Sunday , Mar , 20 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Sean May scored 24 points and grabbed 17
rebounds to lead North Carolina to a 92-65 victory over Iowa State in the
second round of the NCAA Tournament at Charlotte Coliseum. Marvin Williams
contributed 20 points and a career-high 15 boards for the Tar Heels (29-4),
who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since the 1999-2000
campaign. North Carolina, the top seed in the Syracuse bracket, has won 10
of its last 11 games and will face fifth-seeded Villanova in the regional
semifinals on Friday. Jared Homan paced the ninth-seeded Cyclones with 19
points and 20 rebounds. Curtis Stinson had 14 points and Rahshon Clark
chipped in 13 for Iowa State (19-12).

Final Score: Villanova 76, Florida 65

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Jason Fraser scored a game-high 21 points as
the Villanova Wildcats clawed their way into the Sweet 16 with a 76-65 victory
over the Florida Gators in the Syracuse Bracket. Fraser went 5-of-9 from the
floor, 11-of-17 from the free throw line and grabbed 15 rebounds for
Villanova (24-7), which advanced past the first weekend of the tournament
for the first time since 1988. Villanova won despite losing star forward
Curtis Sumpter to a knee injury in the first half. Sumpter ended with eight
points and six rebounds before leaving the contest. He did not play in the
second half and his status remained unclear after the game. Leading
fourth-seeded Florida (24-8), which lost in the first weekend of the
tournament for the fifth straight year, was David Lee with 20 points and 10

Final Score: Wisconsin 71, Bucknell 62

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Mike Wilkinson scored 23 points with nine
rebounds, and Wisconsin advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 71-62 victory over
Bucknell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Alando Tucker added 17
points and Zach Morley had 15 for the sixth-seeded Badgers (24-8), who will
play 10th-seeded North Carolina State in the Syracuse regional semifinals next
week. Chris McNaughton scored 23 points to lead upstart Bucknell
(23-10). Bucknell actually led 44-43 midway through the second half of
this one, but was done in by a 21-8 Wisconsin run that made it 64-52 with
just 1:39 remaining.

Final Score: North Carolina State 65, Connecticut 62

Worcester, MA (Sports Network) – Julius Hodge converted a three-point play
with 4.3 seconds remaining in the game and North Carolina State held on for a
65-62 upset of defending champion Connecticut in the second round of the NCAA
Tournament at the DCU Center. Hodge finished with 17 points and Cameron
Bennerman ended with 15 for the Wolfpack (21-13), who are headed to the
Sweet 16 for the first time since 1989. Marcus Williams, whose desperation
three-pointer at the buzzer fell short, paced UConn with a career-high 22

Final Score: Duke 63, Mississippi State 55

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Daniel Ewing poured in a game-high 22 points
and Mike Krzyzewski became the all-time winningest coach in the NCAA
Tournament as the Duke Blue Devils defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs,
63-55, in second round action from the Charlotte Coliseum. Ewing connected on
4-of-7 from three-point range as the top-seeded Blue Devils (27-5),
advanced to their eighth straight Sweet 16 where they will face fifth-seeded
Michigan State. Krzyzewski’s 66th career victory in the NCAA tournament
puts him ahead of the legendary Dean Smith. Lawrence Roberts finished with
17 points and 11 rebounds for ninth-seeded Mississippi State (23-11).

Final Score: Michigan State 72, Vermont 61

Worcester, MA (Sports Network) – Maurice Ager scored 19 points and Kelvin
Torbert added 14, as Michigan State earned a berth in the Sweet 16 with a
72-61 victory over Vermont in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Alan
Anderson and Paul Davis added 11 points apiece for the fifth-seeded
Spartans (24-6). It will be MSU’s sixth appearance in the Sweet 16 in the
last eight years. Only Duke has reached the Sweet 16 as often during that
period. Vermont and retiring head coach Tom Brennan should be satisfied
with their performance this weekend, having already knocked off fourth-
seeded Syracuse in the first round Friday. Brennan compiled a 264-276
record in 19 seasons at Vermont, guiding the Catamounts to the America East
Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth in each of the last three years.
T.J. Sorrentine scored 26 points to lead the 13th-seeded Catamounts (25-7) in
this one, and Taylor Coppenrath added 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Final Score: Louisville 76, Georgia Tech 54

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Francisco Garcia scored a game-high 21 points
as the red-hot Louisville Cardinals advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first
time under the guidance of coach Rick Pitino with a 76-54 victory over Georgia
Tech. Garcia went 5-of-11 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the free throw
line for fourth-seeded Louisville (31-4), which will face top-seeded
Washington in next week’s Albuquerque regional semifinals. The Cardinals, who
have won 11 straight games and 20 of 21 outings overall, hadn’t advanced to
the Sweet 16 since 1997. Larry O’Bannon netted 16 points, Taquan Dean
added 14 and Juan Palacios provided 12 points and 11 boards for Louisville,
which shot 52 percent for the game. Leading fifth-seeded Georgia Tech
(20-12) was Luke Schenscher with 13 points.

Final Score: Oklahoma State 85, Southern Illinois 77

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Ivan McFarlin poured in a career-high 31
points to lead the Oklahoma State Cowboys past the Southern Illinois Salukis,
85-77, in second round action of the NCAA Tournament at the Ford Center. The
Cowboys, seeded second in the Chicago Bracket, will now face Arizona in the
regional semifinals on Thursday. The third-seeded Wildcats overcame UAB on
Saturday to advance. JamesOn Curry added 18 points and John Lucas had 17 for
Oklahoma State (26-6), which moves into the Sweet 16 for the second
consecutive season. Jamaal Tatum finished with 22 points to lead seventh-
seeded Southern Illinois (27-8).