Saturday , Mar , 19 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Curtis Stinson scored 18 points and grabbed
six rebounds to lead Iowa State to a 64-53 victory over Minnesota in the first
round of the NCAA Tournament at Charlotte Coliseum. The Cyclones, seeded
ninth in the Syracuse bracket, will next face top-seeded North
Carolina in the second round on Sunday. The Tar Heels advanced with
an easy win over Oakland on Friday. Rahshon Clark and Jared Homan each
netted 14 points for Iowa State (19-11). Homan also pulled down 13 boards
and blocked seven shots. Brent Lawson and Vincent Grier paced the eighth-
seeded Golden Gophers with 14 points apiece. Aaron Robinson finished with 11
points for Minnesota (21-11).

Final Score: North Carolina 96, Oakland 68

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Marvin Williams scored 20 points and grabbed
eight rebounds, as North Carolina rolled to a 96-68 victory over Oakland in
the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Charlotte Coliseum. Sean May
chipped in 19 points and eight boards for the Tar Heels (28-4), who have won
nine of their last 10 games. The Tar Heels, who are in search of their
fourth national championship, also received 16 points from Rashad McCants and
10 from Jackie Manuel. Cortney Scott paced the 16th-seeded Golden Grizzlies
with 21 points. Rawle Marshall netted 16 points and Brandon Cassise added
14 for Oakland (13-19), which was making its first-ever appearance in the
NCAA Tournament.

Final Score: Florida 67, Ohio 62

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Anthony Roberson scored five straight points
for Florida in the final minute to thwart a stirring Ohio rally, as the Gators
pulled out a 67-62 victory over the upset-minded Bobcats in the first round of
the NCAA Tournament. Roberson finished with 11 points and Matt Walsh added
18 for the Gators, who watched a 20-point lead disappear before scoring
seven straight to win their eighth consecutive game. Florida (24-7), which
captured its first-ever SEC Tournament title last week with a 17-point win
over Kentucky, is seeded fourth in the Syracuse bracket and will have a
second-round matchup on Sunday against Villanova, a 55-47 winner over New
Mexico. Mychal Green scored 24 points to lead Ohio (21-11), which won the Mid-
American championship with a thrilling overtime triumph over Buffalo to reach
the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994.

Final Score: Villanova 55, New Mexico 47

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Mike Nardi scored 15 points and Randy Foye
added 14, as Villanova raced out to a big lead and held on for a 55-47 victory
over New Mexico in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Villanova led by as
many as 24 in the first half and saw its lead trimmed down to five, but made
enough free throws down the stretch to win for the ninth time in its last
10 games. The lone loss in that stretch was a last-second, two-point
heartbreaker to West Virginia in the Big East semifinals. The Wildcats
(23-7), the fifth seed in the Syracuse bracket, are making their first NCAA
Tournament appearance since 1999.

Final Score: Wisconsin 57, Northern Iowa 52

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Kammron Taylor scored 16 points,
including six in the final 1:03, to lead Wisconsin to a 57-52 win over
Northern Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Sharif Chambliss
added 15 points for the sixth-seeded Badgers (23-8), who advanced to take
on Bucknell in a second-round matchup in the Syracuse bracket on Sunday.
Bucknell, a 14th seed, advanced with a 64-63 upset win over third-seeded
Kansas in their first-round encounter Friday. Ben Jacobson scored 20 points
for the 11th-seeded Panthers (21-11), who pulled within three late but could
not pull off the upset.

Final Score: Bucknell 64, Kansas 63

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Bucknell’s Chris McNaughton banked in a
hook shot with 10.5 seconds left and Kansas’ Wayne Simien missed a jumper from
the foul line as time expired, as the Bison stunned the Jayhawks, 64-63, in
the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Kevin Bettencourt scored 19 points
and Charles Lee added 15 for Bucknell (23-9), which became the first-ever
team out of the Patriot League to earn an NCAA Tournament victory and the
first No. 14 seed to win a first-round game since Weber State defeated North
Carolina in 1999. Simien scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 10
rebounds for third-seeded Kansas (23-7), which had won its previous 21
first-round NCAA Tournament games. The Jayhawks’ most recent lost in the
first round came to UCLA in 1978.

