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Late run sends Oral Roberts to NCAA berth

Shawn King, who made key plays late, cuts down the net after Oral Roberts wins the Summit title, defeating IUPUI 71-64.

Associated Press

Shawn King, who made key plays late, cuts down the net after Oral Roberts wins the Summit title, defeating IUPUI 71-64.

TULSA, Okla. — Moses Ehambe hit seven 3-pointers and scored 25, and Oral Roberts earned an NCAA Tournament berth by beating IUPUI 71-64 Tuesday night to win its third straight Summit League tournament title.

Robert Jarvis added 16 points and Shawn King scored 10, and the two teamed up to lead the Golden Eagles down the stretch.

King backed in for a layup to put Oral Roberts up 59-57 with 2:51 left, and Jarvis added a jumper in the lane on the Golden Eagles' next possession.

Summit League player of the year George Hill made a driving layup for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, but Jarvis, the top-scoring reserve in the country, made a 3-pointer from the right side and Hill couldn't match him on the other end.

King was fouled on the rebound and hit both free throws, making it 66-59 with 1:20 left.

Hill dunked on the Jaguars' next possession, but couldn't convert on another drive or a 3-pointer in the final minute. Oral Roberts went 5-for-8 from the line in the final 1:03 to seal it.

Fans stormed the court to celebrate the third consecutive NCAA Tournament bid for the tiny Tulsa school.

After losing the title game on a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in 2005, Oral Roberts has swept the conference tournament in its hometown.

Hill had 24 points to lead the Jaguars, Austin Montgomery scored 16 and Gary Patterson added 14.

The Jaguars were seeking their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003.

Other tournaments

MEAC: Tywain McKee's two free throws with 7.7 seconds left were the winning points as Coppin State held on to defeat Howard 55-54 in the first round in Raleigh, N.C. Bethune-Cookman met South Carolina State in a late game. McKee, a two-time first-team All-MEAC selection, scored 18 as the Eagles advanced to play Hampton.

Awards

ACC: It was a big day for North Carolina junior Tyler Hansbrough. He was honored as national player of the year by Sporting News, ensuring he will become just the eighth Tar Heel to have his number retired. That list includes Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Phil Ford.Hansbrough also was named ACC player of the year, the third to win the award unanimously.

Duke's DeMarcus Nelson was named defensive player of the year, with 39 of a possible 90 votes. Other votes: FSU guard Toney Douglas (17), Maryland's James Gist (11), North Carolina's Marcus Ginyard (nine) and Boston College's Tyrelle Blair (six).

Duke's Kyle Singler was named rookie of the year, getting 44 votes. Other votes: Wake Forest's James Johnson (30) and North Carolina State's J.J. Hickson (11).

SEC: Conference coaches named Florida's Nick Calathes and Kentucky's Patrick Patterson co-freshmen of the year. Kentucky's Billy Gillispie and Tennessee's Bruce Pearl shared coach of the year and Vanderbilt's Shan Foster was named player of the year. Calathes leads the SEC in assists. Among freshmen, he ranks first in steals, third in scoring and fifth in rebounding.

big east: USF's Kentrell Gransberry was named to the All-Big East team. Unanimous selections were Georgetown's Roy Hibbert, Connecticut's A.J. Price, Louisville's David Padgett and Notre Dame's Luke Harangody. Others on the first team: Connecticut's Jeff Adrien, Notre Dame's Kyle McAlarney, Cincinnati's Deonta Vaughn, Pittsburgh's Sam Young, Seton Hall's Brian Laing and West Virginia's Joe Alexander.

Harangody was named player of the year, and Notre Dame's Mike Brey was named coach of the year for a second straight season. Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair, who had 13 double doubles, and Syracuse's Jonny Flynn, who led the league in minutes (39.2), shared rookie of the year, an award that USF had hoped guard Dominique Jones would win.

Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet, who had a Big East-record 94 blocks, was named defensive player of the year.

big 12: Kansas State freshman Michael Beasley was named conference player of the year, getting 17 of 19 votes. Texas' D.J. Augustin got the other two.

Nation

Penn 60, Princeton 47: Jack Eggleston scored 15 to lead the visiting Quakers over the Tigers in their annual Ivy League finale. For the first time in 20 years neither Princeton (6-23, 3-11) nor Penn (13-18, 8-6) walked away from its last matchup with the league title, won by Cornell.

RICHARDSON BACKS OFF: Nolan Richardson said he's no longer a candidate for the Arkansas State coaching opening. "There were some things that weren't able to fit," said Richardson, 66, out of college coaching since 2002 when he was fired by Arkansas. He said he's still interested in coaching in the right situation.

WOODEN UPDATE: John Wooden went from the hospital to a rehabilitation center, nearly two weeks after the 97-year-old UCLA coaching great broke his left wrist and collarbone in a fall.

Arizona: Athletic director Jim Livengood is satisfied Lute Olson can handle the rigors of the job when he returns from a leave of absence. "I'm comfortable right now, with the information we have at hand as of right now, that he will be ready to come back and be our head basketball coach and fully execute all functions that need to be handled," Livengood said. Olson is expected to take over as soon as the season ends. New questions about the 73-year-old Olson's health arose when he revealed Monday that he needed the leave to deal with "a medical condition that was not life-threatening." That was a change from a statement Olson issued when he took his leave. He said then he wanted to "reassure everyone that this isn't a health scare, but rather a personal matter that needs my undivided attention."

Livengood referred questions to Olson, who has not spoken to reporters since he announced he was coming back.

"WESTERN ILLINOIS: Coach Derek Thomas resigned after going 40-104 in five seasons.

>>fast facts

SEC first round

Thursday, Atlanta

• Florida vs. Alabama, 7:30, FSN

• South Carolina vs. LSU, 1, Sun Sports

• Auburn vs. Vanderbilt, 3:30, Sun Sports

• Georgia vs. Mississippi, 9:45

ACC first round

Thursday, Charlotte, N.C.

• FSU vs. Wake Forest, noon, FSN

• Miami vs. N.C. State, 2:30, FSN

• Georgia Tech vs. Virginia, 7, ESPN2

• Boston College vs.

Maryland, 9:30

Late run sends Oral Roberts to NCAA berth 03/12/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:36am]
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