Cyclones, Heels advance; SFA stuns VCU in OT
IOWA ST. 93, NO. CAROLINA CENT. 75
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Georges Niang scored 24 points to lead third-seeded Iowa State as the Cyclones pulled away from No. 14 North Carolina Central in the second half for a 93-75 win Friday night in the East Region.
The Big 12 tournament champions found themselves in an early struggle with a program making its first NCAA tournament appearance in just its third year as a full-time Division I program. But the Cyclones' quickness and balance eventually took over.
Jeremy Ingram scored 28 for North Carolina Central (28-6), which came in on a 20-game win streak and won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
NORTH CAROLINA 79, PROVIDENCE 77
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — James Michael McAdoo sank two free throws in the final 3.5 seconds, and No. 6 seed North Carolina rallied to beat 11th-seeded Providence.
Providence's Bryce Cotton scored a career-high 36 points and made one dazzling shot after another down the stretch. But he also fumbled a long rebound in the final moments, robbing the Friars of a chance for a last-second miracle.
The Blue Devils fell earlier to 14th-seeded Mercer, and the Friars nearly handed North Carolina a similar stunner.
Marcus Paige led North Carolina with 19 points.
MEMPHIS 71, GEO. WASHINGTON 66
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Michael Dixon Jr. scored 19 points and hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to help Memphis hold off George Washington in the second round of the East Regional.
Joe Jackson added 15 points for the eighth-seeded Tigers (24-9). They entered the tournament having lost three of five to fall out of the national rankings, and shot 49 percent in this one but struggled to put the ninth-seeded Colonials away until the final seconds.
Isaiah Armwood scored a season-high 21 points after playing the final 12 minutes with four fouls for ninth-seeded GW (24-9), which was just 2 of 12 from 3-point range yet never fell behind by more than 10 points.
VIRGINIA 70, COAST. CAROLINA 59
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Anthony Gill scored 17 points to help No. 1 seed Virginia pull away late and beat Coastal Carolina 70-59 on Friday night, avoiding a historic upset in the NCAA tournament.
The Cavaliers, the top seed in the East Region, trailed by 10 in the first half and five at halftime to the 16th-seeded Chanticleers before pushing ahead for good with about 9 minutes left.
A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, and the Cavs (29-6) ensured history would wait at least another year.
Evan Nolte came off the bench and hit two huge 3-pointers to help Virginia finally push away from the Big South champion Chanticleers (21-13), who were in the tournament for the first time in 21 years.
The game was tied at 47 before Nolte's 3s powered a 23-7 spurt that finally put the game away.
In many ways, the second half was a perfect illustration of the formula that carried the Cavaliers to their first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament since 1976 and the program's first No. 1 seed since the days of Ralph Sampson.
After struggling to slow the hot-shooting Chanticleers early, the Cavaliers locked down on defense while improving their own offensive efficiency to slowly take control.
Virginia shot 65 percent (13 for 20) after halftime-- including 6 for 10 from 3-point range — while holding Coastal Carolina to just 32 percent (8 for 25).
Malcolm Brogdon scored 10 of his 14 points after halftime, but the Cavaliers got some of their biggest contributions from the bench.
S. F. AUSTIN 77, VCU 75, OT
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Desmond Haymon scored on an improbable four-point play with 3.6 seconds in regulation and hit a big 3-pointer in overtime to lead No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin to a win over fifth-seeded Virginia Commonwealth.
VCU (23-10) was firmly in control for most of the second half before SFA (32-2) rallied in the closing seconds.
Haymon hit one of the biggest — and most improbable — shots of what's already been a wild March, knocking down a 3-pointer and a free throw after being fouled by Jordan Burgess at the end of regulation.
Haymon hit another 3-pointer to put SFA up with 2 minutes left, but VCU had a final shot after Thomas Walkup missed 1 of 2 free throws with 14 seconds left. JeQuan Lewis got an open 3-pointer, but it went long and SFA snared the rebound.
UCLA 76, TULSA 59
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jordan Adams scored 21 points and Norman Powell added 15 in his hometown to lead fourth-seeded UCLA to a 76-59 victory over 13th-seeded Tulsa on Friday night, spoiling the NCAA tournament head coaching debut of Danny Manning.
UCLA (27-8) advances to Sunday's third round in the South region against 12th-seeded Stephen F. Austin, which upset No. 5 VCU 77-75 in overtime.
In his first year at Westwood, Steve Alford coached the Bruins to just their third win in the NCAA tournament since 2009. It came in the city where John Wooden won the last of his 10 national championships, in 1975.
Tulsa (21-13) had its 11-game winning streak snapped. Manning led Kansas to the 1988 title and won another championship as a Jayhawks assistant coach six years ago.
Manning is completing his second year as the head coach of the Hurricane and has been able to assemble a young team that has surged late in the year.