MIDWEST REGION NCAA TOURNAMENT: Tennessee beats Massachusetts 86-67
Tennessee 86, Massachusetts 67: Jarnell Stokes recorded 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Volunteers rolled over the Minutemen in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Raleigh, N.C.
Jordan McRae scored 21 points and Josh Richardson added 15 as 11th-seeded Tennessee (23-12) shot 53.6 percent from the field while playing its fourth game in eight days. Jeronne Maymon contributed 11 points and 11 boards for the Volunteers, who will play No. 14 seed Mercer in the third round of the Midwest regional on Sunday at Raleigh.
Chaz Williams and Maxie Esho led the way with 12 points apiece for sixth-seeded UMass (24-9), which lost for the fourth time in its last six games. Derrick Gordon added 10 points for the Minutemen, who were playing their first NCAA tournament game since 1998.
Wichita State 64, Cal Poly 37: Cleanthony Early scored a game-high 23 points as the top-seeded Shockers rolled past the Mustangs in the second round of the NCAA tournament in St. Louis.
Chadrack Lufile added eight points, five rebounds and a block off the bench for Wichita State (35-0), which will take on eight-seeded Kentucky or ninth-seeded Kansas State on Saturday in the Midwest regional. Fred VanVleet dished out a game-high eight assists to go with four points for the Shockers, who became the first team in NCAA history to begin a season with 35 straight wins.
Maliik Love’s nine points on 4-of-6 shooting off the bench led the offense for Cal Poly (14-20), which defeated Texas Southern 81-69 in its first NCAA tournament appearance in Wednesday’s first round. Chris Eversley added six points and five rebounds for the Mustangs, who shot 20.7 percent from the field.