Kansas State, Texas A&M pull off only upsets on day 1

first_img?WASHINGTON ? Mighty,mighty Duke let teeny, tiny Belmont play with the big boys. And, for stretches,get the better of them.No. 2-seeded Dukeactually trailed in the final 15 seconds before barely avoiding the monumentalupset, using every last one of Gerald Henderson’s 21 points to edge No. 15Belmont 71-70 in the first round of the West Regional on Thursday night.While Belmont couldn’tquite pull off the stunner, it was surprising enough how close this game was.In a matchup between a school with three NCAA titles ? that would be Duke, ofcourse ? and another that never has won a game in the tournament, it wasHenderson’s driving basket with 11.9 seconds left that erased Belmont’s finallead.After ACC defensiveplayer of the year DeMarcus Nelson stole the ensuing inbounds pass, he wasfouled, but he missed at the line. Belmont got the rebound, and one finalchance to make history, with 2.2 seconds left. The Bruins’ leading scorer,Justin Hare, got a good look at the basket from about 35 feet away, but hisshot clanged off the iron. He winced, and Duke celebrated as though it had wonfar more than an opening-round game ? something it actually failed to do a yearago.Duke (28-5) advancedthis time to face West Virginia on Saturday.And Belmont (25-9) cango home with heads held high.?West Virginia 75,Arizona 65WASHINGTON ? WestVirginia’s prowess from long range made Arizona’s 24th consecutive trip to the NCAAtournament another one-and-done performance.Alex Ruoff scored 21points, Da’Sean Butler had 19, and the Mountaineers won.West Virginia (25-10)took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Ruoff with 17:43 left, and anotherjumper by Rouff from beyond the arc made it 48-39. After Arizona closed to60-59, two 3-pointers by Darris Nichols and another by Ruoff sealed thevictory.Chase Budinger ledArizona (19-15) with 23 points, and Jordan Hill had 16 points and 12 rebounds.?Xavier 73, Georgia 61WASHINGTON ? DerrickBrown’s 19 points and 11 rebounds led a balanced-as-usual offense, and No.3-seeded Xavier avoided a big upset by rallying to overcome fading Georgia.Super-sub Josh Duncanscored 20 for the Musketeers (28-6), who trailed by as many as 11 in the secondhalf but conjured up a 22-6 run to come back.Xavier will playPurdue on Saturday in the second round.Terrance Woodbury had16 points and do-everything guard Sundiata Gaines’ finished with 13 for Georgia(17-17), which could not sustain the energy it summoned during last week’s runto the SEC tournament title.?Purdue 90, Baylor 79WASHINGTON ? KeatonGrant scored 17 points and Purdue built a 19-point halftime lead, then cruisedto its 10th straight in the first round since 1993.E’Twaun Moore added 16for the sixth-seeded Boilermakers (25-8), who have won 15 of 18.Baylor, meanwhile,will have to wait another year before seeking to end a 58-year winless droughtin the NCAA tournament. The Bears (21-11) were making their first trip to thetournament since 1988 and second since 1950.?Texas A&M 67, BYU62ANAHEIM, Calif. ? JoshCarter scored 26 points, matching his career high, as Texas A&M defeatedBrigham Young, handing the Cougars their sixth straight opening-round loss.Joseph Jones added 10points and 12 rebounds for the ninth-seeded Aggies.Jonathan Tavernari ledBYU with 15 points. The Aggies (25-10) advanced to face top-seeded UCLA.?UCLA 70, MississippiValley St. 29ANAHEIM, Calif. ?Freshman Kevin Love scored 20 points as top-seeded UCLA (32-3) cruised tovictory against overmatched Mississippi Valley State.Mississippi ValleyState (17-16) scored the fewest points in the tournament since 1946, whenBaylor had 29 in a loss to Oklahoma State. The Delta Devils also set atournament record for fewest points in a first-round game, breaking the mark of32 by Wisconsin against Missouri State in 1999.?South RegionalMarquette 74, Kentucky66ANAHEIM, Calif. ?Jerel McNeal scored 20 points and Wesley Matthews hit eight free throws in thefinal 31 seconds to help Marquette beat Kentucky in the first round of theSouth Regional.The Golden Eaglesovercame 35 points by Kentucky senior Joe Crawford, who matched a career highbefore fouling out. Ramel Bradley added 19 for the Wildcats (18-13).Sixth-seeded Marquette(25-9) earned its first NCAA tournament victory since 2003. Marquette getsthird-seeded Stanford next.?Stanford 77, Cornell53ANAHEIM, Calif. ?Kenny Brown scored 18 points and third-seeded Stanford earned