Men’s NCAA West
The football school still can’t win an NCAA basketball tournament game.
Nebraska fumbled away a 10-point second-half lead Thursday night and lost to Arkansas 74-65 at Boise in a first-round slop-fest that featured 43 turnovers.
Pat Bradley scored 19 points for the Razorbacks, including 4 of 4 free throws in the final 2 minutes and 7 seconds. Arkansas (24-8) broke away from a 61-61 tie with a 13-4 run over the final 3 minutes to advance to a second-round game against Utah on Saturday.
All of Arkansas’ points in the final 4 minutes came on 15-of-16 free-throw shooting.
Arkansas’ 22 turnovers resulted in 31 Nebraska points, but that wasn’t enough to prevent the 11th-seeded Cornhuskers (20-12) from falling to 0-6 in NCAA Tournament play. Nebraska had 21 turnovers resulting in 23 Razorback points.
Kareem Reid added 17 points and Tarik Wallace 13 for Arkansas.
Utah 85, San Francisco 68
Michael Doleac scored 27 points, making 15 of 17 free throws, while leading the Utes (26-3) past the Dons (19-11) in Boise.
Hakeem Ward had 17 points for San Francisco.
West Virginia 82, Temple 52
In Boise, the taller Mountaineers (23-8) passed the ball through, over and around the Owls (21-9) and their matchup zone defense.
The Owls never got untracked against West Virginia’s five senior starters and their full-court pressure.
Temple shot 32 percent in the first half, that after starting 3 of 19. West Virginia reeled off 11 unanswered points for a 24-8 lead that soon stretched to 18 points.
Cincinnati 65, N. Arizona 62
D’Juan Baker, 4 for 14 from the field up to that time, sank a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds to play as the Bearcats (27-5) defeated the Lumberjacks (21-8) in Boise.
Twice the Lumberjacks led by as many as six points in the second half.
But Bobby Brannen, who scored 24 points, helped keep Cincinnati in contention and when he made 1 of 2 free throws with 24.7 seconds to play, the Bearcats led 62-59.
Then Northern Arizona’s Michael McNair sank a 22-foot 3-pointer to tie it 62-62 with 17.4 seconds left.
Cincinnati, which plays West Virginia on Saturday, tried to get the ball into the middle to Brannen, but couldn’t. Instead, it went to the left side to Baker, whose wide-open shot fell through.
Arizona 99, Nicholls St. 60
The defending-champion Wildcats (28-4) took a 25-point halftime lead and coasted past the Colonels (19-10) in Sacramento, Calif.
Miles Simon scored 24 points and Mike Bibby 19 for the Wildcats, who will play Illinois State on Saturday.
Illinois St. 82, Tennessee 81 (OT)
Dan Muller, left virtually unguarded, wormed inside for a layup with 1.8 seconds left in overtime, giving the Redbirds (25-5) their victory over the Volunteers (20-9) in Sacramento.
Rico Hill led Illinois State with 22 points and Tennessee was led by Brandon Wharton with 23.
Maryland 82, Utah St. 68
Obinna Ekezie scored 17 points and had seven rebounds as the Terrapins (20-10) defeated the Aggies (25-8) in Sacramento.
Rodney Elliott, Maryland’s other key inside player, posted 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Terrapins, who play Illinois Saturday, dominated the middle.
Marcus Saxon scored 18 points in the first half and finished with 25 for Utah State.
Illinois 64, South Alabama 51
The Fighting Illini (23-9) used 12 steals and tenacious inside defense to defeat the Jaguars (21-7) in Sacramento.
Kevin Turner had 18 points and Matt Heldman added 15 as the Fighting Illini (23-9) forced 19 turnovers.
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