NCAA Tournament: Thursday’s games
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DENVER ó Kevin Anderson scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half, including a floater with 18.7 seconds remaining that helped seal 12th-seeded Richmond’s win.
The Spiders (28-7) sprang the second upset of the day at Pepsi Center.
Fifth-seeded Vanderbilt had a chance to tie the game with 2.5 seconds left, but Rod Odom’s desperation heave was nowhere near the hoop as time expired.
So much for the Commodores (23-11) vanquishing their tournament demons. They have now stumbled in their last three appearances in the NCAAs.
Kentucky 59, Princeton 57
TAMPA, Fla. ó Freshman Brandon Knight, held scoreless for more than 39 minutes, made a driving layup with 2 seconds remaining to lift No. 4 seed Kentucky over 13th-seeded Princeton.
Knight missed his first seven shots and even found himself on the bench in the closing minute.
Kentucky will face West Virginia in the East regional.
Dan Mavraides led Princeton (25-7) with 14 points.
UCLA 78, Michigan St. 76
TAMPA, Fla. ó Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee scored 16 points apiece and seventh-seeded UCLA held off a late comeback by the 10th-seeded Spartans 78-76 in the Southeast regional of the NCAA tournament.
Butler 60, Old Dominion 58
WASHINGTON ó Matt Howard scored on a tip-in at the buzzer, giving eighth-seeded Butler a victory in the Southeast regional.
After Shawn Vanzant missed, Howard went up with his right hand and put the ball in an instant before time expired.
Howard and Shelvin Mack each scored 15 points for Butler (24-9), which will face Pittsburgh.
Frank Hassell led Old Dominion (27-7) with 20 points.
Temple 66, Penn State 64
TUCSON, Ariz. ó Juan Fernandez sank an off-balance 18-footer with under a second to play to end coach Fran Dunphy’s NCAA tournament record 11-game losing streak.
Talor Battle’s 3-pointer from far behind the arc for Penn State tied it at 64-64 with 12.2 seconds to go. Fernandez and Ramone Moore scored 23 points each for the seventh-seeded Owls (26-7), who next play San Diego State. Battle scored 23 for the 10th-seeded Nittany Lions (19-15).
BYU 74, Wofford 66
DENVER ó Jimmer Fredette scored 32 points to lift third-seeded Brigham Young over No. 14 Wofford.
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.
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 and BYU (31-4) never relinquished the lead.
Noah Dahlman led the Terriers (21-13) with 22 points.
San Diego State 68, Northern Colorado 50
TUCSON, Ariz. ó Kawhi Leonard had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and second-seeded San Diego State survived Devon Beitzel’s scoring burst to earn its first NCAA tournament win.
The Aztecs (33-2) had their hands full with the Bears of the Big Sky early. San Diego State pulled away behind its defense in the second half, holding Northern Colorado (21-11) scoreless for nearly 7 minutes.
Wisconsin 72, Belmont 58
TUCSON, Ariz. ó Jon Leuer scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and Wisconsin methodically dispatched Belmont in the Badgers’ fifth consecutive NCAA tournament-opening victory.
Jordan Taylor added 21 for the fourth-seeded Badgers (24-8). Mike Hedgepeth scored 17 and Kerron Johnson 13 for the Atlantic Sun champion Bruins (30-5), still searching for their first NCAA tournament win after four tries.
Pittsburgh 74, UNC Asheville 51
WASHINGTON ó Ashton Gibbs scored 20 of his 26 points after halftime, and bigger, stronger Pittsburgh kept the No. 1s perfect against the No. 16s in the NCAA tournament.
Matt Dickey scored 21 points to lead UNC Asheville (20-14).
Cincinnati 78, Missouri 63
WASHINGTON ó Yancy Gates had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Cincinnati made a successful return to the NCAA tournament with a 78-63 win over Missouri.
The sixth-seeded Bearcats used their stalwart defense to hold the run-all-the-time Tigers to 29 percent shooting in the first half and 38 percent for the game. Missouri went some 11 minutes without scoring a field goal to fall behind by 15 early in the second half and finished well below their average of 81.4 points per game.
Connecticut 81, Bucknell 52
WASHINGTON ó Kemba Walker had 18 points, a career-high 12 assists and eight rebounds, and No. 3 seed Connecticut earned coach Jim Calhoun his 850th career victory.
Roscoe Smith scored 17 for the Huskies (27-9), who showed no signs of fatigue after winning five games in five days last week to capture the Big East tournament.
Mike Muscala scored 14 for 14th-seeded Bucknell (25-9).
Florida 79, UC Santa Barbara 51
TAMPA, Fla. ó Erving Walker scored 18 points, Chandler Parsons flirted with his first triple-double and Florida coasted to victory over 15th-seeded UC Santa Barbara.
Parsons, the Southeastern Conference’s player of the year, finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-high 10 assists. Florida (27-7) made 11 of its first 15 shots.
Gonzaga 86, St. John’s 71
DENVER ó Marquise Carter scored a career-high 24 points, lifting 11th-seeded Gonzaga.
The Bulldogs (25-9) were the third lower seed to spring an upset, joining No. 12 Richmond and No. 13 Morehead State.
The Bulldogs 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 by a 43-20 margin.
Kansas State 73, Utah State 68
TUCSON ó Frank Martinís team moves on.