NCAA roundup: Cincinnati holds off Texas

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Final Score: Cincinnati 65, Texas 59

Nashville, TN - Cincinnati wasted all of a 19-point lead, but Yancy Gates made sure the Bearcats didn't completely fold. Gates scored four of his 15 points during a critical six-point burst in the final minutes, helping Cincinnati to a 65-59 victory over Texas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Jaquon Parker helped the Big East Tournament runners-up build an early 16-2 advantage and finished with 13 points for the Bearcats (25-10), who are seeded sixth in the East Region and will next face Florida State in Sunday's third round. J'Covan Brown scored 19 points and Julien Lewis added 14 for Texas (20-14), which was making its 14th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Longhorns, who went more than 10 minutes without a point in the opening half, have lost their opening tournament game twice in the past three years.

Final Score: North Carolina State 79, San Diego State 65

Columbus, OH - Lorenzo Brown filled the stat sheet with 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as North Carolina State pulled away in the second half to down San Diego State, 79-65, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Richard Howell added 22 points, while C.J. Leslie had 15 and Scott Wood contributed 10 for the 11th-seeded Wolfpack (23-12), who earned their fist tournament victory since 2006. NC State will now face third-seeded Georgetown in the third round of the Midwest Region. Jamaal Franklin netted a game-high 23 points to go with eight rebounds for San Diego State (26-8), which fell to 2-8 all-time in the tourney. Chase Tapley recorded all 19 of his points in the second half in a losing effort.

Final Score: Florida 71, Virginia 45

Omaha, NE - Bradley Beal posted a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, and the Florida Gators overpowered the Virginia Cavaliers, 71-45, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Casey Prather also scored 14 points for the Gators (24-10), who are seeded seventh in the West Region and will next face Norfolk State in Sunday's third round. Patric Young contributed 13 points and seven boards for a Florida squad that entered the tourney having dropped four of its last five games. Mike Scott finished with 15 points, the lone Virginia (22-10) player to score more than eight.

Final Score: Creighton 58, Alabama 57

Greensboro, NC - Doug McDermott scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Creighton used a huge second-half run to hold off Alabama, 58-57, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. After Josh Jones missed two critical free throws for Creighton (29-5) with eight seconds left, Alabama (21-12) trailed by just one. Trevor Releford, who had 14 points to lead the Crimson Tide, had a chance to win it at the buzzer with a long three-pointer at the top of the arc. But his shot was blocked by Jones. Creighton, making its 17th NCAA Tournament appearance, won its first tournament game since 2002. Seeded eighth in the Midwest Region, the Bluejays will next face North Carolina in Sunday's third round.

Final Score: Florida State 66, St. Bonaventure 63

Nashville, TN - Bernard James totaled 19 points with nine rebounds, and Florida State used a late charge to subdue St. Bonaventure, 66-63, in second-round action in the NCAA Tournament. Luke Loucks had 13 points with seven boards and dished out six assists for the Seminoles (25-9), the ACC champions and third-seed who advance to face sixth-seeded Cincinnati in Sunday's third round. Andrew Nicholson drained 4-of-6 threes en route to a game-best 20 points for the Bonnies (20-12), the 14-seed despite winning the Atlantic 10. Demitrius Conger contributed 14 points and nine rebounds in a losing cause.

Final Score: Georgetown 74, Belmont 59

Columbus, OH - Jason Clark scored a game-high 21 points as Georgetown handled Belmont, 74-59, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Otto Porter added 16 points and eight rebounds, while Henry Sims finished with 15 points, five assists and four boards for the third-seeded Hoyas (24-8). Georgetown will now face off against 11th-seeded North Carolina State in the third round of the Midwest region. Blake Jenkins netted 17 points to pace Belmont (27-8), which entered the game riding a 14-game win streak. Ian Clark had 12 points and Scott Saunders contributed 10 in a losing effort.

