Conference finals roundup: Yale rallies to stun Brown in Ivy final


Matt Knowling made a short jumper along the baseline as time expired to lift Yale to a 62-61 victory over Brown on Sunday in the final of the Ivy League tournament in New York.

John Poulakidas scored 18 points for the second-seeded Bulldogs (22-9), who overcame a four-point deficit with 21 seconds to play to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in eight seasons.

Poulakidas sank a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left and Brown’s Malachi Ndur missed two free throws to set the stage for the buzzer-beating basket. Knowling accepted a nifty bounce pass from Bez Mbeng and sank the short jumper.

The late surge buried the fourth-seeded Bears (13-18), who were attempting to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1986.

Kino Lilly Jr. scored 21 points for Brown, which saw its seven-game winning streak come to a halt.

Duquesne 57, VCU 51

For the first time in 47 years, Duquesne is headed back to the NCAA Tournament, as the Dukes knocked off the Rams in the Atlantic 10 tournament final in New York.

Last seen dancing in 1977, the Dukes built an 18-point first-half lead and survived a furious VCU comeback to claim the A-10 tournament title. A Jake DiMichele layup at 1:09 gave Duquesne a 51-48 lead which VCU couldn’t overcome. Late free throws from Jimmy Clark III and Fousseyni Drame closed it out.

Dae Dae Grant paced the Dukes with 10 points, while Drame scored six to go along with 12 rebounds. Clark had nine points, five rebounds and four steals.

Joe Bamisile led the Rams with 20 points. Zeb Jackson chipped in 11.

UAB 85, Temple 69

Alejandro Vasquez shot 11-for-16 for 29 points and the fourth-seeded Blazers won the American Athletic Conference tournament title, beating the 11th-seeded Owls in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Blazers (23-11) clinched a surprise bid to the NCAA Tournament one day after eliminating top-seeded South Florida in the American semifinals. Christian Coleman and Eric Gaines scored 15 points apiece, Gaines added five steals and Yaxel Lendeborg racked up 14 points and 16 rebounds for UAB.

Hysier Miller’s 32 points, six assists and three steals were not enough for Temple (16-20), which stunned second-seeded Florida Atlantic in the semis. Shane Dezonie added 11 points.