ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bradley rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half and earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006, beating Northern Iowa, 57-54, Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference championship game.
Elijah Childs scored 16 points and Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye added 13 for fifth-seeded Bradley (20-14). The Braves advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time overall — in their last appearance, as a 13th seed, they beat Kansas and Pittsburgh before losing to Memphis.
Bradley trailed 35-17 with 17 minutes left to play. The Braves used a 12-0 run to get close, then scored six straight points to go up 55-50 on a layup by Childs with 1:41 left. Lautier-Ogunleye had four free throws during the late surge.
Luqman Lundy had 11 points as Bradley won the MVC Tournament title for the first time 1988.
AJ Green led sixth-seeded Northern Iowa (16-18) with 23 points.
Big South championship
Gardner-Webb 76, Radford 65
RADFORD, Va. (AP) — DJ Laster's best game ensured it wouldn't be his last.
Laster scored a career-high 32 points and Gardner-Webb took command with a first-half run and beat Radford to win the Big South Tournament championship and earn its first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Laster was dominant throughout, making 14 of 17 shots and grabbing six rebounds.
"I just knew I had to play hard, needed to play hard," he said, a piece of the championship net stuck inside the adjustable strap on his championship cap. "I just wanted to leave my legacy on the court, leave it all out there, so I just came with that mindset from the jump ball."
Laster had 30 of the Runnin' Bulldogs' first 44 points, including the last five during a 12-0 first-half run and seven during a 13-5 second-half run that gave them a 46-33 lead. He kept the offense humming as the Bulldogs' top scorer, David Efianayi, struggled.
Atlantic Sun championship
Liberty 74, Lipscomb 68
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Scottie James' layup with 55.8 seconds left put Liberty ahead to stay and the Flames capped their first season in a new conference by topping Lipscomb for the ASUN Tournament championship and their first NCAA Tournament trip since 2013.
A year after losing the Big South Conference tournament final on a 3 at the buzzer, Liberty won at packed Allen Arena in a game that featured 18 lead changes in the second half. The Flames won for the second time this season on Lipscomb's home court.
Liberty (28-6) switched to the ASUN Conference for this season and split the regular season title with Lipscomb. The Flames earned their fourth NCAA Tournament bid overall and first since playing in the Big South.
The Flames, from Lynchburg, Virginia, were up 29-28 at halftime and never led by more than four.
America East semifinals
Maine women reach final
ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine women's basketball team battled back from a 12-point first quarter deficit to earn the right to play in its fourth straight America East Championship game after a 66-51 victory over Albany in Sunday's America East semifinal contest held at The Pit..
The Black Bears, who have now won 13 in a row, will host No. 2 Hartford in a rematch of last year's championship game on Friday (5 p.m.) with a spot in the NCAA Tournament on the line.
Maine, which will appear in the league championship game for the 18th time, outscored Albany 32-19 in the second half to earn a come from behind victory over the Great Danes. The Black Bears hit 23 straight free throws in the win, finishing the day 24-of-26 from the charity stripe. Tanesha Sutton poured in 21 points to finish in double-figures for the seventh consecutive game after hitting 9-of-10 free throws, pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Dor Saar went 10-of-11 from the charity stripe, totaling 16 points and five assists while Blanca Millan chipped in 16 points, seven boards and three steals.