Friday , Mar , 25 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

Final Score: Illinois 77, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 63

Rosemont, IL (Sports Network) – Deron Williams and Dee Brown scored 21 points
apiece, and top-seeded Illinois earned a berth in the Elite Eight with a 77-63
victory over upstart Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday. Roger Powell and Luther
Head added 12 points each for the Fighting Illini (35-1), who won a Sweet 16
game for the first time since 2001 — the last time they were a No. 1 seed.
Illinois shot 49 percent in the game and will face third-seeded Arizona in the
Chicago Regional final Saturday, with an opportunity to reach the Final Four
for the first time since 1989. Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Joah Tucker led all
players with a career-high 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting, but the 12th-seeded
Panthers (26-6) never led in the second half, bringing to an end their
storybook run in just the school’s second NCAA Tournament appearance. UWM shot
just 39 percent in the game — nothing like its 52 percent performance against
fifth-seeded Alabama in the first round, and eight points below its showing
against No. 4 seed Boston College in round two.

Final Score: Arizona 79, Oklahoma State 78

Rosemont, IL (Sports Network) – Salim Stoudamire scored the last of his 19
points on an off-balance jumper with 2.8 seconds remaining, lifting Arizona to
a 79-78 victory over Oklahoma State in the Sweet 16. Stoudamire didn’t score
his first points in the second half until there was six minutes remaining, but
he had 11 of Arizona’s final 15 points. He took the final shot just inside the
three-point line on the left side of the court, and with two Oklahoma State
defenders in his face — including the 6-foot-5 Daniel Bobik. Hassan Adams
also scored 19 points for the third-seeded Wildcats (30-6), who shot a
scorching 66 percent in the win. Oklahoma State senior Joey Graham played his
heart out in his last collegiate game, scoring a game-high 26 points on 9-
of-20 shooting. He added eight rebounds and was 3-of-4 on three-pointers.
Fellow seniors Ivan McFarlin and Lucas scored 15 and 13 points, respectively,
and JamesOn Curry had 11 in the loss.

Final Score: Louisville 93, Washington 79

Albuquerque, NM (Sports Network) – Francisco Garcia finished with 23 points
and Taquan Dean posted 19 points and nine rebounds, as Louisville secured a
spot in the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament with a 93-79 victory over
Washington. Larry O’Bannon netted 18 points and Juan Palacios added 14 for the
Cardinals (32-4), who are seeded fourth in the Albuquerque bracket of the
tourney. Louisville will now take on West Virginia in Saturday’s regional
finals. Louisville, which has won 12 straight and 21 of 22 games, is in the
Elite Eight for the first time since 1997, when the Cardinals lost to North
Carolina in the regional finals. Jamaal Williams ended with 18 points for the
Huskies (29-6), who are the first top seed to fall in this year’s tournament.
Washington, the Pac-10 champion, was in the Sweet 16 for the first time since
1998.

Final Score: West Virginia 65, Texas Tech 60

Albuquerque, NM (Sports Network) – Kevin Pittsnogle finished with a game- high
22 points and West Virginia reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament
with a 65-60 victory over Texas Tech in the regional semifinals of the
Albuquerque bracket. Mike Gansey netted 11 points and Patrick Beilein added 10
for the seventh-seeded Mountaineers (24-10). West Virginia finds itself in the
Elite Eight of the tournament for the second time in school history and the
first time since 1959 when it lost to California in the national championship
game. Ronald Ross posted 16 points for the sixth-seeded Red Raiders (22-11),
who were in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1996.