Florida State stuns Virginia

Posted March 01, 2012, at 10:51 p.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Ian Miller made a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left and No. 22 Florida State rallied from 11 points down in the last 4 1/2 minutes to stun No. 24 Virginia 63-60 on Thursday night, spoiling a stellar Senior Night for the Cavaliers’ Mike Scott.

Miller scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half, and got just free enough from Sammy Zeglinski in the final seconds to make the shot from deep in the right wing. It was Miller’s fifth 3-pointer and the seventh for the Seminoles (20-9, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Scott scored 28 points, his career high in an ACC game, for the Cavaliers (21-8, 8-7), who lost for the first time in 18 games when scoring 60 points. Jontel Evans added 10 points for Virginia, which played with only seven scholarship players available to coach Tony Bennett.

Michael Snaer and Xavier Gibson added 12 points each for the Seminoles.

Michigan 72, Illinois 61

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Tim Hardaway Jr. had 25 points and 11 rebounds to help keep Michigan in the Big Ten title race with a victory over Illinois.

Trey Burke added 21 points for Michigan (22-8, 12-5).

Illinois (17-13, 6-11) closed to 40-39 with just over 15 minutes left, but missed three chances to tie or take a lead. Meyers Leonard led Illinois with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Salve Regina 78, Husson 71

At Newport, R.I., Salve Regina took a five-point halftime lead then held off Husson University for a 78-71 men’s basketball victory in the quarterfinal round of the ECAC New England tourney Wednesday night.

Ryan Birrell scored 23 points to lead 20-9 Salve Regina and Joshua Hohlfelder added 17.

Luis Medina paced 15-13 Husson of Bangor with 20 points, Phil Leighton added 11 and Brad Libby netted 10.

Eric Modica chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds for Husson and Medina had four assists.

Women’s basketball

Green Bay 85, Loyola 56

CHICAGO — Julie Wojta scored 24 points, and No. 11 Green Bay pulled away in the second half to beat Loyola of Chicago 85-56 on Thursday night.

Wojta was 9 of 14 from the floor, part of a 53 percent shooting night for Green Bay (26-1, 16-1 Horizon League). The Phoenix reached the 26-win mark for the eighth time in school history. They have already wrapped up the conference regular-season championship.

Stephanie Sension added 14 points for Green Bay, and Adrian Ritchie and Lydia Bauer had 10 apiece.

Monica Albano led the Ramblers (12-16, 7-10) with 14 points.

Nebraska 88, Northwestern 56

INDIANAPOLIS — Jordan Hooper scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half to help Nebraska beat Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

The sixth-seeded Cornhuskers (22-7) will face third-seeded Iowa in the quarterfinals Friday.

Lindsey Moore added 14 points, and Rebecca Woodberry had 12 for Nebraska. The Cornhuskers shot 51 percent (28 of 55) and went 9 of 19 from 3-point range.

Dannielle Diamant led the 11th-seeded Wildcats (14-16) with 14 points.

Virginia 72, BC 41

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ataira Franklin scored 20 points to help Virginia beat Boston College 72-41 in Thursday’s first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Ariana Moorer also scored 20 for the sixth-seeded Cavaliers (22-9), who led big all night to give first-year coach Joanne Boyle a win in her tournament debut. Virginia advanced to face No. 6 Maryland in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Katie Zenevitch scored 11 to lead the 11th-seeded Eagles (7-23), who had their worst season since going 6-21 in 1994-95.

Boston College shot 31 percent, including 3-for-19 from 3-point range. Virginia scored 26 points off 23 turnovers.

Virginia ran out 13-3 and 23-9 leads before taking a 32-16 halftime lead. The Cavaliers opened the second half with a 15-2 run, with Franklin scoring 10 points with two 3-pointers in that spurt.

By that point, Franklin had reached 20 points to outscore BC’s entire team and Virginia led 47-18 with 15:24 left.

Arkansas 67, Ole Miss 47

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — C’eira Ricketts scored 10 points and Arkansas beat Mississippi 67-47 on Thursday night in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The fifth-seeded Razorbacks (22-7) will face fourth-seeded LSU in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Arkansas scored the first eight points of the game and never trailed. Nikki Byrd scored the first basket for the 12th-seeded Rebels (12-18) on a layup with 14:15 left in the first half.

The Razorbacks shot 49 percent from the floor and sank 9 of 18 from 3-point range. They expanded their lead to 20 points with 6:09 to go in the first half and led by as many as 25 points in the second half.

Mississippi hit 38 percent of its shots and turned the ball over 23 times, which led to 28 points for Arkansas.

Danielle McCray led the Rebels with 14 points.

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