INDIANAPOLIS — Jared Sullinger had 20 points and 18 rebounds as No. 1 Ohio State barely avoided a stunning upset, beating Northwestern 67-61 in overtime Friday in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
Sullinger made all 10 of his free throws in overtime after missing a baseline jumper that would have won the game as time expired in regulation. His 18 rebounds fell one short of the tournament record set by Ohio State’s Greg Oden in 2007.
Top-seeded Ohio State, the defending tournament champion, won its fifth straight game to advance to Saturday’s semifinals against Michigan.
Aaron Craft scored 17 points and Jon Diebler added 13 for the Buckeyes (30-2). Ohio State shot 32.2 percent from the field, matching its worst effort of the season, but outrebounded Northwestern 48-27.
John Shurna scored 23 points for the eighth-seeded Wildcats (18-13).
|No. 6 North Carolina 61, Miami 59|
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Kendall Marshall penetrated into the lane and found Tyler Zeller for a layup to beat the horn as North Carolina rallied from 19 down in the second half to beat Miami 61-59 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Zeller finished with 13 points for the top-seeded Tar Heels (25-6), who escaped a shocking exit with a frantic comeback in the final 8 minutes. North Carolina rallied with a flurry of 3-pointers before Zeller provided its only lead on the final play.
Harrison Barnes had 18 points and hit four of the Tar Heels’ 10 3-pointers, seven coming in the second half. North Carolina plays Clemson in the semifinals Saturday.
The ninth-seeded Hurricanes (19-14) staged their own comeback from 10 down in the final minute to force overtime and beat Virginia in Thursday’s first round.
It was North Carolina’s biggest comeback since rallying from 20 down in the first half to beat Georgia Tech in 2006 and its biggest second-half comeback since rallying from 21 down against Florida State in 1993. It is also believed to be the program’s biggest comeback in any ACC tournament game.
|No. 15 Kentucky 75, Mississippi 66|
ATLANTA — Doron Lamb scored 19 points and fellow freshman Brandon Knight had 17 to lead Kentucky past Mississippi in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals.
Knight made five free throws in the final 41 seconds as Kentucky (23-8), which never trailed, held off Ole Miss. The Rebels trailed 68-66 following Chris Warren’s 3-pointer with 1:45 remaining, but didn’t score again.
Warren had 20 points for Mississippi (20-13) but shot only 5 of 20 from the field.
Darius Miller had 15 points and Josh Harrellson 13 for Kentucky, which will play Alabama in Saturday’s first semifinal.
Terrance Henry had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Ole Miss, which likely awaits a spot in the NIT.
|Dayton 68, No. 18 Xavier 67|
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Luke Fabrizius hit two free throws with 5.8 seconds to play and Dayton stunned Xavier in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.
The ninth-seeded Flyers (21-12), last year’s NIT champions, blew a 17-point lead in the second half and trailed by a point before Fabrizius made his foul shots.
Atlantic 10 player of the year Tu Holloway’s running 35-footer bounced off the backboard and the rim at the buzzer as top-seeded Xavier (24-7) continued its recent run of A10 tournament woes.
The Musketeers, who have made the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament each of the last three seasons, have not won a league tournament title since 2006 despite winning or sharing the regular-season crown the past five seasons.
Chris Wright had 15 points to lead Dayton, which lost both regular-season meetings with Xavier. Paul Williams scored eight of his 14 in a game-opening 21-3 spurt.