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Second Round Scores from March 16
Gators chomp Cavs 71-45
So much for Virginia’s vaunted defense shutting down Florida’s up-tempo offense.Even on a day when the Gators couldn’t find the basket with their 3-pointers, they had no trouble beating the Cavaliers 71-45 Friday in the NCAA Midwest Regional.Bradley Beal had 14 points and 11 rebounds, reserve Casey Prather scored a career-high 14 and Florida pulled away in the second half.
Seminoles survive scare 66-63
Bernard James scored 19 points and Florida State barely avoided a big upset, rallying to beat St. Bonaventure 66-63 on Friday in the NCAA tournament.
Wolfpack feasts on Aztecs
— Richard Howell has been a solid, if often overlooked, part of North Carolina State’s resurgence this season.On Friday, he decided to step into the spotlight.Howell doubled his average, scoring 22 points, and 11th-seeded North Carolina State used its muscle inside and a sticky defense to upset San Diego State 79-65 on Friday in a second-round East Regional game.
Creighton edge Bama 58-57
Josh Jones figured he owed his teammates one.After missing two crucial free throws with 8.7 seconds left, the junior guard blocked a 3-point attempt by Trevor Releford on the other end of the floor to help Creighton end its 10-year NCAA tournament drought with a 58-57 victory over Alabama on Friday.
Georgetown slams Belmont 74-59
Jason Clark scored 21 points, Otto Porter added 16 and Georgetown’s ruthless defense bottled up Belmont’s shooters during a 74-59 NCAA tournament win Friday, sending the Hoyas into the next round after early exits the past two years.
Norfolk stuns Mizzou 86-84
Overview: As if George Mason and VCU weren’t enough, another unlikely March hero has emerged from the state of Virginia.
Norfolk State – a school of about 6,000 that had never appeared in the NCAA tournament – shocked Final Four favorite Missouri 86-84 before a sellout crowd of 16,843 fans at the CenturyLink Center Friday in Omaha.
The victory marked the first time since 2001, when Hampton defeated Iowa State, that a No. 15 seed has defeated a No. 2 seed. Kyle O’Quinn scored 26 points for Norfolk State, which advanced to play Florida Sunday for a trip to the Sweet 16. Missouri ends its season with a record of 30-5.
Trailing by two points with 2.8 seconds remaining, Missouri had a chance to win with 2.8 seconds remaining. Tigers guard Phil Pressey took an inbounds pass near mid-court, took a few dribbles and got off a decent look from 3-point range. The shot clanged off the side of the rim as the horn sounded, setting off a wild celebration by Norfolk State.
Cincy survives Texas rally
This time, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin wanted to be on the other end of a slow start.Cronin had caught his Bearcats slogging through the beginning of the Big East championship game last week, and it cost them. So when Texas came out slow after an early tip time in the NCAA tournament, Cincinnati was ready to pounce.
Heels stomp Belmont
Tyler Zeller had 17 points and 15 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Vermont 77-58 on Friday in its NCAA tournament opener despite playing without injured starter John Henson.Freshman forward James Michael McAdoo added a season-high 17 points for the top-seeded Tar Heels (30-5), who pushed ahead by double figures late in the first half and then broke the game open after halftime.
St.Louis ousts Memphis
Kwamain Mitchell scored 22 points, including three big 3-pointers, and Saint Louis rode its gritty defense to a 61-54 victory over Memphis on Friday night in a West Regional second-round game.
Bobcats bite Wolverines 65-60
Ohio, a #13 seed continued the upset trend, knocking off the #4 seed Wolverines
Walter Offutt grabbed a loose ball, was fouled by Evan Smotrycz and sank both of his free throws with 6.8 seconds left to preserve Ohio’s 65-60 upset of Michigan on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament’s Midwest Regional.The 13th-seeded Bobcats (28-7) had the Wolverines on their heels throughout the game, but Michigan’s Trey Burke hit a 3 with 4:12 left to cut it to 63-60. But the Wolverines missed their final five shots, four by Burke.
Lehigh Stuns Blue Devils 75-70
Lehigh became the 6th #15 seed to defeat a #2 seed, and the second today. Earlier today #2 Mizzou was stunned by #15 Norfolk State 86-84
C.J. McCollum scored 30 points and Lehigh upset Duke 75-70 on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.Lehigh became the sixth No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 and the first since Norfolk State pulled off the trick earlier in the day.Duke dropped its first tournament game for only the second time in the past 16 years, and this one occurred just 55 miles from its campus.
Purdue edges St, Mary’s 72-69
Purdue made four free throws in the final 23 seconds to beat No. 7 seed Saint Mary’s in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The victory propels the No. 10 seed Boilermakers into a third round game against either Kansas or Detroit on Sunday.
Purdue trailed 69-68 after Saint Mary’s guard Jorden Page swished a 3-pointer from the left wing with 45 seconds remaining. But 22 seconds later, the Gaels’ Stephen Holt fouled Purdue’s Lewis Jackson as Jackson was driving to the basket. He made both free throws to put the Boilermakers ahead 70-69.
Saint Mary’s had a chance to tie it on the ensuing possession, but this time Page air-balled a wide-open 3-pointer. Purdue’s Robbie Hummel snared the rebound and was fouled with 8 seconds left. His free throws extended Purdue’s lead to three, 72-69. The Gaels had one more chance, but Rob Jones misfired on a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired.
Xavier out”lucks” Irish 67-63
With his team trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, Xavier guard Tu Holloway had one thought: “If it comes down to one of us winning this game on a shot, I’m going to win this game for us.”
And he did.
With 21.3 seconds left Friday night, Holloway banked in the go-ahead field goal to beat seventh-seeded Notre Dame 67-63 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Xavier, the No. 10 seed in the South, will play No. 15 seed Lehigh at Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday.
Kansas mows down Detroit 65-50
Thomas Robinson bullied his way for 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the second-seeded Jayhawks rolled to a 65-50 victory over Detroit in the second round of the Midwest Regional.
Bulls gore Temple 58-44
South Florida gave the Temple Owls an early preview of the Big East’s grinding style, and the Bulls added another upset to the NCAA tournament.Even though the Bulls could barely find the basket themselves in the first 20 minutes, they stand a win away from advancing to the second weekend.
Spartans spank LIU 89-67