Fairleigh Dickinson stuns Purdue, becomes second No. 16 to top No. 1
Pitt routs misfiring Cyclones; Hauser paces Michigan State past USC
For just the second time in 152 tries, a No. 16 wore the slipper perfectly against a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Sean Moore scored 19 and Grant Singleton added eight points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals as No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson shocked No. 1 Purdue 63-58 on Friday night in Columbus, Ohio.
Despite sporting the smallest team in Division I basketball, FDU managed to overcome 21 points and 15 rebounds from 7-foot-4 All-American center Zach Edey.
Moore's steal and coast-to-coast layup with 1:36 put FDU ahead 58-53, before Fletcher Loyer hit a 3-pointer 12 seconds later. But another trey from Moore with 65 seconds left restored the lead to five, 61-56.
Down 61-58, Purdue's Braden Smith drove the lane but Moore came from behind and blocked the shot. Fletcher Loyer's corner triple was off the mark and Demetre Roberts sealed it with two free throws.
The Boilermakers joined Virginia from 2018 as the only No. 1 seeds in the 64-team era to lose to a No. 16. With all other top seeds advancing this year, No. 1 seeds are now 150-2 against No. 16 draws.
Fairleigh Dickinson, which became the first "play-in" No. 16 seed to advance, took advantage of four Purdue turnovers in a five-minute span to seize early control. The Knights, a team that starts four guards and a forward as the shortest team in Division I, gave Purdue fits all night with full-court pressure.
Purdue scored 11 straight points during the first half but FDU quickly regained its footing and answered with a 13-5 run, highlighted by a double-team trap of Smith on an inbound pass. Singleton stole the ball and fed Heru Bligen for a 32-29 lead. Purdue converted a pair of free throws before halftime and FDU settled for a 32-31 halftime edge.
No. 7 Michigan State 72, No. 10 USC 62
Joey Hauser recorded 17 points and eight rebounds as seventh-seeded Michigan State posted a 72-62 victory over 10th-seeded Southern California on Friday in Columbus, Ohio.
Jaden Akins had 12 points and six rebounds and Tyson Walker contributed 12 points and four assists. A.J. Hoggard added 11 points and five assists for the Spartans (20-12), who advanced to Sunday's second-round clash versus second-seeded Marquette.
Joshua Morgan's 14 points led the Trojans (22-11). Kobe Johnson supplied 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while Drew Peterson contributed 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Reese Dixon-Waters chipped in 10 points.
The Trojans' usual leading scorer, Boogie Ellis, was held to six points. Ellis, who entered the game averaging 18.0 points, shot 3-for-12 from the field before fouling out.
With the score tied at 38-apiece, Ellis was called for an offensive foul. The Spartans then went on a 11-2 run. Hauser got it started with a 3-pointer and Carson Cooper had a pair of dunks in the stretch, first off a Walker feed and then on a putback.
USC responded with a 7-2 spurt, including a 3-pointer by Dixon-Waters, to cut the Spartans' lead to 51-47.
When Hauser and Akins hit back-to-back corner 3-pointers, Michigan State's advantage grew to 15 at 66-51.
Johnson made consecutive 3-pointers to cut the Trojans' deficit to single digits. USC couldn't come closer than nine points the rest of the way.
No. 2 Marquette 78, No. 15 Vermont 61
Kam Jones scored 18 of his 19 points in the second half to help second-seeded Marquette overcome 15th-seeded Vermont on Friday in Columbus, Ohio.
Jones made 7 of 9 shots from the floor — including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. He scored 18 straight points for his team during a pivotal second-half sequence to propel the Golden Eagles (29-6) to their 10th straight win and notch their first NCAA Tournament victory since their run to the Elite Eight in 2013.
Marquette shot a robust 51.8% from the floor (29 of 56) and 50% from 3-point range (10 of 20). Oso Ighodaro collected 14 points, five rebounds and five assists and David Joplin added 12 points off the bench to help the Golden Eagles set a single-season school record for victories, topping the 28 secured by the 1970-71 team.
