucky (18-7, 7-4), which as usual had its share of Big Blue fans who made the trip to Thompson-Boling Arena.