NCAA Tournament Roundup: Oregon handles BYU easily in rematch

Milwaukee, Wisc. — Oregon had a little less trouble handling BYU in the rematch between the teams. Some extra depth certainly helped. Elgin Cook had a career-high 23 points to go with eight rebounds off the bench as seventh-seeded Oregon knocked off 10th-seeded BYU, 87-68.

The Ducks edged BYU, 100-96, in overtime on Dec. 21 and outscored the Cougars’ bench by a 49-10 margin in the sequel. After Matt Carlino nailed a 3-pointer to bring BYU within 56-53 with 12:03 left, Oregon countered with an elongated 30-8 run to put the game out of reach. Cook was 8-of-9 from the field for the Ducks (24-9), who will face second-seeded Wisconsin in third-round action in the West Region on Saturday. Joseph Young netted 19 points and Jason Calliste was 11-of-12 from the foul line and added 14 points off the pine in the triumph.

The Cougars (23-12) played their first game since losing sophomore guard and the team’s second-leading scorer Kyle Collinsworth to a knee injury in the WCC Tournament final against Gonzaga. They finished just 32.8 percent (20-of-61) from the field. Tyler Haws scored 19 points, while Eric Mika and Carlino provided 15 points apiece for BYU.

Wisconsin 75, American 35

Milwaukee, Wisc. — Ben Brust sparked a key first-half run and ended with 17 points, as the second-seeded Wisconsin Badgers cruised over the 15th-seeded American Eagles in second-round action of the NCAA Tournament at the Bradley Center.

Traevon Jackson added a game-high 18 points for the Badgers (27-7), who used a 40-6 run that bridged the first and second halves to put away the Patriot League champs. Sam Dekker added 11 points and six rebounds for Wisconsin, which will face seventh-seeded Oregon in the third round of the West Region on Saturday. John Schoof and Tony Wroblicky each scored 11 points to lead the overmatched Eagles (20-13), who jumped ahead early but failed to get much going after that.

Michigan 57, Wofford 40

Milwaukee, Wisc. — Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas poured in 15 points as Michigan rolled to a takedown of Wofford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Glenn Robinson III added 14 points and seven rebounds while Jordan Morgan chimed in with 10 points and 10 boards for the second-seeded Wolverines (26-8), who won seven straight games before falling to rival Michigan State in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines will take on Texas in the round of 32 on Saturday. Karl Cochran had 17 points to pace 15th seed Wofford (20-13) in defeat, as the Terriers shot just 1-for-19 from behind the arc.

Texas 87, Arizona State 85

Milwaukee, Wisc. — Cameron Ridley’s putback at the buzzer lifted the Texas Longhorns to an slim triumph over Arizona State.

Texas (24-10) trailed by a point in the latter stages when Ridley’s putback layup made it 82-81. After empty possessions both ways, Arizona State (21-12) point guard Jahii Carson drove baseline and dropped off a pass to Jordan Bachynski, whose thunderous dunk put the Sun Devils in front with less than a minute remaining. With 32 seconds to play, Jonathan Holmes rebounded a Javan Felix airball and converted a layup plus a foul for an 85-83 Texas lead. Holmes was whistled for a foul on the other end, and Jonathan Gilling knotted the score at 85-apiece, setting up Ridley’s heroics.

On the final touch, Holmes hoisted a deep 3-pointer that missed long off the backboard. After a scramble for the loose ball, Ridley came up with it and released his lefty layup, just over Bachynski’s outstretched arm as the buzzer sounded. Ridley paced the seventh- seeded Longhorns with 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots. Texas will face No. 2 Michigan in the Midwest Region round of 32 on Saturday.

Harvard 61, Cincinnati 57

Spokane — Wesley Saunders picked up 12 points as Harvard earned surprise postseason wins in back-to-back years thanks to a decision over Cincinnati in second-round action in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Laurent Rivard sank three triples en route to 11 points, and Siyani Chambers made key late free throws to account for his 11 points for the Crimson (27-4), the Ivy League champions and 12-seed who had knocked off New Mexico as a 14-seed last year. Harvard will face Michigan State in Saturday’s third round after the fourth-seeded Spartans posted a 93-78 win over Delaware. Sean Kilpatrick totaled a game-best 18 points for the Bearcats (27-7), who finished their season with four losses in their last seven games. Justin Jackson had 11 with nine rebounds and Titus Rubles added nine points and as many boards in defeat.