Marquette committed just five turnovers and benefited from seven steals to snap a 15-game winning streak for the Catamounts (23-11).
Vermont's Robin Duncan, Dylan Penn and Matt Veretto each scored 11 points. American East Player of the Year Finn Sullivan was limited to just four points after making just 2 of 9 shots from the floor and 0 of 6 from 3-point range.
No. 6 Kentucky 61, No. 11 Providence 53
Antonio Reeves scored 22 points and Oscar Tshiebwe collected a season-best 25 rebounds to lead Kentucky to victory over Providence on Friday night in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Jacob Toppin added 18 points while Tshiebwe had eight points, three steals and two blocked shots.
The Wildcats owned a 48-31 rebounding margin and collected 18 offensive boards, including 11 by Tshiebwe.
Ed Croswell scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting for 11th-seeded Providence (21-12). Devin Carter had 10 points while Kentucky transfer Bryce Hopkins scored just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting, plus a team-high eight rebounds.
Providence shot just 29.6% from the field in the second half and finished at 36.2% overall. The Friars went just 5-of-24 from 3-point range.
Kentucky shot just 25% from the field in the second half and 36.5% for the game. The Wildcats were 5-of-16 from 3-point range.
The Wildcats led 38-31 at halftime before both teams came out cold in the second half. Kentucky was 3-of-16 from the field over the first 12-plus minutes while the Friars were 2-of-13.
Noah Locke made a 3-pointer to halt a Providence field goal drought of 7:43 to bring the Friars within 46-41 with 7:18 remaining.
No. 11 Pitt 59, No. 6 Iowa State 41
Nelly Cummings scored 13 points and 11th-seeded Pitt routed sixth-seeded Iowa State 59-41 in a battle of cold-shooting teams Friday afternoon in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The Panthers (24-11), won despite having more turnovers (15) than field goals (14) while shooting 34.1% from the floor and 31.6% (6 of 19) on 3-pointers. Jamarius Burton added 11 points and Greg Elliott had 10.
Gabe Kalscheur and Jaren Holmes scored 12 points each and Trey King added 11 to lead the Cyclones (19-14), who shot 23.3% from the floor and 9.5% (2 of 21) on 3-pointers.
Kalsheur's layup started the second-half scoring and pulled the Cyclones within 30-25. But Cummings scored six points during a 10-1 run that gave the Panthers a 40-26 lead midway through the half.
Kalscheur made a jumper and King added two free throws to pull Iowa State within 10, but Pitt scored 10 straight to take command. The Cyclones had a nearly eight-minute field-goal drought.
Pitt took command early as Iowa State missed its first 11 field-goal attempts.
Guillermo Diaz Graham started the scoring with a 3-pointer and the Panthers scored the first five points before King made one of two free throws for the Cyclones.
Nike Sibande scored four points and Diaz Graham added two free throws as Pitt expanded the lead to 22-2.
After the Cyclones trimmed the lead to 22-11, it was the Panthers' turn to go ice cold as they made just one field goal during the final 13 minutes of the half. They made six of eight free throws down the stretch to maintain a 30-23 halftime lead.
No. 3 Xavier 72, No. 14 Kennesaw State 67
Trailing by 13 midway through the second half, third-seeded Xavier reeled off 15 straight points to rally past 14th-seeded Kennesaw State on Friday afternoon at Greensboro, North Carolina.
Colby Jones' free throw with 18.3 seconds left snapped the game's final tie, then Jack Nunge swatted Terrell Burden's go-ahead layup off the board with seven seconds to go to save the Musketeers (26-9).
Fourth-year forward Jerome Hunter posted a career-high 24 points to pace Xavier while Souley Boum added 17, including four free throws in the final three seconds.
Burden and Chris Youngblood scored 14 points apiece while Spencer Rodgers added 10 for Kennesaw State (26-9), which nearly topped its first winning season and first NCAA Tournament appearance with a remarkable upset.
Kennesaw State went scoreless for six minutes, 12 seconds, but pulled into a 63-63 tie on Brandon Stroud's pair of free throws with 3:46 remaining.
