At Washington D.C.
Ashton Gibbs scored 20 of his 26 points after halftime, and the bigger, stronger, more physical Panthers downed the Bulldogs.
Pittsburgh (28-3) showed the scrappy Big South champions what Big East play is all about, outrebounding the Bulldogs (20-14) 50-27. Matt Dickey scored 21 points to lead UNC-Asheville.
(9) Old Dominion58
Matt Howard scored on a tip-in at the buzzer, giving the Bulldogs (24-9) the win over the Monarchs (27-7). Howard was on the left side of the basket after Shawn Vanzant missed from the right side. Howard went up with his right hand and put the ball in an instant before time expired.
Frank Hassell led Old Dominion with 20 points.
At Tampa, Fla.
(15) UC Santa Barbara51
Erving Walker scored 18 points, Chandler Parsons flirted with his first triple-double and the Gators (27-7) coasted to victory over the 15th-seeded Gauchos. Parsons, the Southeastern Conference’s player of the year, finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-high 10 assists. Orlando Johnson led the Gauchos (18-14) with 21 points.
(10) Michigan State76
Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee scored 16 points apiece and the seventh-seeded Bruins (23-10) held off a late comeback by the 10th-seeded Spartans (19-15) to win in the second round. The Bruins won despite missing 17 free throws, nine of them in the final 3:40. UCLA led 42-24 at the half and by as many as 23 in the second half before nearly letting the game slip away against a team hoping to make an improbable run in the tournament to a third consecutive Final Four. The Bruins were 30 of 47 from the foul line and only made two field goals over the final 8 minutes. Draymond Green led Michigan State with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Durrell Summers added 15 and Kalin Lucas finished with 11 after going the first 32 minutes without scoring.
Jimmer Fredette lived up to his billing, scoring 32 points to lift the third-seeded Cougars (31-4) to a victory over the No. 14 Terriers (21-13). Hounded, double-teamed and trapped by Wofford defenders much of the night, the nation’s leading scorer still got off 25 shots and made 12 trips to the free-throw line to help the Cougars win their school-record 31st game. Wofford, making its second straight NCAA appearance, shut down Fredette through most of the first half and led 25-21 with 5 minutes left. But Fredette made two free throws and a 3-pointer during a 9-0 run. Noah Dahlman led the Terriers with 22 points.
(6) St. John’s71
Marquise Carter scored a career-high 24 points, lifting the 11th-seeded Bulldogs to an 86-71 victory over the sixth-seeded Red Storm.
The Bulldogs (25-9) used their size and strength to muscle around the Red Storm (21-12), who were back in the tournament for the first time since 2002. Gonzaga outrebounded St. John’s 43-20.
Jon Leuer scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and the Badgers methodically dispatched the Bruins 72-58 for Wisconsin’s fifth consecutive NCAA tournament-opening victory. Jordan Taylor added 21 for the fourth-seeded Badgers (24-8), 14 in the first half. There was much talk of Belmont, a No. 13 seed, being a surprise tournament team, but the Bruins never hit their stride against the Badgers, who made 12 of 22 3-pointers, led by Taylor’s 5 of 9.
(5) Kansas State73
(12) Utah State68
Jacob Pullen scored 22 points and hit some big free throws down the stretch, helping the Wildcats (23-10) hold off the Aggies (30-4).
Tai Wesley overcame early foul trouble to score 18 points, Brockeith Pane added 17 and Pooh Williams scored 16 in what was a gritty-but-disappointing finish to a superb season at Utah State.
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