- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

From combined dispatches

ACC

No. 9 Duke 79, No. 22 Florida St. 69: The Blue Devils are back in a familiar position - conference champions.

The Blue Devils swamped the upstart Seminoles with a barrage of 3-pointers en route to a victory in the title game on Sunday in Atlanta to give Duke its ninth ACC crown in 12 years.

“I’m really, really happy for these guys, especially the guys in the junior class,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “They had to go a couple of years without any upperclassmen. I’m really pleased they were able to win their championship. Hopefully it’s just their first championship.”

Jon Scheyer scored 29 points, Gerald Henderson had 27 and the Blue Devils (28-6) turned in one of their most complete performances of the season. It couldn’t have come at a better time with NCAA bids going out later Sunday. The Blue Devils were seeded second in the East Region.

Duke had more steals (five) than turnovers (four), outrebounded the taller, bulkier Seminoles 35-34 and buried Florida State with a 12-for-25 showing from beyond the arc.

Toney Douglas led the No. 22 Seminoles (25-9) with 28 points, but that wasn’t nearly enough to give the school its first ACC championship. Florida State will have to be content with knocking off top-ranked North Carolina in the semifinals and earning its first NCAA bid since 1998.

Krzyzewski, following up his gold-medal triumph as coach of the U.S. Olympic team, captured the 11th conference championship of his career. Now he will turn his attention to the quest for a fourth national title.

BIG TEN

No. 24 Purdue 65, Ohio St. 61: E’Twaun Moore scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, and the Boilermakers rallied to beat the Buckeyes in Indianapolis for their first tournament title.

JaJuan Johnson scored 16 points, and Robbie Hummel added nine points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the third-seeded Boilermakers (24-9). Hummel was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

Evan Turner had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Ohio State (22-10), which was chasing its second title in three years. The loss snapped the Buckeyes’ four-game winning streak.

Purdue beat Penn State and Illinois to reach the final. Fifth-seeded Ohio State beat Wisconsin and No. 7 Michigan State to advance to the championship game.

The Boilermakers took advantage of having virtual homecourt advantage. Conseco Fieldhouse is about 65 miles from Purdue’s campus in West Lafayette, Ind.

SEC

MISSISSIPPI ST. 64, TENNESSEE 61: Phil Turner scored seven of his 12 points in the final 1:35, and the Bulldogs knocked off the Volunteers to win the tournament championship in Tampa, Fla., and the league’s automatic NCAA berth.

Turner, who had 10 rebounds, hit a big 3-pointer to put Mississippi State (23-12) in front for good, then made two free throws with eight seconds left to help the Bulldogs hold off the Volunteers (21-12) in a wild finish.

SOUTHLAND

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 68, TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO 57: Matt Kingsley scored 20 points and the Lumberjacks earned the program’s first NCAA tournament berth with a victory over the Roadrunners in the conference championship game in Katy, Texas.

Josh Alexander and Eddie Williams added 16 points each for the top-seeded Lumberjacks (24-7), who have won eight straight games.

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