The Owls led at halftime and pushed the margin to 51-38 less than five minutes into the second half as they repeatedly attacked the rim for layups and tipins. Xavier wasn't able to cut the margin to single digits until 8:30 remained with a deficit of 61-53.
When Boum hit a runner off the glass with 5:30 to play, Xavier pulled into a 61-61 tie. Nunge notched a free throw on the next possession to give the Musketeers their first lead since the 5:21 mark of the first half.
No. 5 Miami 63, No. 12 Drake 56
Nijel Pack scored 21 points and led a clutch comeback late to help the Miami Hurricanes rally to beat the Drake Bulldogs on Friday night in Albany, New York.
The No. 5-seeded Hurricanes (26-7) advanced to the second round for the second consecutive season. No. 12-seed Drake (27-8) came close to winning its first NCAA Tournament game since 1971 thanks to a tremendous effort from Darnell Brodie, who finished with 20 points and eight rebounds.
But the Hurricanes used a 16-1 run over the final five minutes and 40 seconds to close out the victory. Miami turned up the defensive intensity with full-court pressure and did not allow Drake to convert a field goal during that final stretch.
The Hurricanes' Norchad Omier was uncertain to play until just before tip-off after suffering a right ankle injury last week in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinal loss to Duke. Omier finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds and his three-point play put the Hurricanes ahead 47-46 with 8:21 left in the second half.
But then the Bulldogs put together a 9-0 surge highlighted by back-to-back triples from reserve Sardaar Calhoun, who totaled 12 points and six rebounds.
Pack's jumper with one minute remaining put the Hurricanes ahead 58-56 in a game that had nine ties and nine lead changes.
No. 4 UConn 87, No. 13 Iona 63
Adama Sanogo notched a 28-point, 13-rebound double-double Friday night to lead fourth-seeded UConn to an 87-63 victory over No. 13-seed Iona in Albany, New York.
Sanogo made 13 of his 17 shots from the field to help the Huskies (26-8) advance to the second round, where they will face fifth-seeded Saint Mary's on Sunday.
Jordan Hawkins chipped in 13 points, Donovan Clingan posted 12 and Andre Jackson Jr. supplied 10.
Walter Clayton Jr. paced the Gaels (27-8) with 15 points. Daniss Jenkins finished with 14 points, while Berrick JeanLouis tallied 13 for Iona, which entered the tournament on a 14-game winning streak.
Iona wasted no time getting its offense going, making seven of its first 10 shots to take an early 18-14 lead with 12:54 left in the first half.
The Huskies gained a four-point lead with just over 7 1/2 minutes left until halftime but the Gaels responded with a 7-0 run that included a 3-pointer from Anton Brookshire. Iona led by as much as four later in the period before settling for a 39-37 edge at the break.
Hawkins and Sanogo shifted the momentum in UConn's favor early in the second half, as the duo accounted for all of the scoring during a 17-4 run that allowed the Huskies to build an 11-point cushion.
UConn just kept pouring it on from there, and Sanogo all but sealed the decision when he knocked down a triple from the top of the key with 3:03 remaining to extend the lead to 20.
No. 3 Gonzaga 82, No. 14 Grand Canyon 70
Julian Strawther scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as third-seeded Gonzaga pulled away in the second half against No. 14 Grand Canyon on Friday night in Denver.
Drew Timme added 21 points for the Bulldogs (29-5), while Anton Watson also had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Rayshon Harrison led the Lopes (24-12) with 20 points, Chance McMillian scored 16 and Gabe McGlothan had 11.
The Zags used a 16-0 run in the second half to pull away, taking a 64-42 lead with 9:54 left, as GCU went scoreless for more than 6 1/2 minutes.
Gonzaga shot 53.6% from the field (30 of 56) and was 7 of 15 from 3-point range. Grand Canyon shot 43.1% (28 of 65) and was 9 of 24 from long distance. The Zags had a big edge at the free-throw line, going 15 of 19 while the Lopes were just 5 of 7.
