NCAA Tournament Summaries

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday's NCAA Tournament summaries

East Regional
Xavier 77, Portland St. 59.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- C.J. Anderson scored 14 points and Xavier shot 54 percent from the field in beating Portland State 77-59 to reach the second round of the NCAA tournament for the third straight year.

The Musketeers (26-7) stifled Portland State's usual barrage of 3-pointers and showed they could shoot from the outside, too, making eight of 19 tries and going 29-for-54 overall in their East Regional opener.

Derrick Brown, B.J. Raymond and Dante Jackson added 13 points as Xavier overwhelmed the Big Sky Conference champion Vikings, who were in the tournament for just the second time.

The 3-pointers that got Portland State (23-10) this far weren't enough to stop the Musketeers.

Jamie Jones led the Vikings with 16 points.

Xavier will play Wisconsin next.

Wisconsin 61, Florida St 59, OT.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Trevon Hughes banked in a spinning shot over two defenders for a three-point play with 2 seconds left in overtime to lift Wisconsin to a 61-59 upset over Florida State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Hughes, who had his hands full covering Seminoles star Toney Douglas all game, then capped Friday night's game by batting away Florida State's desperation pass at the end and the Badgers (20-12) mobbed him at halfcourt to celebrate the victory.

Douglas finished with 26 points, not a single one of them easy, thanks to Hughes' huge defensive work. Douglas' 3-point shot with 1:16 left gave the Seminoles (25-10) a 59-56 lead but it wasn't enough to prevent a loss in their first tournament appearance since 1998.

Jason Bohannon led Wisconsin with 16 points, including a 3-pointer with the shot clock going off for 52-50 lead with 55 seconds left in regulation.

Oklahoma State 77, Tennessee 75.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- After 40 minutes of give-no-ground basketball, everything opened up for Byron Eaton.

Oklahoma State's barrel-chested point guard found a clear path to the basket for a three-point play with 7.2 seconds left Friday, sending the Cowboys to a breakthrough 77-75 victory over Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Oklahoma State (23-11) will play Pittsburgh, the top seed in the East Regional. The Panthers sprawled across the first three rows of seats behind the Oklahoma State basket for the start of the second half, doing a little firsthand scouting.

Tennessee (21-13) saw its chance to win -- a jumper by Tyler Smith from behind the arc -- bounce off the side of the rim and then off the top of the backboard as the buzzer sounded.

Pittsburgh 72, East Tennessee St. 62.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Pittsburgh had an ugly -- and scary -- first game as a No. 1.

Pitt's massive center DeJuan Blair bullied his way inside for 27 points and 16 rebounds as the Panthers, playing their first game as a top seed in the NCAA tournament, survived a frightful 40 minutes from No. 16 seed East Tennessee State and advanced with a 72-62 win on Friday in the East Regional.

Pittsburgh (29-4) will play eighth-seeded Oklahoma State, a 75-77 winner over ninth-seeded Tennessee, in Sunday's second round.

The Panthers had better improve if they want go much further. They made 18 turnovers, struggled with ETSU's end-to-end press and hardly looked like potential national champions.

Kevin Tiggs scored 21 for the Buccaneers (23-11), who shot just 31 percent but still had a chance to become the first No. 16 to down a No. 1 until the final two minutes.

South Regional
Syracuse 59, Stephen F. Austin 44.

MIAMI (AP) -- Syracuse made Stephen F. Austin's first NCAA trip a short one.

Jonny Flynn scored 16 points, Rick Jackson and Arinze Onuaku each added 12 and the third-seeded Orange beat the Lumberjacks 59-44 in a South regional first-round matchup.

Paul Harris had a game-high 16 rebounds and Eric Devendorf scored 10 points for Syracuse (27-9), which ran out to a 20-4 lead and eased to its first NCAA win in five years. The Orange will meet Arizona State in Sunday's second round.

