Friday , Mar , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Kelenna Azubuike and Chuck Hayes both
scored 16 points to lead Kentucky past Eastern Kentucky, 72-64, in the first
round of the NCAA Tournament from the RCA Dome. Kentucky, seeded No. 2 in
the Austin bracket, will face Cincinnati in the second round on Saturday,
as the Bearcats advanced with a 76-64 victory over Iowa. Rajon Rondo provided
a big steal down the stretch and finished with points in the win for the
Wildcats (26-5), who won the Southeastern Conference regular season title.
Matt Witt paced Eastern Kentucky (22-9) with a game-high 21 points. Alonzo
Hird had a solid afternoon with 11 points and a game-best 14 boards for the
15th-seeded Colonels, who won the Ohio Valley Tournament to reach the NCAA
Tournament for the first time since 1979.

Final Score: Cincinnati 76, Iowa 64

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jason Maxiell scored 22 points and James
White added 15 to lead Cincinnati past Iowa, 76-64, in the first round of the
NCAA Tournament from the RCA Dome. Cincinnati is seeded No. 7 in the Austin
bracket. Nick Williams contributed 13 points and Eric Hicks collected 10
points with nine rebounds for the Bearcats (25-7), who will look to change
their recent struggles during the opening weekend of the NCAA
Tournament. Cincinnati hasn’t made it past the second round in seven of
the last eight years. Greg Brunner scored 20 points and hauled down a game-
high 10 rebounds to pace 10th- seeded Iowa (21-12), which was playing in
the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001. Jeff Horner chipped in
12 points for the Hawkeyes, who were down by as many as 18 early and never
fully recovered.

Final Score: Oklahoma 84, Niagara 67

Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Drew Lavender had 17 points to lead the
Oklahoma Sooners past the Niagara Purple Eagles, 84-67, in first-round action
of the NCAA Tournament at the McKale Center. Taj Gray added 13 points and
Kevin Bookout and David Godbold each put in 12, as the Sooners (25-7),
seeded third in the Austin Bracket, now await the sixth-seeded Utah Utes
in the second round on Saturday. Gray also hauled in a team-high 13 rebounds,
while Bookout grabbed 10. Juan Mendez posted his 21st double-double of the
season with 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead 14th-seeded Niagara (20-10),
which was playing in just its third-ever NCAA Tournament game and its first
since the Purple Eagles reached the second round in 1970.

Final Score: Utah 60, UTEP 54

Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Andrew Bogut scored 24 points and pulled down
11 rebounds to lead the Utah Utes past the Texas-El Paso Miners, 60-54, in
first round action of the NCAA Tournament from the McKale Center. Bryant
Markson added 10 points for the sixth-seeded Utes (28-5) in the Austin
bracket. Utah won for the 10th time in its last 11 first-round games, and
avenged a first- round loss to Boston College last season. Omar Thomas had 24
points to lead 11th-seeded UTEP (27-8), which suffered its second straight
first round defeat. The Miners, who were ousted by Maryland last year,
earned an automatic bid to the tournament by way of winning their first
Western Athletic Conference tournament title since 1990.

Final Score: Pacific 79, Pittsburgh 71

Boise, ID (Sports Network) – Christian Maraker and David Doubley each scored
17 points, as Pacific ran out to a big lead and held on for a 79-71 victory
over Pittsburgh in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Mike Webb added
15 points for the Big West regular-season champion Tigers (27-3), who made
10-of-20 three-point shots and beat a Big East team in the first round of the
tournament for a second straight year. Last year, as a 12th seed, Pacific
knocked off Providence before losing to Kansas. Pacific, which had won 22
straight games before losing its conference tournament final to Utah
State, was rewarded with an eight seed in the Albuquerque bracket this
year and will next have a second-round matchup with top-seeded Washington, an
88-77 winner over Montana. Pittsburgh (20-9) was led by Carl Krauser’s 27
points, but he scored only two in the first half when Pacific took control
of the contest. The Panthers had reached the Sweet 16 in each of the last
three years, but never led in this game and had to play catch up the whole
way.