Michigan State 93, Delaware 78

Spokane — Adreian Payne scored 23 of his game-best 41 points in an explosive first half, as Michigan State dumped Delaware in second round action in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Travis Trice totaled 19, while both Gary Harris and Branden Dawson contributed 10 points for the fourth-seeded Spartans (27-8), champions of the Big Ten tourney who advance to take on surprising 12-seed Harvard in a third-round matchup on Saturday. Devon Saddler poured in 21 points and Devon Usher followed with 20 for the Blue Hens (25-10), winners of the CAA postseason crown who hadn’t earned an NCAA berth since 1999. Jarvis Threatt totaled 14 points with six rebounds.

North Dakota State 80, Oklahoma 75 (OT)

Spokane — North Dakota State starts a trio of seniors, but a freshman came through in the final minute of overtime as the Bison claimed their first NCAA Tournament win in school history.

Carlin Dupree came off the bench when Taylor Braun, the Summit League Player of the Year, fouled out with 1:18 remaining in the extra session. Dupree hit a pair of free throws seconds after stepping onto the floor, which gave North Dakota State a lead, then followed that with a tough layup in traffic to help the 12- seed Bison to an 80-75 upset win over fifth-seeded Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Lawrence Alexander finished with a career-high 28 points to pace North Dakota State (26-6), while Marshall Bjorklund scored 14 points with six rebounds and Braun tallied 11 points on just 3-of-11 shooting. The Bison will face San Diego State on Saturday in the third round.

San Diego State 73, New Mexico State 69 (OT)

Spokane — Xavier Thames and San Diego State nearly coughed up the season after giving up a 9-2 run in the final minute of regulation to New Mexico State, forcing overtime. But Thames and the fourth- seeded Aztecs took care of business in the extra session Thursday night to hold off the 13th-seeded Aggies in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

It was the fourth overtime game of the day — a first for the tournament. Thames finished with a game-high 23 points despite committing a crucial turnover at the end of regulation that kept the door open for New Mexico State. Dwayne Polee II scored 15 points and Josh Davis netted 10 points with a game-high 14 rebounds for the Aztecs (30-4), who will face No. 12 seed North Dakota State in the third round after the Bison upset Oklahoma in overtime. Daniel Mullings led the Aggies (26-10) with 18 points, while 7-foot-5 Sim Bhullar added 14 points with seven rebounds in the loss.

Dayton 60, Ohio State 59

Buffalo, N.Y. — Vee Sanford’s runner in the closing seconds gave Dayton the lead and Aaron Craft’s driving shot at the buzzer rolled off the rim, as the Flyers pulled off an upset victory over Ohio State in the opening game of the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Sanford finished with 10 points for the Flyers (24-10), who are seeded 11th in the South Region and will face Syracuse in the third round on Saturday. Dyshawn Pierre made each of his two field-goal attempts and all seven free throws to finish with 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds, while Devin Oliver scored 11 for the Flyers. Jordan Sibert and Matt Kavanaugh each contributed nine in a balanced attack for Dayton, which rarely ever has the chance to play Ohio State despite the proximity of the schools.

Sam Thompson led the Buckeyes with 18 points and Craft chipped in 16. Ohio State (25-10) saw its run of four straight Sweet 16 appearances come to an end. It was the nation’s longest active streak entering the tournament. The Buckeyes had reached the Final Four in 2012 and lost to Wichita State in last year’s West Region final.

Syracuse 77, Western Michigan 53

Buffalo, N.Y. — Trevor Cooney led Syracuse with 18 points while shooting 4-for-8 from beyond the arc, as the Orange posted a rout of Western Michigan in an NCAA Tournament second round game.

Jerami Grant and Tyler Ennis scored 16 points apiece, with Ennis adding six assists for Syracuse (28-5), the third seed of the South Region which will face 11th-seeded Dayton on Saturday. C.J. Fair contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds. Tucker Haymond and Shayne Whittington tallied 11 points apiece for the Broncos (23-10), who had earned their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the Mid American Conference tourney.

Connecticut 89, Saint Joseph’s 81 (OT)

Buffalo, N.Y. — Shabazz Napier sat in the locker room after a first half he said went by too fast and knew he needed to pick his teammates up. He made sure it wasn’t. Napier scored 19 of his 24 points after the first half — including nine in overtime — and Connecticut rallied to beat Saint Joseph’s on Thursday to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament.

