NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

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Updated: March 23, 2013

Final Score: Duke 73, Albany 61

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Seth Curry scored 26 points and Mason Plumlee contributed 23 with eight rebounds, as Duke fended off a scrappy Albany squad with a 73-61 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Ryan Kelly added eight points and six boards for Duke (28-5), which is making its 18th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Blue Devils, seeded second in the Midwest Region, will play Creighton in the third round Sunday. Last year’s tourney run was a short one for the Blue Devils, who lost their opener as a No. 2 seed to Patriot League champ Lehigh. There was no big upset this year, although the America East champs did manage to make it interesting. The Great Danes trailed by as many as 16 in the second half, but were within 64-56 and nearly had a chance to trim the deficit further after Duke’s Quinn Cook missed a jumper with just over four minutes to play. However, Albany could not come up with the rebound and Curry found the loose ball in the lane with a clear trip to the basket for a layup that restored a 10-point margin. Kelly then came up with a steal that led to a Curry jumper and Albany didn’t get closer than nine from there. Jacob Iati scored 15 points and Peter Hooley added 13 with eight rebounds and five assists for Albany (24-11), which was making its third NCAA Tournament appearance and first since back-to-back trips in 2006 and 2007.

Final Score: Ole Miss 57, Wisconsin 46

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – Marshall Henderson scored 19 points and Ole Miss defeated Wisconsin, 57-46, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Henderson shot only 6-of-21 from the field, including 3-of-12 from behind the arc, for Ole Miss (27-8), which made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002. Murphy Holloway had 10 points and had nine rebounds and Reginald Buckner scored nine points and grabbed 12 boards for the Rebels, who will face the winner La Salle in a West Region third-round matchup on Sunday. Sam Dekker scored 14 points off the bench for the Badgers (23-12), who made their 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

Final Score: La Salle 63, Kansas State 61

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – Jerrell Wright made three free throws in the final 30 seconds to lift La Salle to a 63-61 win over Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Wright had 21 points on a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and was 9-for-10 from the foul line for the Explorers (23-9), who are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1992 and advanced to the second round with an 80-71 victory over Boise State in Wednesday’s First Four. Ramon Galloway tallied 19 points and Sam Mills added 10 for La Salle, the 13th seed in the West Region. The Explorers will face 12th-seed Ole Miss in the third round on Sunday. Jordan Henriquez and Shane Southwell scored 17 points for the Wildcats (27-8), who were in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year and were coming off a loss to Kansas in the Big 12 Conference Tournament final. Henriquez also had 12 rebounds in defeat.

Final Score: Creighton 67, Cincinnati 63

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Doug McDermott scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, as the Creighton Bluejays slipped past the Cincinnati Bearcats, 67-63, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Gregory Echenique had 13 points with seven rebounds for the Bluejays (28-7), who won their second straight MVC Tournament title. Creighton, seeded seventh in the Midwest Region, will next play Duke in the third round Sunday. Sean Kilpatrick led four Cincinnati players in double figures with 19 points. Cashmere Wright posted 15 points and six assists for the Bearcats (22-12). Friday’s contest was a matchup of Big East past vs. the future. Creighton, along with Butler and Xavier, are set to join the new Big East, a basketball-centric conference, this summer. Cincinnati, meanwhile, will remain in the former, soon-to-be-renamed Big East conference.

Final Score: Temple 76, North Carolina State 72

Dayton, OH (Sports Network) – Khalif Wyatt scored 31 points and led Temple to a 76-72 win over North Carolina State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Jake O’Brien scored 18 points and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson added 12 for the Owls (24-9), who made their sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance but had not won a game in the tourney since 2001, when they made the Elite Eight. Temple, the ninth seed in the East Region, will face top- seeded Indiana in the third round on Sunday. Lorenzo Brown had a team-high 22 points and dished out nine assists for the Wolfpack (24-11), who made the Sweet 16 last spring and were coming off a loss against Miami in the ACC Tournament semifinals. C.J. Leslie scored 20 points and Richard Howell registered 14 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.

Final Score: Indiana 83, James Madison 62

Dayton, OH (Sports Network) – Yogi Ferrell had his coming-out party in the NCAA Tournament, with the freshman guard tallying 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help top-seeded Indiana to a dominating 83-62 victory over James Madison in an East Regional second round game. Ferrell netted 14 of his points in the game’s opening 5 1/2 minutes to enable the Hoosiers (28-6) to build a double-digit lead they never relinquished and easily advance into a matchup with ninth-seeded Temple in Sunday’s third round. Four other Indiana players scored in double figures in the rout, with Will Sheehey contributing 15 points off the bench and Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo each finishing with 11. Jordan Hulls added 10 points. Freshmen Andre Nation and Charles Cooke each recorded career-high scoring totals for James Madison (21-15), a surprise winner of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament that was making its first NCAA appearance since 1994. Nation had 24 points before fouling out late, with Cooke making 4-of-5 shots from 3- point range in an 18-point effort. The Dukes were coming off their first triumph in NCAA Tournament play since 1983 with Wednesday’s 68-55 decision over Long Island in the First Four round.

