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Sunday, March 18, 2012
Lehigh stuns second-seeded Duke
GREENSBORO, North Carolina — Mike Krzyzewski knew this year's Duke team had its flaws.
Several of them hurt the Blue Devils in a big way on Friday night.
Austin Rivers and Mason Plumlee had 19 points apiece, but Duke struggled from 3-point range and lost 75-70 to Lehigh to become the second No. 2 seed to lose to a 15 during a wild day in the NCAA tournament.
The Blue Devils, who relied on the 3-point shot this season, went 6-for-26 from behind the arc and another speedy guard sliced through their defense. This time it was C.J. McCollum, who finished with 30 points.
"We're not a juggernaut or anything like that," Krzyzewski said. "We have known that throughout the whole season. You have to do it pretty precise, and we just didn't play well offensively the last few weeks of the season. Actually we got better defensively, but offensively we just weren't there."
Duke's players were stunned.
"It's just . . . we all could've done more, man," Rivers said. "I never thought I'd be saying this after tonight."
Duke struggled all year long to meet its considerable standards, losing three games at home — a rarity in the Krzyzewski era. Despite the uneven play, the Blue Devils managed to stay in the top 10 in the polls.
A dramatic come-from-behind win over North Carolina on the road might have masked some problems.
But the Blue Devils missed their first nine 3-point attempts on Friday and had to play catch up for most of the game.
"These past weeks, it seems we've gone in the wrong direction and today we paid for it," said guard Seth Curry, who was 1-for-9 from the field. "We've been playing bad basketball for the past like two or three games and it showed today. They deserved to win and that's on me, personally. I didn't do my job."
Xavier 67, Notre Dame 63
In Greensboro, Tu Holloway banked in the go-ahead shot over Jack Cooley with 21.3 seconds left, helping 10th-seeded Xavier rally for the win over Notre Dame.
Michigan St. 89, LIU Brooklyn 67
In Columbus, Ohio, Draymond Green scored 24 points in a triple-double and top-seeded Michigan State fought off the upset bug that took down two No. 2 seeds in the NCAA tournament.
The Spartans (28-7) finally put away the pesky No. 16 Blackbirds (25-9) with a 14-4 run midway through the second half.
Norfolk State 86, Missouri 84
In Omaha, Kyle O'Quinn had 26 points and 14 rebounds, making several key plays in the closing minutes, and 15th-seeded Norfolk State held on to stun No. 2 Missouri.
Pendarvis Williams and Chris McEachin each added 20 points for the MEAC champion Spartans (26-9), who made their first trip to the NCAA tournament a memorable one.
Florida 71, Virginia 45
In Omaha, Bradley Beal had 14 points and 11 rebounds, reserve Casey Prather scored a career-high 14 and Florida pulled away in the second half to beat Virginia.
Saint Louis 61, Memphis 54
In Columbus, Kwamain Mitchell scored 22 points, including three big 3-pointers, and ninth-seeded Saint Louis rode its gritty defense to a victory over No. 8 Memphis.
FSU 66, St. Bonaventure 63
In Nashville, Bernard James scored 19 points and third-seeded Florida State barely avoided a big upset, rallying to beat 14th-seeded St. Bonaventure.
Andrew Nicholson scored 20 points and Demetrius Conger had 14 for St. Bonaventure (20-12), which was trying to win an NCAA tournament game for the first time since 1970.
Cincinnati 65, Texas 59
In Nashville, Yancy Gates had 15 points and 10 rebounds as sixth-seeded Cincinnati started strong and then withstood a late rally by 11th-seeded Texas.
North Carolina 77, Vermont 58
In Greensboro, Tyler Zeller had 17 points and 15 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Vermont in its NCAA tournament opener despite playing without injured starter John Henson.
Creighton 58, Alabama 57
In Greensboro, Doug McDermott scored 16 points and Creighton overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half to beat Alabama for its first NCAA tournament victory in 10 years.
Ohio 65, Michigan 60
In Nashville, D.J. Cooper scored 21 points and No. 13 Ohio held off fourth-seeded Michigan for yet another second-round upset in the NCAA tournament.
S. Florida 58, Temple 44
In Nashville, Victor Rudd Jr. and Anthony Collins each scored 17 points, and 12th-seeded South Florida shook off a frigid first 20 minutes to earn the upset over fifth-seeded Temple.
Georgetown 74, Belmont 59
In Columbus, Jason Clark scored 21 points, Otto Porter added 16 and third-seeded Georgetown's ruthless defense bottled up 14th-seeded Belmont's shooters, sending the Hoyas into the next round of the NCAA tournament after early exits the past two years.
NC State 79, SDSU 65
In Columbus, Richard Howell scored 22 points, double his season average, and 11th-seeded North Carolina State used its muscle inside and sticky defense to beat sixth-seeded San Diego State.
Kansas 65, Detroit 50
In Omaha, Thomas Robinson had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and second-seeded Kansas rolled to the victory.
Purdue 72, Saint Mary's 69
In Omaha, Lewis Jackson made the go-ahead free throws for 10th-seeded Purdue with 22.8 seconds left after seventh-seeded Saint Mary's had rallied late from 11 points down to take its first lead.