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Big 12, SEC favorites lose conference finals

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2002

Big 12 Conference At Kansas City, Mo. Championship

No. 4 Oklahoma 64, No. 1 Kansas 55

Tournament MVP Hollis Price scored 23 points, including two clutch 3-pointers that turned back a second-half rally by Kansas, as Oklahoma won its second straight Big 12 tournament title.

Drew Gooden had 22 points and 15 rebounds but also committed six turnovers for Kansas, which had its string of 18 straight wins against conference opponents broken by the Sooners (27-4).

Nick Collison also had a double-double for the Jayhawks (29-3) with 15 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out.

Atlantic Coast Conference At Charlotte, N.C. Championship

No. 3 Duke 91, North Carolina State 61

Duke (29-3) became the first program in the 49 years of the ACC tournament to win four straight championships as MVP Carlos Boozer scored 26 points, Jason Williams added 24 and Mike Dunleavy had 18.

Boozer was 11-for-12 from the field and finished 20-of-24 in three tournament games. He was 33-for-39 in three games this season against N.C. State.

Boozer missed the first shot of the game, then made 11 straight to dominate the Wolfpack (22-10), who were led by Anthony Grundy's 13 points.

Southeastern Conference

At Atlanta Championship Mississippi State 61, No. 8 Alabama 58

Tournament MVP Mario Austin had 15 points and eight rebounds as Mississippi State (26-7) won its second Southeastern Conference tournament title, defeating regular-season champion Alabama.

Timmy Bowers and Derrick Zimmerman hit back-to-back 3-pointers late in the game, and Michael Gholar sank two free throws with five seconds remaining.

Erwin Dudley led the Crimson Tide (26-7) with 18 points but went out with just over a minute remaining, dazed after going down hard on a drive to the basket.

Big Ten Conference At Indianapolis Championship

No. 21 Ohio State 81, Iowa 64

Tournament MVP Boban Savovic scored 27 points, and Brent Darby added 14 as Ohio State (23-7) captured its first Big Ten tournament title.

After winning three games in as many days -- two on its final possession -- and a record seven straight games in the Big Ten tournament, Iowa (19-15) was too weary to stay with the Buckeyes. The Hawkeyes were led by Luke Recker, who finished with 21 points.



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