Final Score: Washington 88, Montana 77

Boise, ID (Sports Network) – Brandon Roy scored 17 points to lead a balanced
Washington attack, as the Huskies opened their first NCAA Tournament as a top
seed with an 88-77 victory over Montana. Tre Simmons added 15 points, Will
Conroy chipped in 12 and Bobby Jones netted 11 for Washington (28-5), which
was rewarded with a surprising top seed in the Albuquerque bracket after
capturing the Pac-10 Tournament title. Jamaal Williams was also in double
figures for Washington with 10 points and star guard Nate Robinson
contributed nine. Kamarr Davis posted game highs of 24 points and 11
rebounds to lead Montana (18-13), which won the Big Sky Tournament title
to earn its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2002.

Final Score: Wake Forest 70, Chattanooga 54

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Chris Paul netted a game-high 20 points and
grabbed six rebounds to lead Wake Forest past a pesky Chattanooga team, 70-54,
in first round action of the NCAA Tournament from the Wolstein Center. Justin
Gray added 14 points for the Demon Deacons (27-5), who are seeded second
in the Albuquerque bracket and will face seventh-seeded West
Virginia on Saturday. Eric Williams netted 11 points and pulled down five
rebounds in the win. Chris Brown led the way for the Mocs (20-11) with 14
points, while Alphonso Pugh chipped in 13 in the losing effort. Casey
Long had nine points for Chattanooga, which earned the NCAA birth after
winning the Southern Conference Tournament.

Final Score: West Virginia 63, Creighton 61

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Tyrone Sally’s go-ahead dunk with 2.4
seconds remaining lifted West Virginia over Creighton, 63-61, in first round
action of the NCAA Tournament from the Wolstein Center. Sally finished with
12 points, while Kevin Pittsnogle’s 17 points led the way for the seventh-
seeded Mountaineers (22-10). Mike Gansey chipped in 13 points in the win. Nate
Funk paced the Bluejays (23-11) with 23 points, going 4-of-8 from three-point
range in the losing effort. Johnny Mathies tallied 16 points before fouling
out.

Final Score: Gonzaga 74, Winthrop 64

Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Adam Morrison scored 27 points and Gonzaga
withstood a game effort from underdog Winthrop to record a 74-64 victory in
the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the McKale Center. Morrison made
12-of-19 field goal attempts and netted 17 of his points in the second-half
to lead the Bulldogs, the third seed out of the Albuquerque bracket,
into Saturday’s second round. Ronny Turiaf compiled 13 points and 13
rebounds and J.P. Batista contributed 14 points for Gonzaga (26-4), which
will next face sixth-seeded Texas Tech. Winthrop (27-6), which held the
nation’s longest win streak of 18 games coming in, received 22 points from
Torrell Martin, who hit a career-high six three-pointers. Phillip
Williams finished with 17 points and James Shuler added 12 for the
14th-seeded Eagles, who gave the Bulldogs all they could handle
before yielding late.

Final Score: Texas Tech 78, UCLA 66

Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Ronald Ross had 28 points and eight rebounds to
propel Texas Tech to a 78-66 victory over UCLA in an NCAA Tournament first-
round clash at the McKale Center. Jarrius Jackson added 17 points on 7-of-11
shooting and Devonne Giles compiled 16 points and eight rebounds for the
Red Raiders, who never trailed at any point and shot better than 59 percent
from the field. Texas Tech (21-10) is the seventh seed in the Albuquerque
bracket. Thompson netted 22 points and Josh Shipp finished with 13 for
11th-seeded UCLA (18-11), which was making its first appearance in the
65-team field since 2002.

Final Score: Wisconsin-Milwaukee 83, Alabama 73

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Ed McCants and Joah Tucker both scored 21
points to lead Wisconsin-Milwaukee to an 83-73 win over Alabama in the first
round of the NCAA Tournament at the Wolstein Center. Boo Davis and Adrian
Tigert each added 10 points for the Panthers (25-5), who have won 10
straight games overall, which included capturing the Horizon League
Tournament. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, seeded 12th in the Chicago Bracket, will
next meet fourth-seeded Boston College in second-round action on Saturday.
The Eagles dismantled Pennsylvania to reach the round of 32. Kennedy Winston
had 20 points and Ronald Steele netted 16 for the fifth-seeded Crimson Tide
(24-8), who failed to duplicate their magical tournament run from last
season. Alabama, which was an eight seed in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, made
it all the way to the Elite Eight before losing to eventual national-
champion Connecticut.

