March 15, 2012
NCAA roundup: Murray State races past Colorado State
By Sports Network
Final Score: Murray State 58, Colorado State 41
Louisville, KY - Isaiah Canaan scored 15 points and Donte Poole added 13, as Murray State used a big second-half run to open its NCAA Tournament with a 58-41 victory over Colorado State. The Racers (31-1), champions of the Ohio Valley Conference, were rewarded for an incredible season with a sixth seed in the West Region and will next take on Marquette in Saturday's third round. Murray State won its first 23 games and was the last unbeaten team in the nation before suffering its lone loss of the season against Tennessee State in early February. The Racers followed that setback with seven more wins and beat Tennessee State twice during that span, including a narrow 54-52 win in the final of the OVC Tournament. Pierce Hornung scored 12 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for Colorado State (20-12), which earned an at-large berth out of the Mountain West Conference. Jesse Carr chipped in 11 points in defeat for the Rams.
Final Score: Kansas State 70, Southern Miss 64
Pittsburgh, PA - Rodney McGruder scored 30 points on 11- of-16 shooting, powering Kansas State to a 70-64 win over Southern Miss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Jordan Henriquez supplied 15 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Wildcats (22-10), who are the eighth seed in the East Region and will next take on Syracuse on Saturday. Angel Rodriguez contributed 13 points and four assists in the win. Neil Watson had 16 points to pace Southern Miss (25-9), which was making just its third tourney appearance and first in 21 years. LaShay Page chipped in 15 points, while Darnell Dodson posted a double-double of 14 points -- all coming in the second half -- with 10 rebounds.
Final Score: Louisville 69, Davidson 62
Portland, OR - Peyton Siva scored 17 points and dished out six assists while Chane Behanan added 14 points and 11 rebounds, as Louisville opened its NCAA Tournament with a 69-62 victory over Davidson. Kyle Kuric netted 13 points for Louisville (27-9), which stifled Davidson's perimeter game right from the opening tip. The fourth-seeded Cardinals out of the West Region will next take on New Mexico in Saturday's third round. The Wildcats (25-8), champions of the Southern Conference, are 11th in the country in three-point attempts per game (23). But Davidson, which shoots the trey at a 33.9 percent clip, was just 4-of-19 from beyond the arc and missed 13 consecutive three-pointers at one point in the contest. SoCon player of the year Jake Cohen had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead Davidson, which made its 11th appearance in the tourney and first since 2008, when Stephen Curry improbably led the school to the elite eight before falling to Kansas.
Final Score: Wisconsin 73, Montana 49
Albuquerque, NM - Ryan Evans led four Badgers in double figures with 18 points as Wisconsin cruised to a 73-49 second-round victory over Montana at University Arena on Thursday. Evans added eight rebounds, while Jordan Taylor filled the stat sheet with 17 points, eight boards, and six assists to pace the Wisconsin (25-9) attack. Josh Gasser netted 12 points for the fourth-seeded Badgers, while Rob Wilson tallied 10 points in the win. Wisconsin will face Vanderbilt in the third round of the East Region on Saturday. Art Steward scored a team-high 18 points and Will Cherry chipped in nine for the Grizzlies (25-7). Montana had won 14 straight entering the contest after winning the Big Sky tourney to claim its spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Final Score: Marquette 88, BYU 68
Louisville, KY - BYU's brief tournament run came to an end on Thursday, as Marquette claimed an 88-68 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars shocked many by recovering from a 25- point first-half deficit to beat Iona on Tuesday, but found that advancing without Jimmer Fredette is more difficult while facing better competition. Jae Crowder led all players with 25 points and 16 rebounds, while Darius Johnson-Odom tallied 20 points for the Golden Eagles (26-7), who advance to face Murray State in the third round of the West region on Saturday. Brandon Davies turned in 19 points and 12 boards for the Cougars (26-9), who received 15 points from Noah Hartsock and 12 points from Craig Cusick in defeat.
