NCAA tournament roundup

COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Hoosiers dominate James Madison in their NCAA opener

2013-03-22T20:45:00Z 2013-05-17T17:58:06Z COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Hoosiers dominate James Madison in their NCAA openerThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 22, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

Indiana's got a few brutes, some big boys from the Big Ten who know how to throw their weight around.

But in their NCAA tournament opener, the Hoosiers (28-6) turned to their speedy, 178-pound point guard to make James Madison's knees buckle right away.

Yogi Ferrell was the bully.

Ferrell scored Indiana's first nine points and had 14 in the first six minutes as top-seeded Indiana powered its way to an easy 83-62 win in the second round of the East Regional on Friday.

Not taking any chances with a No. 16 seed, the Hoosiers started fast, building a 21-point halftime lead. They pushed it to 33 in the second half before letting up and had little trouble with the Dukes (21-15), who won their first tournament game in 30 years on Wednesday and thought they could hang with the Hoosiers.

"The speed they play with is unbelievable," Dukes guard Devon Moore said. "We haven't seen anything like that."

Looking every bit like a team capable of cutting down the nets in Atlanta next month, Indiana, which spent a good chunk of the season atop the AP poll, will play Temple in the second round Sunday.

Temple 76, North Carolina State 72: Khalif Wyatt scored 31 points, finishing the game with an injured left thumb that had him grimacing before his clinching free throws, and Temple broke with its one-and-done NCAA tournament trend.

The ninth-seeded Owls (24-9) opened a 17-point lead before Wyatt — the Atlantic 10's player of the year and top scorer — hurt his left thumb and left the game briefly, returning with black tape on the non-shooting hand.

Miami 78, Pacific 49: Durand Scott had 21 points and Miami (28-6) had a triumphant return to the NCAA tournament at Austin, Texas. Miami plays Illinois on Sunday.

Illinois 57, Colorado 49: Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson made consecutive 3-pointers to give Illinois back the lead with 6 minutes left and the seventh-seeded Illini pulled out a tough win over Colorado (21-12) at Austin, Texas.

Illinois led by 16 at halftime only to watch Colorado rip off a 21-2 run in the second to grab the lead. The Illini looked desperate until Paul and Richardson coolly knocked down their shots to put Illinois ahead 48-44.

Four free throws by Paul eventually put the game away for the Illini (23-12). Paul led Illinois with 17 points.

 

West Regional

Iowa St. 76, Notre Dame 58: Freshman Georges Niang matched a season high with 19 points and Iowa State, showing it can do much more than just fire away from outside the 3-point line, dismantled Notre Dame in Dayton, Ohio.

The 10th-seeded Cyclones (23-11) will play No. 2 seed Ohio State on Sunday.

Iowa State led the nation in 3-pointers this season, but the Cyclones were just as effective from short range in ousting the Fighting Irish (25-10), who played their final game as a member of the Big East and will join the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

Tom Knight scored 14 to lead the Fighting Irish.

Ohio State 95, Iona 70: Sam Thompson had career highs with 20 points and 10 rebounds, part of a dominating performance by Ohio State's front line, and the Buckeyes (27-7) ran away to a victory over Iona (20-14) at Dayton, Ohio.

Mississippi 57, Wisconsin 46: Marshall Henderson shook out of a shooting slump and scored 17 points in the second half at Kansas City, Mo., giving the Rebels (27-8) their first NCAA tournament win since 2002.

La Salle 63, Kansas State 61: Jerrell Wright made three foul shots in the final 30 seconds, and No. 13 seed La Salle (22-9) advanced after blowing an 18-point halftime lead to beat fourth-seeded Kansas State (27-8) at Kansas City, Mo.

 

South Regional

Florida Gulf Coast 78, Georgetown 68: Sherwood Brown scored 24 points, and Bernard Thompson had 23 to lead Florida Gulf Coast to an incredible NCAA tournament debut, a win over second-seeded Georgetown at Philadelphia.

The Eagles (25-10), in their second season of being eligible for Division I postseason, became just the seventh No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2.

It was another disappointing NCAA exit for the Hoyas (25-7), who have lost to a double-digit seed in their last four appearances.

North Carolina 78, Villanova 71: P.J. Hairston scored 23 points; James Michael McAdoo added 17, and North Carolina (25-10) unleashed a flurry of 3-pointers to subdue gritty Villanova (20-14) at Kansas City, Mo., giving coach Roy Williams his 700th career victory.

Florida 79, Northwestern St. 47: Erik Murphy had 18 points to lead four Florida players in double figures and the Gators (27-7) shut down the NCAA's highest-scoring team, beating Northwestern State  (23-9) at Austin, Texas.

San Diego State 70, Oklahoma 55: Jamaal Franklin scored 21 points; James Rahon had 17, and San Diego State (23-10) beat Oklahoma (20-12) in Philadelphia to earn its third NCAA tournament victory.

The seventh-seeded Aztecs will play No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday.

 

Midwest Regional

Duke 73, Albany 61: Seth Curry scored 26 points, Mason Plumlee had 23 and second-seeded Duke beat Albany (24-11) in Philadelphia.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski extended his all-time lead with his 80th career victory in the tournament that he has won four times.

The Blue Devils (28-5) will meet seventh-seeded Creighton in the third round Sunday.

Creighton 67, Cincinnati 63: Doug McDermott had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Gregory Echenique scored 13 points to help Creighton (28-7) hold on at Philadelphia.

McDermott, the two-time Missouri Valley Conference player of the year and 2012 All-American, made all 11 free throws to help the seventh-seeded Bluejays move on to play Duke on Sunday.

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