Final Score: North Carolina 77, Vermont 58

Greensboro, NC - John Henson missed his third straight game due to a sprained left wrist, but James Michael McAdoo started in his place and picked up the slack with 17 points and six rebounds as North Carolina pulled away from Vermont for a 77-58 win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tyler Zeller netted 17 points to go with 15 rebounds and four blocks for the Tar Heels (30-5), who are a top seed for an NCAA record 14th time. They will play eighth-seeded Creighton in the third round of the Midwest Region on Sunday. Kendall Marshall added 11 points and 10 assists and Harrison Barnes poured in 14. Sandro Carissimo had 11 points while Matt Glass added 10 for the America East Tournament champion Catamounts (24-12), who defeated Lamar in first-round action on Wednesday.

Final Score: Norfolk State 86, Missouri 84

Omaha, NE - What a debut for Norfolk State in the NCAA Tournament. Kyle O'Quinn had 26 points and 14 rebounds Friday and the Spartans stunned the second-seeded Missouri Tigers, 86-84, for an historic upset. Norfolk State (26-9), champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, became only the fifth No. 15 seed to knock off a No. 2 in tournament history and the first since Hampton topped Iowa State 11 years ago. Three of the upsets have been authored by MEAC programs. In addition to Norfolk State and Hampton, Coppin State beat South Carolina in 1997. O'Quinn, a senior center, had a chance to seal the win at the foul line, but the MEAC overall and defensive player of the year missed both attempts with 3.8 seconds remaining. Missouri (30-5) secured the rebound and quickly called timeout. Following the break, the Tigers went for the win. Phil Pressey fired a three-pointer with a defender closely guarding him, but the shot was off the mark and Missouri's remarkable season came to an all too familiar end with a loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. The Spartans, winners of eight in a row, will now face seventh-seeded Florida in the West Region's third round on Sunday.

Final Score: Saint Louis 61, Memphis 54

Columbus, OH - Kwamain Mitchell scored 22 points and made four three-pointers on Friday, leading ninth-seeded Saint Louis over eighth- seeded Memphis, 61-54, in a second-round NCAA Tournament matchup. Brian Conklin added 16 points for the Billikens (26-7), who earned their first win in the Tournament since 1998. They advanced to play top-seeded Michigan State in Sunday's third round. The Tigers (26-9) had won seven straight games entering Friday, but were undone by the Atlantic-10 Conference's best defense. They shot just 38.9 percent and went 2-of-15 from three- point range. Will Barton scored a team-high 16 points in the loss.

Final Score: Michigan State 89, Long Island 67

Columbus, OH - Draymond Green recorded a triple-double and top-seeded Michigan State cruised past Long Island, 89-67, in Friday's second round West Regional matchup. Green had game-highs of 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Spartans (28-7), who are making their 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. They will take on Saint Louis in the third round on Sunday. Derrick Nix added 18 points and eight rebounds in the win while Adreian Payne scored 16 and Keith Appling finished with 10. Jamal Olasewere scored 17 points to pace the 16th-seeded Blackbirds (25-9). They captured their second straight Northeast Conference Tournament title to earn a bid, but fell to 0-5 in the NCAA tourney with Friday's loss.

Final Score: Lehigh 75, Duke 70

Greensboro, NC - After a relatively quiet Thursday, the NCAA Tournament got wild on Friday. C.J. McCollum's 30 points paced 15th-seeded Lehigh -- which had never won an NCAA Tournament game -- to a shocking 75-70 upset of No. 2 Duke in a South Region thriller. The game followed 15th-seeded Norfolk State's equally-staggering ouster of Missouri earlier in the day, marking the first time two No. 15 seeds won in the same year in NCAA history. McCollum fueled the Mountain Hawks (27-7), adding six rebounds, six assists and two steals to his game-high points total. Gabe Knutson provided 17 points and eight boards while Mackey McKnight scored 11 for Lehigh, which had been 0-4 in its previous NCAA Tournament appearances. The Hawks will take a shot at their second tourney victory Sunday when they battle Xavier. Mason Plumlee posted 19 points and 12 rebounds and Austin Rivers scored 19 points for the Blue Devils (27-7), whose last loss in the round of 64 came to the Eric Maynor-led VCU Rams in 2007.

