NCAA tournament Thursday roundup

NCAA tournament Thursday roundup
March 21, 2014, 12:30 am
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Here's a look back at the first day of the NCAA Tournament, which included buzzer-beaters, overtime thrillers and potential Cinderallas punching their ticket to the third round.

Also, check out which Chicago athletes fared well on the first day of the bracket here.

SOUTH REGION

(1) Florida 67, (16) Albany 55

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Billy Donovan gathered his team in a solemn locker room and delivered the harsh truth: "This isn't going to be enough to keep our season going."

The players shook their heads in agreement - and vowed to respond.

The top-seeded Gators sleepwalked early and still looked vulnerable late. Luckily for Florida, Donovan's bench came up big and bailed out the team in a tight game against what was supposed to be an overmatched opponent.

Sixth man Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, most of them on dunks, and Florida used a second-half surge to beat No. 16 seed Albany 67-55 in the NCAA tournament Thursday.

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(9) Pittsburgh 77, (8) Colorado 48

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Unselfish offense, tenacious defense.

When Pittsburgh plays like it did in routing Colorado 77-48 in the South Regional on Thursday, the ninth-seeded Panthers think they are capable of competing with anyone.

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(11) Dayton 60, (6) Ohio State 59

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Dayton is re-configuring the college basketball map in Ohio.

It no longer runs through Columbus after Vee Sanford's layup with 3.8 seconds left secured 11th-seeded Dayton's 60-59 victory over sixth-seeded Ohio State in the second round of the of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

"I guess they called us the little brother, or whatever," Flyers guard Jordan Sibert said. "We can't be called that anymore."

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(3) Syracuse 77, (14) Western Michigan 53

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney was mired in a shooting slump, and his woes coincided with a late-season swoon by the Orange.

Say goodbye to both.

Cooney scored 18 points, fellow guard Tyler Ennis had 16, and the Orange defense clamped down in a 77-53 victory over Western Michigan on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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EAST REGION

(12) Harvard 61, (5) Cincinnati 57

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Those kids from Harvard are getting a passing grade when it comes to the first game of the NCAA tournament.

Ask New Mexico last year. Ask Cincinnati now.

"I've heard this before where there really aren't upsets anymore," Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said. "There may be some surprises, but I just think when you're looking at seeds and if you're playing this time of year, you're probably a pretty good basketball team."

Siyani Chambers scored 11 points, including five straight in the final 2 minutes, and 12th-seeded Harvard won its second NCAA tournament game in history, upsetting Cincinnati 61-57 on Thursday.

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(4) Michigan State 93, (14) Delaware St. 78

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Adreian Payne sent Tom Izzo a text. He wants to leave a legacy.

Consider it done.

The 6-foot-10 senior played the game of his life Thursday, scoring a career-high 41 points to help fourth-seeded Michigan State look every bit like a March Madness favorite in a 93-78 victory over Delaware.

"He was playing in another zone, not even in the ozone," Izzo said. "He was in Pluto and beyond."

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(7) Connecticut 89, (10) St. Joseph's 81 (OT)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) With Jim Calhoun watching from the stands, Shabazz Napier capped Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie's first NCAA tournament appearance with a win.

Shaking off a 23-foot miss at the second-half buzzer, Napier scored nine of his 24 points in overtime to lead seventh-seeded UConn (27-8) to an 89-81 win over 10th-seeded Saint Joseph's (24-10) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday night.

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(2) Villanova 73, (15) Milwaukee 53

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) That hangover from the Big East tournament is gone for Villanova.

Darrun Hilliard scored 16 points, JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 and the Wildcats beat Milwaukee 73-53 on Thursday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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WEST REGION

(12) North Dakota State 80, (5) Oklahoma 75 (OT)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) The guys in green raced off the court and into the locker room where they danced and sang, compared whose shot was most likely to end up featured on "One Shining Moment," and checked Twitter to see who was giving them a shoutout.

North Dakota State pulled off yet another 12 seed stunner and enjoyed every moment of it.

"I just want to keep coaching this team," NDSU coach Saul Phillips said. "I don't want to have to say goodbye to this locker room."

Lawrence Alexander's 3-pointer with 11 seconds left forced overtime and Carlin Dupree came off the bench to score four unlikely points in the final 75 seconds of the extra session, and the Bison knocked off No. 5 seed Oklahoma 80-75 Thursday night.

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(4) San Diego State 73, (13) New Mexico State 69

(7) Oregon 87, (10) BYU 68

MILWAUKEE (AP) This was one sweet homecoming for Elgin Cook. The rest of the Oregon Ducks made themselves at home, too.

Backed by a vocal group of family and friends, Cook scored a career-high 23 points to power the seventh-seeded Ducks to an 87-68 victory over No. 10 seed BYU in the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

"Elgin Cook had a great game," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "He finished everything down low."

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(2) Wisconsin 75, (15) American 35

MILWAUKEE (AP) A sea of fans wearing Wisconsin red roared after every stop and every score, growing more exuberant as the Badgers' NCAA opener became a historic rout.

Playing the first two tournament games close to home was a goal all year, and Wisconsin players fed off the energy to extinguish any upset hopes of 15th-seeded American.

Ben Brust scored 17 points and the No. 2 seed devastated the Eagles with a 22-5 run to close the first half in a 75-35 victory Thursday in Milwaukee, barely 90 minutes from their campus in Madison. The Badgers will play Oregon in the third round of the West Regional on Saturday. The Ducks beat BYU 87-68.

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MIDWEST REGION

(5) St. Louis 83, (12) North Carolina State 80 (OT)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Rob Loe scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, helping St. Louis wipe out a late 14-point deficit and pull away in overtime to beat North Carolina State 83-80 in the NCAA tournament Thursday night.

Jordair Jett overcame a slow start to score 18, doing most of his damage while the fifth-seeded Billikens (27-6) were making their comeback in the last five minutes of regulation.

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(4) Louisville 71, (13) Manhattan 64

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Now everyone knows why Louisville coach Rick Pitino wanted nothing to do with Manhattan.

Luke Hancock hit two huge 3-pointers in the final 1:19 to help Louisville finally shake free from tenacious Manhattan, 71-64 in the NCAA tournament Thursday night.

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(7) Texas 87, (10) Arizona State 85

MILWAUKEE (AP) The shot was long, and it smacked hard off the glass in the final seconds. That's when big Cameron Ridley, standing every bit of 6-foot-9 and 285 pounds, reached down, picked up the ball and put it in as time expired.

Hello Texas, and welcome back to March Madness.

The Longhorns made a successful return to the NCAA tournament when Ridley's layup lifted his team to an 87-85 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night.

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(2) Michigan 57, (15) Wofford 40

MILWAUKEE (AP) When it counted, Michigan exerted its will on an overmatched opponent.

Glenn Robinson III scored 14 points, Jordan Morgan had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and the second-seeded Wolverines started their quest for a second straight trip to the Final Four by beating 15th-seeded Wofford 57-40 on Thursday night in the NCAA tournament.

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