Final Score: Miami-Florida 78, Pacific 49

Austin, TX (Sports Network) – Durand Scott led the way with 21 points and Shane Larkin chipped in 10 with nine assists, as the Miami Hurricanes breezed through the Pacific Tigers, 78-49, in their opening contest of the NCAA Tournament. After surprising many by capturing the ACC regular season and tournament crowns, Miami (28-6) looked ready and raring to go in its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008. The Hurricanes converted 12-of-22 attempts from 3- point range and held Pacific to just 33.3 percent shooting from the field. Trey McKinney Jones added eight points and eight boards for the Hurricanes, who will take on Illinois in an East Region third round matchup on Sunday. Pacific (22-13) couldn’t keep up and prolong the career of longtime head coach Bob Thomason, who is stepping down after finishing his 25th year at the helm. Travis Fulton had a team-high 18 points and Khalil Kelly finished with 11 and nine rebounds in defeat.

Final Score: Illinois 57, Colorado 49

Austin, TX (Sports Network) – Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson made shots when it counted as Illinois survived an ugly shooting performance and a furious second-half Colorado comeback to take a 57-49 decision in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A game of runs was determined by Illinois’ closing 18-5 flurry, which was sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from Richardson and Paul, who netted 14 and 17 points, respectively, to push the seventh-seeded Illini (23-12) into a third round East Regional match with the Miami Hurricanes on Sunday. Tracy Abrams added 13 points with six assists for the Illini, who shot just 30.8 percent and were coming in as losers in four of six. Inconsistent offense ultimately doomed the 10th-seeded Buffaloes (21-12), whose second scoreless stretch of at least eight minutes all but negated a 20-0 run to start the second half. Askia Booker scored a team-best 14 points, Josh Scott had 10 with 14 boards and Andre Roberson finished with nine points and eight rebounds in defeat.

Final Score: Florida Gulf Coast 78, Georgetown 68

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – What a debut for Florida Gulf Coast in the NCAA Tournament. Playing in the City of Brotherly Love, the 15th-seeded Eagles portrayed the role of Rocky Balboa and delivered a stunning knockout to Georgetown’s national title hopes. Sherwood Brown had 24 points and Bernard Thompson scored 23 in Florida Gulf Coast’s 78-68 win over the Hoyas. Brett Comer finished with 12 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Eagles (25-10), who seized control with a 21-2 second-half surge and became the third No. 15 seed to oust a No. 2 in the last two years. Norfolk State edged Missouri in the 2012 tournament, a few hours before Lehigh took down Duke. Florida Gulf Coast, the Atlantic Sun Tournament champs, will play San Diego State Sunday in the third round of the South Region. The Eagles are in just their second year of Division I postseason eligibility. Markel Starks paced Georgetown (25-7) with 23 points, while Big East Player of the Year Otto Porter, Jr. posted a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double but shot just 5-of-17 from the floor.

Final Score: Ohio State 95, Iona 70

Dayton, OH (Sports Network) – Deshaun Thomas scored 24 points, and Ohio State pulled away in the second half to beat Iona, 95-70, in a second-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament. Sam Thompson had career-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes (27-7), who are seeded second in the West Region. They will play No. 10 seed Iowa State Sunday. The reigning Big Ten Tournament champion Buckeyes, winners of nine in a row, also received 12 points from Lenzelle Smith Jr. and 11 from Evan Ravenel. Tavon Sledge tallied 20 points and Sean Armand added 17 for the Gaels (20-14), who gained entry into the “Big Dance” thanks to their victory in the title game of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament. Iona officially fell to 0-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament after its 1980 appearance was vacated due to violations. Lamont Jones, the MAAC player of the year, came into the game averaging 23 points. He was held to nine on 3-of-14 shooting.

