NCAA roundup: Hoosiers bounced by Orange

Syracuse Orange guard Michael Carter-Williams reacts after defeating the Indiana Hoosiers in their...

Syracuse Orange guard Michael Carter-Williams reacts after defeating the Indiana Hoosiers in their East Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Washington, March 28, 2013. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron)

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Wichita State 72, La Salle 58

LOS ANGELES — Wichita State blitzed the La Salle Explorers right out of the gate and advanced to its first Elite Eight in 32 years with a 72-58 win in the NCAA Tournament West Regional Sweet 16 on Thursday night at Staples Center.

The Shockers, who knocked off No. 1 Gonzaga in the Round of 32, advance to face Ohio State on Saturday after the Buckeyes defeated Arizona earlier in the day.

Unlike their first two upset wins over Pittsburgh and Gonzaga, Wichita State was favored on Thursday despite being a nine-seed. Seconds into the game, they showed why.

The Shockers jumped to a 38-22 halftime lead behind a relentless attack and they rarely let up. La Salle fought to keep it close in the second half, cutting the gap to 11 midway through, but Wichita State continued pouring it on.

The Shockers held the Explorers to just 36 percent shooting and out-rebounded upstart La Salle, 48-32.

Malcolm Armstead led Wichita State with 18 points and six rebounds and Carl Hall added 16 points and eight boards. Ron Baker added 13 points for the Shockers, who snagged 18 offensive rebounds.

Tyrone Garland and Jerrell Wright had 16 points for La Salle and Ramon Galloway added 11 points.

Wichita State took complete control from just about the opening tipoff.

The Explorers tied the game at two less than a minute in and never got any closer than even as the Shockers simply shut down the offense.

La Salle managed just 26.7 percent shooting in the first half on its way to a 16-point deficit, while Wichita State shot 53 percent from the field and claimed a 26-12 rebounding advantage.

Hall led the Shockers with 14 first-half points and Cleanthony Early and Malcolm Armstead both added six. Garland had eight first-half points for La Salle, but shot just 2-for-10.

Ohio State 73, Arizona 70

LaQuinton Ross made a deep 3-pointer with two seconds left and the second-seeded Buckeyes rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit to win the NCAA Tournament West Region semifinal in Los Angeles.

Ross scored 17 points off the bench for Ohio State (29-7), which advanced to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive season and will play ninth-seeded Wichita State in the West Region final Saturday. Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes with 20 points and Aaron Craft contributed 13.

Mark Lyons scored 23 points to lead Arizona, including a three-point play with 21 seconds left that tied the score at 70. Solomon Hill added 16 points for the sixth-seeded Wildcats (27-8).

Ohio State scored the first 10 points of the second half to move ahead by six points, but the game remained close as Hill and Ross each scored nine straight points for their respective teams. Craft had a chance to give the Buckeyes a six-point lead with 1:18 left but missed the second of two free throws and Lyons scored five straight points to tie the score.

Craft went to the bench with his second foul with 9:31 left in the first half, and the Wildcats extended their lead from five points to 11 while he was out of the game. Craft returned with 6:24 remaining and the Buckeyes managed to trim the deficit to 38-34 at the half.

Marquette 71, Miami (Fla.) 61

Jamil Wilson collected 16 points and eight rebounds and Vander Blue and Davante Gardner added 14 apiece as the third-seeded Golden Eagles got off to a hot start in Washington, D.C. and cruised into the NCAA Tournament East Regional final.

Chris Otule chipped in 11 points and Trent Lockett grabbed 11 rebounds for Marquette (26-8), which dominated from the outset and shot 54 percent en route to its first trip to the Elite Eight since a Final Four run in 2003. The Golden Eagles will face No. 4 seed Syracuse on Saturday.

Shane Larkin scored 14 points and Kenny Kadji added 11 for the second-seeded Hurricanes (29-7), who have never advanced beyond the Sweet 16. Miami never overcame a slow start after shooting 6-for-28 in the first half, including 1-for-12 from 3-point range.

The Golden Eagles had to rally in the second half of their first two games in the tournament, but didn’t trail after the 17:13 mark of the first half in this one. A 10-0 run put Marquette in control early, and the Golden Eagles put on a tremendous defensive display in the first half to claim a 29-16 halftime lead.

Marquette pushed the margin as wide as 21 in the second half before the Hurricanes made a brief surge. Miami used a 7-0 run to pull within 51-37 and had a chance to get even closer, but Rion Brown missed an open 3-pointer and Blue fed Wilson for a dunk at the other end to squelch the rally with 7:27 left. Miami didn’t get closer than 15 again until the final minute.

Wichita State 72, La Salle 58

Malcolm Armstead scored 18 points and Carl Hall had 14 of his 16 points in the first half as the Shockers defeated the Explorers to reach Saturday’s West Regional final in Los Angeles.

Ron Baker added 13 points for ninth-seeded Wichita State (29-8), which faces second-seeded Ohio State for a spot in the Final Four. The Shockers never trailed while following up their upset of top-seeded Gonzaga.

Jerrell Wright and Tyrone Garland scored 16 points apiece for 13th-seeded La Salle (24-10), which shot just 35.7 percent from the field.

The Shockers led by 22 early in the second half before La Salle made a bid to get back into the contest. Ramon Galloway drained a 3-pointer to cap a 10-0 run but Baker hit a 3-pointer to stymie the bid and Wichita State got the lead back to 20 on Cleanthony Early’s fast-break dunk with 3:54 remaining.

Hall hit his first five shots en route to 10 quick points as Wichita State jumped out to a 14-2 lead with 15:49 left in the first half. La Salle cut its deficit to 29-21 on Galloway’s basket with 3:39 to go before the Shockers finished the half with a 9-1 run for a 38-22 lead at the break.


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