NCAA College Basketball Roundup
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ St. John’s scored 20 straight points over the final 7:11 of the first half Thursday night and went on to beat Maryland 76-62 to reach the final of the NCAA South Regional.
Maryland (28-6) finally came alive midway through the second half, but it wasn’t enough to avoid having its season end in the round of 16 for the fourth time in six years.
Erick Barkley led St. John’s with 24 points. Steve Francis, with 13 points, was the only player in double figures for Maryland, which shot only 35 percent from the field.
Five days after handing Indiana its worst NCAA tournament defeat ever, St. John’s (28-8) appeared on the way to another blowout victory before Maryland used a 19-2 run to get within single digits.
Gonzaga 73, Florida 72
PHOENIX (AP) _ Casey Calvary’s tip-in with 4.4 seconds left sent upstart Gonzaga into the West Regional final.
After Jeremy Eaton’s layup pulled Gonzaga within one, Florida’s Brent Wright traveled with 15.4 seconds left to give the ball back to the 10th-seeded Bulldogs.
Quentin Hall drove to the basket and missed but Calvary, who had 10 points in the second half, tipped it in. Florida had one more chance, but Eddie Shannon missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Richie Frahm led Gonzaga with 17 points, while Greg Stolt paced Florida with 16.