Final Score: North Carolina 78, Villanova 71

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – P.J. Hairston poured in a game-high 23 points and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams earned his 700th win, as the Tar Heels held off Villanova, 78-71, on Friday in a second-round matchup in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament at the Sprint Center. James Michael McAdoo followed with 17 points, while Reggie Bullock and Marcus Paige added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Tar Heels (25-10), who have won 11 consecutive opening-round games in the NCAA Tournament. Williams’ former team — top-seeded Kansas — awaits the coach’s current team in Sunday’s third round after the Jayhawks slipped past Western Kentucky on Friday. JayVaughn Pinkston paced Villanova (20-14) with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Darrun Hilliard donated 18 points and Mouphtaou Yarou added 17 for the Wildcats, who lost to North Carolina in the Final Four back in 2009.

Final Score: Florida 79, Northwestern State 47

Austin, TX (Sports Network) – Erik Murphy scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds, and Florida used a strong second half to cruise past Northwestern State, 79-47, in South Region second-round action of the NCAA Tournament. Patric Young poured in 16 points and pulled down nine boards for the third-seeded Gators (27-7), who held Northwestern State to just 15 points in the final 20 minutes of play to move on to face Minnesota in Sunday’s third round. DeQuan Hicks had 12 points and eight rebounds for the 14th-seeded Demons (23-9), who trailed by eight at halftime but struggled to slow down the Gators thereafter. Northwestern State was appearing in its first NCAA Tournament in seven years after winning the Southland Conference Tournament title.

Final Score: San Diego State 70, Oklahoma 55

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Jamaal Franklin posted 21 points and eight rebounds as San Diego State took a 70-55 win over Oklahoma in the second round of South Region action on Friday. James Rahon had 17 points while Chase Tapley added 10 points for the seventh-seeded Aztecs (23-11), who also got seven points and 11 rebounds from Deshawn Stephens. San Diego State, which is in the tournament for a fourth straight year, will next play Florida Gulf Coast, which turned in an upset win over Georgetown, on Sunday. Romero Osby scored 22 points with eight rebounds to lead the 10th-seeded Sooners (20-12), who were in this event for the first time in four seasons. Amath M’Baye had eight points and four boards in the loss.

Final Score: Iowa State 76, Notre Dame 58

Dayton, OH (Sports Network) – Freshman Georges Niang scored 19 points and Melvin Ejim added 17, and Iowa State blew out Notre Dame, 76-58, in a second- round game from the West Region in the NCAA Tournament. Will Clyburn and Tyrus McGee each scored nine for the 10th-seeded Cyclones (23-11), who won a game in the NCAA Tournament for a second straight year. In 2012, the Cyclones opened by upending Connecticut before losing to eventual national champion Kentucky in the next round. Next up for Iowa State is a Sunday game against No. 2 seed Ohio State. The Buckeyes beat Iona, 95-70, earlier Friday night at University of Dayton Arena. The Cyclones went into the game the nation’s leader in 3- pointers per game at 9.8, and they hit 9-of-21 from beyond the arc. Tom Knight and Jack Cooley each scored 14 for the seventh-seeded Fighting Irish (25-10), who fell behind by double digits at halftime and never recovered.

Final Score: Kansas 64, Western Kentucky 57

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – Jeff Withey posted 17 points, seven blocks and six rebounds, as Kansas snuck past 16th-seeded Western Kentucky, 64-57, in a second-round matchup in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament at the Sprint Center. Travis Releford and Ben McLemore each registered 11 points for the Jayhawks (30-5), who became the first team in NCAA Division I history to win 30 or more games in four straight seasons. With the victory, Kansas advances to Sunday’s third round, where the top-seeded Jayhawks will take on No. 8 seed North Carolina. Jamal Crook led Western Kentucky (20-16) with 13 points and nine rebounds, while T.J. Price poured in 12 points for the Hilltoppers, who earned their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance after claiming the Sun Belt crown.

Final Score: Minnesota 83, UCLA 63

Austin, TX (Sports Network) – Andre Hollins had a game-high 28 points and made 5-of-8 shots from behind the arc to go along with nine rebounds as Minnesota outlasted UCLA, 83-63, on Friday in South Region second-round action of the NCAA Tournament. Austin Hollins followed with 16 points and seven assists, while Trevor Mbakwe had nine points and 12 boards for the 11th-seeded Gophers (21-12), who advance to Sunday’s third round to face third-seeded Florida. Shabazz Muhammad paced UCLA with 20 points, while David Wear and Norman Powell each netted 10 in defeat for the sixth-seeded Bruins (25-10), who had missed the tournament two of the last three years and haven’t made it past the first two rounds since they last made the Final Four in 2008. UCLA’s chances had already taken a blow before it made the postseason, as guard Jordan Adams, who averaged 15.3 points this season, broke his right ankle on the final play of the Bruins’ Pac-12 tournament semifinal victory over Arizona.