NCAA game recaps: Butler's buzzer-beater busts up ODU

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Final Score: Butler 60, Old Dominion 58

WASHINGTON D.C. - Matt Howard's putback at the buzzer finished off a wild back-and-forth contest, as 2010 NCAA Tournament runner-up Butler edged Old Dominion, 60-58, in second round action of the 2011 event. Kent Bazemore's two free throws with 32 seconds remaining pulled ODU even at 58-58, but the Bulldogs got a final chance. With time winding down, Shawn Vanzant held the ball until the clock ticked down to single digits before making his move. As Vanzant drove toward the basket, the ball was knocked away before Andrew Smith tipped it off the glass. Howard grabbed the ball at the left side of the basket and converted the layup just prior to the final buzzer. The play was briefly reviewed, but upheld after replays showed the senior forward released the ball in time. Howard finished with 15 points and five rebounds, while Shelvin Mack went for 15 points and five assists for Butler (24-9), the No. 8 seed in the Southeast Region. Butler will now face top-seeded Pittsburgh in the third round on Saturday. The Bulldogs were the surprise team of the tournament after a stirring and memorable run to the championship game in 2010, famously falling inches short on Gordon Hayward's failed half-court heave at the buzzer against Duke. Butler got into the field of 68 by claiming its second straight Horizon League Tournament crown and third in four years. Frank Hassell led all scorers with 20 points to go with five rebounds for Old Dominion, the ninth-seed in the Southeast Region (27-7), which returned to the NCAA Tournament after coming off its second consecutive Colonial League title.

Final Score: West Virginia 84, Clemson 76

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Truck Bryant scored 19 points and Kevin Jones added 17, as West Virginia recovered from a slow start and earned an 84-76 victory over Clemson in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Joe Mazzulla chipped in 12 points, while Dalton Pepper finished with 10 and made three key steals in the closing minutes for West Virginia (21-11), which is making its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and last year reached the Final Four before losing to eventual champion Duke in the national semifinals. The Mountaineers, seeded fifth in the East Region this year and one of 11 Big East teams to make the tournament, will next face Kentucky in the third round on Saturday. Andre Young scored 22 for the Tigers (22-12), who had to win a first-round matchup against UAB in the new "First Four" format of the expanded 68-team field to reach the second round. Clemson played the late game on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio and had to travel to Tampa with an early start on Thursday.

Final Score: Kentucky 59, Princeton 57

TAMPA - Brandon Knight picked an ideal time to convert his only shot of the game, sinking a layup with two seconds remaining to lift Kentucky to a 59-57 win over Princeton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Dan Mavraides hit a fadeaway jumper in the lane to pull the Tigers even at 57 with 38 seconds remaining. After Kentucky called a timeout, Knight drove to the hoop and put the Wildcats ahead with a layup high off the glass. Princeton failed to get a potential game-winning shot off as Kentucky, seeded fourth in the East Region, survived to face West Virginia in the third round on Saturday. Knight, who entered Thursday having scored in double-digits in 28 straight games, finished 1-of-8 from the field. Darius Miller scored 17 points and Josh Harrellson added 15 with 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (26-8), who are making their record 51st appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Mavraides had 14 points to pace Princeton (25-7), which earned the Ivy League's automatic bid by edging Harvard on a buzzer-beater in a playoff game. The Tigers were in the tourney for the first time since 2004.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 74, UNC-Asheville 51

WASHINGTON D.C. - Ashton Gibbs led the way with 26 points, as Pittsburgh pulled away in the second half to earn an easy 74-51 win over UNC- Asheville in second-round action of the NCAA Tournament. Nasir Robinson netted 12 points, while Gilbert Brown added nine points and eight rebounds for Pittsburgh (28-5), the top seed in the Southeast Region, which will face eighth-seeded Butler in the third round on Saturday. The Panthers captured the Big East regular-season championship and earned a top seed for the second time in three years. Matt Dickey had a team-best 21 points for 16th-seeded UNC-Asheville (20-14), which edged Arkansas-Little Rock in overtime on Tuesday as part of the field's new "First Four" round. The Bulldogs needed Dickey's three-pointer at the end of regulation to force overtime before emerging with a hard-fought 81-77 win, but shot only 31.5 percent in Thursday's loss.

