UIC not strong enough to take down N. Kentucky Norse.
Byline: Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tyler Sharpe scored 16 points and Jalen Tate added 14 on Tuesday, helping Northern Kentucky beat UIC 71-62 to lock up its second straight Horizon League Tournament title and earn another trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The second-seeded Norse (23-9) will make their third appearance in four seasons in the 68-team field after winning for the fourth time in five games.
Tarkus Ferguson finished with 15 points and Michael Diggins had 13 to lead fourth-seeded UIC (18-17).
Northern Kentucky looked like it would have no trouble pulling away when it took a 39-24 lead just 92 seconds into the second half.
But the Flames went on a 14-3 run to cut the deficit to 42-38 with 14:02 to go.
Northern Kentucky answered by forcing 8 missed shots and 3 turnovers over the next seven minutes while scoring 11 consecutive points to retake a 53-38 lead.
UIC never challenged again.
Gonzaga 84, St. Mary's 66:
LAS VEGAS -- Drew Timme scored 17 points, Filip Petrusev had a double-double and No. 2 Gonzaga beat rival Saint Mary's to reclaim the West Coast Conference tournament title.
The top-seeded Zags (31-2) bounced back from a middling performance in the semifinals to win their eighth WCC tournament title in 10 years.
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|Publication:||Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)|
|Date:||Mar 11, 2020|
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