Irish clinch double bye in Big East Tournament

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jack Cooley scored a career-high 27 points and had 17 rebounds as No. 20 Notre Dame beat Providence 75-69 on Friday night to wrap up a double bye in next week’s Big East Tournament.

Notre Dame's Jack Cooley (right) drives against Providence forward Kadeem Bates during the first half. Cooley recorded a double-double.  JOE RAYMOND/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Notre Dame's Jack Cooley (right) drives against Providence forward Kadeem Bates during the first half. Cooley recorded a double-double.

Notre Dame (21-10, 13-5) locked up the No. 3 seed in the tournament and ended a two-game losing skid that followed a nine-game winning streak.

Cooley, who had only two points and no rebounds in the Irish’s loss at Georgetown on Monday, scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the first half, hitting 7 of 10 shots. He finished 10 for 15 from the field.

LaDontate Henton had 18 points for Providence (15-16, 4-14).

NO. 12 MURRAY STATE 78, TENNESSEE TECH 58

In Nashville, Tenn., Donte Poole scored 25 points, and Murray State (29-1) routed Tennessee Tech (19-13) in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament semifinals.

Now the Racers will play either Tennessee State or Morehead State in the championship today.

Kevin Murphy led Tennessee Tech with 31 points.

NO. 15 WICHITA STATE 72, INDIANA STATE 48

In St. Louis, Toure Murry and Joe Ragland scored 14 points each and Garrett Stutz had 12 rebounds to lead Wichita State over Indiana State in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

The Shockers (27-4) won their season-high ninth in a row and will play Northern Iowa or Illinois State today for a spot in the championship.

Eighth-seeded Indiana State (18-14) missed 20 of its first 22 shots.

NO. 25 CREIGHTON 68, DRAKE 61

In St. Louis, Greg McDermott scored 26 points and Antoine Young added 16 points to lift Creighton over Drake in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

Creighton (26-5) advances to play the winner of the Evansville-Missouri State game today.

Rayvonte Rice led Drake (17-15) with 15 points. Kurt Alexander added 14 and Jordan Clarke and Ben Simons each added 11 points.

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