Wash U men clinch automatic bid

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Chris Klimek scored 12 points and added eight rebounds in Wash U's road win.
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No. 24-ranked Washington University scored the last 11 points of the game and clinched the 2012 University Athletic Association championship with a 74-68 victory at New York University on Sunday afternoon in Manhattan.

Washington U. became the first team to secure an Division III NCAA Tournament bid in men's basketball this season by winning its 11th UAA title. The Bears will make their 19th overall NCAA tournament appearance and 16th in Division III.

Wash U improved to 10-3 in the UAA, with a two-game lead on Emory and NYU with one game remaining. Emory defeated Case Western Reserve 105-71 to keep its at-large hopes alive.

Seventh-ranked Virginia Wesleyan finished its regular season on a high note, defeating Washington and Lee 77-49 behind 23 points from Chris Astorga. Virginia Wesleyan is the top seed in the all-in Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament, while Washington and Lee is seeded ninth of 11.

The University of Chicago clinched the first women's basketball bid to the NCAA Tournament on Friday night. Wash U kept its NCAA Tournament resume strong with a 76-59 win at NYU, but Rochester lost a road game for the second time in three days, falling at 9-15 Carnegie Mellon by the score of 67-62. Emily Peel and Jacquie Shaw combined for 37 points and 15 rebounds for the Tartans. Second-ranked Chicago rolled to a 77-50 win at Brandeis to remain unbeaten at 24-0.

The No. 24-ranked Centre women stumbled at home on Senior Day, falling to Rhodes 58-56 despite 22 points and 12 rebounds from Lauren Huter. Millsaps jumped out to an 18-6 lead and won 55-46 at Sewanee to improve to 20-5, two seasons after going 1-24.