Final Score: North Carolina State 75, Charlotte 63

Worcester, MA (Sports Network) – Julius Hodge had a game-high 19 points,
nine assists and seven rebounds to lead North Carolina State to a 75-63 win
over Charlotte in the first round of the NCAA Tournament from the DCU Center.
The Wolfpack, seeded 10th in the Syracuse bracket, will face defending
national champion Connecticut in the second round on Sunday. The Huskies
advanced with a 77-71 victory over Central Florida. Andrew Brackman added 16
points and six boards for the Wolfpack (20-13), who are in the midst
of their fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Cameron
Bennerman and Ilian Evtimov had 12 points apiece for North Carolina State,
which overcame a 16-point deficit for the win. Brendan Plavich was on fire
in the first half for seventh-seeded Charlotte with 15 points, but didn’t
score the rest of the game.

Final Score: Connecticut 77, UCF 71

Worcester, MA (Sports Network) – Charlie Villanueva scored 22 points and
grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Connecticut Huskies to a 77-71 victory over
Central Florida in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the DCU Center.
Rudy Gay added 17 points for the defending national champions. Denham Brown
contributed 11 points and eight boards for the Huskies (23-7), who
outrebounded the Golden Knights, 43-29, and were ahead by 19 in the second
half before holding off a late rally. Gary Johnson scored a career-high 29
points to lead the Knights (24-9), the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament
champions. William Bakanowsky had 15 points in the loss.

Final Score: Duke 57, Delaware State 46

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Shelden Williams scored 14 points and pulled
down 11 rebounds as Duke struggled past Delaware State, 57-46, in first-round
action of the NCAA Tournament from the Charlotte Coliseum. Daniel Ewing was
the only other Blue Devil in double figures with 14 points. Duke (26-5),
the top seeded team in the Austin bracket, will face Mississippi
State in Sunday’s second round. The ninth-seeded Bulldogs pounded Stanford
93-70 in the last game at the Coliseum on Friday night. J.J. Redick
struggled shooting, going only 1-of-7 from the floor and connecting
on just one three-point attempt while finishing with seven points in the win.
With the triumph, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski tied Dean Smith with
victories in the NCAA Tournament, winning his 65th all-time. Alain Walker
led the way for the 16th-seeded Hornets with 13 points.

Final Score: Mississippi State 93, Stanford 70

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) -Lawrence Roberts poured in 23 points and
grabbed 13 rebounds as Mississippi State routed Stanford, 93-70, in
first-round action of the NCAA Tournament from the Charlotte Coliseum. Winsome
Frazier netted 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting from three-point range for
the Bulldogs (23-10), the ninth seed in the Austin bracket. Shane Power
tallied 14 points in the win. Mississippi State will now face top-seeded
Duke in Sunday’s second round. Chris Hernandez led the way for Stanford
(18-13) with 17 points. Matt Haryasz finished with 14 and 10 rebounds for
the Cardinal, who earned an at-large berth out of the Pac-10. Rob
Little, who was saddled with foul trouble in the first half, had 14 points
and six boards in the losing effort.

Final Score: Vermont 60, Syracuse 57 (OT)

Worcester, MA (Sports Network) – Germain Mopa Njila and T.J. Sorrentine
drained clutch three-pointers in overtime, and Vermont held on for a thrilling
60-57 upset of Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Njila
scored 20 points and Sorrentine had 17 for the 13th-seeded Catamounts
(25-6), who picked up their first Tournament win ever and first victory over a
ranked team since 1950. Conference-champion Vermont is also the first team
from America East to win in the tourney since 1996 when Drexel knocked off
Memphis in the first round. The Catamounts will meet fifth-seeded Michigan
State in the second round of the Austin bracket on Sunday, this after the
Spartans beat Old Dominion in the late game. Senior Hakim Warrick scored 21
with 12 rebounds to lead the fourth-seeded Orange (27-7), who lost in the
first round for the first time since 1999.

