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Dartmouth plays way into tourney

Dartmouth won the Ivy League's playoff yesterday in New Haven and earned its second straight trip to the women's NCAA Tournament with a 63-48 victory over Princeton.

Jeannie Cullen scored 17 points and Krista Perry added 14 points and nine rebounds for Dartmouth (23-6).

Dartmouth, Princeton, and Brown finished in an unprecedented three-way tie for first (12-2), prompting a playoff to decide the NCAA berth. Dartmouth beat Brown, 73-62, Friday for the right to play Princeton, which won a coin flip to earn a bye.

The Big Green led, 31-20, at halftime and fended off a second-half charge from Princeton (21-7).

Missouri Valley -- Kari Koch scored 17 points to lead Missouri State (17-14) to the conference title and an automatic NCAA berth with a 64-55 upset over Indiana State (26-5) in Springfield, Mo.

SEC -- Joakim Noah scored with 11 seconds left then blocked a shot at the other end, and No. 16 Florida held off South Carolina, 49-47, for a second straight tournament championship in a sloppy game in which the Gamecocks nearly pulled off the upset in Nashville.

Florida (27-6), which had its 13th NCAA Tournament berth assured, led the entire way but never put away South Carolina.

Big Ten -- Jeff Horner scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and added 10 assists as No. 20 Iowa beat No. 7 Ohio State, 67-60, in the final in Indianapolis.

Jamar Butler had 19 points for the top-seeded Buckeyes (25-5), who fell short in their quest to win both the regular-season and tournament titles. Iowa (25-8) extended its winning streak to five.

Big 12 -- Two weeks after getting blown out by Texas in Austin, No. 17 Kansas was terrific outside and played great defense to beat the eighth-ranked Longhorns, 80-68, in the final in Dallas.

Mario Chalmers had 15 points for the Jayhawks (25-7), who have won 15 of 16 games.

Southland -- Clifton Lee had 22 points to lead Northwestern State (25-7) to a 95-87 win over Sam Houston State in the conference final in Natchitoches, La.

Stonehill 69, Adelphi 54 -- Marquis Taylor had 23 points and 10 rebounds and the top-seeded and 12th-ranked Skyhawks advanced to the NCAA Division 2 Sweet 16 for the first time in eight years with a win in Easton.

UMass-Lowell 74, Saint Anselm 70 -- Stacey Moragne scored 26 points to go over 2,000 for his career and the River Hawks rallied to down the Hawks in Easton. UMass-Lowell will face Stonehill Tuesday.

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