Final Score: Boston College 85, Pennsylvania 65

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Jared Dudley scored 18 points to lead Boston
College to a convincing 85-65 win over Pennsylvania in the first round of the
NCAA Tournament at the Wolstein Center. Craig Smith added 15 points and a
game-high 13 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Eagles (25-4), who shared the
regular season Big East Conference title with Connecticut. Sean Marshall
added 14 points and Jermaine Watson contributed 13 in the win. Tim Begley had
19 points and Mark Zoller chipped in 16 and nine boards for the 13th-seeded
Quakers (20-9), who earned an automatic bid by winning the Ivy League
title for the fourth time in the last six years.

Final Score: Nevada 61, Texas 57

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Kevinn Pinkney scored 15 points and his
basket with 44 seconds remaining gave Nevada the lead for good, as the Wolf
Pack defeated Texas, 61-57, in first-round action in the Chicago bracket of
the NCAA Tournament at the RCA Dome. Mo Charlo had 12 points and Ramon
Sessions added 11 points for Nevada (25-6), which will next face top-seeded
Illinois in the second round on Saturday. The Illini defeated 16th-seeded
Fairleigh Dickinson, 67-55. Nick Fazekas tallied 10 points and 13 rebounds for
the ninth-seeded Wolf Pack, who scored the final eight points of the game
to secure the win. Jason Klotz had a career-high 20 points and six rebounds
for the eighth-seeded Longhorns (20-11), who held a four-point lead with
just under 2 1/2 minutes remaining only to go scoreless the rest of the way.
Brad Buckman added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Kenny Taylor had 12 points
for Texas, which was appearing in a school record seventh straight NCAA
Tournament but failed to advance to at least the Sweet 16 for the first time
in four years.

Final Score: Illinois 67, Fairleigh-Dickinson 55

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Dee Brown scored 19 points and sparked a
key run to begin the second half, as Illinois defeated Fairleigh-Dickinson,
67-55, in first-round action of the Chicago bracket in the NCAA Tournament at
the RCA Dome. Luther Head added 13 points for the top-seeded Illini (33-1).
James Augustine added 11 points and 15 rebounds for Illinois, which has won
four in a row after having its 29-game winning streak halted in its regular-
season finale at Ohio State. The Big Ten Tournament champions entered the NCAA
Tournament as the top-ranked team in the nation. Gordon Klaiber had a game-
high 24 points to lead the Knights (20-13), who won the NEC Tournament to earn
the automatic berth and their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998.

Final Score: Arizona 66, Utah State 53

Boise, ID (Sports Network) – Channing Frye scored 13 of his 17 points in the
second half and the Arizona Wildcats moved on to the second round of the NCAA
Tournament with a 66-53 victory over the Utah State Aggies in the Chicago
bracket. Salim Stoudamire also posted 17 points for third-seeded Arizona
(28-6), which will face 11th-seeded UAB on Saturday. Hassan Adams and Chris
Rogers netted 10 points in the victory. Jaycee Carroll led the way with 18
points, including a 5-for-10 effort from beyond the arc, for 14th-seeded Utah
State (24-8). Nate Harris added 12 in the losing effort.

Final Score: UAB 82, LSU 68

Boise, ID (Sports Network) – Marvett McDonald tallied 21 points, as the UAB
Blazers defeated LSU, 82-68, in first-round action of the Chicago bracket in
the NCAA Tournament. Donell Taylor posted 14 points and twin brother
Ronell added nine for the Blazers (22-10), who are seeded 11th. Brandon
Bass paced the sixth-seeded Tigers with 25 points. Glen Davis
contributed 18 points for LSU (20-10) and Tack Minor added 15 in the loss.