Connecticut kept a great story going. West Virginia closed a chapter of its basketball history. Shabazz Napier scored 26 points and Jeremy...
NEW YORK — Connecticut kept a great story going. West Virginia closed a chapter of its basketball history.
Shabazz Napier scored 26 points and Jeremy Lamb added 22 to lead the Huskies to their 13th straight postseason win, 71-67 in overtime over the Mountaineers on Wednesday in the second round of the Big East tournament.
The victory kept alive the hopes of a second straight Big East title for the Huskies (20-12), who won a record five games in as many days last year and then went on to win six more in earning the school’s third national championship.
“I don’t think it can happen again, but then again, I said it could never happen in the first place,” Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said. “Would we like to give it a shot? Yeah. We’re just going to try to play tomorrow’s basketball game to take it where it may.”
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Ninth-seeded Connecticut will play top-seeded and second-ranked Syracuse in the quarterfinals Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
Kevin Jones had 25 points for the eighth-seeded Mountaineers (19-13), who were playing their last game as a member of the Big East. West Virginia leaves the conference for the Big 12 next season.
Also at the tournament, Peyton Siva from Franklin High School in Seattle had 14 points and six steals as Louisville held off Seton Hall 61-55.
Big Sky tournament
MISSOULA, Mont. — Kareem Jamar scored 23 points and Montana beat Weber State 85-66 to win the Big Sky Conference tournament and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Mathias Ward added 23 points as Montana (25-6) set a team record with 14 straight wins and closed with its best record since the 1992 season. Montana will make its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2010 and ninth overall.
Damian Lillard, the nation’s second-leading scorer, scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Weber State (24-6).
• Even the chairman of the tight-lipped NCAA selection committee can’t deny this simple fact: Heading into this week’s conference tournaments, there’s Kentucky and Syracuse, and then everybody else. In a teleconference to preview Sunday’s release of the NCAA tournament pairings, committee chairman Jeff Hathaway all but handed two of the four top seeds to the Wildcats and Orange, each of whom entered their conference tournaments with a record of 30-1.
• Gabe Knutson blocked Cameron Ayers’ baseline layup attempt with seven seconds left and C.J. McCollum scored 29 points to help Lehigh hold off Bucknell 82-77 to win the Patriot League tournament in Lewisburg, Pa. Lehigh (26-7) clinched its second trip to the NCAA tournament in three seasons.
• C.J. Garner scored 21 points, Julian Boyd and Jason Brickman each added 18, and Long Island University’s fast-breaking Blackbirds made it two straight Northeast Conference championships with a 90-73 victory against Robert Morris in New York. In a rematch of last season’s NEC title game thriller, the Blackbirds (25-8) didn’t need overtime to earn another NCAA berth.
• Minnesota center Ralph Sampson III could miss the Big Ten tournament because of a knee injury.