its first NCAAtournament win since 2004, routing Cornell in a matchup of players as good withthe books as they are with a basketball.Lewis Dale, the IvyLeague player of the year, scored 12 points, Adam Gore had 11 and Alex Tyler 10for 14th-seeded Cornell (22-6), which had its 16-game winning streak snapped.The Ivy League hasn’t won an NCAA tournament game since 1998.The Cardinal (27-7)outscored Cornell 43-11 over both halves for a 58-23 lead.?Pittsburgh 82, OralRoberts 63DENVER ? LevanceFields scored 23 points, Sam Young finished with 14 and Pittsburgh won itssixth straight game.Fourth-seeded Pitt(27-9) is making its seventh straight NCAA tournament appearance, though noneof those previous teams have made it past the third round.Next up, an intriguingmatchup Saturday against fifth-seeded Michigan State, a team with abig-and-brawny reputation much like Pitt’s.Robert Jarvis had 16points for the Golden Eagles (24-9), who won the Summit League tourney to maketheir third straight trip to the NCAAs.?Michigan State 72,Temple 61DENVER ? Raymar Morganled a balanced attack with 15 points and Michigan State advanced despite asudden shooting slump from spark plug Drew Neitzel.Last year, Neitzel wasthe Spartans’ only option on offense. Now, he’s got scorers swarming allaround. Chris Allen scored 12 points and fellow freshmen Kalin Lucas andDurrell Summers each added eight for fifth-seeded Michigan State (26-8).Mark Tyndale scored 16points for Temple (21-13).?Midwest RegionalKansas 85, PortlandState 61OMAHA, Neb. ? BrandonRush scored 18 points and everyone wearing blue had a blast, as top-seededKansas began its NCAA tournament with a rout of overmatched Portland.Kansas will playeighth-seeded UNLV in the second round on Saturday.The Jayhawks (32-3)led all the way against the Vikings (23-10), 22-point underdogs who simplydidn’t have enough weapons to cope with the size, depth and skill of a Big 12power.?UNLV 71, Kent St. 58OMAHA, Neb. ? JoeDarger scored 18 points and UNLV tied an NCAA tournament record by holding KentState to just 10 points in the first half.The Mid-AmericanConference champions averaged a turnover a minute the better part of the firsthalf, went almost 8 minutes without a point and trailed 31-10 at halftime. Andthat was with UNLV shooting under 40 percent and committing nine turnovers ofits own.The 10 points were thefewest since Wake Forest scored that many against Butler in 2001.Darger made four3-pointers and Wink Adams scored 17 for UNLV (27-7).Mike Scott led KentState (28-7) with 14 points and 10 rebounds.?Kansas State 80, USC67OMAHA, Neb. ? Turnsout, Michael Beasley and O.J. Mayo weren’t the only freshmen on the court.Redshirt freshman BillWalker scored 22 points, true freshmen Jacob Pullen and Ron Anderson alsoreached double figures, and Kansas State’s Kiddie Corps moved on in the NCAAtournament, beating Mayo-led USC.Beasley overcame earlytrouble to have another big game for the Wildcats (21-11), scoring 23 pointsand grabbing 11 rebounds for the 27th double-double of his brilliant ? andlikely only ? college season.The Wildcats moved on toface third-seeded Wisconsin.?East RegionalWashington State 71,Winthrop 40DENVER ? WashingtonState broke away from a halftime tie to whip Winthrop (22-12) behind 19 pointsand eight rebounds from Aron Baynes.Kyle Weaver and RobbieCowgill each had 14 and Derrick Low scored 11 for Washington State (25-8),which will play Notre Dame in the second round on Saturday at the Pepsi Center.The Cougars, who are51-16 under Tony Bennett, broke open a 29-29 halftime tie with a 23-4 run tocruise to their second straight opening-round win in the NCAA tournament.?Notre Dame 68, GeorgeMason 50DENVER ? LukeHarangody had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead fifth-seeded Notre Dame (25-7)to its first tournament victory in five years.The 12th-seededPatriots (23-11) had two starters left from their magical run to the Final Fourin 2006, a string of games that showed little guys still can break through andturn March Madness into a true free-for-all for more than just a game or two.One of those players, WillThomas, had a great game ? 10-for-14 for 25 points and seven rebounds, and hadhis head buried in a towel as the clock ran down. But really, this George Masonwas nothing like that George Mason, and the first day of the tournament endedwith its big-name underdog on the way home.last_img

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