Final Score: Syracuse 72, UNC-Asheville 65
Pittsburgh, PA - James Southerland scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and the Orange avoided a dubious distinction by edging UNC Asheville, 72-65, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Never has a 16th seed beaten a No. 1 seed. The Bulldogs (24-10), on Thursday, put a scare into Syracuse (32-2), the East Region's top seed. But the Orange prevailed and will next face eighth-seeded Kansas State in the third round on Saturday. The 32 victories sets a new school record for a single-season, breaking the mark previously held by the 1986-87 squad.
Final Score: New Mexico 75, Long Beach State 68
Portland, OR - Drew Gordon scored 18 points to go with 13 rebounds as New Mexico opened its NCAA Tournament with a 75-68 win over Long Beach State. Kendall Williams added 16 points and six assists for the fifth- seeded Lobos (28-6), who made their first tournament appearance since 2009. As the third seed, they got by Montana in the first round before bowing out to 11th-seeded Washington in the second. Casper Ware, a two time Big West Player of the Year netted 17 points and dished out seven assists for the 49ers (25-9), but was just 5-of-19 from the floor and 2-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Final Score: Vanderbilt 79, Harvard 70
Albuquerque, NM - John Jenkins tallied 27 points to lead all scorers as Vanderbilt held off a late charge from Harvard to complete a 79-70 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament's East Region on Thursday. Brad Tinsley netted 16 points and Jeffery Taylor added 15 for fifth-seeded Vanderbilt (25-10), which advances to Saturday's third round where it will face Wisconsin after the Badgers rolled over Montana, 73-49 on Thursday. Laurent Rivard scored 20 points, while Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry chipped in 13 and 12, respectively, for the Crimson (26-5), who made their first NCAA tourney appearance in 66 years.
Final Score: Kentucky 81, Western Kentucky 66
Louisville, KY - The Kentucky Wildcats showed why they're the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 overall seed with an 81-66 takedown of Western Kentucky in a second round South Region matchup on Thursday. Terrence Jones recorded game-highs with 22 points and 10 rebounds, Doron Lamb and Anthony Davis contributed 16 points apiece and Marquis Teague added 12 for the Wildcats (33-2), who led by as many as 32 in the second half. UK will face Iowa State in a third round battle on Saturday. T.J. Price paced the Hilltoppers (16-19) with 21 points while George Fant and Kahlil McDonald donated 13 in the loss. Western Kentucky shot just 39.7 percent (25- of-63) from the field. Kentucky scored the game's first 10 points, but Price answered by netting 10 on a 12-0 Hilltopper spurt for the lead. Price finished the first half with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor.
Final Score: Iowa State 77, Connecticut 64
Louisville, KY - The NCAA will crown a new Men's Basketball Tournament champion. Chris Allen scored 20 points off the bench to lead Iowa State past last year's champion Connecticut, 77-64, in a second round South Region matchup on Thursday. Royce White notched a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double, Scott Christopherson added 15 points of his own, and Melvin Ejim chipped in with 11 for the Cyclones (23-10), who will play No. 1 overall seed Kentucky in the third round on Saturday. Shabazz Napier paced all scorers with 22 points and added six assists while Jeremy Lamb donated 19 points for the Huskies (20-14), who became the first defending champions to fall before the round of 32 since 1996, when Princeton defeated UCLA in the first round. UConn will be ineligible for the NCAA tourney next season due to inadequate academic performance by its basketball players.
Final Score: VCU 62, Wichita State 59
Portland, OR - The 12th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth Rams pulled off the first upset of the 2012 NCAA Tournament Thursday night by taking down the fifth-seeded Wichita State Shockers, 62-59, in the second round. Bradford Burgess made a three-pointer with 1 1/2 minutes remaining to give the Rams a 60-59 lead. After Garrett Stutz missed an easy layup at the other end, Darius Theus made a floater in the lane to make it a three-point contest. Following a timeout with 12 seconds to play, Stutz was off the mark with a shot from beyond the arc. Burgess had 16 points for the Rams (29-6), who made it to the Final Four last year. Theus and Troy Daniels each tallied 10 points. VCU, which won the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title game, set a school record for wins in a season with Thursday's victory. The Rams will play fourth-seeded Indiana in the third round of the South Region on Saturday. Joe Ragland ended with 15 points for the Shockers (27-6), who were playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2005-06 season, when they reached the Sweet 16.
