SOUTH REGION NCAA TOURNAMENT: Stanford claims 58-53 victory over New Mexico
Stanford 58, New Mexico 53: Chasson Randle scored 23 points to lead the Cardinal past the Lobos in Midwest regional play in St. Louis.
Anthony Brown and Stefan Nastic added 10 points apiece for 10th-seeded Stanford (22-12), which advances to face either Kansas or Eastern Kentucky in Sunday’s round of 32. The Cardinal led by 16 points early in the game and held off New Mexico’s charge to post the program’s first NCAA tournament victory since 2008.
Cameron Bairstow had 24 points and eight rebounds for the seventh-seeded Lobos (27-7), who were eliminated in their first game for the second straight year after falling to 14th-seeded Harvard in 2013. Deshawn Delaney with 10 points was the only other player to reach double digits for New Mexico, which shot just 36.5 percent from the field.
Kansas 80, Eastern Kentucky 69: Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points and Jamari Traylor posted career highs of 17 points and 14 rebounds as the Jayhawks slipped by the Colonels in Midwest regional play in St. Louis.
Perry Ellis contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds and Tarik Black added 12 points and four blocked shots for second-seeded Kansas (25-9), which advances to face 10th-seeded Stanford in Sunday’s round of 32. Traylor’s career-best outing helped the Jayhawks record a 43-19 rebounding advantage while softening the loss of center Joel Embiid to a back injury.
Glenn Cosey scored 17 points for 15th-seeded Eastern Kentucky (24-10), but the Colonels experienced severe matchup issues in the interior and allowed Kansas to shoot 60.4 percent from the field. Tarius Johnson and Eric Stutz added 15 points for Eastern Kentucky, which trailed by only three points with 3:39 to play before wilting down the stretch.
Stephen F. Austin 77, Virginia Commonwealth 75 (OT): Desmond Haymon scored 17 points, including a four-point play with 3.6 seconds left in regulation, and the Lumberjacks rallied past the Rams in a second-round NCAA tournament game in San Diego.
Jacob Parker scored 22 points and Thomas Walkup collected 12 points and 10 boards for No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin (32-2), which posted its first-ever NCAA tournament victory and advanced to Sunday’s third-round game in the South region against either No. 4 seed UCLA or No. 13 Tulsa. Nikola Gajic added nine points and six rebounds to help the Lumberjacks extend their winning streak to 29 games.
Treveon Graham led fifth-seeded VCU (26-9) with 19 points and seven rebounds while Jordan Burgess added 14 points. JeQuan Lewis chipped in 13 points and Juvonte Reddic had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Rams, who led by 10 with six minutes to play in regulation.