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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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Author:Associated Press
Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Geographic Code:1U6KY
Date:Mar 11, 2020
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