Benson Akpan led Stephen F. Austin (24-8) with 12 points. The Southland Conference champion Lumberjacks missed 12 of their first 13 shots, plus started 0-for-15 from 3-point range.

Arizona State 66, Temple 57.

MIAMI (AP) -- James Harden made only one field goal Friday for Arizona State, and it was a big one.

The Sun Devils' scoring leader struggled most of the game but sank a 3-pointer with 4:02 left to help hold off Temple, and Arizona State won 66-57 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Harden went 1-for-8 and was held to nine points, less than half his average. But junior Derek Glasser scored a career-high 22 points and Jeff Pendergraph also had 22 for the Sun Devils, who shot 51 percent.

Sixth-seeded Arizona State (25-9) reached the 25-win milestone for the first time since 1975 and will play Sunday against Syracuse (27-9), which beat Stephen F. Austin 59-44.

No. 11-seed Temple (22-12) was eliminated in the opening round for the second year in a row.

Midwest Regional
Louisville 74, Morehead St. 54.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Go ahead, Louisville. Dance away.

The NCAA tournament's top team had a few early missteps Friday, but uncoiled its full-court press in the second half and rolled to a 74-54 victory over Morehead State that completed 25 years of perfection by No. 1 seeds.

Louisville (29-5) will play upstart Siena in the second round on Sunday in the Midwest Regional.

With the win, No. 1 seeds improved to 100-0 against No. 16s since the tournament expanded in 1985. There have been a few close calls, and Morehead State (21-16) kept up for a half.

Samardo Samuels led Louisville with 15 points. Terrence Williams, who danced a little prematurely at midcourt before the game, added 13 points and nine rebounds. Kenneth Faried had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Morehead State.

Siena 74, Ohio State 72, 2OTs.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Siena strikes again.

Ronald Moore hit a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in the second overtime -- from the identical spot he made one at the end of the first OT -- as the Saints beat eighth-seeded Ohio State 74-72 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Moore's two clutch shots advanced ninth-seeded Siena (27-7) into Sunday's second round where the Saints will meet Louisville, the tournament's top team. The Cardinals moved on with a 74-54 win over No. 16 seed Morehead State.

Evan Turner missed a leaner from 15 feet that would forced a third OT for the Buckeyes (22-11), who blew an 11-point lead in the second half of regulation.

Arizona 84, Utah 71.

MIAMI (AP) -- So much for the notion Arizona might not have belonged in the NCAA tournament.

Nic Wise scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half, Chase Budinger added 20 and the 12th-seeded Wildcats -- one of the last teams into the field of 65 -- knocked off fifth-seeded Utah 84-71 in the first round of the Midwest Regional.

Jordan Hill added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Arizona (20-13), which has been in the NCAAs 25 years in a row, but hadn't reached the second round since 2006.

Tyler Kepkay scored 19 points for Utah (24-10), which was 8-for-32 from 3-point range and matched a season-high with 20 turnovers.

Cleveland St 84, Wake Forest 69.

MIAMI (AP) -- Some 23 years later, Cleveland State still has a knack for first-round shockers in the NCAA tournament.

The Vikings raced to an early 17-point lead and stunned one-time No. 1-ranked Wake Forest 84-69. The win was reminiscent of the Vikings' only other appearance in the tournament in 1986, when they upset Indiana in the opening round.

The latest result wasn't as big of a surprise as the win over Bob Knight. The Vikings (26-10) were seeded 14th then; they're 13th in the Midwest region this year. On Sunday, they'll play No. 12 Arizona.

No. 4 Wake Forest (24-7) lost in its first tournament game since 2005. Norris Cole scored 22 points for the Vikings, who committed only six turnovers to 18 for Wake Forest.

Kansas 84, North Dakota State 74.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich kept Kansas from being bumped off early by the North Dakota State Bison.

Collins scored a season-high 32 points and went basket for basket with NDSU star Ben Woodside, and Aldrich had 23 points to help the defending NCAA champions hold off the 14th-seeded Bison 84-74 in the first round.

