College hoops roundup: Rebels, Graham headed to NYC

OXFORD, Miss. -- Murphy Holloway converted a three-point play with three seconds left in the second overtime Tuesday to give Mississippi a 90-87 win over Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

Tied 87-87 with 8.7 seconds left, Ole Miss point guard Chris Warren took the inbound pass, drove the length of the floor and found Holloway streaking down the left baseline. Holloway converted the acrobatic layup while fouled and hit the free throw.

Ole Miss (24-10) advanced to the NIT semifinals for the second time in three seasons and improved to 11-1 in NIT home games.

The Rebels will face the Illinois-Dayton winner at Madison Square Garden.

Warren led the Rebels with 22 points, while Terrico White and Holloway added 17 points apiece and Peachtree Ridge grad Zach Graham had 10.

Texas Tech (19-16) had opportunities to win in regulation and in the first overtime, but missed the final shot on both occasions. Mike Singletary led the Red Raiders with 28 points, while Brad Reese added 14, all in the second half. D'walyn Roberts scored 12 points and had a game-high 17 rebounds.


No. 1 Connecticut 90, Temple 36

NORFOLK, Va. -- Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma hugged his former assistant before their teams met in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament.

Once the game started, affection gave way to near perfection by the Huskies.

UConn was flawless at both ends of the floor against Temple, romping 90-36 on Tuesday night. It was the top-seeded Huskies' 74th win in a row, the longest streak in NCAA Division I women's history, and one of the most impressive.

It may also have been one of the least enjoyable for Auriemma since it came against a team coached by second-year Owls coach Tonya Cardoza, one of his assistants for 14 years.

But Cardoza and the eighth-seeded Owls (25-9) never had a chance.

Collins Hill grad Maya Moore hit 3-pointers on the Huskies' first two possession. They ran off 20 points in a row in 6 minutes after Temple closed within 13-5 and finished the half on a 20-1 burst.

Qweida Wallace led the Owls with 12 points, but on 4 for 17 shooting.

Kelly Faris added 13, Tina Charles had 12 and Tiffany Greene 11 for the Huskies, who led 55-12 at the intermission. And that was after the Owls got a 6-2 run.

While Connecticut shot almost 78 percent in the half, the Owls treated the ball like a hot potato in the face of the Huskies' unrelenting defense, making just 5 of 32 shots.

Their 12 points tied for the eighth-lowest total in tournament history, and followed a second half against Southern University in the opening round in which the Huskies limited the Jaguars to a record low-tying 10 points. Southern missed 26 of its 30 shots in that half.

More impressively, Connecticut played much of both halves with reserves.

Cardoza and Auriemma shared an embrace before the game, and again after player introductions, but the Huskies wasted no time showing the Owls any hopes they had were lost.

Moore scored 19 points in the win.

Xavier 63, Vanderbilt 62

CINCINNATI -- Amber Harris led a last-minute Xavier comeback and made the go-ahead layup with 12.3 seconds left Tuesday night, rallying the third-seeded Musketeers to a 63-62 victory over Vanderbilt in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The 6-foot-5 forward bailed Xavier (29-3) out of a 10-point deficit, scoring the Musketeers' last six points. Xavier will take a 20-game winning streak into its Sacramento Regional semifinal game against Gonzaga on Saturday.

Vanderbilt (23-11) led most of the game behind the steadying play of All-SEC point guard Jence Rhoads, who had 20 points and seven assists. After Harris' layup put Xavier ahead, Vanderbilt had two shots to win it. Lauren Lueders missed from the top of the key, and Rhoads got the rebound and put up a shot from the left of the basket. The ball rattled around -- hitting both sides of the hoop -- before wiggling out.

Norcross grad Tiffany Clarke scored two for Vanderbilt in the loss.