Anthony Crater scored on a driving layup with 5.1 seconds remaining, and a last-ditch shot by Maalik Wayns at the buzzer bounced off the back of the rim, allowing South Florida to upset Villanova, 70-69, last night at Madison Square Garden in the Big East tournament.
The Wildcats (21-11) squandered a 16-point halftime lead, completing their collapse when Wayns threw away an inbound pass with 22.8 seconds left that Crater converted into a layup to put the Bulls up, 68-67.
Wayns looked as though he might redeem himself when he was fouled by Toarlyn Fitzpatrick on his own drive to the basket. Wayns made both foul shots to give Villanova a 69-68 lead with 11.6 seconds left.
Shaun Noriega hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead the 15th-seeded Bulls (10-22).
Wayns finished with 24 points for the Wildcats, who slipped from No. 6 in the nation earlier this season. Now, assuming they’re still selected, they’ll slip into the NCAA Tournament having lost five straight.
Connecticut 97, DePaul 71 — Kemba Walker scored 26 points and the Huskies (22-9) won a Big East tournament game for the first time in six years, beating the Blue Demons (7-24).
Rutgers 76, Seton Hall 70 — Jonathan Mitchell scored 25 points, including eight free throws in overtime, to lead the Scarlet Knights (15-16) over the Pirates (13-18).
Marquette 87, Providence 66 — Darius Johnson-Odom scored 23 points and Jimmy Butler added 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists as the Golden Eagles (19-13) scored the first 17 points of the game. Vincent Council had 21 points for the Friars (15-17) and Marshon Brooks, whose 24.8 average led the conference in scoring and is second in the nation, finished with 20 points.
Big Sky semifinals — Will Cherry scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, helping Montana (21-9) rally for a 57-40 win over Weber State (18-12) in Greeley, Colo. . . . Devon Beitzel scored 25 points and Chris Kaba added 14, sparking a second-half charge that led Northern Colorado (20-10) past Northern Arizona, 73-70. Cameron Jones missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds that would have tied it for the Lumberjacks (19-12).
Horizon final — Matt Howard scored 18 points to lead Butler to a 59-44 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee (19-13) in Milwaukee for its third Horizon League tournament title in four years. The Bulldogs (23-9) will get a chance to duplicate their wild run last year to the NCAA title game.
MEAC first round — Kevin White scored 22 points and Hillary Haley added 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maryland-Eastern Shore (9-21) over Florida A&M (12-20), 87-85, in Winston-Salem, N.C. . . . Darnell Porter scored 15 points to lead South Carolina State (10-21) over Delaware State (9-21), 64-59.
Mid-American first round — Ivo Baltic scored 24 points and DeVaughn Washington added 17 points to lead host Ohio (18-14) over Toledo, 74-57 . . . Nikola Cvetinovic scored 13 points as Akron (20-12) defeated Eastern Michigan (9-22), 67-53 . . . A’uston Calhoun had 25 points and nine rebounds as host Bowling Green (14-18) routed Northern Illinois, 74-54, beating the Huskies (9-21) for the fifth time in a row . . . Zach Filzen scored 21 points, leading host Buffalo (18-12) to a 64-50 win over Central Michigan (10-21).
Summit final — Keith Benson scored 28 points and Reggie Hamilton had 26 points to help Oakland (Mich.) beat Oral Roberts, 90-76, in Sioux Falls, S.D., and repeat as conference champion, and clinch a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Grizzlies (25-9) put the game out of reach by outscoring Oral Roberts, 24-5, to take an 84-64 lead.
Sun Belt final — Solomon Bozeman’s deep 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining gave Arkansas-Little Rock a 64-63 win over North Texas in Hot Springs, Ark., and sent the Trojans (19-16) to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years.