Oregon men roll over Washington to win Pac-12 title, NCAA bid

Payton Pritchard scored 20 points and led Oregon’s dominating defense, helping the Ducks beat Washington 68-48 on Saturday night in Las Vegas to become the second team to win four games in four days at the Pac-12 tournament.

The sixth-seeded Ducks (23-12) rode their defense into the title game and continued their shutdown run right into the record books.

Showing no signs of fatigue after three games in three days, Oregon clamped down on the Huskies in the second half, turning a close game into a 16-point lead.

Top-seeded Washington (26-8) had no double-figure scorers and could have anxious moments on Selection Sunday.

In other finals with NCAA bids on the line:

America East: In Burlington, Vt., Anthony Lamb scored 28 points, and Vermont (27-6) won 66-49 over Maryland-Baltimore County (21-13).

ACC: Zion Williamson had 21 points to cap a dominating three-game show at the ACC tournament, helping No. 5 Duke (29-5) beat No. 12 Florida State 73-63.

Big East: In New York, Villanova (25-9) became the first team to win three straight Big East Tournaments, beating Seton Hall 74-72.

Big Sky: Sayeed Pridgett scored 18 points and Montana (26-8) overcame a 12-point deficit to beat Eastern Washington 68-62 in Boise, Idaho.

Big 12: Fifth-seeded Iowa State (23-11) raced out to a big early lead and became the lowest-seeded team to win the conference tournament, winning 78-66 over Kansas (25-9) in Kansas City, Mo.

Conference USA: Xavier Green scored 14 of his game-high 16 points in the second half to lead Old Dominion (26-8) over Western Kentucky 62-56 in Frisco, Texas.

Mid-American: Jeremy Harris scored 31 points and No. 18 Buffalo (31-3) won its fourth MAC title in five years, 87-73 over Bowling Green in Cleveland.

Mid-Eastern Athletic: North Carolina Central went on a 25-6 second-half run and won its third consecutive conference tournament with a 50-47 victory against top-seeded Norfolk State in Norfolk, Va.

Mountain West: In Las Vegas, Sam Merrill scored 24 points and Utah State (28-6) won its first conference championship, beating San Diego State 64-57.

Southland: In Katy, Texas, Abilene Christian beat New Orleans 77-60 for its first NCAA Tournament berth.

Southwestern Athletic: Gary Blackston and Dennis Jones scored 17 points apiece to lead six Prairie View A&M players in double figures and the Panthers beat Texas Southern 92-86 in Birmingham, Ala.

Western Athletic: Trevelin Queen scored 27 points and New Mexico State (30-4) beat Grand Canyon 89-57 in Las Vegas for its third straight NCAA Tournament berth.

Other games: No. 8 Tennessee edged No. 4 Kentucky 82-78 in an SEC semifinal in Nashville. The Volunteers (29-4) advance to play No. 22 Auburn, a 65-62 winner over Florida. … In the Big Ten, No. 6 Michigan State beat No. 19 Wisconsin 67-55. The Spartans (27-6) play No. 10 Michigan (28-5), a 76-49 winner over Minnesota, for the Big Ten title. … No. 11 Houston (31-2), a 61-58 winner over Memphis, and No. 24 Cincinnati (27-6), which beat Wichita State 66-63, will meet in the American Athletic title game. … Emeka Udenyi executed a put-back basket with a minute left in overtime to give defending state champion CCSF the lead for good in an 82-76 win over Citrus College in a semifinal of the 2019 California Community College tournament at Ventura College. CCSF (31-1) meets top seed Fullerton College (29-3) in Sunday’s title game.

Coach fired: Tulane fired third-year coach Mike Dunleavy after a winless American Athletic Conference campaign.

Women’s title games: Morgan Bertsch scored 24 points, Cierra Hall added 14 and UC Davis (25-6) rallied from a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to defeat Hawaii 58-50 in Anaheim to win the Big West tournament. … Nancy Mulkey scored 24 points and No. 24 Rice rallied in the second half to defeat Middle Tennessee 69-54 in the Conference USA championship in Frisco, Texas.

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