There were no bids awarded on Thursday. Instead, many of the late leagues held quarterfinal rounds, setting up semifinals for today.BracketsBig West  Long Beach State 79,  Cal Poly 69Star of the Game: Larry Anderson
The Southland and WAC put forward their top four seeds, but MEAC No. 5 Hampton snuck past No. 4 Hampton. The SWAC's bracket now has a 2-3-5-8 setup; Texas Southern ended Prairie View's season last night.
But no tourney is as upside-down as the MAC. In Cleveland on Thursday, there was a 9-over-1 upset (Ohio over Kent State), a 7-over-2 (Western Michigan over Eastern Michigan), and No. 3 Akron needed double overtime to dispose of No. 6 Eastern Michigan.
The Patriot League determines its champion this afternoon with a fantastic and unprecedented Lehigh Valley showdown between Lehigh and Lafayette.
The following conferences will hold semis today: the WAC, SWAC, MAC and MEAC. In Winston-Salem, today features the "MEAC JAMS Turn Up The Heat After Party" and a concert by the S.O.S Band)
The Big West will take the time to narrow four to two as well, but it doesn't rhyme with the other four.
There are a total of 17 games today.
16 Pts (2-7 FG, 12-16 FT), 7 Reb, 3 StlLBSU advances to Big West Tournament semifinals with 79-69 win over Cal Poly
- Nothing has come easy for Long Beach State this year and that was the case again in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament on Thursday night.
The Beach built a double-digit first-half lead and then held off a furious Cal Poly rally in the second half eventually holding on for a 79-69 win at the Anaheim Convention Center. LBSU (16-15) advances to the semifinals where the 49ers will play No. 2 seed Pacific at approximately 8:30 p.m. Long Beach State started the game impressively. After giving up a jumper to Lorenzo Keeler 30 seconds in the game, the 49ers went on a 14-0 run over a 2:15 span to take a 14-2 lead. The Beach pushed the lead to as many as 14 in the first half before settling for a 13-point halftime lead. The run by the 49ers was impressive. It started with a T.J. Robinson basket before Stephan Gilling canned a three to give the 49ers the lead for good at 5-2. Caper Ware added a bucket and a free throw after being fouled on the play to make it an 8-2 49er lead. Robinson added a pair of free throws before Gilling hit his second 3-pointer of the game to push the lead to 13-2. Larry Anderson finished off the run making 1-of-2 free throws at the 16:26 mark to give LBSU a 12-point lead. (via Long Beach State)  California-Davis 68,  Cal State Fullerton 65Star of the Game: Dominic Calegari
13 Pts (4-7 FG, 3-3 FT), 6 RebUC Davis Advances To Big West Tourney Semifinals
- Joe Harden scored a game-high 20 points and added nine rebounds to lead UC Davis to a 68-65 victory over Cal State Fullerton Thursday night in the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. The Aggies also had key contributions from freshmen Ryan Howley and Julian Welch. Howley scored a career-high 14 points, and Welch added 11. With the win, UC Davis (14-17) advances to the tournament semifinals to face top-seed UC Santa Barbara Friday night. The game tips at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPNU. It will be the first appearance ever for the Aggies in the Big West Tournament semifinals. Cal State Fullerton (16-15) had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds, but Gerard Anderson missed an off-balance jumper in the lane with four seconds remaining. Welch sank two free throws with less than a second remaining to seal the victory for UC Davis. Anderson led Cal State Fullerton with 17 points. (via California-Davis)MEAC  South Carolina State 59,  Maryland-Eastern Shore 53Star of the Game: Jason Flagler
20 Pts (9-12 FG, 2-2 FT), 6 RebSC State Men Survive in MEAC Tourney