Final Score: Michigan State 89, Old Dominion 81

Worcester, MA (Sports Network) – Alan Anderson scored 10 of his 15 points in
the second half and Michigan State overcame a five-point halftime deficit to
beat Old Dominion 89-81 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Paul Davis
added 14 points for the fifth-seeded Spartans (23-6), who will take on 13th
seed Vermont in a second round matchup out of the Austin bracket. The
Catamounts advanced with a thrilling 60-57 overtime upset of fourth-seeded
Syracuse. Alex Loughton scored a game-high 22 points to lead Old Dominion
(28-6), which was making its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1997.
The 12th-seeded Monarchs earned their bid by winning the Colonial
Athletic Association Tournament and a school-record 28 games.

Final Score: Louisville 68, UL-Lafayette 62

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Francisco Garcia scored a game-high 27
points, including seven crucial free throws in the waning minutes, as the
Louisville Cardinals opened their NCAA Tournament with a 68-62 victory over
the UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns at Gaylord Entertainment Center. Garcia went
8-of-20 from the floor and 9-of-9 from the free throw line for Louisville
(30-4), which advanced to play fifth-seeded Georgia Tech in second-round
action of the Albuquerque bracket on Sunday. Larry O’Bannon netted 13 points
and Taquan Dean added 12 in the victory. The Cardinals tried to take their
anger out on the Cajuns (20-11), who were making back-to-back NCAA
Tournament appearances for the first times since 1982-83. Leading 13th-
seeded UL-Lafayette was Brian Hamilton with 19 points and 10 boards. Tiras
Wade contributed 15 points and seven boards, while Chris Cameron chipped in 11
in the loss.

Final Score: Georgia Tech 80, George Washington 68

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Jarrett Jack scored a game-high 20 points as
the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defeated the George Washington Colonials 80-68
in opening-round action of the Albuquerque Bracket from the Gaylord
Entertainment Center. Jack went 7-of-9 from the floor, grabbed six
rebounds and handed out six assists for fifth-seeded Georgia Tech
(20-11), which will take on fourth seed Louisville in an Albuquerque bracket
second round game on Sunday. Will Bynum netted 17 points, BJ Elder added 15
and Anthony McHenry contributed 10 points and five boards in the victory.
Leading 12th-seeded George Washington (22-8), which was in the field of 65
for the first time since 1999, was Pops Mensah-Bonsu with 15 points on
7-of-10 shooting. Mike Hall had 13 points and nine rebounds, J.R. Pinnock
chipped in 12 points and Carl Elliott scored 11 in the loss.

Final Score: Oklahoma State 63, Southeastern Louisiana 50

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Ivan McFarlin had 18 points and nine
rebounds to lead the Oklahoma State Cowboys past the Southeastern Louisiana
Lions, 63-50, in first round action of the NCAA Tournament at the Ford Center.
JamesOn Curry and John Lucas added 13 and 12 points, respectively, as the
Cowboys (25-6), seeded second in the Chicago Bracket, will now play Southern
Illinois in the second round on Sunday. The seventh-seeded Salukis advanced on
Friday with a win over St. Mary’s-CA. Ricky Woods had 16 points and
Jonathon Patton chipped in 15 to lead 15th-ranked Southeastern Louisiana
(24-9), which earned its first-ever postseason bid with a victory over
Northwestern State in the Southland Conference championship.

Final Score: Southern Illinois 65, St. Mary’s-CA 56

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Stetson Hairston had 13 points to lead
the Southern Illinois Salukis past the St. Mary’s-CA Gaels, 65-56, in first
round action of the NCAA Tournament from the Ford Center. Matt Shaw added 12
points and seven rebounds and Darren Brooks scored 11, for the Salukis
(27-7), who are seeded seventh in the Chicago Bracket. Daniel Kickert had
16 points to lead St. Mary’s (25-9), which was making just its fourth-ever
appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its first since 1997. Brett Collins
added 13 points off the bench and Paul Marigney chipped in 12 in the losing