Final Score: Xavier 67, Notre Dame 63

Greensboro, NC - Tu Holloway's game-high 25 points included the go-ahead layup in the final minute, as Xavier came back from a 10-point second-half deficit to oust Notre Dame, 67-63, in an NCAA Tournament South Region matchup. Dezmine Wells had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Kenny Frease contributed 10 points for the Muskateers (22-12). Their NCAA Tournament run continues Sunday, when they will take on 15th- seeded Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks shocked No. 2 Duke earlier Friday. Jack Cooley went 8-for-8 from the floor en route to 18 points and Scott Martin and Jerian Grant netted 11 apiece, but it was not enough for the Fighting Irish (22-12).

Final Score: Ohio 65, Michigan 60

Nashville, TN - D.J. Cooper scored 21 points and the 13th- seeded Ohio University Bobcats took down the fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines, 65-60, in a second round Midwest Regional matchup. Walter Offutt added 11 points for the Bobcats (28-7), who won the Mid-American Conference Tournament title game. Ivo Baltic and Reggie Keely each tallied 10 points. Ohio, which is appearing in its 13th NCAA Tournament, will next do battle with South Florida in the third round on Sunday. Trey Burke ended with 16 points for the Wolverines (24-10), who won a share of the Big Ten Conference's regular-season crown, their first since 1986. Evan Smotrycz and Tim Hardaway Jr. donated 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Final Score: South Florida 58, Temple 44

Nashville, TN - Victor Rudd Jr. made four three-pointers en route to 17 points, as the 12th-seeded South Florida Bulls used a second-half surge to take down the fifth-seeded Temple Owls, 58-44, in a second round Midwest Regional matchup. Anthony Collins also scored 17 points for the Bulls (22-13), who beat California, 65-54, in the first round in Dayton on Wednesday. The win was the first NCAA Tournament win for South Florida ever. Toarlyn Fitzpatrick donated nine points for the Bulls, who will next do battle with 13th-seeded Ohio University in the third round on Sunday. After making just three field goals in the first half, South Florida ended the game 17- of-50 from the floor. They outscored Temple by a 43-25 margin in the second half. Khalif Wyatt ended with 19 points for the Owls (24-8), who won the Atlantic-10 regular-season title. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson tallied 10 points.

Final Score: Purdue 72, Saint Mary's 69

Omaha, NE - Purdue won its NCAA Tournament opener for the 14th straight time, using its experience to hold on down the stretch. Lewis Jackson and Robbie Hummel, two seniors in the dance for the fourth time, both made a pair of free throws in the last 22.8 seconds Friday to lift Purdue over Saint Mary's, 72-69. Despite blowing a 13-point lead in the second half, the 10th-seeded Boilermakers (22-12) moved on to face second-seeded Kansas on Sunday. Saint Mary's, ranked No. 24 and seeded seventh in the Midwest, took a 69-68 lead on Jordan Page's three-pointer with 44 seconds left. But the Gaels (27-6) didn't hit another shot after that, with Page air- balling a three in between Jackson and Hummel's free throws and Rob Jones missing one at the buzzer. Terone Johnson led Purdue with 21 points and Jackson scored 18. Hummel, the team's leading scorer at 16.3 points per game coming in, scored just 10 but had a team-high seven rebounds. Jones led Saint Mary's with 23 points and 14 rebounds and Matthew Dellavedova and Mitchell Young both scored 12.

Final Score: Kansas 65, Detroit 50

Omaha, NE - Thomas Robinson had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Kansas avoided becoming the third No. 2 seed to fall Friday after rolling to a 65-50 victory over Detroit in the NCAA Tournament. Earlier, Norfolk State upset Missouri in Omaha and Lehigh knocked off Duke in Greensboro -- a pair of shockers that marked the first time two second-seeded teams had lost to 15 seeds in the same year of the NCAAs. Kansas, seeded second behind North Carolina in the Midwest Region, avoided the same fate after using a 34-7 run spanning halftime to take a 25-point lead. The Jayhawks (28-6) moved on to face 10th-seeded Purdue, which topped Saint Mary's earlier Friday.


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