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Georgia State stuns Scott Drew, Baylor
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Georgia State stuns Scott Drew, Baylor

R.J. Hunter kept firing away, eventually lifting 14th-seeded Georgia State over third-seeded Baylor and knocking his father right off his seat with the biggest shot of his life.

Hunter's 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining capped a comeback from a 12-point deficit and lifted the Panthers to a 57-56 opening-game victory over the Bears in the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

With Ron Hunter working the sideline on a rolling chair less than a week after tearing his left Achilles tendon celebrating Georgia State winning the Sun Belt Conference championship, R.J. shrugged off a poor shooting performance to come through when his team needed him most.

It was a tough loss for Baylor coach Scott Drew, son of Homer Drew and brother of Bryce Drew, who leads Valparaiso into their tournament game today.

Baylor coach Drew felt the first long 3 got Hunter going, and that the Georgia State star "showed his versatility in different ways" the rest of the way. He was disappointed with how the Bears (24-10) handled the Panthers' press at the end. Baylor finished with 21 turnovers.

"All year we've executed down the stretch," Drew said. "We've been a tough team, and I feel bad the way the last 5 minutes went."

Xavier 76, Mississippi 57: Matt Stainbrook scored 20 points, Dee Davis added 17 and the sixth-seeded Musketeers beat the 11th-seeded Rebels.

Ohio State 75, VCU 72 (OT): D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points and rallied the Buckeyes from an early 12-point deficit as 10th-seeded Ohio State beat seventh-seeded VCU.

Russell made 10 of 20 shots, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, and added six rebounds, two steals and two blocks to bring the Buckeyes (24-10) back in both halves and overtime.

Arizona 93, Texas Southern 72: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 23 points, 16 in the first half, along with 10 rebounds for second-seeded Arizona.

Pac-12 freshman of the year Stanley Johnson added 22 points for the balanced Wildcats (32-3), who led by as many as 27 points.

North Carolina 67, Harvard 65: Justin Jackson hit a tying jumper in the final minute, and then had a fast-break dunk to help the fourth-seeded Tar Heels edge the Crimson.

North Carolina (25-11) wasted a 16-point second-half lead and briefly trailed before Jackson came to the rescue.

Siyani Chambers' four-point play put 13th-seeded Harvard ahead 65-63 with 1:15 remaining. It was the only lead of the game for the Ivy League champions.

Arkansas 56, Wofford 53: Michael Qualls scored 20 points, Southeastern Conference player of the year Bobby Portis added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the fifth-seeded Razorbacks held off the No. 12 seeded Terriers.

Arkansas at times looked as though it might become the latest No. 5 seed to get upset, but Wofford (28-7) missed three 3-pointers in the final minute-plus.

East

Villanova 93. Lafayette 52: Dylan Ennis scored 16 points and helped the Wildcats win their 16th straight game.

N.C. State 66, LSU 65: BeeJay Anya's hook shot rolled around and in with a second to play, lifting the Wolfpack to a stunning victory over the Tigers. Eighth-seeded N.C. State (21-13) trailed by as much as 16 points.

Kentucky 79, Hampton 56: Karl-Anthony Towns bounced back from a mini-slump with 21 points and 11 rebounds, Andrew Harrison added 14 points and the Wildcats rolled to a win over 16th-seeded Hampton.

South

UAB 60, Iowa St. 59: William Lee scored the last four points for the 14th-seeded Blazers in their upset win.

The Blazers (20-15) came in as one of the youngest teams in the field and with nobody having played in this tournament before. They wound up winning the program's first NCAA game since 2005.

UCLA 60, SMU 59: Bryce Alford made four 3-pointers in the final 3:40, his last on a rare goaltending call with 13 seconds remaining, to push 11th-seeded UCLA to the upset.

All of Alford's points came on nine long-range shots but his last attempt was the most debated as his shot from the left side was hit by SMU's Yanick Moreira before it reached the rim. Officials awarded Alford, the son of coach Steve Alford, the basket, to the disbelief of SMU players and coach Larry Brown.

Utah 57, Stephen F. Austin 50: Jakob Poeltl had 18 points and eight rebounds, and the fifth-seeded Utes opened its first NCAA tournament appearance in five years by holding off the Lumberjacks

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