Justin Bibbs scored 13 points, getting seven with a four-point play and a 3-pointer 27 seconds later, as Virginia Tech won 91-75 at Boston College on Saturday.
Bibbs’ key stretch capped a game-breaking 21-6 run that further boosted Tech’s hopes of its first NCAA tournament bid since 2007. Zach LeDay led the Hokies (20-8, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 18 points. Ty Outlaw had 16 and Seth Allen 15.
Jerome Robinson scored 25 and Ky Bowman added 16 for the Eagles (9-20, 2-14), who have lost 12 straight.
The Hokies broke a 50-all tie when Justin Robinson hit the first of two free throws that triggered the key run.
Following a driving basket by Allen, BC's Mo Jeffers was whistled for a technical when he slammed the ball to the floor after being called for a blocking foul. Allen then hit two free throws and LeDay had a three-point play, making it 56-50.
The Hokies capped the run when Outlaw had a 3-pointer from the left corner, Bibbs converted a four-point play after he nailed a 3 and was fouled by A.J. Turner, and Bibbs followed with another 3 from the top of the key.
There was a moment in the first half when nearly all 10 of the players on the court hit the floor during a long scramble for a loose ball. The ball rolled from inside the 3-point line before it was tied up at midcourt.
Morgan State 77, Hampton 70: Tiwian Kendley's 24 points propelled the Bears (13-14, 10-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) in Baltimore.
Kalin Fisher had 16 points and freshman Jermaine Marrow 13 for HU (12-15, 9-5), which was outrebounded 46-35.
Norfolk State 75, Howard 63: On their Senior Night, the Spartans held off Howard in the second half before pulling away late at Echols Hall.
The Spartans never led by double digits until there was less than three minutes left. Four players scored in double figures for the Spartans, who moved closer to securing the No. 2 seed in the MEAC tournament.
NSU overcame a 28-point night from Howard's Charles Williams, who shot 10 of 25 from the floor and 5 of 11 from 3-point range. Howard also held a 48-37 edge on the glass, including 23-8 in offensive rebounds, but was never able to take advantage.
The Bison shot just 33 percent compared to 48 percent for NSU.
Senior Jonathan Wade had 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for NSU, his sixth double-double in seven games. The victory improved Norfolk State's record to 15-14 overall and 12-3 in the MEAC. NSU can finish no worse than third in the league and can lock up second place with a win Monday at Hampton.
Rhode Island 69, VCU 59: Jared Terrell had 20 points and 10 rebounds in Kingston, R.I., as URI snapped VCU's nine-game win streak.
Rhode Island (19-9, 11-5) is tied with Richmond for third place in the Atlantic 10. The loss dropped VCU (23-6, 13-3) into second, a game behind No. 1 Dayton. Those two teams face each other Wednesday in Ohio.
Hassan Martin added 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds and Jarvis Garrett had 12 points for URI.
Both teams averaged 35 percent shooting from the floor but Rhode Island had an edge (79-67 percent) from the foul line. URI outrebounded VCU 48-31.
Rhode Island opened the second half on an 18-4 run capped by back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers -- two by Terrell and one by E.C. Matthews -- to take a 51-38 advantage with 14:23 to play. The hosts led the rest of the way in the all-Rams clash.
Jonathan Williams scored 14 points for VCU.
Richmond 70, Fordham 48: De'Monte Buckingham scored 19 points and hit five 3-pointers, and Khwan Fore distributed 12 assists and grabbed seven rebounds for the Spiders (17-11, 11-5 A-10) in New York.
Marshall Wood's 3-pointer with 10:30 left before halftime put Richmond up 18-13, and the Spiders outscored Fordham 22-7 to end the half. The Rams' smallest second-half deficit was 13 points.
T.J. Cline scored 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting and ShawnDre' Jones chipped in 11 points for Richmod. The Spiders were 27 for 54 from the field, including 9 for 25 from 3-point range. The Spiders distributed 21 assists to just seven for Fordham.
Antwoine Anderson led the Rams (13-16, 7-9) with 16 points.
Miami 55, No. 10 Duke 50: Bruce Brown scored 25 points for the host Hurricanes, who held the Blue Devils a staggering 32 points below their season average.
No. 6 North Carolina 85, Pittsburgh 67: The Tar Heels clinched at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title with a road win.
While Justin Jackson scored points - including two deep, contested 3-pointers that bookended a 10-0 run to end the first half - the Tar Heels sent a bigger message at the other end of the court.
