Lamonte' Turner hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 30 seconds left and No. 8 Tennessee rallied to beat No. 4 Kentucky 82-78 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinal thriller Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tennessee (29-4) trailed by eight with less than three minutes left before rallying to move a step closer to its first SEC Tournament title since 1979. The third-seeded Volunteers will face No. 22 Auburn (25-9) on Sunday.
Tennessee had an 11-2 run to take a 75-74 lead on a Grant Williams three-pointer from in front of the Vols' bench with 1:31 left. Kentucky (27-6) went back ahead with 1:06 left on PJ Washington's put-back.
Admiral Schofield missed a three-pointer on Tennessee's next possession, but Williams got the rebound and called a timeout with 38.5 seconds left. The Vols worked the ball to Turner for the three-pointer from behind the top of the key.
Washington missed a shot from right around the basket and then missed a put-back attempt in the last 15 seconds left. Tennessee's Jordan Bone got the rebound, was fouled and made two free throws to put Tennessee ahead 80-76 with 10.9 seconds left. Ashton Hagans made a driving layup to cut the lead to 80-78 with four seconds remaining, but Bone sank two more free throws with 2.4 seconds left.
No. 11 Houston 61, Memphis 58: Corey Davis scored 17 points and Houston weathered a late Memphis rally in the American Athletic Conference semifinals in Memphis, Tennessee. Top-seeded Houston will face Cincinnati in the final. Jeremiah Martin led Memphis (21-13) with 23 points. On Memphis' final possession, Tyler Harris missed a three-pointer, then attempted a final one that was blocked by Fabian White as time expired.
No. 18 Buffalo 87, Bowling Green 73: In Cleveland, Jeremy Harris shot 13-for-20 from the field for a game-high 31 points to lead Buffalo (31-3) in the Mid-American Conference championship game. Daeqwon Plowden had 16 points and eight rebounds for Bowling Green (22-12), which gave up 48 points in the second half and lost despite a 48-33 rebounding advantage.
No. 22 Auburn 65, Florida 62: In Nashville, Tennessee, Jared Harper hit a three-pointer with 12 seconds left and Auburn held off Florida to reach the Southeastern Conference championship game for the first time since 2000. Harper finished with 20 points, and Bryce Brown scored all 11 of his points in the second half for the Tigers (25-9). Kevarrius Hayes and Jalen Hudson each had 16 points for Florida.
No. 24 Cincinnati 66, Wichita State 63: Nysier Brooks scored 13 points and Cane Broome hit the go-ahead layup with 23.5 seconds left to lift Cincinnati past Wichita State in the American Athletic Conference semifinals in Memphis, Tennessee. Tre Scott added 12 points and eight rebounds for Cincinnati (27-6). Jarron Cumberland, the conference player of the year, was limited to 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting. Markis McDuffie had 18 points for the Shockers (19-14).
No. 25 Villanova 74, Seton Hall 72: Villanova became the first team to win three consecutive Big East Tournaments, beating Seton Hall in New York behind seniors Eric Paschall and Phil Booth and key contributions from freshman Saddiq Bey. Seton Hall star Myles Powell, guarded closely by Booth, missed a three-pointer in the closing seconds that could have won it. Booth was called for traveling as he tried to corral the rebound, however, and the Pirates got one more chance with 0.4 seconds left. Anthony Nelson's long inbounds pass bounced off the backboard and was slapped away by the Wildcats.