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March 19, 2006
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Villanova escapes Arizona Arizona nearly spoiled Villanova's tournament, but the Wildcats held off Arizona for an 82-78 win. No. 1 seed Villanova will play Boston College in Minneapolis on Friday.
Villanova built a 12-point lead, but Arizona narrowed the lead to 2 in the final 1:36. Allan Ray scored 25 points and Randy Foye added 24 in the win.
Arizona creeping closer to No. 1 seed Villanova
After scoring 20 points in the first half, Foye has been held scoreless in the second half. No. 1 seed Villanova still leads No. 8 seed Arizona 65-57 with 9:05 remaining in their Minneapolis Regional game at Philadelphia.
Villanova has led by as many as 12 points because it has shot better from 3-point range. Villanova is 8-of-16 from beyond the arc, while Arizona is 5-of-14.
Marcus Williams leads Arizona with 19 points.
Georgetown eliminates Ohio State
No. 7 seed Georgetown eliminated the last Big Ten team remaining in the NCAA Tournament by knocking off No. 2 seed Ohio State 70-52 in a Minneapolis Regional game at Dayton, Ohio.
Roy Hibbert collected 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Hoyas into a regional semifinal matchup with No. 3 seed Florida. Jeff Green tallied 19 points, Ashanti Cook recorded 15 points and Darrel Owens added 14 points.
Terence Dials led Ohio State with 19 points.
Georgetown took the lead for good in the fourth minute of the game and stayed in front by outrebounding Ohio State 34-20. The Hoyas never allowed the lead to drop below six points in the second half.
Texas maintaining comfortable lead against N.C. State
A.J. Abrams has come off the bench to score 14 points and help the second-seeded Longhorns take a 54-40 lead over No. 10 seed North Carolina State with 9:47 remaining in their Atlanta Regional game at Dallas.
Texas has outscored North Carolina State 16-7 in the second half. The Longhorns opened the game by taking a 20-5 lead.
North Carolina State won't come back unless it improves its 3-point shooting. The Wolfpack are 2-of-11 from beyond the arc, while Texas is 8-of-18.
Cameron Bennerman leads the Wolfpack with 11 points.
Georgetown holding off Ohio State in second half
Dials has scored eight of his 14 points in the second half, but the second-seeded Buckeyes still trail the seventh-seeded Hoyas 52-43 with 9:11 remaining in their Minneapolis Regional game at Dayton, Ohio.
Dials scored 13 second-half points and 19 overall in Ohio State's first-round victory over Dayton.
Ashanti Cook has scored 14 points to lead four Georgetown players in double figures. Roy Hibbert has collected 13 points and eight rebounds. Jeff Green has tallied 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Darrel Owens has added 10 points.
Hot perimeter shooting gives 'Nova halftime lead
Randy Foye has shot 4-of-7 from 3-point range and has scored 20 points to give No. 1 seed Villanova a 42-35 halftime lead over No. 8 seed Arizona in a second-round matchup at Philadelphia.
Villanova has gone 6-of-12 from 3-point range, while Arizona is 1-for-7.
Although Villanova led for much of the first half, Arizona went on a surge to tie the score at 28 with 6:56 remaining. Villanova then closed the first half on a 12-4 run.
Marcus Williams has scored 15 points to lead Arizona.
N.C. State climbing back into the game
Daniel Gibson scored all 11 of his points in the first 9½ minutes to help give the second-seeded Longhorns a 38-33 halftime lead over the 10th-seeded Wolfpack in an Atlanta Regional game at Dallas.
The winner of this game advances to a regional semifinal against No. 6 seed West Virginia.
Texas made five of its first six 3-point shots and took an early 20-5 lead, but the Wolfpack chipped away the rest of the half. North Carolina State cut the margin to two before A.J. Abrams made a four-point play with 1:52 remaining.
Both teams are shooting better than 50 percent, but Texas is faring much better from long range. Texas has gone 6-of-12 on 3-point attempts, while North Carolina State is 1-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Arizona's Adams starting out cold versus 'Nova
Adams has missed all three of his shots to go scoreless so far as No. 8 seed Arizona trails top-seeded Villanova 19-14 with 10:54 remaining in the first half of their Minneapolis Regional game at Philadelphia.
Randy Foye has 10 points to lead Villanova. Marcus Williams has scored seven points for Arizona.
