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Lehigh knocks off Duke, NCAA roundup

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Associated Press
March 17, 2012
— C.J. McCollum scored 30 points and Lehigh upset Duke, 75-70, in the South Regional to become the second No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 during a wild Friday in the NCAA tournament.

The Mountain Hawks were the sixth 15 seed overall to pull off the trick. Norfolk State edged Missouri in the West Regional earlier in the day, and No. 13 seed Ohio knocked off fourth-seeded Michigan to add to the madness.


Duke dropped its first tournament game for only the second time in the past 16 years, and this one occurred just 55 miles from its campus. Coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils also lost their opener against 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth in 2007.


Duke (27-7) had no answer for McCollum, a speedy guard who’s a two-time Patriot League player of the year and the nation’s fifth-leading scorer.


It didn’t help that the Blue Devils shot 6 of 26 from 3-point range.


Lehigh (27-7) led most of the game, drawing support from North Carolina fans who borrowed brown signs from Mountain Hawks supporters that read “Go Lehigh” to root against their rivals.


West Regional

-- (15 seed) Norfolk State 86, (2) Missouri 84—At Omaha, Neb., Kyle O’Quinn had 26 points and 14 rebounds, making several key plays in the closing minutes, and Norfolk State held on to stun 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. They became the first No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 since fellow conference member Hampton knocked off Iowa State in 2001.


O’Quinn had a chance to take some of the drama out of the finish when he went to the free throw line with 3.8 seconds to go, but the 70-percent foul shooter missed both tries.


Missouri coach Frank Haith called a timeout with 2.9 seconds left to set up a final play, and the ball wound up in the hands of Phil Pressey. He took a couple of hard dribbles and let loose a 3-pointer from the wing that clanked off the back iron as the buzzer sounded.


Norfolk State advanced to play No. 7 seed Florida in the third round Sunday.


Michael Dixon led Big 12 tournament champion Missouri (30-5) with 22 points, and Pressey and fellow guard Marcus Denmon finished with 20 points each. Pressey also had eight assists.


-- (7) Florida 71, (10) Virginia 45—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.


The Gators (24-10) finished the first half on a 17-4 run to shake off a slow start and get out to a 30-22 lead. They shot 70 percent in the second half, pushing their lead to more than 20 points.


Florida made it to the regional finals last season. The Cavaliers were in the tournament for the first time since 2007.


Mike Scott had 15 points for Virginia (22-10).


-- (9) Saint Louis 61, (8) Memphis 54—At Columbus, Ohio, Kwamain Mitchell scored 22 points, including three big 3-pointers, and Saint Louis rode its gritty defense to a victory over Memphis.


Mitchell closed the first half by banking in a 3, then nailed two others to help coach Rick Majerus and the Billikens


(26-7) overturn an eight-point deficit in the second half.


Will Barton had 16 points for the Tigers (26-9).


-- (1) Michigan State 89, (16) LIU Brooklyn 67—Draymond Green scored 24 points in a triple-double, Derrick Nix added 18 points and the Spartans (28-7) finally put away the pesky No. 16 Blackbirds (25-9) with a 14-4 run midway through the second half.


Michigan State will play Saint Louis in the third round Sunday.


Green added 12 rebounds and 10 assists.


East Regional

-- (3) Florida State 66, (14) St. Bonaventure 63—At Nashville, Tenn., Bernard James scored 19 points and Florida State barely avoided a big upset.


The Seminoles (25-9) shook off a slow start and won their sixth straight game. They will play sixth-seeded Cincinnati on Sunday in the third round.


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.


-- (6) Cincinnati 66, (11) Texas 59—Yancy Gates had 15 points and 10 rebounds as Cincinnati (25-1) started strong and then withstood a late rally by Texas.


J’Covan Brown led Texas (20-14) with 19 points.


Midwest Regional

-- (1) North Carolina 77, (16) Vermont 58—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.


Freshman forward James Michael McAdoo added a season-high 17 points for the Tar Heels (30-5).


Sandro Carissimo had 11 points for the Catamounts


(24-12).


-- (8) Creighton 58, (9) Alabama 57—Doug McDermott scored 16 points and Creighton (29-5) overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half to beat Alabama for its first NCAA tournament victory in 10 years.


Alabama had a chance to win during the frantic final seconds, but Josh Jones blocked Trevor Releford’s 3-point attempt from the top of the key as time expired.


Releford led Alabama


(21-12) with 14 points.


-- (13) Ohio 65, (4) Michigan 60—D.J. Cooper scored 21 points and Ohio (28-7) held off Michigan (24-10) for yet another second-round upset in the NCAA tournament.


-- (3) Georgetown 74, (14) Belmont 59—At Columbus, Ohio, Jason Clark scored 21 points, Otto Porter added 16 and Georgetown’s defense bottled up Belmont’s shooters.


Henry Sims had 15 points for the Hoyas (24-8), who shot 62 percent from the floor and will play No. 11 seed North Carolina State in the third round Sunday.


The Bruins (27-8) had their 14-game winning streak stopped and fell to 0-5 in NCAA appearances.


-- (11) North Carolina State 79, (6) San Diego State 65—Richard Howell scored 22 points, double his season average, and North Carolina State used its muscle inside and sticky defense to beat San Diego State.


Lorenzo Brown added 17 points and C.J. Leslie 15 for the Wolfpack (23-12).


Jamaal Franklin had 23 points and Chase Tapley 19 for the Aztecs (26-8).


-- (10) Purdue 72, (7) Saint Mary’s 69—At Omaha, Neb., Lewis Jackson made the go-ahead free throws for Purdue with 22.8 seconds left after Saint Mary’s had rallied late from 11 points down to take its first lead.


Rob Jones, who had 23 points, missed a 3 at the buzzer for the Gaels (27-6).


Terone Johnson had 21 points, Jackson 18 and Robbie Hummel and Anthony Johnson scored 10 apiece for the Boilermakers (22-12).


-- (12) South Florida 58, (5) Temple 44—At Nashville, Tenn., Victor Rudd Jr. and Anthony Collins each scored 17 points, and the (22-13) shook off a frigid first 20 minutes in upsetting fifth-seeded Temple.


South Florida took it to the Atlantic 10 regular season champ with its bruising, Big East-style of play and held Temple 20 points below its previous season low in scoring.


In their third NCAA tournament, the Bulls will play No. 13 seed Ohio on Sunday.


Khalif Wyatt led Temple


(24-8) with 19 points, and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 10.



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