March Madness Sunday Summary

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Sunday's NCAA Tournament summaries

South Regional
Syracuse 78, Arizona State 67.

MIAMI (AP) -- With Syracuse's season on the cusp of slipping away, Eric Devendorf picked the perfect time to be at his best.

Devendorf hit a pair of 3-pointers less than a minute apart to snuff out a big Arizona State rally, and the third-seeded Orange held on for a 78-67 win over the sixth-seeded Sun Devils in a South Regional second-round game Sunday.

Devendorf finished with 21 points for Syracuse (28-9), which moves on to play second-seeded Oklahoma (29-5) in Memphis on Friday, a spot in the regional final against either North Carolina or Gonzaga at stake for the winner.

Rihards Kuksiks scored a career-high 20 points, and Ty Abbott also finished with 20 for Arizona State (25-10), which struggled mightily against Syracuse's zone and led for only 31 seconds all afternoon.
East Regional
Pittsburgh 84, Oklahoma State 76.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Pittsburgh powered its way to a familiar place.

Sam Young, the Panthers' poet in motion, scored 32 points and DeJuan Blair added another double-double as top-seeded Pittsburgh advanced to the round of 16 for the fifth time in eight years with an 84-76 win over Oklahoma State on Sunday.

Pitt (30-4) will play Xavier in the East Regional semifinals in Boston.

Obi Muonelo scored 19 points for the eighth-seeded Cowboys (23-12), who gave the Panthers all they could handle before losing their touch in the final minutes. Oklahoma State made 10 3-pointers in the first half but made only two of 12 from long range after halftime.

Xavier 60, Wisconsin 49.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- B.J. Raymond scored 15 points and Xavier finally broke through Wisconsin's defense midway through the second half, pulling away to a 60-49 victory in the second round of the East Regional.

The Musketeers (27-7) struggled as the Badgers controlled the pace for the first 30 minutes, before Xavier pulled away with a 13-4 run and hung on to the lead from the foul line.

Wisconsin (20-13) kept Xavier off balance, but the tight defense wasn't quite enough to overcome 29 percent shooting. The Badgers were just 16-for-56 from the floor and made three of 20 3-point attempts.

Marcus Landry scored 18 and Trevon Hughes had 17 points for the Badgers.

West Regional
Missouri 83, Marquette 79.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Freshman Kim English came off the bench with 5.5 seconds left and made two free throws for the hurting J.T. Tiller to lift Missouri to an 83-79 victory over Marquette in the NCAA tournament.

English, who scored 15 points during an amazing 4 1/2-minute stretch in the first half, spent most of the second on the bench. But when Tiller got hurt driving to the basket, Missouri took advantage of the college rule that allows a team to substitute anyone for the injured player to take the free throws.

English calmly sank them to finish with 17 points. And when Lazar Hayward stepped over the baseline on the ensuing inbounds pass, Marquette was forced to foul. Leo Lyons made two more free throws to ice the game and Missouri moved onto the West Regional semifinals to play Memphis.

Midwest Regional
Louisville 79, Siena 72.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Terrence Williams had 24 points and 15 rebounds, rallying top-seeded Louisville in the final minutes for a 79-72 win over Siena in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Louisville (30-5) advanced to the round of 16 for the second straight year. The Cardinals will play 12th-seeded Arizona in the Midwest Regional on Friday in Indianapolis.

Siena (27-8) overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half and led by four before Williams took over, hitting 3s, getting rebounds and starting fast breaks with one-handed passes.

Arizona 71, Cleveland State 57.

MIAMI (AP) -- The new role as long shots seems to suit the Arizona Wildcats fine.

Seeded only 12th, the NCAA tournament perennials took an early 14-point lead and advanced to the round of 16 by beating upstart Cleveland State 71-57.

The Wildcats (21-13) are appearing in the tournament for the 25th year in a row, two shy of the record. But they've never been seeded so low and drew criticism as undeserving of a berth.

Now they're bound for the final 16 for the 12th time since 1988.

Nic Wise scored 21 points to lead four double-figure scorers for the Wildcats, who earned a trip the Midwest Regional semifinal in Indianapolis.

Bracket-busting Cleveland State, seeded 13th, finished 26-11.

Kansas 60, Dayton 43.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The long arms of Cole Aldrich forced the Dayton Flyers down for a rough landing.

Aldrich, the 6-foot-11 Kansas sophomore, posted a triple-double with 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocked shots to lead the defending NCAA champions past the 11th-seeded Flyers 60-43 in the second round.

Shaquille O'Neal set the NCAA tournament record with 11 blocks in a game for LSU in 1992. Shawn Bradley had 10 in 1991 for BYU. Aldrich's feat was, officially, the sixth triple-double in the history of the tournament.

Sherron Collins had 25 points to pace the Jayhawks (27-7), the No. 3 seed, which moved on to play Michigan State winner in the Midwest Region semifinals next Friday in Indianapolis.

Michigan State 74, USC 69.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An unexpected scoring binge from the Big Ten's defensive player of the year propelled Michigan State to a familiar place.

Travis Walton scored a career-high 18 points to lift the second-seeded Spartans to a 74-69 victory over 10th-seeded USC in the Midwest Regional, putting Michigan State in the round of 16 for the eighth time in 12 years.

Durell Summers added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Spartans (28-6), who have advanced to the regional semifinals more times in the last dozen years than any team besides Duke.

They'll play third-seeded Kansas on Friday in Indianapolis.

Dwight Lewis scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 18 points for USC (22-13), which is starting to look like more than just a football school under coach Tim Floyd.


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