- In a contest in which both teams struggled offensively, South Carolina State scored seven of the game's final nine points to earn a hard-fought 59-53 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore in the quarterfinals of t he Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament at the Lawrence Joel Veteran Memorial Coliseum. The third-seeded Bulldogs, who improved to 17-13 with the win, joined the SC State women in Friday's semifinals. Coach Tim Carter's team will meet Delaware State Friday at 8 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs will take the floor earlier, when Coach Doug Robertson's team, an upset winner over top-seeded North Carolina A&T on Wednesday -- meets fourth-seeded Howard, a 56-54 winner over Florida A&M Thursday. In Thursday's victory, Bulldog senior Jason Flagler tossed in 20 points and grabbed six rebounds to extend his SC State career one more game. Transfer Darnell Porter had 16 points and five boards in the win, the second in as many meetings by SC State over the sixth-seeded Hawks, who made it to the quarterfinals with a 64-58 win Coppin State.(via South Carolina State) Hampton 73,  Norfolk State 70 Star of the Game: Charles Funches
11 Pts (2-3 FG, 7-12 FT), 9 Reb, 2 StlPirates Push Past Spartans Into Semis
- The Hampton University men's basketball team defeated No. 4 seed Norfolk State 73-70 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships at the LJVM Coliseum. Charles Funches (Bayonne, N.J.) sank a free throw with 13:59 to play to give Hampton a 48-38 lead, but the Spartans responded with a 16-6 run to tie the game at 54-54 with 9:15 left to play on a free throw from Joey Dorsett-Jeffreys. The Spartans went up 62-59 on a Rob Hampton layup with 6:19 to play. Norfolk State held a 64-63 lead with 5:15 to play after Marcos Tamares hit a jumper, but Darrion Pellum (Hampton, Va.) sank a layup with 4:46 left to put the Pirates (14-17) up 65-64. Hampton would go up by five, 69-64, on a Brandon Tunnell (Wilmington, Del.) layup with 3:07 to play. (via Hampton)Mid-American Western Michigan 69,  Central Michigan 60 Star of the Game: David Kool
26 Pts (7-15 FG, 12-14 FT), 2 StlStrong Second Half Leads Broncos Past Central Michigan
- Mid-American Conference Player of the Year David Kool scored 26 points, 24 in the second half, to lead No. 7 Western Michigan past No. 2 Central Michigan, 69-60, in the quarterfinals of the FirstEnergy MAC Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Kool hit 7-of-15 field goals and 12-of-14 free throws, while adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sophomore Flenard Whitfield tied his career high with 12 rebounds and added 12 points for his fourth career double-double. Freshman David Brown scored 11 points, the most in his career against a Division I opponent, and senior Donald Lawson added 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Central Michigan (15-15) led the whole game, including by 14 with 13:42 to go in the second half before WMU cut the lead to two. CMU re-established its lead back to five, 54-49, with 6:26 to play, but WMU (18-14) came back as Kool dished to Mike Douglas for a three-pointer in the corner to cut the lead to two. The Broncos got consecutive stops and Kool hit two free throws to tie and then a fadeaway in the paint to give WMU its first lead, 56-54, with 4:42 to go. (via Western Michigan)  Akron 97,  Eastern Michigan 89 (2OT)Star of the Game: Steve McNees
18 Pts (4-6 FG, 6-8 FT), 3 StlMen's Basketball Outlasts Eastern Michigan in 2OT Thriller
- Steve McNees scored a season-high 18 points and nailed a 3-pointer with less than one second to go in overtime to help the third-seeded University of Akron men's basketball team to a 97-89 double-overtime victory over sixth-seeded Eastern Michigan on Thursday in a heated Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinal game at Quicken Loans Arena. A free throw toss by UA's Darryl Roberts tied the contest at 78 with just over one minute to go in the first overtime period, but Jay Higgins hit a 3-pointer to give Eastern Michigan (17-15) an 81-78 lead with eight seconds left. Then, with no Akron (23-9) timeouts remaining, McNees took the ball down the floor and knotted the score with a clutch triple taken from near the top of the key to force the second extra session. McNees was 4-for-6 from the floor, including a 4-for-4 showing from 3-point distance, and made 6-of-8 foul shots. He also had five assists and a career-high-tying three steals. UA outscored EMU 16-8 in the second overtime to claim the final margin, but in the final minute Eastern Michigan coach Charles Ramsey picked up his second technical foul and was ejected. Also, Eagles forward Brandon Bowdry was tossed for a flagrant foul and Akron's Anthony "Humpty" Hitchens had to leave the floor after picking up his second technical foul of the day. (via Akron) Ohio 81,  Kent State 64 Star of the Game: Armon Bassett