Three weeks after surviving a serious scare by Pitt in Chapel Hill, UNC held the Panthers to 40 percent shooting and didn't let them within single digits over the final 16 minutes.
The Tar Heels (25-5, 13-3) have won four straight following a loss to archrival Duke two weeks ago and can wrap up their second straight ACC regular-season crown and 31st overall with a win at No. 18 Virginia on Monday.
Joel Berry scored 19 points for UNC and Kennedy Meeks added 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Tar Heels overwhelmed undersized Pitt (15-14, 4-12) in the paint. North Carolina outrebounded the Panthers 48-28, including a season-high 24 offensive boards, and finished with 28 second-chance points.
No. 19 Florida State 76, Clemson 74: The Seminoles (23-6, 11-5) rallied after leading most of the way. They came into Littlejohn Coliseum just 2-5 on the road in league play, including losses in their past two such games, at Notre Dame and at Pittsburgh.
But Xavier Rathan-Mayes hit the go-ahead basket with 1:22 left and Florida State hung on. He scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half.
Jonathan Isaac of Florida State blocked Shelton Mitchell's drive with 11 seconds left after Rathan-Mayes' final basket. After Trent Forrest made a free throw for the Seminoles, Marcquise Reed came up short on a mid-range jumper with 5 seconds to go, and the Seminoles held on to win their 23rd game in the regular season for the first time in eight years.
Clemson (14-14, 4-12) fell to 1-9 in ACC games decided by six points or fewer.
No. 11 Kentucky 76, No. 13 Florida 66: Malik Monk scored 30 of his 33 points in the second half, Bam Adebayo added 18 points with 15 rebounds, and the host Wildcats took over the Southeastern Conference lead.
While another week remains in SEC play for both teams, the Wildcats (24-5, 14-2) took an important step by twice rallying from eight points down to win the pivotal matchup. Monk scored 14 points during an 18-10 run that tied the game at 55 with 9:54 remaining.
Adebayo scored six straight points before Monk added seven more in between lobbing a pass to Adebayo for a 70-60 lead with 4:04 left.
Monk sandwiched two free throws around layups by Isaiah Briscoe and Adebayo, points that proved critical in thwarting rally attempts by the Gators (23-6, 13-3).
No. 12 West Virginia 61, Texas Christian 60: Daxter Miles Jr. made a free throw with 4.8 seconds left in Fort Worth, Texas, and WVU stayed in second place in the Big 12.
Miles went to the free-throw line after a questionable foul against Jaylen Fisher, who never left the ground and appeared to make only slight incidental contact with Miles.
TCU (17-12, 6-10), which had tied the game on Alex Robinson's free throw with 9.1 seconds left, had one more chance, but Desmond Bane's 3-pointer at the buzzer was short.
Jevon Carter had 15 points for West Virginia (23-6, 11-5), while Nathan Adrian added 13.
No. 17 Southern Methodist 69, Connecticut 61: Shake Milton scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the first half in Hartford, Conn.
The Mustangs (25-4, 15-1 American Athletic Conference) won their 11th straight and haven't lost since Jan. 12 at Cincinnati. Semi Ojeleye had 16 points, Ben Moore added 15 and Sterling Brown had 11 for SMU.
The Huskies (14-14, 9-7), who have dropped two straight after a four-game winning streak, were led by Kentan Facey's 15 points.
Iowa 83, Maryland 69: Jordan Bohannon scored a career-high 24 points, hitting 8 of 10 3-pointers, and the Hawkeyes rolled to a surprisingly easy victory in College Park, Md.
Tyler Cook had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (16-13, 8-8 Big Ten), who improved to 2-7 on the road this season.
Kevin Huerter scored 13 points for Maryland (22-7, 10-6). Since opening 20-2, the Terrapins have lost five of seven and three in a row.
Hofstra 71, James Madison 66: Justin Wright-Foreman scored 19 points and Rokas Gustys added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Pride in Harrisonburg.
The lead went back and forth until Gustys rebounded a Wright-Foreman miss and found Jamall Robinson open for a 3-pointer that put Hofstra ahead for good, 59-57, with 3:37 left. A similar scenario happened again a minute later when Wright-Foreman rebounded his own miss; the ball was whipped around the perimeter to Brian Bernardi, who hit a key 3.
JMU battled back to 69-66 on a Tom Vodanovich putback with 13 seconds left, but Eli Pemberton stretched the lead with two free throws and the Dukes missed twice in the last five seconds. Shakir Brown led JMU with 20 points.
