Mar 25, 2011 2:25 AM by Lee Douglas
Defending national champion Duke was eliminated from the NCAA basketball tournament Thursday night with a 93-77 upset loss to Arizona. Also on Thursday the career of BYU senior Jimmer Fredette, the nation's leading scorer, came to an end as Florida edged BYU in overtime. Four teams have now advanced to the Elite 8. Here are the summaries of Thursday night's games in the West and Southeast regions.
Connecticut 74, San Diego St. 67
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Kemba Walker scored 22 of his 36 points in another dynamic second-half performance, and Connecticut moved to the brink of its fourth trip to the Final Four with a 74-67 victory over San Diego State in the West regional semifinals Thursday night.
Freshman Jeremy Lamb added 24 points and hit a clutch 3-pointer with 1:43 left for the third-seeded Huskies (29-9), who needed five wins in five days to capture the Big East tournament before advancing to an NCAA regional final for the 10th time.
D.J. Gay scored 16 points for the second-seeded Aztecs (34-3), who couldn't quite catch up to Walker during a scintillating second-half stretch run.
Walker scored 12 consecutive points for UConn in that late duel with Gay, whose 3-pointer cut the Huskies' lead to 65-64 with 2:53 left. Lamb replied with his 3 before an emphatic last-minute dunk.
Arizona 93, Duke 77
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Derrick Williams scored a career-high 32 points and his Arizona teammates showed they're not just a one-man team, upsetting defending national champion Duke 93-77 to reach the final eight for the first time since 2005.
The top-seeded Blue Devils (32-5) were sent packing from a regional semifinal for the second time in three years. Coach Mike Krzyzewski, with 900 wins, will have to wait
until next season to resume his pursuit of Bob Knight's record as the winningest men's coach in Division I history.
Williams scored 25 of his points in the first half before his teammates came up big in the final 20 minutes. Lamont Jones added 16 points and Solomon Hill 13.
Arizona will play UConn for the West regional title Saturday.
Florida 83, BYU 74, OT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Alex Tyus scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as Florida beat BYU 83-74 in overtime Thursday night, chasing Jimmer Fredette and the Cougars out of the CAA tournament.
While Fredette was the star attraction, scoring 32 points on 11-for-29 shooting in the final game of his college career, Florida countered with balance.
Kenny Boynton added 17 points while Erving Walker and Chandler Parsons both scored 16. Boynton and Parsons each hit 3-pointers in overtime as Florida outscored BYU 15-6.
Fredette made just 3 of 15 from 3-point range and had to work for his points against Florida's physical defense. By the end of the game, he had a bandage on his chin from a blow in the second half, but the baskets kept coming until he was held scoreless in overtime.
Florida (29-7) eliminated BYU (32-5) and reached its first NCAA tournament regional final since 2007.
Butler 61, Wisconsin 54
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Matt Howard scored 19 points and Butler sent home yet another higher seed in the NCAA tournament with a 61-54 victory over Wisconsin.
Shelvin Mack scored 13 points and Shawn Vanzant 10 for the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (26-9), who led by 20 points in the second half before withstanding a late rally by the Badgers.
Jordan Taylor scored 22 for Wisconsin (25-9), which shot 30.4 percent (17 of 56). Jon Leuer, normally one of the Badgers' top offensive forces with 18.7 points per game coming in, was 1 of 12 shooting and finished with three points.
The victory sends Butler into the Southeast regional final, where the Bulldogs meet Florida (29-7) for a trip to the Final Four.