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Bulldogs knock off Gators 75-69

March 13, 2010
From AP wire reports

Barry Stewart scored 17 points and hit five late free throws as Mississippi State held on to defeat Florida 75-69 in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals Friday night.

The Bulldogs (22-9) face the winner of the quarterfinal matchup between No. 20 Vanderbilt and Georgia, who played late Friday night.

Mississippi State held a 58-39 lead with 13:29 left when it fell into a six-minute scoring drought.

The Gators (21-12) took advantage with a 14-0 run. A three-pointer by Erving Walker and a free throw by Chandler Parsons cut Mississippi State's lead to 58-53 with 8:17 left.

Kenny Boynton hit a jump shot over Jarvis Varnado's head to cut Mississippi State's lead to 71-68 with 27 seconds left, but Stewart hit 5-of-6 free throw attempts down the stretch to preserve the win.

Boynton led Florida with 23 points.

Kentucky 73, Alabama 67: John Wall had 23 points, including seven straight in the second half to give the Wildcats the lead for good, and No. 2 Kentucky overcame an 11-point deficit to beat Alabama in the SEC quarterfinals.

The win gives Kentucky its 12th 30-win season - the most by any school - and the Wildcats' first since 2003 when they went 32-4. It's also the fifth straight such season for coach John Calipari and seventh overall to tie him with Connecti-cut's Jim Calhoun for third-most among coaches.

Kentucky (30-2) plays No. 15 Tennessee in the semifinals Saturday in its quest to add a 26th tournament title to the 44th regular-season championship.

Miami 70, Virginia Tech 65: Durand Scott scored 11 of his 17 points in the final six minutes and last-place Miami continued a stunning run in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament with a victory over Virginia Tech.

DeQuan Jones added 14 points for the 12th-seeded Hurricanes (20-12), who had lost 11 of 14 games coming into the postseason. Knocking off a possible NCAA tournament team for the second straight day earned them a spot in Saturday's semifinals against top-seed and No. 4 Duke.

Jeff Allen scored 18 points for fourth-seeded Virginia Tech, which couldn't overcome a miserable performance by ACC leading scorer Malcolm Delaney. He was held to seven points on 3-of-15 shooting, including 0-of-8 from three-point range.

Delaney missed two shots on the same possession with under a minute left and Virginia Tech (23-8) trailing by one. Coach Seth Greenberg pounded both fists on the scorer's table looking for a foul to no avail.

Scott then hit two free throws at the other end, and Terrell Bell missed a tying three-point attempt to end the Hokies' hopes. Miami celebrated with chest bumps and smiles in what's been an unpredictable tournament that's seen the higher seed lost four of the first six games.

Miami dominated the boards 46-29 and its zone frustrated Virginia Tech. The Hokies led by 10 in the first half, but it was tight after halftime.

Duke 57, Virginia 46: Jon Scheyer's jumpers were coming up just short, and those trademark three-pointers from the corner were a smidge off.

No matter. With the game on the line, he couldn't seem to miss - and No. 4 Duke was well on its way back to the ACC semifinals.

Scheyer scored seven of his 15 points during the decisive run that helped the top-seeded Blue Devils pull away from pesky Virginia in the quarterfinals.

Kyle Singler had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Nolan Smith also had 15 points while Scheyer keyed the 11-0 run that sent them into Saturday's semifinal against 12th-seeded Miami.



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