38 Pts (9-17 FG, 16-16 FT), 7 AstBobcats Roar Past Kent State, 81-64
- Ohio's Armon Bassett exploded for 38 points and seven assists to lead the ninth-seeded Bobcats past top-seeded Kent State 81-64 Thursday evening in MAC Quarterfinal action at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Ohio improved to 19-14 overall and advanced to Friday evening's semifinal matchup (9 p.m., FSN Ohio). Kent State dropped to 23-9. Bassett connected on 16 of 16 from the free throw line, while Ohio made 27 of 32 (84.4 percent) attempts as a whole. Kent State was not as fortunate, making just 50 percent (13-26). The Bobcats also got 19 points and eight rebounds off the bench from DeVaughn Washington, who made all eight of his field goal attempts with an array of numerous #omgdunx. The perfect clip from the field tied a school record for single-game field goal percentage with Gary Trent (12-12, 11/25/94) and Paul Morris (10-10, 1/30/95). Washington and Bobcat center Kenneth van Kempen led the team with eight rebounds apiece. (via Ohio) Miami (Oh.) 73,  Buffalo 59 Star of the Game: Julian Mavunga
16 Pts (6-8 FG, 2-4 FT), 6 Ast, 3 StlMiami Advances to MAC Semifinals with Win Over Buffalo
- A 17-0 scoring run by the RedHawks early in the game and a great pass from Julian Mavunga to Antonio Ballard late in the contest helped seal a 73-59 victory over Buffalo Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Kenny Hayes led the RedHawks with 27 points. Buffalo's Rodney Pierce hit a three-pointer to open the game and the Bulls held Miami off the board for the first three minutes. That would not be a sign of things to come as Hayes opened scoring for the RedHawks with a jumper at the 16:47 mark. That began the 17-0 run for Miami that opened up a 17-3 lead. During the run Rodney Haddix hit back-to-back three-pointers. He was fouled on the second one and hit the free throw to complete the three-point play. (via Miami (Oh.))Southland Stephen F. Austin 60,  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 53 Star of the Game: Eddie Williams
10 Pts (4-9 FG), 10 Reb'Jacks Back In Title Game
- Walt Harris scored a team-high 15 points and sank three free throws in the final 33 seconds Thursday to lead Stephen F. Austin to a 60-53 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the semifinals of the State Farm Southland Conference Basketball Tournament. The win moves the Lumberjacks into the tournament championship game for the second straight season. With the victory, SFA improves to 23-8 on the year and 12-11 all-time in Southland Tournament games, the first time the 'Jacks have moved above .500 in tournament play since joining the league in 1987. SFA head coach Danny Kaspar picked up his 400th career win and will coach his team in the tournament finals Saturday for the fourth time in the last eight years. (via Stephen F. Austin)  Sam Houston State 88,  Southeastern Louisiana 85Star of the Game: Josten Crow
8 Pts (3-5 FG, 2-2 FT), 9 Reb, 2 StlKats advance to Southland finals with win over SLU
- For the second straight night, Lance Pevehouse came up with a big play and for the second straight night, the Sam Houston State Bearkats escaped the Merrell Center with a victory. Pevehouse hit a 3-pointer with 1:13 left in the game to give the Bearkats a two-point lead and he hit a free throw in the closing seconds to give the Kats an 88-85 win to advance to the Southland Conference finals on Saturday. With three minutes left to play in the game, Jason Marks hit a pair of free throws to put the Lions up 83-78. After a couple of Josten Crow free throws, Mitchell made a steal at mid-court and a layup cut the lead to just one with less than two minutes to play. (via Sam Houston State)SWAC  Alabama State 56,  Alabama A&M 45Star of the Game: Tramayne Moorer
18 Pts (7-10 FG, 4-5 FT), 10 Reb, 2 StlA&M Defeated in Quarterfinal Action, 56-45
- Alabama A&M men's basketball team was defeated in quarterfinal action in the SWAC Tournament with a 56-45 loss to Alabama State. The first half was a low-scoring affair as the Bulldogs shot 22.6 from the field (7-of-31), while the Hornets were held to a 38.5 shooting clip (10-of-26) for a 27-18 margin after the first 20. Cornelius Hester led A&M in the game with 13 points. The Bulldogs end the 2009-10 season with an 11-16 overall record. A&M opened the second stint with a 7-0 run to trail 27-25 at the 17:56 mark, but would get no closer than that for the rest of the game, as ASU increased its cushion to as many as 14, 46-32, midway through the half. The Bulldogs were unable to hit a shot from behind the arc, as they were 0-12 for the game. (via Alabama A&M) Texas Southern 66,  Prairie View A&M 49 Star of the Game: David Burrell