Final Score: Morehead State 62, Louisville 61

DENVER - It took just a couple hours for the NCAA Tournament second round to get its first big upset, as 13th-seeded Morehead State stunned fourth-seeded Louisville, 62-61. Demonte Harper's pull-up three-pointer with four seconds left put Morehead State up for good, while the Cardinals failed to make a desperation shot with time running out to give Morehead State its first win over Louisville since 1957. Terrance Hill had a career-high 23 points with eight rebounds, while Ty Proffitt finished with 13 points for the Eagles (25-9), who had lost to Louisville in the round of 64 in the 2009 NCAA tourney. Morehead will play No. 12 seed Richmond in the third round of the Southwest Region on Saturday. Kenneth Faried, who established the NCAA modern-era (post-1973) career rebounding record and entered the tournament with 1,643 career boards, pulled down 17 rebounds, poured in 12 points, and provided crucial defense on Louisville's last-second shot. Chris Smith notched a team-high 17 points and six boards for the Cardinals (25-10), who lost star guard Preston Knowles midway through the second half when he turned his ankle.

Final Score: Richmond 69, Vanderbilt 66

DENVER - Kevin Anderson dropped 25 points, including a key jumper and free throw inside the final minute, as Richmond held on to defeat Vanderbilt to complete the NCAA Tournament's yearly 12-5 upset, 69-66. Justin Harper posted 13 points and Francis-Cedric Martel added 12 for the 12th-seeded Spiders (28-7), who have won eight straight games, including winning the A-10 Tournament. Richmond will face Morehead State in a surprise 12-13 battle Saturday in Southwest Region third round action. John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli each posted 21 points for the fifth-seeded Commodores (23-11), who got 10 points from Brad Tinsley.

Final Score: Temple 66, Penn State 64

TUCSON, AZ - Juan Fernandez hit a contested jumper with just 0.4 seconds left on the clock as Temple survived for a 66-64 win over Penn State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. After Talor Battle had hit a wide open three-pointer with 14.2 seconds to play, Fernandez found himself with the ball, worked his way around a tight defense and put up a jumper that fell for the win. Fernandez and Ramone Moore both totaled 23 points, while Khalif Wyatt added 10 points for the Owls (26-7), who fell to Richmond in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Temple, seeded seventh in the West Region, is in the tournament for the 29th time and will face San Diego State, which defeated Northern Colorado, on Saturday. Battle made five three-pointers and totaled 23 points, while Tim Frazier had 15 points and seven assists and David Jackson added 14 points for the Nittany Lions (19-15), who fell to Ohio State in the title game of the Big Ten Tournament. The 10th-seeded Lions, who advanced to the conference tournament final for the first time in school history, were making their ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and fell to 9-11.

Final Score: San Diego State 68, Northern Colorado 50

TUCSON, AZ - Kawhi Leonard had 21 points and 10 rebounds, as San Diego State took down Northern Colorado, 68-50, in second-round play of the NCAA Tournament. Chase Tapley had 14 points, Billy White added 12 points and 13 rebounds, and James Rahon donated 12 points for the Aztecs (33-2), who won a game in this tournament for the first time in school history. They failed in their previous six appearances. San Diego State, seeded second in the West Region, will next face Temple on Saturday. The seventh-seeded Owls defeated Penn State earlier Thursday. The Aztecs began the season with a 20- game winning streak and defeated BYU -- which had beaten San Diego State twice in the regular season -- in the Mountain West Conference Tournament title game. Devon Beitzel posted a game-high 25 points and Chris Kaba added 10 points and six rebounds for the Bears (21-11), who were making their first appearance in the tournament. Northern Colorado, which had the 15th seed, won the Big Sky Tournament to secure its berth.


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