Central Florida picks up win

Taylor's late burst helps Knights edge No. 20 Bearcats

Central Florida guard B.J. Taylor (1) makes the last point of the game against Cincinnati forward Tre Scott (13) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)
Central Florida guard B.J. Taylor (1) makes the last point of the game against Cincinnati forward Tre Scott (13) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)Willie J. Allen Jr.

Orlando, Fla.

B.J. Taylor scored 22 points and No. 25 UCF held off No. 20 Cincinnati 58-55 on Thursday night.

Tacko Fall added 10 points and six rebounds for the Knights (23-6, 13-4 American Athletic). They held Cincinnati to 37.1 percent shooting and had a 39-33 rebounding edge.

Trevon Scott had 20 points on 9-for-15 shooting and added nine rebounds for the Bearcats (25-5, 14-3). Jarron Cumberland added 10 points and five assists.

Taylor broke a tie with two free throws with 1:16 left and made it 57-53 with a layup with 17 seconds to go. Cumberland cut it to two with a layup with 10 seconds left, and Chad Brown completed the scoring for UCF with a free throw with nine seconds to go.

Cumberland and Can Broome missed 3-point attempts for the Bearcats in the final seconds.

Houston 90, SMU 79: Armoni Brooks had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Corey Davis Jr. added 17 points and No. 12 Houston rebounded from its second loss of the season to beat SMU. With No. 25 Central Florida's victory over Cincinnati, the Cougars (28-2, 15-2) clinched at least a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in next week's conference tournament.

Wisconsin 65, Iowa 45: Ethan Happ had 21 points and 14 rebounds in his final home game to help No. 21 Wisconsin beat Iowa. Fellow senior Khalil Iverson added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Badgers (21-9, 13-6 Big Ten). The Hawkeyes (21-9, 10-9) played without coach Fran McCaffery as he completed a two-game suspension for an outburst at an official Feb. 26. They had a season-low points total — 20 below their previous low — and shot a season-worst 31 percent from the field. Jordan Bohannon led Iowa with eight points.

Women

Syracuse 67, Virginia 57: Digna Strautmane scored 14 points and No. 18 Syracuse beat Virginia in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Tiana Mangakahia had 13 points, Kiara Lewis 12 and Miranda Drummond 11 for the Orange (23-7). They will face No. 16 Miami in the quarterfinals Friday. Jocelyn Willoughby scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half for Virginia (12-19).

Arizona State 66, Colorado 49: Courtney Ekmark scored 18 points and No. 20 Arizona State beat Colorado in the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament. Ekmark hit six 3-pointers for the Sun Devils (20-9). They will play UCLA on Friday in the quarterfinals. Alexis Robinson scored 19 points for Colorado (12-18).

Drake 88, Illinois State 61: Becca Hittner scored 23 points, Sara Rhine had 21 points and 11 rebounds and No. 22 Drake clinched at least a share of its third straight Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship. The Bulldogs (24-5, 16-1) have a one-game lead over Missouri State with one game to play — at home Saturday against Bradley. Tete Maggett scored 16 points for Illinois State (17-11, 10-7).

Florida State 51, Duke 41: Kiah Gillespie had 15 points and 12 rebounds and No. 22 Florida State pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Duke in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Gillespie hit three 3-pointers and collected her 11th double-double of the season. Nausia Woolfolk added 10 points for Florida State (23-7), which plays No. 9-ranked and third-seeded North Carolina State in a quarterfinal on Friday night. The Seminoles beat the Wolfpack 75-70 on Feb. 7.

Rice 72, Texas-San Antonio 46: Erica Ogwumike had 18 points and eight rebounds and Nancy Mulkey scored 18 points and added seven rebounds to help No. 24 Rice ease past Texas-San Antonio.