Both teams will have to play Friday in the CAA tournament in Charleston, S.C., falling below the six teams who earned byes to the quarterfinals. Hofstra (15-16, 7-11) is the eighth seed and faces No. 9 Delaware. JMU (9-22, 7-11) remained the No. 7 seed and meets No. 10 Drexel.
UNC Wilmington 74, Northeastern 65: C.J. Bryce scored 23 points as host UNCW closed out its season with its fourth straight win.
UNCW (26-5, 15-3), which had already sealed the No. 1 seed in the upcoming CAA tournament, reached several milestones: First, the Seahawks clinched the outright conference title over the College of Charleston. Second, the 26 wins are the most in UNCW history, and its 13 home wins are likewise a school record.
Still, if the Seahawks don't win the CAA tournament, they could miss the NCAA tournament and end up in the National Invitation Tournament.
Chris Flemmings scored 19 points and Denzel Ingram added 13 for the Seahawks.
T.J. Williams scored 24 to lead Northeastern (15-15, 8-10).
UNC Asheville 63, Liberty 45: Ahmad Thomas scored 31 points and ended the game with consecutive 3-pointers in Saturday's windup of the Big South regular season.
UNCA (23-8, 15-3) is assured of no worse than a tie for first place in the Big South. Winthrop (14-3 in the league) faced last-place Presbyterian (1-16) later Saturday.
Liberty (19-12, 14-4) fell out of a first-place tie into third place and was denied its first 20-win regular season since 2008-09. Both teams get a bye into the quarterfinals.
Liberty closed to within 42-40 with just less than nine minutes left when Myo Baxter-Bell sank two free throws. Within two minutes, however, the Bulldogs led by 10 after MaCio Teague's two free throws and six points from Thomas.
College of Charleston 80, Drexel 67: Jarrell Brantley scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had four steals, Joe Chealey added 16 points and three steals, and the host Cougars won their fourth straight.
Cameron Johnson scored 14 for the Cougars (23-8, 14-4), the CAA tournament's No. 2 seed.
Elon 81, Delaware 59: Dmitri Thompson scored 22 points, and Elon's bench almost matched Delaware's overall total.
Elon got 58 of its 81 points from its bench, led by Thompson, who hit 7 of 12 from the field and 7 of 8 from the line. Dainan Swoope contributed 14 points off the bench. No Elon starter scored in double figures.
No. 5 seed Elon (18-13, 10-8) will face William and Mary in a CAA quarterfinal Friday at North Charleston Coliseum.
ODAC tournament: Virginia Wesleyan, usually a fixture in the NCAA Division III tournament, saw its season end at 19-9 in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament semifinal at Salem Civic Center.
The fifth-seeded Marlins took a 16-point lead but eventually fell 67-64 to top-seeded Guilford. Andre Banks had 15 points, while Kecoughtan High graduate Kaelin Poe had a team-high six rebounds in his final game with the Marlins.
Jaylen Long led No. 1 Guilford (22-5) with 16 points, including two free throws with 11 seconds left for the game's final points. Dominique Henderson added 14 points for the Quakers, who will face Emory and Henry for the championship Sunday.
CIAA final: Ahmaad Wilson had 20 points as Bowie State defeated Winston-Salem State 62-54 in Charlotte, N.C., to win the CIAA tournament.
Bowie captured an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II tournament.
Catonsville CC 76, Thomas Nelson CC 71: The visitors from Maryland won at Bethel High despite Malik White's 23 points for the Gators. Bruton High alum Shaquan Edwards added 20 points for TNCC, converting 15 of 16 free throws.
Hampton 71, Morgan State 58: HU (15-12, 9-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) rallied for a 49-point second half in Baltimore to end a three-game losing streak.
Howard 68, Norfolk State 60: Te’Shya Heslip’s 30 points paced the Bison (14-12, 10-4 MEAC) at Echols Hall.
NSU fell to 14-13, 9-6 despite Kayla Roberts' 16 points and nine rebounds.
Western Kentucky 79, Old Dominion 73: ODU, which had won three in a row and seven of eight, fell in Bowling Green, Ky., despite 18 points apiece from Jennie Simms and Annika Holopainen.
Destinee Young added nine points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Monarchs (15-11, 10-6 Conference USA), who never led and who trailed by as many as 12 points.
For WKU (22-6, 14-2), Micah Jones scored 21 and Kendall Noble 18.
Catonsville CC 47, Thomas Nelson CC 31: TNCC fell in Bethel High's gym despite Mercedes Mangrum's 11 points. The visitors erased a 20-13 halftime deficit with a 17-4 third quarter.