Woodside played all 40 minutes and scored 37 points, and fellow senior Brett Winkelman tirelessly contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds to keep third-seeeded Kansas (26-7) from getting comfortable until the final minutes.

In their first season of eligibility for the NCAA tournament after a four-year waiting period following their move up from Division II, the Bison (26-7) proved they indeed play pretty good basketball up on the prairie.

Dayton 68, West Virginia 60.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Dayton is haunted by Bob Huggins no longer.

Chris Wright scored a career-high 27 points to lead the 11th-seeded Flyers to a 68-60 win over sixth-seeded West Virginia in the first round of the Midwest Regional.

Charles Little added 18 points for Dayton (27-7), which had been 1-13 against the Mountaineers coach, dating to Huggins' days storming up and down the Cincinnati sideline.

These Flyers aren't as easily intimidated by his huffing and puffing.

Darryl Bryant had 21 points and Devin Ebanks added 14 points and 12 rebounds for West Virginia (23-12), which had won at least two games in the NCAA tournament in each of its last four appearances.

The Flyers will play third-seeded Kansas in the second round Sunday. The Jayhawks defeated North Dakota State 84-74 earlier in the day.

Southern Cal 69, Boston College 55.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Taj Gibson was a perfect 10 for Southern California, and way out of Boston College's league.

Gibson had 24 points on 10-for-10 shooting from the field, sending the 10th-seeded Trojans to a 69-55 victory over Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Dwight Lewis had 20 points and DeMar DeRozan added 18 points and nine rebounds for USC (22-12), which kept up its momentum from last week's Pac-10 tournament title and advanced to Sunday's second round against Michigan State in the Midwest Region.

Gibson's perfect shooting was the second-best performance in NCAA tournament history with a minimum 10 attempts, behind Kentucky's Kenny Walker and his 11-for-11 in 1986. Gibson matched Marvin Barnes of Providence and Christian Laettner of Duke, who were 10-for-10 in 1973 and 1992, respectively.

Michigan State 77, Robert Morris 62.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Raymar Morgan scored 16 points and Goran Suton had 11 points and 17 rebounds as Michigan State bullied 15th-seeded Robert Morris in a 77-62 victory in the first round of the Midwest Regional.

Draymond Green added 16 points for the second-seeded Spartans (27-6), who were spotty during the Big Ten season thanks to Morgan's walking pneumonia and Suton's gimpy knees. They both looked fine on Friday night against the overmatched Colonials and the Spartans regained the form that led to convincing victories over Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas earlier in the year.

Michigan State will play 10th-seeded USC on Saturday.

Jeremy Chappell was the only player in double figures with 11 for Robert Morris (24-11), a commuter school from suburban Pittsburgh making its first NCAA appearance since 1992.

West Regional
Marquette 58, Utah St. 57.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Lazar Hayward scored 26 points and the Golden Eagles made 10 straight free throws down the stretch to hold off Utah State 58-57 in the first round of the West Regional.

Marquette blew a 14-point lead, then rallied from a six-point deficit to win.

Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews each scored 14 points for sixth-seeded Marquette (25-9), which plays Missouri on Sunday.

Jared Quayle led Utah State (30-5) with 18 points. The 11th-seeded Aggies recovered from a dismal first half by shooting 12-for-20 to start the second half, but couldn't hang on and lost their fourth straight first-round game.

Missouri 78, Cornell 59.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Once Missouri started moving, the buckets started falling for DeMarre Carroll and the rest of the Tigers.

Carroll, the coach's nephew, scored all but two of his 13 points in the second half to help Missouri pull away from Cornell for a 78-59 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Leo Lyons finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (29-6), who returned to the tournament for the first time in six years and will face Marquette in the second round Sunday.

Ryan Wittman led the Ivy League champions with 18 points and Cornell (21-10) hung around in this game for a half, trailing by only four. But Mizzou's talent took over after the break, as the Tigers opened the lead to double digits and coasted in.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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