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Central Florida 84, SE Louisiana 72: Ochiel Swaby scored 19 points and James Walker added a career-high 18 Saturday at Orlando, helping Central Florida clinch the top seeding in the Trans America Athletic Conference tournament that begins Thursday.

John Picou (22 points) scored nine early points for Southeastern Louisiana, and the Lions (10-15, 7-8) led 32-23 with 2:51 left in the first half. Swaby's jumper completed an 11-0 run that left UCF (18-7, 11-4) up 34-32 at halftime. Swaby's running jump shot with 10:06 to play made it 63-53.

Barry 76, Eckerd 71: Mark Wilson, Bobby Latham and Julian Rodriguez combined for 50 points to lead Barry past Eckerd in a Sunshine State Conference game at Miami Shores. Rodney Chatman scored 28 for Eckerd (13-12, 5-9), but Barry (17-9, 8-6) led 40-29 at halftime and never trailed. Wilson had 22 points, Latham 17 and Rodriguez 11. Allick contributed 14 points.

Florida Southern 89, Tampa 69: Chet Galloway scored 19 of his game-high 26 points in the second half as unranked Florida Southern downed the University of Tampa, ranked 18th in Division II, in a regular-season finale before a packed house at Lakeland's George Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (22-4 overall, 10-4) tied Tampa (19-7, 10-4) for the SSC regular-season championship, but the Spartans retained the No. 1 seeding for the conference tournament. Tampa is the host team for the tourney, beginning Friday.

FIU 90, Mercer 71: James Mazyck scored 25 points in Macon, Ga., and Florida International snapped its losing streak at six. Joe Leake added 19 points, hitting five three-pointers, and Zhivago Nichols 17 for the Golden Panthers (11-15, 7-9 Trans America). Terry Young had 20 for the Bears (5-22, 3-13), who ended an 11-game losing streak by beating Samford on Thursday.

South Alabama 77, Jacksonville 66: John Blake had 17 points to lead visiting South Alabama. South Alabama (13-12, 9-8 Sun Belt Conference) had five scorers in double figures and hit 12 of 14 free throws in the last 74 seconds. Artemus McClary scored 19 for Jacksonville (16-9, 11-6).

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