Michigan State survives, other scores
Michigan State will play No. 4 seed Louisville in the West Regional semifinals Thursday in Phoenix.
Appling added 19 points for the Spartans (29-7), who had to scrap their way past the ninth-seeded Billikens (26-8).
-- (7) Florida 84, (15) Norfolk State 50—At Omaha, Neb. Kenny Boynton scored 20 points and Florida routed Norfolk State to reach the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.
-- (1) North Carolina 87, (8) Creighton 73—At Greensboro, N.C., 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 of North Carolina’s third-round victory over Creighton.
-- (13) Ohio 62, (12) South Florida 56—At Nashville, Tenn., Walter Offutt scored 21 points, D.J. Cooper had 19 and Ohio beat South Florida to advance to the regional semifinals.
The Bobcats (29-7) will play No. 1 seed North Carolina in their second trip to the round of 16.
Ohio trailed by two when Offutt swished a 3-pointer, launching a 10-0 run for the Bobcats.
-- (2) Kansas 63, (10) Purdue 60—At Omaha, Neb., Elijah Johnson scored 18 points, including the go-ahead basket off a steal in the final minute, and Kansas rallied to beat Robbie Hummel and Purdue after trailing almost the entire way.
Thomas Robinson had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Jayhawks (29-6), who were down by 10 in the second half but still managed to advance to St. Louis. They’ll play No. 11 seed North Carolina State on Friday in the Midwest Regional semifinals.
Hummel finished with 26 points and nine rebounds to lead the Boilermakers (22-13).
-- (11) North Carolina State 66, (3) Georgetown 63—At Columbus, Ohio, Lorenzo Brown hit three free throws in the final 10.6 seconds and North Carolina State conjured up its glorious tradition by upsetting Georgetown.
The Wolfpack (24-12) had to survive a furious comeback by the Hoyas (24-9).
-- (10) Xavier 70, (15) Lehigh 58—At Greensboro, N.C., 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.
-- (6) Cincinnati 62, (3) Florida State 56—At Nashville, Tenn., 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.
Cincinnati (26-10) will play No. 2 seed Ohio State in Boston on Thursday night in the East Regional, giving the state of Ohio four teams out of the last 16 still standing.
Sean Kilpatrick scored 18 points and Dixon finished with 15 for Cincinnati. Yancy Gates had 10, and JaQuon Parker grabbed 11 rebounds.
Florida State (25-10) had its six-game winning streak snapped. The Seminoles won their first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title this season but fell short of the NCAA regional semifinal they reached a year ago.
Luke Loucks led Florida State with 14 points.
Last updated: 2:23 pm Thursday, December 20, 2012