Zion leads Duke to ACC title

Duke's Zion Williamson (1) goes up to dunk against Florida State during the first half of the NCAA college basketball championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Duke's Zion Williamson (1) goes up to dunk against Florida State during the first half of the NCAA college basketball championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Chuck Burton

Charlotte, N.C.

Zion Williamson had 21 points to cap a dominating three-game show at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, helping fifth-ranked Duke beat No. 12 Florida State 73-63 on Saturday night in the championship game.

RJ Barrett added 17 points and nine rebounds and the Blue Devils (29-5) took control after halftime to add to their conference-record total with their 21st tournament title.

Iowa State 78, Kansas 66: Something about the Big 12 Tournament brings out the best in Iowa State. The fifth-seeded Cyclones raced to a big early lead against No. 17 Kansas, then leaned on some balanced scoring and enough stops down the stretch to beat the Jayhawks and remain unbeaten in five championship game appearances.

Tennessee 82, Kentucky 78: Lamonte' Turner hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds left and Tennessee rallied to beat Kentucky in a Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinal thriller.

Michigan State 67, Wisconsin 55: Cassius Winston scored 21 points and Kenny Goins keyed No. 6 Michigan State's fast start, helping the Spartans beat No. 19 Wisconsin in the Big Ten semifinals.

Michigan 76, Minnesota 49: Isaiah Livers scored a career-high 21 points and No. 10 Michigan closed in on a record third straight Big Ten Tournament championship.

Houston 61, Memphis 58: Corey Davis Jr. scored 17 points and No. 11 Houston weathered a late Memphis rally in the American Athletic Conference semifinals.

Buffalo 87, Bowling Green 73: Jeremy Harris scored 31 points, C.J. Massinburg added 17 and No. 18 Buffalo won its fourth Mid-American Conference title in five years.

Auburn 65, Florida 62: Jared Harper hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left and No. 22 Auburn held off Florida to reach the Southeastern Conference championship game.

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 No. 24 Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference semifinals.

Villanova 74, Seton Hall 72: Villanova became the first team to win three consecutive Big East Tournaments, beating Seton Hall behind seniors Eric Paschall and Phil Booth and key contributions from freshman Saddiq Bey.

Women

Drake 65, Illinois State 54: Becca Hittner, the two-time Missouri Valley Player of the Year, scored 16 of her 22 points in the second half to propel No. 21 Drake into the conference tournament championship game.

Rice 69, Middle Tennessee 54: Nancy Mulkey scored 24 points and No. 24 Rice rallied in the second half to defeat Middle Tennessee in the Conference USA championship game for the Owls' third NCAA Tournament berth and school-record 21st straight win.