Mavs extend Pacers' skid to 4 with 105-94 win
DALLAS (AP) - Monta Ellis and Devin Harris scored 20 points apiece and the Dallas Mavericks extended Indiana's season-long losing streak to four games with a 105-94 victory against the Pacers on Sunday night.
The Pacers rallied from 17 points down in the first half and almost wiped out another double-digit deficit after halftime, but had the same offensive troubles late that plagued them early in the game.
Paul George had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers, who stayed a game and a half up on Miami for the lead in the Eastern Conference after the Heat lost in overtime to Chicago.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 points on a tough shooting night as the Mavericks swept the two-game season series from the Pacers, who were coming off their most lopsided loss in a 26-point defeat at Houston.
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Wichita State makes it 34-0, wins Valley tourney
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Fred VanVleet scored 22 points including several key baskets late to lead another strong ensemble effort and No. 2 Wichita State remained the nation's lone unbeaten after defeating Indiana State 83-69 on Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final.
Tekele Cotton added 20 points - with four 3-pointers - and Ron Baker had 14 points for the Shockers, who got tested in the second half before putting the title game out of reach with a 13-0 run capped by two 3-pointers from VanVleet that put them up by 18 points with 5:38 to go.
Wichita State matched the NCAA record for victories to start the season held by UNLV in 1990-91 with its third straight convincing tournament win after going 18-0 in the conference regular season. The Shockers won their first conference tournament since 1987.
Manny Arop and Justin Gant had 18 points apiece for second-seeded Indiana State, which has one of the closer calls against Wichita State with a seven-point loss at home in early February.
Crawford lifts Northwestern over Purdue 74-65
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Drew Crawford had 27 points and seven rebounds and Alex Olah added 14 points and seven rebounds to lead Northwestern to a 74-65 victory over Purdue on Sunday in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Wildcats, who snapped a league-worst seven-game skid, closed out the first half on a 6-2 run to take a 28-21 lead at halftime. Northwestern went on a 9-2 run midway through the second half capped off with a 3-pointer by Sanjay Lumpkin with 11:17 remaining for a 45-32 lead.
Rapheal Davis had 13 points and nine rebounds and A.J. Hammons added 13 points for the Boilermakers, who have lost six straight.
The Big Ten Tournament opens on Thursday on Thursday in Indianapolis.
No. 2 ND routs No. 10 Duke 69-53 for ACC title
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Jewell Loyd scored 18 of her 26 points in the second half, and No. 2 Notre Dame capped its perfect first run through the Atlantic Coast Conference by beating No. 10 Duke 69-53 on Sunday night in the league tournament final.
Kayla McBride added 25 points to help the top-seeded Fighting Irish - last year's Big East champions - win their second consecutive conference tournament and extend the best start in school history with their third victory over the Blue Devils in five weeks.
Haley Peters had 18 points and Elizabeth Williams finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds for the second-seeded Blue Devils, who shot 44 percent but had 20 turnovers.
They reached the ACC title game for the sixth time in seven years under coach Joanne P. McCallie, but were denied their second straight championship and fell to 1-9 in the series.
Creighton women slip past Butler 61-52
CHICAGO (AP) - Sarah Nelson scored 21 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead No. 3 seed Creighton to a 61-52 win over sixth-seeded Butler in the Big East women's tournament quarterfinals on Sunday.
Creighton faces No. 2 seed St. John's in Monday's semifinal.
In a tough defensive matchup, Creighton took control midway through the second half with a 12-2 run capped by an MC McGrory jumper that made it 38-29 with 11:52 to go. Butler shaved the gap to 42-37 on a Lexus Murry jumper with 6:53 to go but it was as close as the Bulldogs would get down the stretch.
McGrory finished the game with 12 points, while Marissa Janning and McKenzie Fujan had 10 points apiece for the Bluejays, who were held to 35 percent shooting from the field but had a 3-to-1 scoring advantage from long range, sinking 9 of 27.
Daress McClung led Butler with 25 points.
IUPUI basketball coach fired after 3 seasons
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has fired men's basketball coach Todd Howard.
The school issued a statement Sunday morning. Howard went 26-70 in three seasons.
Howard had been with the team for 19 seasons overall, 16 as assistant coach and associate head coach. The program had its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2003. It finished this season 6-27 with a loss to Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday in the Summit League tournament.
Howard says in a statement he is grateful to the university, which is "all I've known for 19-plus years."
Athletic director Michael Moore says Howard "guided the program with great pride, effort and integrity."
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