NCAA EAST REGIONAL: Harvard stuns Cincinnati
Wesley Saunders led a balanced attack with 12 points as the Crimson knocked off the Bearcats 61-57 in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Spokane, Wash.
Laurent Rivard and Siyani Chambers scored 11 points apiece and Steve Moundou-Missi collected nine points and seven rebounds for 12th-seeded Harvard (27-4), which will meet No. 4 Michigan State in the third round Saturday. Brandyn Curry also had nine points in a reserve role for the Crimson, who led the entire second half en route to winning a second-round game for the second straight season.
Sean Kilpatrick ended a remarkable career with 18 points for No. 5 seed Cincinnati (27-7), but he committed five of his team's 11 turnovers, including two down the stretch. Justin Jackson finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Titus Rubles had nine points for the Bearcats, who shot 36.8 percent in falling in the second round for the second year in a row.
A three-point play by Jackson pulled the Bearcats to within 51-49 with seven minutes left and Kilpatrick answered a turnaround by Saunders with a long jumper before Troy Caupain hit two free throws for Cincinnati to make it 54-53 with three minutes to go. After Chambers hit a jumper, Kilpatrick was called for an offensive foul, Rubles missed a layup and Kilpatrick lost the ball to Chambers, who hit three of Harvard's five free throws in the final 38 seconds to seal it.
Rivard hit all three of his 3-point tries in the first half, including one with 1:05 left to help Harvard take a 36-29 halftime lead, and the advantage expanded to nine points on Moundou-Missi's dunk with about 17 minutes left. Kilpatrick was good from long range and Jackson converted a three-point play to spark a 10-3 run that made it a two-point game with just under 14 minutes remaining, setting up the tight finish.
Michigan State 93, Delaware 78: Adreian Payne scored a career-high and Spartans tournament-record 41 points to lift Michigan State to a second-round win in the NCAA tournament in Spokane, Wash.
Payne hit 4-of-4 three-pointers in a 23-point first half and made all 17 of his free throws - a tournament record for one game - for fourth-seeded Michigan State (27-8), which surged into a third-round matchup in the East Region with No. 12 seed Harvard on Saturday. Travis Trice scored 19 points off the bench on 7-of-8 shooting and Gary Harris and Branden Dawson added 10 points apiece as the Spartans won their tournament opener for the sixth time in their last seven appearances.
Devon Saddler led the Blue Hens (25-10) with 21 points while Davon Usher had 20.
Connecticut 89, Saint Joseph’s 81 (OT): Shabazz Napier had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists and the Huskies survived an upset bid by the Hawks in a second-round NCAA tournament game in Buffalo, N.Y.
DeAndre Daniels added 18 points for No. 7 seed Connecticut (27-8), which advanced to Saturday's third-round game in the East Region against either No. 2 seed Villanova or No. 15 Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ryan Boatright made four 3-pointers and scored 17 points to help the Huskies post their first NCAA tournament victory since winning the national title in 2011.
Langston Galloway led No. 10 seed Saint Joseph's (24-10) with 25 points, including four 3-pointers, while DeAndre Bembry added 16 points. Ronald Roberts, Jr. collected 15 points and 10 rebounds and Chris Wilson chipped in 13 points for the Hawks, who struggled offensively after senior forward Halil Kanacevic fouled out with 3:47 remaining in overtime.
Saint Joseph's, making its first appearance in the tournament since 2008, led by 10 late in the first half before Boatright's 3-pointer cut the deficit to 40-35 at the break. The Huskies tied the game at 70 with 30.8 seconds to play on Amida Brimah's three-point play, and the teams headed to overtime after Napier's shot at the buzzer bounced off the back rim.
Kanacevic had 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists before fouling out early in overtime, and Connecticut quickly took control with a 10-4 run. Napier, the American Athletic Conference player of the year, converted all seven of his shots from the foul line in overtime and finished with nine points in the extra session.