Roundup: Rebels upend Florida in SEC title game

Mississippi guard Nick Williams helps lead the cheers as he and his teammates celebrate their victory Sunday over Florida for the Southeastern Conference tournament championship, the first for Ole Miss since 1981.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Mississippi Rebels now have two very big items on their resume that nobody can take away.

Murphy Holloway scored 23 points and Marshall Henderson had 21 as the Rebels gave coach Andy Kennedy his first NCAA tournament berth by upsetting 13th-ranked Florida 66-63 on Sunday for the Southeastern Conference tournament championship.

"So much is made about the NCAA tournament," Kennedy said. "I was just glad to get the albatross that is the NCAA tournament off the neck of our program so people can now exhale and get a new focal point."

The Rebels (26-8) have won seven of eight, grabbing their first tournament title since 1981 and their second ever.

Reginald Buckner added 13 points for Ole Miss, which won two straight without point guard Jarvis Summers. The sophomore suffered a concussion in Friday night's 64-62 win over Missouri. That forced Kennedy to use Ladarius White, while Henderson and freshman Derrick Millinghaus also handled the ball.

"Can you imagine going into a game of this magnitude with a backup quarterback?" Kennedy said. "And that's what this team had to do."

Florida (26-7) hasn't won this tournament since wrapping up a three-peat in 2007. The Gators had a final chance to force overtime. Scottie Wilbekin missed two free throws with 4.2 seconds left, and Kenny Boynton's last-gasp three glanced off the rim after he took a step back to make sure he was over the line.

Mike Rosario had 18 points and Boynton added 13 for the Gators.

• No. 9 Miami 87, North Carolina 77: In Greensboro, N.C., Shane Larkin scored a career-high 28 points, eight in the final 2Ω minutes, and Miami captured its first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship to go with its first regular-season title.

Trey McKinney Jones added a career-high 20 points for the top-seeded Hurricanes (27-6), including the go-ahead three-pointer with 6:27 left that started Miami's final push.

P.J. Hairston scored 28 points and had six of the Tar Heels' 13 three-pointers. The loss by the third-seeded Tar Heels (24-10) left coach Roy Williams at 699 career wins.

• No. 10 Ohio State 50, No. 22 Wisconsin 43: In Chicago, DeShaun Thomas scored 17 points and Ohio State used some stout defense to win its conference-best fifth Big Ten tournament title and its third in the last four years.

Thomas was 6 for 19 from the field, but made some big free throws down the stretch. Aaron Craft had nine points and six rebounds, and LaQuinton Ross delivered a couple of huge plays for the Buckeyes (26-7).

Travon Jackson scored 10 points for the Badgers (23-11), who shot 38.3 percent from the field.

• No. 16 Saint Louis 62, No. 25 VCU 56: In New York, Kwamain Mitchell scored 19 points, including a huge three-pointer with the shot clock winding down, and tournament MVP Dwayne Evans added 16 for Saint Louis (27-6), which won its first Atlantic 10 tourney title.

Top-seeded Saint Louis (27-6) led 45-32 with less than 12 minutes left, but the second-seeded Rams were within a point 3 minutes later.

Cody Ellis hit a three-pointer on the Billikens' next possession, then made another clutch three for a 57-51 lead with more than 2 minutes left.

Treveon Graham led VCU (26-8) with 20 points.


• No. 15 Delaware 59, Drexel 56: In Upper Marlboro, Md.. Elena Delle Donne scored 28 points, and Delaware held on to win its second straight Colonial Athletic Association title and extend its school-record winning streak to 25 games.

The victory earned the Blue Hens (30-3) an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Taylor Wootton scored 21 for the third-seeded Dragons and Hollie Mershon had 18.

• No. 20 Green Bay 54, Loyola of Chicago 38: In Green Bay, Wis., Sarah Eichler scored 16 points and Adrian Ritchie added 15 points as Green Bay cruised in the Horizon League tournament championship game.

It's the third league tournament title in a row for Green Bay (29-4 and winner of 24 in a row) and the fifth straight year the team will compete in the NCAA tournament.

• Wichita St. 69, Illinois St. 65: In St. Charles, Mo., Alex Harden and Michaela Dapprich scored 19 points each to lead the top-seeded Shockers to the championship of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The Shockers (24-9) won the tournament for the first time and will be making their first NCAA tournament appearance.

Jamie Russell led third-seeded Illinois State (23-10) with a game-high 27 points.

• Quinnipiac 72, Saint Francis, Pa 33: In Hamden, Conn., Brittany McQuain scored 14 points to lead top-seeded Quinnipiac's rout in the NEC title game on Sunday, earning the Bobcats their first trip to the NCAA tournament.

Quinnipiac (30-2) has won 22 straight games with the last loss coming on Dec. 29 at Georgia Tech. Only Baylor, Notre Dame and Stanford have more victories.