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Saturday, March 19, 2011
Morehead State stuns Louisville
DENVER (AP) Demonte Harper made a 3-pointer from the top of the circle with 4.2 seconds left Thursday to lead 13th-seeded Morehead State to the first upset of the NCAA tournament, a 62-61 victory over No. 4 Louisville in the Southwest regional.
After Harper's go-ahead basket, the Cardinals had a chance to win it, but Morehead's Kenneth Faried blocked Mike Marra's attempt before the buzzer and Louisville was gone after its first game for the second straight year.
Terrance Hill scored a career-high 23 points for the Eagles (25-9), who next face Richmond.
Faried finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds for Morehead State, which won its first NCAA game since 1984. Chris Smith had 17 points for Louisville (25-10).
Richmond 69, Vanderbilt 66
In Denver, Kevin Anderson scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half, including a floater with 18.7 seconds remaining that helped seal 12th-seeded Richmond's win.
The Spiders (28-7) sprang the second upset of the day at Pepsi Center.
Kentucky 59, Princeton 57
In Tampa, Fla., freshman Brandon Knight, held scoreless for more than 39 minutes, made a driving layup with 2 seconds remaining to lift No. 4 seed Kentucky over 13th-seeded Princeton.
Knight missed his first seven shots and even found himself on the bench in the closing minute.
Upperclassmen carried the Wildcats (26-8) most of the way. Darius Miller scored 17 points, and lone senior Josh Harrellson added 15 points and 10 rebounds.
West Virginia 84, Clemson 76
In Tampa, Darryl Bryant scored 19 points and Kevin Jones added 17 to help fifth-seeded West Virginia overcome a slow start and wear down No. 12 Clemson.
Pitt 74, UNC Asheville 51
In Washington, Ashton Gibbs scored 20 of his 26 points after halftime, and bigger, stronger Pittsburgh kept the No. 1s perfect against the No. 16s in the NCAA tournament.
The Panthers out-rebounded the Bulldogs 50-27 to make up for so-so shooting by nearly everyone but Gibbs. Pitt (28-5) led by only three early in the second half before putting the game away with a 13-5 run.
Butler 60, Old Dominion 68
In Washington, Matt Howard scored on a tip-in at the buzzer, giving eighth-seeded Butler a victory in the Southeast regional.
After Shawn Vanzant missed, Howard went up with his right hand and put the ball in an instant before time expired.
A year ago, Butler's magical run to the NCAA championship game ended with a narrow miss at the buzzer against Duke. In this game, the Bulldogs got the bounce they needed.
Wisconsin 72, Belmont 58
In Tucson, Ariz., Jon Leuer scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and Wisconsin methodically dispatched Belmont in the Badgers' fifth consecutive NCAA tournament-opening victory.
Jordan Taylor added 21 for the fourth-seeded Badgers (24-8).
Kansas State 73, Utah State 68
In Tucson, Jacob Pullen had a big game after an illness kept him out of practice the day before and fifth-seeded Kansas State held off Utah State by making its free throws down the stretch, sending the Aggies to their seventh straight opening loss in the NCAA tournament.
A 64 percent foul-shooting team during the regular season, Kansas State (23-10) made 11 of 14 from the line in the final 1:08 and 24 of 28 overall to move into the third round of the Southeast region against Wisconsin on Saturday.
BYU 74, Wofford 66
In Denver, Jimmer Fredette scored 32 points to lift third-seeded Brigham Young over No. 14 Wofford.
Hounded, double teamed and trapped by Wofford defenders much of the night, the nation's leading scorer still got off 25 shots and made 12 trips to the free-throw line.
Gonzaga 86, St. John's 71
In Denver, Marquise Carter scored a career-high 24 points, lifting 11th-seeded Gonzaga to a victory over sixth-seeded St. John's.
The Bulldogs (25-9) were the third lower seed to spring an upset in the Mile High city, joining No. 12 Richmond and No. 13 Morehead State.
Florida 79, UCSB 51
In Tampa, Erving Walker scored 18 points, Chandler Parsons flirted with his first triple-double and Florida coasted to victory over 15th-seeded UC Santa Barbara.
UCLA 78, Michigan State 76
In Tampa, Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee scored 16 points apiece and seventh-seeded UCLA held off a late comeback by No. 10 seed Michigan State.
The Bruins (23-10) won despite missing 17 free throws, nine of them in the final 3:40 while the Spartans were making a barrage of 3-pointers to get back into the game. The Bruins advanced to a third-round matchup against No. 2 seed Florida.
Temple 66, Penn State 64
In Tucson, Juan Fernandez sank an off-balance 5.5-meter jumper with under a second to play to end coach Fran Dunphy's NCAA tournament record 11-game losing streak.
Fernandez, double-teamed as time was running out, got off a shot off his right foot while fading to his left just inside the 3-point line.
SDSU 68, N. Colorado 50
In Tucson, Kawhi Leonard had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and second-seeded San Diego State survived Devon Beitzel's scoring burst to earn its first NCAA tournament win.
The Aztecs (33-2) had their hands full with the Bears of the Big Sky early. San Diego State pulled away behind its defense in the second half, holding Northern Colorado (21-11) scoreless for nearly 7 minutes.
UConn 81, Bucknell 52
In Washington, Kemba Walker had 18 points, a career-high 12 assists and eight rebounds, and No. 3 seed Connecticut earned coach Jim Calhoun his 850th career victory.
Roscoe Smith scored 17 for the Huskies (27-9), who showed no signs of fatigue after winning five games in five days last week to capture the Big East tournament.
Cincinnati 78, Missouri 63
In Washington, Yancy Gates had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Cincinnati made a successful return to the NCAA tournament.