NCAA roundup: Duke bedevils Michigan St.

Michigan State Spartans guard Keith Appling (11) rests next to Duke Blue Devils guard Seth Curry...

Michigan State Spartans guard Keith Appling (11) rests next to Duke Blue Devils guard Seth Curry (30) in the final seconds of their Midwest Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 29, 2013. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

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Duke 71, Michigan State 61

Seth Curry scored 29 points to help No. 2 seed Duke defeat No. 3 seed Michigan State 71-61 on Friday night in a Midwest Regional semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Curry made 6 of 9 3-pointers to lead the way. Rasheed Sulaimon scored 16 points and Mason Plumlee added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Blue Devils (30-5), who will play No. 1 seed Louisville in the regional final on Sunday.

The Cardinals defeated Oregon 77-69 earlier Friday night.

Keith Appling scored 16 points, Adreian Payne had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Derrick Nix added nine points and nine rebounds for Michigan State (27-9),

The game was hyped as a matchup of coaching legends. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski got the better of Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, and now he’ll face another legend, Louisville’s Rick Pitino.

A 3-pointer by Curry gave the Blue Devils a 41-38 lead early in the second half. A layup and a jumper by Plumlee pushed Duke’s lead to seven points, then Curry scored again to make it 47-38.

Payne responded by making three free throws after being fouled on a shot. On Michigan State’s next possession, it appeared Appling might have scored on a drive, but he was called for an offensive foul.

Duke finally started to gain some breathing room midway through the second half. Ryan Kelly scored from close range, was fouled and converted a three-point play. Shortly thereafter, Sulaimon scored on a fast break layup to bump Duke’s lead to 56-46.

Duke led 63-53 before Michigan State scored on a fast break layup by Travis Trice. He was fouled on the shot and made the free throw with 2:06 left to cut Duke’s lead to seven. But the Spartans got no closer.

Early in the game, Nix was fouled hard by Duke’s Tyler Thornton, and Thornton was called for a flagrant foul. Nix made the first of two free throws, then Denzel Valentine scored to give the Spartans a 12-10 lead.

A 3-pointer by Curry gave Duke a 20-18 lead midway through the first half.

After a drought by both teams that lasted more than two minutes, Kelly made a jumper. Then a steal by Thornton led to a 3-pointer by Curry that gave the Blue Devils a 25-18 lead.

Gary Harris’ drive and layup cut Duke’s lead to 30-26.

A powerful left-handed dunk by Payne trimmed Duke’s advantage to 32-28, and a 3-pointer by Payne from the left corner made it 32-31.

Valentine’s halfcourt heave bounced off the back of the rim at the buzzer, and the Blue Devils had a one-point lead at halftime.

Louisville 77, Oregon 69

Russ Smith tied a career high with 31 points and the top-seeded Cardinals withstood a late charge by the Ducks in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region semifinals in Indianapolis.

Kevin Ware added 11 points and Gorgui Dieng had 10 points and nine rebounds for Louisville (32-5), which shot 53.8 percent and extended its winning streak to 13 games. The Cardinals will meet second-seeded Duke in the Elite Eight on Sunday.

E.J. Singler paced 12th-seeded Oregon (28-9) with 15 points, while Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis added 12 apiece. The Ducks cut an 18-point second-half deficit to six with 5:13 left, but the Cardinals scored six unanswered points to squash Oregon’s comeback.

Louisville shot 60 percent in the first half, when they closed with a 14-5 run to lead by 14 at the break. Dotson, who averaged 20 points in Oregon’s wins over Oklahoma State and Saint Louis, missed all six of his shots in the first half.

Louisville advanced to its second straight Elite Eight and third in the last five years despite a quiet game from senior point guard Peyton Siva, who was limited by early foul trouble and finished with four points on 1-of-5 shooting.

Michigan 87, Kansas 85 (OT)

Mitch McGary scored a season-high 25 points and matched his season-best with 14 rebounds as the fourth-seeded Wolverines rallied from a 14-point deficit with just under seven minutes remaining in regulation to win the NCAA Tournament South Region semifinal in Arlington, Texas.

Trey Burke scored all 23 of his points in the second half and overtime, including a score-tying 3-pointer with five seconds remaining in regulation, and dished out 10 assists for Michigan (29-7), which will play third-seeded Florida on Sunday. Glenn Robinson III contributed 13 points, Nik Stauskas had 11 and Tim Hardaway, Jr. 10 for the Wolverines, who were playing in their first Sweet 16 since 1994.

Ben McLemore broke out of two-week slump and scored 20 points to lead top-seeded Kansas (31-6). Travis Releford added 16 points and six assists, Elijah Johnson scored 13 and Jeff Withey and Kevin Young finished with 12 points apiece for the Jayhawks.

Michigan scored six straight points in overtime to take an 87-82 lead with 1:04 left. Johnson sank a 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining to cut the lead to two and the Jayhawks had a shot for the win but Naadir Tharpe’s 3-point attempt was off the mark as time expired.

The Wolverines went down by 14 points on a 3-pointer by Johnson with 6:51 left in regulation but they didn’t fade, instead outscoring Kansas 22-8 down the stretch. Burke’s 3-pointer with five seconds left in regulation tied the score and sent the game into overtime.

Florida 62, Florida Gulf Coast 50

Mike Rosario scored 15 points and the third-seeded Gators ended the Cinderella run of the 15th-seeded Eagles in the NCAA Tournament South Regional at Arlington, Texas.

Scottie Wilbekin had 13 points and Casey Prather added 11 points as Florida (29-7) overcame an early 11-point deficit to oust Florida Gulf Coast (26-11), which become the first 15th seed in tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16. The Gators will square off with fourth-seeded Michigan in Saturday’s regional final for the right to go to the Final Four.

Sherwood Brown scored 14 points and Chase Fieler added 12 points for the upstart Eagles, who were done in by 20 turnovers and a 23-2 blitz by Florida that spanned halftime and turned Florida Gulf Coast’s 10-point lead into an 11-point deficit less than 90 seconds into the second half.

The Eagles appeared ready to extend their magical journey by hitting five of their first six shots, including all three 3-point attempts, to bolt to a 15-4 lead only six minutes in. With Florida trailing 24-14, freshman Michael Frazier II buried back-to-back 3-pointers to ignite a 16-0 burst and carry the Gators to a 30-26 halftime edge.

Florida quickly built the lead to double digits as Kenny Boynton converted a three-point play and Rosario hit consecutive baskets in a 7-0 run to open the second half to make it 37-26. Florida Gulf Coast never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.


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