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St. Vincent overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Thomas More, 81-67, in Latrobe for its first Presidents' Athletic Conference men's basketball championship since joining the NCAA in 2006.

The Bearcats (23-5) have earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, which begins next Saturday.

Chris Klimchock scored a game-high 22 points for St. Vincent, including a pull-up 3-pointer midway through the second half to key a 13-1 run that gave St. Vincent its first lead since early in the game. The Bearcats never trailed the rest of the way.

Isaac Turner added 16 points and seven rebounds, and Grant Latus and Dillon Stith scored 12 each for St. Vincent.

Josef Marshall scored 18 points to lead Thomas More (23-5).

Men

No. 14 Oklahoma State 73, West Virginia 57 ­— In Morgantown, W.Va., Le'Bryan Nash and Markel Brown scored 16 points apiece to lead five Oklahoma State players in double figures, and the Cowboys overcame a terrible start to beat cold-shooting West Virginia.

Marcus Smart added 14 points, Brian Williams scored 13 and Michael Cobbins had 10 for Oklahoma State (20-6, 10-4 Big 12), which shook off a double-overtime loss to No. 9 Kansas on Wednesday.

Oklahoma State overcame an early six-point deficit and never trailed after halftime, using its defense to stifle any comeback attempt by the Mountaineers (13-14, 6-8).

Aaric Murray led West Virginia with 11 points, and Matt Humphrey scored 10.

The Mountaineers lost for the third time in four games. Without a strong finish to the season, West Virginia is in jeopardy of missing a postseason tournament berth for the first time in 10 years.

“I've been embarrassed since the first game,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said. “You can't win many games not rebounding. You can't win many games throwing the ball to them. There is a myriad of things we could name that you can't win doing.”

West Virginia starting guards Jabarie Hinds, Eron Harris and Gary Browne combined to go 4 of 17 from the field. Juwan Staten, a backup guard, missed all six shot attempts.

Cincinnati Christian 87, Point Park 70 ­— In Cincinnati, D.J. McCommons scored 30 points, and Nick Wake added 26 to lead Cincinnati Christian (16-15) past Point Park in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference quarterfinals.

T.J. Heatherington struggled from the floor, shooting 5 of 19 while scoring a team-high 20 points for Point Park (14-11).

Women

Georgetown 72, Pitt 70 — Junior forward Andrea White made two free throws with 0.7 seconds to play as Georgetown sent Pitt to its 33rd consecutive Big East regular-season loss.

Asia Logan had 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Panthers (9-17, 0-13), who led 70-67 with 1:27 to play but committed two turnovers in a 27-second span over the final 1:04.

Sugar Rodgers scored 23 points for the Hoyas (14-12, 5-8).

Point Park 54, Carlow 44 — Emily Schartner had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Ja'Nia McPhatter added 14 points and nine rebounds as top-seeded Point Park beat Carlow (14-15) in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference quarterfinals at CCAC-South.

The Pioneers (23-6) will play at IU Southeast in the KIAC semifinals at 8 p.m. Monday.

Fairleigh Dickinson 64, Robert Morris 62 (OT) — Robert Morris rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit before falling to Fairleigh Dickinson (11-15, 6-9 Northeast Conference) in overtime.

Junior forward Artemis Spanou led Robert Morris (7-19, 6-9) with 18 points and 21 rebounds.

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