Final Score: Indiana 79, New Mexico State 66
Portland, OR - Jordan Hulls made four three-pointers en route to 22 points, as the Indiana Hoosiers handled the New Mexico State Aggies, 79-66, in a second round South Regional matchup in the NCAA Tournament. Christian Watford, Will Sheehey and Cody Zeller added 14 points apiece for the fourth-seeded Hoosiers (26-8), who are appearing in the NCAA tourney for the first time since 2008. Indiana, which shot 59.3 percent from the floor, will next do battle with 12th-seeded VCU on Saturday. Wendell McKines ended with 15 points and seven rebounds for the 13th-seeded Aggies (26-10), who have lost their opening game in their last five trips to the NCAA Tournament and have not won a game in the event since 1993. Bandja Sy and Daniel Mullings tallied 12 and 10 points, respectively, for New Mexico State, which won the Western Athletic Conference title game.
Final Score: Gonzaga 77, West Virginia 54
Pittsburgh, PA - Robert Sacre had 14 points and six rebounds as Gonzaga routed West Virginia, 77-54, in a second round East Regional matchup on Thursday. Gary Bell Jr. also scored 14 points while Kevin Pangos contributed 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the seventh-seeded Bulldogs (26-6), who will face Ohio State on Saturday. Elias Harris added 10 points in the victory. Gary Browne scored a game-high 15 points for the Mountaineers (19-14), while Kevin Jones added 13 points and Deniz Kilicli donated 10 in the loss.
Final Score: Ohio State 78, Loyola-Maryland 59
Pittsburgh, PA - Deshaun Thomas poured in a career-high 31 points and ripped down 12 rebounds as second-seeded Ohio State took care of business against 15th-seeded Loyola-Maryland, 78-59, in a second round East Regional matchup. William Buford scored 17 points and Jared Sullinger added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Ohio State (28-7), while Aaron Craft donated eight points and five rebounds in the victory. Ohio State will next face seventh-seed Gonzaga, who routed West Virginia earlier on Thursday, in third-round action on Saturday. Erik Etherly paced the Greyhounds (24-9) with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Dylan Cormier added 14 points in defeat.
Final Score: Baylor 68, South Dakota State 60
Albuquerque, NM - Pierre Jackson scored 18 points, Brady Heslip had 17 and Baylor survived Thursday for a 68-60 win over South Dakota State in its NCAA Tournament opener. Baylor, ranked No. 9 in the AP poll and seeded third in the South region, went on an 8-0 run midway through the second half after the Jackrabbits had gotten within three points, then held on after letting them get within four down the stretch. Anthony Jones added 11 points and Quincy Miller had 10 for the Bears (28-7), who moved on to face 11th-seeded Colorado on Saturday. Summit League champion South Dakota State (27-8) was led by Nate Wolters' game-high 19 points and 15 from Chad White. The 14th-seeded Jackrabbits made their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Baylor is a No. 3 seed for the second time in three years -- its highest ever placement in the NCAAs -- following a season that started 17-0 and included a loss to Missouri in the Big 12 title game on Saturday.
Final Score: Colorado 68, UNLV 64
Albuquerque, NM - Askia Booker scored 16 points, Austin Dufault had 14 and Colorado held on to upset UNLV, 68-64, on Thursday for its first NCAA Tournament win in 15 years. The Buffaloes (24-11) made the dance only after winning the Pac-12 Tournament for a No. 11 seed but are now headed to the next round, where they will play third-seeded Baylor on Saturday. Carlon Brown had 12 points and Andre Roberson also scored 12 with 16 rebounds for Colorado, which withstood a furious charge by UNLV down the stretch after building a double-digit lead. Anthony Marshall scored 15 points to lead the Runnin' Rebels (26-9), seeded sixth in the South Region, while Justin Hawkins had 11 and Mike Moser and Oscar Bellfield both scored 10. Moser, who averaged a team-best 14.1 points entering the game, shot 4-of-15. The Buffaloes earned their first win in the NCAAs since 1997, when they beat Indiana in the first round then lost to North Carolina in Dean Smith's 877th career win, which was a record at the time. In the tournament for the first time since 2003, when Michigan State knocked them out, the Buffaloes won despite committing 23 turnovers.
Final Score: S.C. Upstate 73, Kent State 58