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NCAA men’s tournament capsules

Sun., March 18, 2012


At Pittsburgh

(1) Syracuse 75

(8) Kansas State 59

 Scoop Jardine had 16 points and eight assists to lead the top-seeded Orange to a victory over the eighth-seeded Wildcats on Saturday in the third round of the East Regional.

 James Southerland added 15 points for the Orange (33-2), who didn’t wait until the final minutes to seal the win as they did in the second round against 16th-seeded North Carolina-Asheville.

 Rodney McGruder had 15 points for the Wildcats (22-11), who struggled from the field against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense.

 Neither team had its leading rebounder. Syracuse’s 7-foot Fab Melo, the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, was declared ineligible by the school for the rest of the tournament earlier in the week. About 20 minutes before the start of this game, Kansas State announced that Jamar Samuels would be held out over an eligibility issue.


(4) Wisconsin 60

(5) Vanderbilt 57

 Ryan Evans scored 11 points and grabbed a crucial rebound in the closing seconds, helping the Badgers (26-9) hold off the Commodores 60-57 to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.

 John Jenkins took a 3-pointer that would have given the Commodores (25-11) the lead, but it bounced high off the rim and Evans pulled down the rebound and was fouled with 2.1 seconds left.

 He made the first free throw to make it a three-point game. After a Vanderbilt timeout, he missed the second and the Commodores called time with 1.3 seconds remaining but to no avail.


At Louisville, Ky.

(1) Kentucky 87

(8) Iowa State 71

 Freshman Marquis Teague scored a career-high 24 points and the top-seeded Wildcats put together another complete performance with a dominating second-half run in a victory over the Cyclones.

 Freshman Anthony Davis had 15 points and 12 rebounds, senior Darius Miller added 19 points and Doron Lamb finished with 16.

Royce White scored 23 points and had nine rebounds before fouling out with 4:32 left for Iowa State (23-11). But the Cyclones couldn’t contend with Kentucky’s (34-2) overwhelming offense and smothering defense.

At Albuquerque, N.M.

(3) Baylor 80

(11) Purdue 63

 Brady Heslip made nine 3-pointers and finished with 27 points to lift the Bears to a victory over the Buffaloes.

 Heslip, a transfer from Boston College who grew up in Canada, helped break open a tight game with a pair of 3-pointers that were part of a 14-0 run and gave the third-seeded Bears (29-7) a 75-60 lead.

Pierre Jackson had 13 points and 10 assists for Baylor.

 Freshman Askia Booker had 15 points for 11th-seeded Colorado (24-12), which saw its winning streak in the Pac-12 and NCAA tournament end at five.

At Portland

(4) Indiana 63

(12) Virginia Commonwealth 61

 Will Sheehey made a 15-footer from the baseline with 12.7 seconds left after a shot was blocked right to him, and the No. 4-seeded Hoosiers rallied to beat the Virginia Commonwealth Rams.

 Rob Brandenberg got a great look at a potential winning 3-pointer but it rimmed off at the buzzer, ending VCU’s (29-7) bid for another surprising March run.

 Indiana (27-8) advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in a decade and just four years after Tom Crean inherited a decimated program.  Bradford Burgess scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half for VCU (29-7).


At Louisville, Ky.

(3) Marquette 62

(6) Murray State 53

 Crowder scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half, and the Golden Eagles used a late run to overcome the Racers, sending Marquette to the West Regional semifinals.

 Trailing 46-41 with 7:43 to play, Marquette (27-7) went on a 14-2 run. While Crowder and Davante Gardner took care of the offense, scoring all but two points during the spurt, the Golden Eagles used their size and strength to wear down the pesky Racers (31-2).

 Isaiah Canaan scored 16 for Murray State (31-2), which is still looking to get out of the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. It’s the second time in three years Murray State has fallen short of the regional semifinals.

At Portland

(4) Louisville 59

(5) New Mexico 56

 Russ Smith had 17 points as the Cardinals held off the Lobos (28-7) for its sixth consecutive win to advance to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2009.

 Kyle Kuric added 10 points for the Big East tournament champions, who had lost their first game of the NCAA tournament the past two seasons.

 Trailing 53-46, New Mexico’s Drew Gordon hit a pair of free throws, and Demetrius Walker made a 3-pointer to pull to within 53-51 with 1:36 left. Smith made a pair of free throws for fourth-seeded Louisville (28-9) but Gordon answered with a tip-in.

 Gorgui Dieng dunked with 32.3 seconds left and Peyton Siva added free throws to make it 59-53.

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