The Zags out rebounded Grand Canyon 39-25 and had a 40-26 advantage in points in the paint as well as 11-4 in fast-break points.
Gonzaga led 40-36 after a back-and-forth first half as Strawther scored 16 points.
No. 5 St. Mary’s 63, No. 12 VCU 51
Mitchell Saxen racked up 17 points to lead four scorers in double figures as No. 5 Saint Mary's earned the victory over No. 12 VCU in Albany, New York on Friday afternoon.
Saxen was an efficient 8-for-11 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots for the Gaels (27-7), who will face fourth-seeded UConn in the second round.
Alex Ducas also had 17 points, Augustus Marciulionis had 13 and Logan Johnson finished with 12 to go along with 10 rebounds.
Adrian Baldwin Jr. paced the Rams (27-8) with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Jayden Nunn chipped in nine points and seven rebounds for VCU, which has not won an NCAA Tournament game since 2016.
The Rams went ice cold following intermission, sinking just 6 of 27 shot attempts (22.2%) from the floor, including 2 of 9 (22.2%) 3-point tries.
Marciulionis hit a trey and Kyle Bowen converted a three-point play to give Saint Mary's some breathing room, making it 41-34 with 12:50 remaining.
VCU quickly cut its deficit to three, but the Gaels exploded for nine of the next 10 points to go up by 11 with just under nine minutes left. That's when the Rams began to struggle offensively — scoring just eight points over the final eight-plus minutes — allowing Saint Mary's to cruise to the finish.
No. 6 Creighton 72, No. 11 North Carolina St. 63
Creighton center Ryan Kalkbrenner poured in a career-high 31 points as the sixth-seeded Bluejays withstood 11th-seeded North Carolina State's comeback attempts in a 72-63 victory on Friday afternoon in Denver.
Kalkbrenner, a junior, made 11 of 14 shots from the field and also pulled in seven rebounds and blocked three shots.
Creighton (22-12) will meet third-seeded Baylor (23-10) in Sunday's second round.
Baylor Scheierman, Ryan Nembhard and Arthur Kaluma all scored 10 points for Creighton, which made 17 of 19 free throws to compensate for 3-for-20 shooting on 3-pointers. Kaluma had nine rebounds.
NC State's Terquavion Smith racked up 32 points — two shy of his career high — by making 12 of 27 shots from the field with one 3-pointer and going 7-for-9 at the foul line.
NC State shot 37.5% from the field and went 3-for-13 on 3-pointers.
NC State used an 11-0 run in the second half for a 37-30 lead. The Bluejays responded to gain a 56-47 edge with seven minutes left.
Then Smith and Jack Clark bagged 3-pointers for the Wolfpack.
NC State was within three points, but Creighton converted on offense regularly. Scheierman's 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down made it 65-59 with 2:25 remaining. The Wolfpack never made it a one-possession game again.
Smith had eight of NC State's final 10 points.
This was the first postseason meeting between the teams, which split two previous matchups in in-season tournaments.
No. 3 Baylor 74, No. 14 UC Santa Barbara 56
Adam Flagler posted 18 points and five assists, Caleb Lohner scored a season-high 13 points off the bench and No. 3 seed Baylor outlasted No. 14 seed UC Santa Barbara on Friday in Denver.
Baylor (23-10) outscored UCSB 15-4 over the final 8:11 of the game.
LJ Cryer added 11 of his 15 points in the second half and teamed with Flagler to account for all 15 points during the Bears' game-ending run. Lohner, in his first year at Baylor after starting for BYU last season, made all five of his field goal attempts and added five boards.
Miles Norris scored 15 points and Ajay Mitchell had 13 and four assists to lead the Gauchos (27-8), champions of the Big West Conference.
UCSB led 36-35 at halftime thanks to a 16-of-26 (61.5%) shooting performance. Baylor held UCSB to 7-of-23 (30.4%) from the field after halftime.
The Gauchos were ahead 41-39 with 17:49 to play when Baylor strung together a 9-0 run to create the separation it badly needed.
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