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Saturday, March 20, 2010

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Buzzer beater: Murray State's Danero Thomas (right) lets the game-winning shot fly over Vanderbilt's Lance Goulbourne just before time expires in their NCAA tournament first-round game in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday. Murray State won 66-65. AP PHOTO

March Madness begins

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Who knew that all this time Ohio used the regular season as a warmup act?

The Bobcats' time to shine is March.

The MAC tournament champion Bobcats, who had a losing record in conference play, have found their way in the only month that matters and now boast an NCAA tournament win for the first time in 27 years.

Georgetown might want to skip the tourney next time it's in Providence.

Armon Bassett scored 32 points to lead the 14th-seeded Bobcats to a convincing 97-83 win over the Hoyas in the Midwest Regional on Thursday.

Northern Iowa 69, UNLV 66

In Oklahoma City, Ali Farokhmanesh hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 4.9 seconds left to lift ninth-seeded Northern Iowa over No. 8 UNLV as the Panthers snapped a 20-year drought in the NCAA tournament.

Tennessee 62, San Diego St. 59

In Providence, Melvin Goins made his fourth 3-pointer with 19 seconds left after No. 11 San Diego State cut the deficit to one, and sixth-seeded Tennessee held off the Aztecs.

Kansas 90, Lehigh 74

In Oklahoma City, Marcus Morris scored 26 points and top-seeded Kansas pulled away from scrappy 16th-seeded Lehigh in the second half, avoiding a monumental upset in the Midwest Regional.

WEST REGIONAL

Murray St. 66, Vanderbilt 65

In San Jose, Danero Thomas hit a 4.6-meter shot as the buzzer sounded and 13th-seeded Murray State stunned No. 4 seed Vanderbilt.

Butler 77, UTEP 59

In San Jose, Shelvin Mack hit a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 18 of his 25 points after halftime to lead the fifth-seeded Bulldogs.

BYU 99, Florida 92 (2OT)

In Oklahoma City, Jimmer Fredette scored 37 points, including two 3-pointers in double overtime, to seal the Cougars' thrilling win over 10th-seeded Florida.

Kansas State 82, N. Texas 62

In Oklahoma City, Denis Clemente had 17 points and six assists, and the second-seeded Wildcats had a 46-21 advantage inside to avoid becoming an opening-day upset victim against No. 15 North Texas.

SOUTH REGIONAL

Old Dominion 51, Notre Dame 50

In New Orleans, Carleton Scott's 3-pointer rattled out in the closing seconds, and 11th-seeded Old Dominion stunned the sixth-seeded Irish and star Luke Harangody.

Baylor 68, Sam Houston St. 59

In New Orleans, Ekpe Udoh had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and LaceDarius Dunn scored 13 to help the third-seeded Bears win an NCAA tournament game for the first time in 60 years by beating No. 14 Sam Houston State.

Saint Mary's 80, Richmond 71

In Providence, Omar Samhan had 29 points and 12 rebounds despite spending most of the game in foul trouble, and 10th-seeded Saint Mary's pulled away to win an NCAA tournament game for the first time in six tries since 1959 by beating No. 7 Richmond.

Villanova 73, R. Morris 70 (OT)

In Providence, Scottie Reynolds responded to his benching with a clutch performance at the foul line in the final minutes of regulation to help the second-seeded Wildcats survive with a win over No. 15 Robert Morris.

EAST REGIONAL

Kentucky 100, ETSU 71

In New Orleans, Eric Bledsoe's eight 3-pointers set a Kentucky record for an NCAA tournament game, and the top-seeded Wildcats dominated against No. 16 East Tennessee State.

Washington 80, Marquette 78

In San Jose, Quincy Pondexter drove for a tiebreaking bank shot with 1.7 seconds left, and 11th-seeded Washington extended its remarkable late-season run into the NCAA tournament with a victory over No. 6 Marquette.

Wake Forest 81, Texas 80 (OT)

In New Orleans, Ishmael Smith's pullup jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining in overtime gave ninth-seeded Wake Forest a win over eighth-seeded Texas.

New Mexico 62, Montana 57

In San Jose, Roman Martinez had 19 points, six rebounds and four assists, and third-seeded New Mexico overcame a shaky start to beat 14th-seeded Montana.



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