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Townes' 3 at 6.3 sends Loyola to Elite 8

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ATLANTA (AP) With Loyola-Chicago's captivating NCAA Tournament run hanging in the balance, it was Marques Townes' turn to deliver another memorable finish.

Townes had scored only a combined 15 points in Loyola's first two NCAA Tournament games, but that didn't concern Ramblers coach Porter Moser. Townes had the ball in front of the Loyola bench in the final seconds Thursday night and the shot clock about to expire.

With Loyola clinging to a one-point lead and only 6.3 seconds remaining, Townes nailed the decisive 3-pointer to help clinch a 69-68 win over Nevada in the NCAA South Regional semifinal.


Florida St. stuns Gonzaga, Michigan next

LOS ANGELES (AP) Terance Mann grabbed the basketball with both hands and screamed, relishing his turn to be the high-scoring hero while Florida State steadily pulled away from Gonzaga.

If he doesn't get the opportunity again, the junior guard will be just fine with it. These surprising Seminoles are thriving on balance, discipline and tremendous teamwork during an upset run that has stretched all the way to the brink of the Final Four.


Brown's layup gets Kansas St. to Elite 8

ATLANTA (AP) Barry Brown Jr. darted into the lane, blowing by everybody in blue, and delivered a rare burst of offense just in the nick of time.

He wasn't done, either.


Michigan rips Texas A&M, back in Elite 8

LOS ANGELES (AP) Michigan took all the drama out of this NCAA Tournament victory, burying Texas A&M under a barrage of 3-point shots.

After reaching the round of 16 with an improbable buzzer-beater, the Wolverines shot 62 percent from the floor and routed the Aggies 99-72 in the West Region semifinals on Thursday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the third time in six years.


UConn hires Hurley from Rhode Island

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Dan Hurley became a hot commodity after coaching Rhode Island to two straight NCAA Tournaments. On Thursday, he left for a bigger name in New England basketball.

Hurley jumped across state lines to join a UConn team that has won four NCAA titles in 20 years but is under NCAA investigation and just finished a second straight losing season. The Huskies fired coach Kevin Ollie this month.


Miami's Brown declares, won't hire agent

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami Hurricanes sophomore guard Bruce Brown Jr. has decided to declare for the NBA draft but won't retain an agent, leaving him the option of continuing his college career.

The school announced Brown's decision Thursday. Players have until April 22 to enter the draft and until June 11 to withdraw. The draft is June 21.


Celts asst. McCarty to coach Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Boston Celtics assistant Walter McCarty is returning to college basketball as Evansville's head coach.

Evansville announced McCarty's selection Thursday as the replacement for Marty Simmons, who was fired this month after going 184-175 over 11 seasons during which the Purple Aces failed to make the NCAA or NIT tournaments. Evansville finished 17-15 this season, losing in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference tourney.


Medved back at Colorado St. as new coach

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Former Colorado State assistant coach Niko Medved is returning to Fort Collins to lead the Rams men's basketball program after spending a year as Drake's head coach.

Medved replaces Larry Eustachy, who stepped down last month, ending a "climate assessment" of the program led by athletic director Joe Parker.


Purdue C Haas still hopeful of playing

BOSTON (AP) Purdue coach Matt Painter has all but ruled out Isaac Haas for the Sweet 16 after the star center fractured his right elbow in the Boilermaker's first-round NCAA Tournament win.

But the Boilermakers' 7-foot-2 senior is holding out hope that a new protective brace will give him a chance to play - even if just a few minutes - in second-seeded Purdue's East Region matchup with third-seeded Texas Tech on Friday night.


San Francisco advances to CBI finals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Frankie Ferrari scored 18 points and Matt McCarthy had 15 points with a career-high tying 14 rebounds to help San Francisco beat Campbell 65-62 on Thursday night in the semifinals of the CBI.

The Dons (21-15) will play North Texas in the best-of-three finals beginning Monday in San Francisco.

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