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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Wolfpack stun Hoyas

North Carolina St. dumps Georgetown in third round


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Georgetown's surprisingly successful season once again ended earlier than expected.

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At arm's length: Michigan State's Keith Appling (left) dribbles the ball as Saint Louis' Kwamain Mitchell fouls him during the Spartans' 65-61 win on Sunday. AP

Hollis Thompson scored 23 points, but the Hoyas' rally fizzled in a 66-63 loss to 11th-seeded North Carolina State in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday.

"We weren't picked to do anything," an emotional Jason Clark said after his final game in a Hoyas uniform. "Everybody doubted us. But as a group we believed in each other, and we proved a lot of people wrong."

Picked to finish 10th in the Big East, the Hoyas (24-9) put together another solid year. But it still ended with another surprising loss.

It was quite the wild finish, too.

The Hoyas, riding the shooting of Thompson, closed to 63-61 before freshman Otto Porter missed a 15-foot jumper under pressure with 14 seconds left.

"(Otto) was open," coach John Thompson III said. "He ended up getting a decent shot. The ball just didn't go in."

Lorenzo Brown, a 74 percent shooter at the line, made two foul shots with 10.6 seconds left for a 65-61 Wolfpack lead. Clark, who finished with 10 points, then went the length of the court for a layup before Brown was fouled again with 4.6 seconds left. He hit the first but missed the second, and the Hoyas raced down court for a potential tying 3.

They got a great look, with Clark stopping and getting off a rushed shot.

"We pushed the ball up the court, tried to get a last shot," Clark said. "I felt like it had a chance, but it didn't."

N. Carolina 87, Creighton 73

In Greensboro, North Carolina, John Henson proved he's healthy enough to help North Carolina's latest push for the Final Four. It remains to be seen if Kendall Marshall will be able to help the Tar Heels.

Henson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in his return from a wrist injury, but Marshall broke a bone in his right wrist during the second half.

Ohio 62, South Florida 56

In Nashville, Tennessee, Walter Offutt scored 21 points, D.J. Cooper had 19 and Ohio beat South Florida to advance to the regional semifinals.

Kansas 63, Purdue 60

In Omaha, Nebraska, Elijah Johnson scored 18 points, including the go-ahead basket off a steal in the final minute, and Kansas rallied after trailing almost the entire way.


Xavier 70, Lehigh 58

In Greensboro, North Carolina, senior center Kenny Frease scored a career-high 25 points to go with 12 rebounds and Xavier knocked off upset-minded Lehigh to reach the round of 16 for the fourth time in five years.


Cincinnati 62, Florida State 56

In Nashville, Tennessee, Dion Dixon stole the ball and dunked to put Cincinnati ahead for good with 1:32 left and the Bearcats edged Florida State to reach their first regional semifinal in the NCAA tournament since 2001.


Michigan St. 65, Saint Louis 61

In Columbus, Ohio, Draymond Green scored 16 points with 13 rebounds and set up Keith Appling's crucial 3-pointer with 1:34 left.

Florida 84, Norfolk State 50

In Omaha, Nebraska, Kenny Boynton scored 20 points and Florida reached the regional semifinals for the second straight year.

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