Napier’s teammates carried the load for 20 minutes until the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year turned it on. The senior guard missed a 3- pointer at the regulation buzzer but scored seven in a row in overtime to give the Huskies (27-8) an eight-point lead with under a minute to go. Atlantic 10 champion Saint Joe’s — with senior big man Halil Kanacevic fouled out — was never closer than five after that.

Villanova 73, Milwaukee 53

Buffalo, N.Y. — Darrun Hilliard had 16 points and Villanova pulled away in the second half Thursday night to beat Milwaukee.

The second-seeded Wildcats outscored the 15th-seeded Panthers 46-30 after the break and advanced in the East Region to face seventh-seeded Connecticut on Saturday. JayVaughn Pinkston had 13 points and James Bell scored 12 for Villanova (29-4). Austin Arians scored 17 points to lead Horizon League champion Milwaukee (21-14), which had a five-game winning streak snapped after an unexpected run through the conference tournament.

Pittsburgh 77, Colorado 48

Orlando, Fla. — Talib Zanna scored 18 points to lead the Pittsburgh Panthers to a rout of the Colorado Buffaloes on Thursday in the second of the NCAA Tournament.

Cameron Wright added 11 points for the ninth-seeded Panthers (26-9), who will face top-seeded Florida next in the South Region. The Gators pulled away to beat 16th-seeded Albany 67-55 later Thursday. Lamar Patterson ended with 10 points as Pittsburgh dominated from the opening tip. The Panthers scored the first 13 points of the game, led by 20 just over 12 minutes into the contest and scored 46 first-half points. Josh Scott scored 14 points and Xavier Johnson had 11 points for eighth-seeded Colorado (23-12), which never got going offensively despite being the higher seeded team.

Florida 67, Albany 55

Orlando, Fla. — Casey Prather and Dorian Finney-Smith each scored 16 points and Florida withstood a challenge from heavy underdog Albany to earn a win in an NCAA Tournament South Region second-round clash.

The Gators’ 27th consecutive win didn’t come easy, as the 16th-seeded Great Danes tied the game at 39-39 with under 14 1/2 minutes left before Florida embarked on a 12-2 run that ultimately put the America East champions away, while enabling many a bracket filler to breathe a giant sigh of relief.

Florida (33-2), the No. 1 national seed, continues on to face ninth-seeded Pittsburgh in Saturday’s third round after the Panthers blasted Colorado, 77-48, earlier in the day. Patric Young added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win, with Scottie Wilbekin and Kasey Hill also netting 10 points for the Gators. Albany (19-15), which captured the America East Tournament as a No. 4 seed and reached Orlando via Tuesday’s 71-64 triumph over Mount St. Mary’s in the First Four, was paced by D.J. Evans’ 21 points.

Saint Louis 83, North Carolina State 80 (OT)

Orlando, Fla. — Rob Loe scored 22 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as Saint Louis erased a 16-point second half deficit to down North Carolina State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

Jordair Jett added 18 points and Mike McCall Jr. finished with 12 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Billikens (27-6), who will face Louisville in the Round of 32 on Saturday. T.J. Warren poured in a game-high 28 points, but finished just 6-of-14 from the free throw line and fouled out with 27.9 seconds remaining in overtime. Ralston Turner added 16 points and Desmond Lee scored 13 for the Wolfpack (22-14), which went just 20- for-37 from the stripe.

Louisville 71, Manhattan 64

Orlando, Fla. — Luke Hancock nailed a pair of 3-pointers in the final 81 seconds to spring Louisville to a win over upset-minded Manhattan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Hancock, who finished with 16 points, had missed his previous three 3-point attempts. Russ Smith finished with a game-high 18 points and Montrezl Harrell added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Cardinals (30-5), who will face Saint Louis in the Round of 32 on Saturday.

Thursday pitted Louisville coach Rick Pitino against former assistant coach and now Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello. Masiello served as Pitino’s assistant from 2005-2011 at Louisville and also played for Pitino at Kentucky from 1996-1997. Additionally, Masiello served as ball boy for the New York Knicks during Pitino’s time coaching the team. Ashton Pankey scored 16 points and Emmy Andujar finished with 13 for the Jaspers (25-8).


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