Memphis sweeps Louisville, Tigers score 15 of final 16 points

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Chris Crawford hit a 3-pointer with 1:36 left to put Memphis ahead to stay, and the 21st-ranked Tigers beat seventh-ranked Louisville 72-66 on Saturday, sweeping a season series from the Cardinals for the first time since 1996-97.

Memphis (22-7, 11-5 American Athletic Conference) trailed 65-57 with 4:45 left when Michael Dixon Jr. scored six consecutive points, jumpstarting the Tigers who scored 15 of the final 16 points.

Louisville (24-5, 13-3) had its seven-game winning streak snapped.

NO. 2 WICHITA STATE 68,

MISSOURI STATE 45

In Wichita, Kan., Cleanthony Early scored 19 points and Wichita State
(31-0, 18-0 Missouri Valley Conference) rolled over Missouri State (19-11, 9-9), becoming the first team since Saint Joseph’s in 2004 to enter its conference tournament unbeaten.

OKLAHOMA STATE 72, NO. 5 KANSAS 65

In Stillwater, Okla., Marcus Smart and Markel Brown each had 21 points as Oklahoma State (19-10, 7-9 Big 12 Conference) remained hot after Smart’s return from suspension in knocking off Kansas (22-7, 13-3).

XAVIER 75, NO. 9 CREIGHTON 69

In Cincinnati, Ohio, with the best game of his career, Justin Martin had 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and Xavier (20-9, 10-6 Big East) led most of the way during a victory over Creighton (23-5, 13-3).

Creighton couldn’t catch up despite 27 points by Doug McDermott.

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 67,

NO. 10 SAINT LOUIS 56

In Richmond, Va., Treveon Graham had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Virginia Commonwealth (22-7, 10-4 Atlantic 10) added a quality win to its NCAA Tournament résumé by beating Saint Louis (25-4, 12-2).

CONNECTICUT 51, NO. 11 CINCINNATI 45

In Hartford, Conn., Shabazz Napier scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Connecticut (23-6, 11-5 American Athletic Conference) past Cincinnati (24-5, 13-3).

The Huskies won despite going without a field goal for the game’s final 7½ minutes by holding the Bear­cats

KANSAS STATE 80, NO. 15 IOWA STATE 73

In Manhattan, Kan., Shane Southwell had 13 points and Kansas State (19-9, 10-6 Big 12) overcame a huge game by Iowa State star Melvin Ejim to beat the Cyclones (22-6, 10-6).

Ejim had 30 points and 16 rebounds, and DeAndre Kain added 24 points and eight rebounds to pace the Cyclones.

NO. 16 MICHIGAN 65, MINNESOTA 56

In Ann Arbor, Mich., Nik Stauskas scored 21 points and Glenn Robinson III provided an emotional lift with his dunks as Michigan (21-7, 13-3) clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title with a victory over Minnesota (18-12, 7-10).

ILLINOIS 53, NO. 18 MICHIGAN STATE 46

In East Lansing, Mich., Tracy Abrams scored 12 points, leading Illinois (17-12, 6-10 Big Ten) over Michigan State (22-7, 11-5).

NO. 23 SOUTHERN METHODIST 70,

CENTRAL FLORIDA 55

In Dallas, Markus Kennedy scored 18 points, Nic Moore had 11 of his 13 in the second half and Southern Methodist beat Central Florida
(11-16, 3-13).

OKLAHOMA 77, NO. 24 TEXAS 65

In Norman, Okla., Isaiah Cousins scored 24 points as Oklahoma (21-8, 10-6) beat Texas (21-8, 10-6).

THE CITADEL 80, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 63

In Charleston, S.C., Matt Van Scyoc had 19, Ashton Moore added 16 and Marshall Harris III chipped in with 11 points as The Citadel (6-25, 2-14 Southern) routed the Eagles (13-18, 6-10).

Tre Bussey had 29 forGeorgia Southern.

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