NCAA roundup: Michigan State holds off Saint Louis

Mike McCall Jr. of the St. Louis Billikens drives to the basket against Keith Appling of the...

Mike McCall Jr. of the St. Louis Billikens drives to the basket against Keith Appling of the Michigan State Spartans in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 18, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (QMI Agency/Jamie Sabau/Getty Images/AFP)

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Final Score: Michigan State 65, Saint Louis 61

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - After becoming just the third player in NCAA Tournament history to record two career triple doubles, Draymond Green followed his stellar second-round performance against Long Island by filling the stat sheet with 16 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and two steals as Michigan State punched its ticket to the Sweet 16 by holding off Saint Louis, 65-61, on Sunday. Keith Appling netted 15 of his 19 points in the second half, while Brandon Wood and Derrick Nix each added 10 points for the Spartans (29-7), who have reached the regional semifinals in three of the past four years. They will face fourth-seeded Louisville in a West Region semifinal in Phoenix on Thursday. Kwamain Mitchell had 13 points and Brian Conklin added 11 for Saint Louis (26-8), which has never been to the Sweet 16 in its program's history.

Final Score: North Carolina 87, Creighton 73

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Kendall Marshall scored 18 points to go along with 11 assists as North Carolina advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last six years with a dominating 87-73 victory over Creighton. It was revealed after the game, however, that Marshall suffered a fractured right wrist in the game and his status for the remainder of the tournament is unknown. Harrison Barnes added 17 points and John Henson, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, played his first game of the tourney because of a sprained left wrist and contributed 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for the top- seeded Tar Heels (31-5). North Carolina will now face No. 13 seed Ohio in the Midwest Regional semifinal game on Friday. Doug McDermott scored a game-high 20 points for eighth-seeded Creighton (29-6), which failed to win consecutive NCAA Tournament games for the first time in program history. Gregory Echenique had 12 points while Antoine Young and Josh Jones scored 10 points apiece in a losing effort.

Final Score: Florida 84, Norfolk State 50

Omaha, NE (Sports Network) - Kenny Boynton led the way with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists as Florida routed Norfolk State, 84-50, in the West Region. Erving Walker poured in 15 points, Bradley Beal contributed 14 points with nine boards and Erik Murphy had 10 and eight, respectively, for the Gators (25-10). Mike Rosario rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points. Florida will battle No. 3 seed Marquette for a spot in the Elite Eight. Marcos Tamares paced the Spartans (26-10) with 12 points. Kyle O'Quinn, who sparked Norfolk State to its stunning triumph over Missouri on Friday, donated just four points after being heavily guarded and picking up two fouls early in the game. He finished with four fouls.

Final Score: Ohio 62, South Florida 56

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Walter Offutt scored a game-high 21 points and Ohio defeated South Florida, 62-56, on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since the tournament expanded to 64 teams. D.J. Cooper added 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Ohio (29-7), which became the first No. 13 seed to reach the Sweet 16 since Bradley in 2006. The Bobcats will now face No. 1 seed North Carolina in the Midwest Regional semifinal game on Friday. Victor Rudd Jr. had 13 points and 10 rebounds for 12th-seeded South Florida (22-14). Anthony Collins also netted 13 points for the Bulls, while Augustus Gilchrist contributed 12 points and five rebounds in the loss.

Final Score: Xavier 70, Lehigh 58

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Lehigh recorded one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history against Duke on Friday, but Kenny Frease and Tu Holloway were too much for the Mountain Hawks on Sunday. The pair combined for 46 points as 10th-seeded Xavier knocked off No. 15 seed Lehigh, 70-58, in the South Region. Frease made 11-of-13 attempts from the floor en route to 25 points and added 12 rebounds while Holloway poured in 21 points for the Musketeers (23-12), who return to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since back-to-back trips in 2009-10. They will bid for their first Elite Eight appearance since 2004 when they face off against third-seeded Baylor. Mackey McKnight netted 20 points and CJ McCollum finished with 14 points while grabbing eight boards for the Mountain Hawks (27-8). Gabe Knutson scored 11 points in defeat.

Final Score: Kansas 63, Purdue 60

Omaha, NE (Sports Network) - Elijah Johnson grabbed a steal and drove the length of the court for the game-winning layup with 23.3 seconds remaining as Kansas came from behind to edge an upset-minded Purdue squad, 63-60, in the Midwest Region. Johnson finished with a team-high 18 points, Travis Releford and Tyshawn Taylor contributed 10 apiece and Thomas Robinson doanted 11 while grabbing 13 rebounds for the second-seeded Jayhawks (29-6), who will compete in the Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive year. Kansas will battle NC State for a spot in the Elite Eight. Robbie Hummel netted 9- of-13 attempts from the floor, including five makes from beyond the arc, en route to 26 points, and added nine rebounds, but it was not enough for the 10th-seeded Boilermakers (22-13).

Final Score: Cincinnati 62, Florida State 56

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Sean Kilpatrick made four three-pointers en route to a game-high 18 points to lead Cincinnati to a 62-56 victory over Florida State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament's East Region. Dion Dixon chipped in 15 points and Yancy Gates added 10 for the sixth-seeded Bearcats (26-10), who return to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001. Cincinnati became the fourth team from the state of Ohio to reach the Sweet 16, joining Ohio State, Xavier and Ohio University to mark the first time in NCAA history that a state sent four teams to the round of 16. The Bearcats will face No. 2 seed and cross-state rival Ohio State in Pittsburgh on Thursday. Luke Loucks led the Seminoles attack with 14 points while Bernard James and Michael Snaer poured in 12 and 11 respectively, for Florida State (25-10), which had its six game winning streak snapped.



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