Buckeyes on shaky ground
Roy Hibbert has collected 11 points and four rebounds to give No. 7 seed Georgetown a 38-25 halftime lead over No. 2 seed Ohio State in a Minneapolis Regional game at Dayton, Ohio.
Je'Kel Foster has scored 11 points for Ohio State.
Georgetown has shot 58 percent from the floor, while Ohio State has made just 38 percent of its attempts. The Hoyas also are outrebounding the Buckeyes 14-9.
Texas snags early lead over N.C. State
After allowing Pennsylvania to control the tempo in the first round, the second-seeded Longhorns have come out running and gunning today to grab a 27-13 lead over No. 10 seed North Carolina State with 7:38 remaining in their Atlanta Regional game at Dallas.
Daniel Gibson has scored 11 points to lead the Longhorns, who made five of their first six 3-point attempts. Texas went 2-of-10 from 3-point range against Pennsylvania.
Texas now is shooting 10-of-17 overall and 5-of-8 from 3-point range. North Carolina State missed all three of its attempts from beyond the arc.
Cedric Simmons has scored four points for the Wolfpack.
Hibbert has collected nine points and two rebounds to give the seventh-seeded Hoyas a 24-19 advantage over the second-seeded Buckeyes with 5:39 left in the first half of their Minneapolis Regional game at Dayton, Ohio.
Dials has four points and two rebounds for Ohio State. Je'Kel Foster has 11 points to lead the Buckeyes.
West Virginia pushes past Northwestern State
Two days after rallying from 17 points down to beat Iowa, No. 14 seed Northwestern State couldn't come all the way back from a 25-point deficit (48-23) and fell 67-54 to No. 6 seed West Virginia in the Atlanta Regional at Auburn Hills, Mich.
West Virginia advanced to a regional semifinal against No. 2 seed Texas or No. 10 seed North Carolina State.
West Virginia owned a 50-26 advantage early in the second half, but an 18-3 run by Northwestern State cut the lead to nine points with 6:58 remaining.
The Mountaineers recovered well enough that the margin never dropped below eight points the rest of the way.
Northwestern State outrebounded West Virginia 33-27, but the Demons shot just 39 percent and committed 19 turnovers.
UK's Sparks scores 28, but UConn advances
The senior guard shot 10-of-15 and scored 28 points, but his eighth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats still fell 87-83 to UConn in the Washington Regional at Philadelphia.
Connecticut advanced to a regional semifinal against No. 5 seed Washington.
Connecticut owned a 43-31 halftime lead, but Kentucky scored the first seven points of the second half to surge back into contention. Connecticut built the margin back up to 13, but Kentucky answered again with an 8-0 run.
Although Kentucky cut the lead to two, the Wildcats never tied the game or took the lead in the second half. Connecticut sealed the victory by making six consecutive free throws in the last 29 seconds.
Memphis tops Bucknell, headed to Sweet 16
Antonio Anderson scored 13 points to lead four players in double figures as the top-seeded Tigers trounced No. 9 seed Bucknell 72-56 in their Oakland Regional at Dallas.
Five Memphis players scored in double figures in a first-round victory over Oral Roberts.
The victory moved the Tigers into a regional semifinal against No. 13 seed Bradley.
Chris McNaughton tallied 17 points and eight rebounds for Bucknell.
Northwestern State making a run at WVU
West Virginia has forced Northwestern State into 18 turnovers. The Mountaineers also are shooting 14-of-19 from the foul line, while Northwestern State is 4-of-6.
George Mason knocks off No. 3 seed UNC
Lamar Butler scored 18 points as No. 11 seed George Mason rallied from an early 14-point deficit to stun No. 3 seed North Carolina 65-60 in the Washington Regional at Dayton, Ohio.
North Carolina sprinted to a 16-2 lead in the game's opening minutes, but George Mason chipped away and took the lead with an 8-0 run early in the second half. A pair of free throws by Butler put the Patriots ahead for good with 2:52 remaining.
The victory advances the Patriots to a regional semifinal game with No. 7 seed Wichita State. George Mason had never won an NCAA Tournament game before knocking off No. 6 seed Michigan State on Friday.
George Mason shot just 12-of-26 from the foul line in that victory over Michigan State, but the Patriots made seven free throws in a row during the final 51 seconds today.
The Patriots finished the day 16-of-19 from the line, while North Carolina was 4-of-4.
