GREENSBORO, N.C. — Justin Champagnie scored a career-high 31 points, and Pittsburgh defeated Wake Forest 81-72 in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on Tuesday.
Trey McGowens scored 14 points and Xavier Johnson added 10 points and eight assists for Pitt (16-16), the tournament’s 13th seed. Abdoul Karim Coulibaly chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Twelfth-seeded Wake Forest was led by Olivier Sarr’s 20 points and 13 rebounds. Isaiah Mucius had 19 points and Brandon Childress added 17 for the Demon Deacons (13-18).
The Demon Deacons led 41-40 at the half behind 17 points from Mucius.
CAA: Senior guard Eli Pemberton scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half and Hofstra (26-8) came from behind to beat Northeastern 70-61 in Washington to win the Colonial Athletic Association tournament and return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001.
Senior Desure Buie scored a game-high 20 points and was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. Jalen Ray scored 17 points, and Isaac Kante grabbed 15 rebounds.
Maxime Boursiquot led Northeastern (17-16) with 15 points.
Northeast Conference: Robert Morris (20-14) used a second-half surge to defeat Saint Francis (22-10) 77-67 in Moon Township, Pa., to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2015.
Horizon: Tyler Sharpe scored 16 points and Jalen Tate added 14, helping Northern Kentucky (23-9) beat UIC 71-62 in Indianapolis to lock up its second straight league tournament title and earn another NCAA bid.
Tarkus Ferguson finished with 15 points to lead UIC (18-17).
Presbyterian 82, Longwood 73: Freshman guard Kyla McMakin scored 26 points and registered seven rebounds for the Lancers (12-18), but it wasn’t enough to beat the Blue Hose (12-18) in the first round of the Big South tournament in Farmville.
West Coast: Haylee Andrews scored 18 points, including her second-straight game-winner in the final minute, and Portland (21-11) captured the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time in more than two decades with a 64-63 overtime win over San Diego (20-11) in Las Vegas.
Summit League: Hannah Sjerven scored 9e of her 15 points in the fourth quarter and 17th-ranked South Dakota (30-2) earned a return trip to the NCAA tournament with a 63-58 win over second-seeded South Dakota State (23-10) in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Horizon League: Holly Hoopingarner scored 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range and IUPUI (23-8) earned its first NCAA tournament berth win a 51-37 win over Green Bay (19-13) in Indianapolis.
Big East: Lexi Held scored a career-high 31 points on 10-of-14 shooting and No. 15 DePaul (28-5) beat Marquette (24-8) in the league championship game in Chicago for the third straight season, 88-74, for the Blue Demons’ fifth trip to the NCAA tournament.