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College roundup: Austin Peay, Yale first to clinch NCAA tournament berths

Freshman Jared Savage scored 24 points, hitting 8 of 14 from 3, as Austin Peay upset No. 2 seed UT Martin 83-73 Saturday night in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship earning an automatic NCAA Tournament berth with its fourth win in as many days.

The Governors (18-17) won their sixth straight overall for their first OVC title since 2008 and fifth overall. This will be their sixth NCAA Tournament berth after upsetting the league's regular season champ to reach the final in a tournament where they had to win the final two of the regular season and get help to even earn the eighth and final seed.

Austin Peay hit a season-high 16 3-pointers to help coach Dave Loos celebrate his 69th birthday. Josh Robinson added 20 points, Khalil Davis 14 points, and John Murry 11.

The league's Western Division champ, UT Martin (19-14) was looking for its first OVC tournament title. Twymond Howard led the Skyhawks with 24 points, Jacolby Mobley had 15, and Alex Anderson 14.

The Skyhawks jumped out to an 11-3 lead.

Then Austin Peay, the team that should've been exhausted, took control with a 19-2 run. Chris Horton's dunk with 11:38 left put the Governors ahead to stay at 14-13, and they led 38-33 at halftime.

Savage started the second half by hitting three straight 3s, and Robinson added another for a 12-4 run by the Governors to go up 50-37. Edwards hit two free throws to pull the Skyhawks within 50-42 before Austin Peay reeled off eight straight points. The Skyhawks got within 78-70 on back-to-back 3s by Mobley with 1:39 left, but it wasn't enough.

Yale 71, Columbia 55: Makai Mason scored 22 and Brandon Sherrod added 13 to lead Yale to a 71-55 victory over Columbia on Saturday night, clinching the Bulldogs' first NCAA Tournament bid since 1962.

The Bulldogs shared the Ivy championship last year with Harvard, but lost the playoff game with the Crimson.

Saturday's win ended the second longest NCAA drought of any team that has made the tournament previously, according to STATS. Only Dartmouth (1959) has gone longer without making it. Columbia is now third on that list having not made the NCAAs since 1968.

Yale won without its captain Jack Montague, who left the team last month. The school has declined to detail why he left. Montague's family didn't return messages left by The Associated Press, but his father told the New Haven Register on Friday that his son was expelled.

Wright State 74, Illinois-Chicago 43: JT Yoho had 15 points and Daniel Mortensen 14 and third-seeded Wright State cruised to a 74-43 win over Illinois-Chicago in the first round of the Horizon League tournament on Saturday.

The Raiders (20-12), who have won five straight, plays the Youngstown State-Detroit winner in the second round on Sunday.

Wright State hit six 3-pointers in the first half, three by Mortensen off the bench, to lead 34-17 at the break. The 10th-seeded Flames only shot 22 percent and had 10 turnovers.

The Raiders had a 13-2 run that included three treys, with Mortensen's second making it 21-8 midway through the half. They then closed the half with 11 straight points as the Flames missed their last four shots.

Wright State finished 14 of 28 behind the arc, 15 of 40 inside.

Dikembe Dixson made 10 of 13 free throws and had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Flames (5-25).

Rutgers 75, Minnesota 52: Rutgers ended a 32-game losing streak in the Big Ten Conference and a 17-game overall skid with a 75-52 victory over undermanned Minnesota on Saturday behind a career-high 29-point performance by Mike Williams.

The victory was the first in conference for the Scarlet Knights since a 67-62 win over No. 4 Wisconsin on Jan. 11, 2015. It was their first win overall since beating Massachusetts-Lowell on Dec. 28.

Corey Sanders and Bishops Daniels added 12 points apiece in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Minnesota (8-22, 2-16) never had a chance despite beating Rutgers 83-61 on Feb. 23. Gophers coach Richard Pitino suspended guards Kevin Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer for the rest of the season before the next game , stemming from a sexually explicit video that appeared on Dorsey's social media accounts.

The Gophers were left with eight players, including three walk-ons.  

No. 2 Michigan State 91, Ohio State 73: Denzel Valentine had 27 points and matched a career high with 13 assists in the last home game, helping No. 2 Michigan State rout Ohio State 91-76 Saturday.

The Spartans (26-5, 13-5 Big Ten) have won 10 of their last 11 games, earning No. 2 seeding in the conference tournament.

The Buckeyes (19-12, 11-7) have lost just two of their last seven games with both setbacks coming against Michigan State.

Valentine and fellow seniors Matt Costello and Bryn Forbes led the way for the Spartans. Costello had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Forbes scored 14, making only one 3-pointer on six attempts one game after setting a Big Ten-record with 11 3-pointers.

Ohio State's Marc Loving scored 21, JaQuan Lyle had 18 points and Kam Williams added 15.

UMKC 82, Chicago State 53: LaVell Boyd scored a career-high 26 points and added five rebounds and four assists, andMissouri-Kansas City made a season-high 13 3-pointers in an 82-53 win over Chicago State on Saturday.

Boyd hit 5 of 10 3s as UMKC (11-18, 4-10 Western Athletic Conference) shot 13 of 26 from deep. Martez Harrison added 11 points and seven assists, and Grant Leach made 3 of 4 from deep for nine points.

UMKC jumped on Chicago State early, vaulting to a 27-8 lead in the game's first 10 minutes. The Roos led 39-25 at intermission and started the second half on a 9-0 run to put the game out of reach.

UMKC's 29-point win was its largest of the season.

Fred Sims Jr. was perfect on six free throws and scored 11 points for Chicago State (4-27, 0-14), the lone Cougar to score in double figures.

Chicago State shot just 29 percent from the field.

Associated Press

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