11 Pts (4-4 FG, 1-1 FT), 6 StlWestern Athletic  Utah State 84,  Boise State 60Star of the Game: Tai Wesley
18 Pts (9-15 FG, 0-1 FT), 10 Reb, 2 StlAggie Men Advance To Seminfinals Of WAC Tournament With 84-60 Win Against Boise State Thursday
- Utah State used a pair of double-doubles from senior guard Jared Quayle and junior forward Tai Wesley to run past Boise State, 84-60, in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament held here in the Lawlor Events Center Thursday. Utah State, who extended its winning streak to 16-straight games, improves to 26-6 on the season and 12-3 all-time in the WAC Tournament with the win. Boise State, who entered the game winners of three of its last four games, ends its season with a 15-17 record. Quayle recorded a career-high 13 rebounds in the game to go along with 13 points and four assists, while Wesley finished the game with 18 points, a season-high tying 10 rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and two steals. Junior guards Pooh Williams and Brian Green both scored a career-high 18 points, as Williams had 13 after halftime while Green scored 12. Junior guard Tyler Newbold had seven points and seven boards for the home team. (via Utah State)  Louisiana Tech 74,  Fresno State 66Star of the Game: Jamel Guyton
31 Pts (11-14 FG, 6-6 FT), 11 Reb, 2 StlGuyton Leads Louisiana Tech over Fresno State 74-66
- Senior Jamel Guyton scored a career-high 31 points to lead Louisiana Tech to a 74-66 win over Fresno State in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Thursday at the Lawlor Events Center. The Bulldogs (23-9) advanced to take on Utah State (26-5) in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament on Friday at 8 p.m. CT. The No. 1 seeded Aggies defeated No. 8 Boise State 84-60 in the quarterfinals on Thursday. In addition to Guyton's career-high in points, he added 11 rebounds, five offensive, for his second-career double-double. The senior from Odessa, Texas scored in every fashion possible; driving to the basket, 15-foot jumpers, free throws (6-for-6) and three-pointers (3-for-5). He also added two steals, a block and an assist. Magnum Rolle and Olu Ashaolu joined Guyton in double figures. Rolle scored 12 points and added nine rebounds and Ashaolu had 11 points and eight boards. (via Louisiana Tech)at  Nevada 87,  Idaho 71Star of the Game: Luke Babbitt
21 Pts (8-15 FG, 3-3 FT), 7 RebNevada 87, Idaho 71
- Luke Babbitt scored 21 points and all five starters finished in double figures as the Wolf Pack (20-11) poured in seven 3-pointers in the first half en route to an 87-71 win over Idaho Thursday night in the WAC tournament quarterfinals. Brandon Fields had 15 points, Joey Shaw 14, Armon Johnson 13 and Dario Hunt 12 for the second-seeded Wolf Pack (20-11), who shot 55 percent from the field and made 10 of 18 from 3-point range on the game. (via Nevada)  New Mexico State 90,  San Jose State 69Star of the Game: Jonathan Gibson
22 Pts (8-14 FG, 2-2 FT)Aggies Handle San Jose State 90-69
- The New Mexico State men's basketball team defeated the No. 6 seed San Jose State, 90-69, Thursday, March 11, in the first round of the WAC Tournament, in the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev. The No. 3 seed Aggies improve to 20-11 and meet No. 2 seed Nevada, Friday, March 12 at 10 p.m. on ESPN2. With the victory, NM State has recorded the 24th 20-win season in school history. Senior guard Jonathan Gibson scored a team-high 22 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the 3-point line while junior guard Jahmar Young contributed 16 points. Junior forward Wendell McKines posted a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds and sophomore forward Troy Gillenwater added 11 points. The Aggies raced to a 12-4 lead only 3:08 into the game after a layup from sophomore center Hamidu Rahman, pair of Gibson 3-pointers and two McKines jumpers. (via New Mexico State)On Tap TonightPatriot League  Lafayette at  Lehigh
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