Folarin Campbell collected 15 points and five rebounds for George Mason. David Noel had 22 points and six rebounds for North Carolina, while Tyler Hansbrough added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Tar Heels.
Kentucky running out of time against UConn
After scoring 25 points in a first-round victory over Kentucky, Perry has collected 11 points today as the eighth-seeded Wildcats trail No. 1 seed Connecticut 58-51 with 11:14 remaining in their Washington Regional game at Dayton, Ohio.
Perry also has four fouls, so the junior forward is on the bench for the time being.
Memphis pulling away from Bucknell
Chris Douglas-Roberts has added nine points and four rebounds, but he also has four fouls. Dorsey also is in foul trouble after picking up his third.
Chris McNaughton has compiled 10 points and six rebounds for Bucknell.
Memphis has shot 50 percent from the floor and has held Bucknell to 34 percent shooting. Bucknell also has committed 16 turnovers, while Memphis has given the ball away just seven times.
George Mason making a run at UNC
Folarin Campbell has scored 10 points to give the 11th-seeded Patriots a 47-44 lead over the third-seeded Tar Heels with 9:18 remaining in their Washington Regional game at Dayton, Ohio.
Jai Lewis has added eight points, six rebounds and three assists for George Mason. Will Thomas has collected eight points and three rebounds.
North Carolina sprinted to a 16-2 lead in the game's opening minutes, but George Mason chipped away and finally pulled ahead by scoring eight consecutive points early in the second half.
North Carolina has committed 11 turnovers and still hasn't attempted a free throw.
West Virginia in control against Northwestern State
Frank Young and Kevin Pittsnogle have scored eight points each to help the seventh-seeded Mountaineers take a commanding 41-19 halftime lead over No. 14 seed Northwestern State in their Atlanta Regional game at Auburn Hills, Mich.
The Mountaineers are trying to help the Big East make amends after Pittsburgh's stunning loss to Bradley earlier today.
Clifton Lee has tallied nine points for Northwestern State, which has shot just 8-of-24.
Northwestern State won't mount much of a comeback in the second half unless it takes better care of the ball. The Demons already have committed 13 turnovers.
UConn in top form against Kentucky
Ever since they trailed Albany by 12 points midway through the second half Friday, the Huskies have looked unbeatable.
Rashad Anderson has scored 14 points to give the top-seeded Huskies a 43-31 halftime lead over No. 8 seed Kentucky in their Washington Regional game at Philadelphia.
Rudy Gay has added nine points and three rebounds. Denham Brown has eight points, two rebounds and a pair of assists. Marcus Williams has contributed four points and three assists, while Jeff Adrien has tallied five points and three rebounds.
Kentucky has shot just 1-of-9 from 3-point range and 12-of-33 overall. Connecticut is shooting better from the floor (17-of-33) than from the foul line (5-of-10).
West Virginia heating up
Although the 14th-seeded Demons have more than twice as many rebounds as No. 7 seed West Virginia, the Mountaineers own a 25-12 lead with 7:56 left in the first half of their Atlanta Regional game at Auburn Hills, Mich.
West Virginia has pulled ahead by making 56 percent of its shots and holding Northwestern State to a 35 percent success from the field.
Memphis in control of Bucknell at half
No. 1 seed Memphis has forced 11 turnovers to take a 31-21 halftime lead over the ninth-seeded Bison in the Oakland Regional at Dallas.
Bucknell took an early 10-4 lead before Memphis used its defense to seize the momentum.
Bucknell led 10-7 until Lee picked up his second foul. The Tigers went on a 17-2 run after that point.
George Mason trails UNC at halftime
No. 3 seed North Carolina scored 16 of the game's first 18 points and entered halftime with a 27-20 lead over the 11th-seeded Patriots in the Washington Regional at Dayton, Ohio.
George Mason will have to improve its outside shooting and rebounding to have a chance at the upset. The Patriots have missed nine of their 10 attempts from 3-point range and have been outrebounded 20-12.
UConn leads cold Kentucky
The eighth-seeded Wildcats have missed their first six 3-point attempts and trail No. 1 seed Connecticut 17-10 with 11:35 remaining in the first half of their Washington Regional game in Philadelphia.
This marks the first time these two national powers have met.
