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March 9, 2014

Jayhawks drop regular season finale

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. —

The Shockers, who last won the conference tourney in 1987, took control with a 17-0 run in the first half and topped it with 24 straight points in the second.

No. 11 Louisville 81, No. 19 UConn 48: LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points, Russ Smith recorded a career-high 13 assists and No. 11 Louisville claimed a share of the American Athletic Conference championship.

Harrell added 11 rebounds and several thunderous dunks to help the Cardinals (26-5, 15-3) finish tied with No. 15 Cincinnati atop the upstart league. A coin flip gave Cincinnati the top seed in the AAC tournament and Louisville the second seed.

No. 16 Iowa Stae 85, Oklahoma State 81: AMES, Iowa — Naz Long forced overtime with a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer, DeAndre Kane scored five of his 27 points in the closing seconds, and Iowa State overcame a 16-point deficit.

Kane hit a layup and a pair of free throws to put Iowa State ahead 82-79 with 11.7 seconds left.

Georges Niang had 22 points for Iowa State (23-7, 11-7 Big 12), which snapped a two-game losing streak and fell behind by as much as 45-29 before rallying.

Markel Brown missed two free throws with 3 seconds left for Oklahoma State (20-11, 8-10). Marcus Smart had 27 points to lead the Cowboys, but he and Cyclones star Melvin Ejim fouled out in regulation.

Brown finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds.

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