Tar Heels jump to early lead
Noel has nine points for the Tar Heels, who own a 21-16 advantage with 7:31 left in the first half.
After a dreadful start, George Mason has rallied despite shooting just 1-of-7 from 3-point range.
This game marks the return of George Mason guard Tony Skinn, who was suspended for a first-round victory over Michigan State after hitting a Hofstra player in the groin during the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.
Skinn, George Mason's second-leading scorer this season, has five points and two assists.
Bucknell hanging with Memphis
Charles Lee scored the game's first five points for Bucknell to help the Bison take a 10-4 lead. Memphis answered with six consecutive points. Lee, who led Bucknell in scoring this season, already has two fouls.
Antonio Anderson leads Memphis with three points.
The winner of this game advances to a regional semifinal against No. 13 seed Bradley.
Bradley upstes Pitt to reach Sweet 16
Bradley will join conference rival Wichita State in the round of 16 after upsetting Pittsburgh in the Oakland Regional at Auburn Hills, Mich. Patrick O'Bryant collected 28 points and seven rebounds as the 13th-seeded Braves stunned the fifth-seeded Panthers 72-66.
After shooting 67 percent in an opening-round victory over Kent State, Pittsburgh struggled today from the opening tip.
The Panthers didn't score at all in the first five minutes and didn't make a basket for the first eight minutes. Their two leading scorers – Aaron Gray and Carl Krauser – spent much of the game in foul trouble.
Pittsburgh finally took its first lead of the game early in the second half, but Bradley answered with a 19-4 run to build a 14-point advantage. Although the Panthers cut the margin to four points, they never regained the lead.
Levance Fields scored 18 points and Krauser added 17 points for Pittsburgh.
Bradley battles back, stretches lead
In the second half, the Braves have shown they can handle adversity.
After leading throughout the first half, No. 13 seed Bradley fell behind early in the second half before rallying to take a 53-39 lead over No. 5 seed Pittsburgh with 8:52 remaining in their Oakland Regional game at Auburn Hills, Mich.
Pittsburgh scored the first four points of the second half to take its first lead of the game, but Bradley responded with a 19-4 run to regain the advantage.
Levance Fields has 10 points and three rebounds for Pittsburgh. Aaron Gray has 10 points, but he's also picked up three fouls, including a technical foul for slamming the ball on the floor during Bradley's run.
Bradley's Patrick O'Bryant apparently wants to add his name to the list.
The 7-foot sophomore center has collected 12 points, three rebounds and two blocks to give the 13th-seeded Braves a 30-29 halftime lead over No. 5 seed Pittsburgh in an Oakland Regional game at Auburn Hills, Mich.
Lawrence Wright has added eight points and six rebounds for the Braves, who have collected eight offensive boards.
Bradley has led the whole way and owned an 18-6 advantage before Pittsburgh surged back into contention with a 12-1 spurt. Pittsburgh didn't make a basket for the first eight minutes and didn't score at all for the first five minutes.
Levance Fields has eight points and three rebounds for Pittsburgh.
Krauser has two points, three rebounds and two assists in 12 minutes. Gray has four points and two rebounds in six minutes.
Braves race out to early lead
No. 5 seed Pitt went without a basket in the first 8 minutes of the game and trails No. 13 seed Bradley 12-4 with 11:17 remaining in the first half of their Oakland Regional game in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Pitt had shot 67 percent in a first-round victory over Kent State. The Panthers missed their first seven attempts today and didn't score until Aaron Gray made two free throws five minutes into the game.
Bradley hasn't shot much better. The Braves are 5-of-16 from the floor, but they have taken the lead by outhustling the Panthers on both ends of the floor.
Bradley looks to join MVC mates in Sweet 16
Bradley would love to join league rival Wichita State at the party.
After stunning Kansas in the opening round of the Oakland Regional, the 13th-seeded Braves (21-10) face No. 5 seed Pittsburgh (25-7) at 12:10 p.m. (Eastern) in today's first NCAA Tournament game.
Marcellus Sommerville scored 21 points and Bradley shot 11-of-21 from 3-point range Friday as the Braves earned their first tournament victory in two decades.
Beating Pittsburgh could prove much tougher.
The Panthers delivered one of the tournament's most impressive first-round performances, as they shot 67 percent in a 79-64 triumph over Kent State. Aaron Gray scored 17 points and Ronald Ramon added 16 points against the Flashes.
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