Saturday , Mar , 26 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

Albuquerque, NM (Sports Network) – Larry O’Bannon scored five of his 24 points
in overtime, and Louisville advanced to its first Final Four in 19 years with
a 93-85 victory over West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament’s Albuquerque
Regional final. Taquan Dean added 23 points for the fourth-seeded
Cardinals (33-4), who overcame a 20-point first half deficit for their
first Elite Eight win since the school’s championship season of 1986.
Louisville will meet Chicago Region champion Illinois in the national
semifinals in St. Louis, this after the Illini also needed overtime to beat
Arizona on Saturday. Kevin Pittsnogle scored a game-high 25 points to
lead seventh-seeded West Virginia (24-11), which led 40-27 at halftime
after making 10 of its first 13 three-pointers of the game.

Final Score: Illinois 90, Arizona 89 (OT)

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Deron Williams scored 22 points and sparked a
late Illinois comeback, as the Illini advanced to the Final Four with a
thrilling 90-89 overtime victory over Arizona in the Chicago Region final of
the NCAA Tournament. Luther Head netted 20 points for top-seeded Illinois
(36-1), which roared back from a 75-60 deficit with four minutes to go in
regulation to reach the Final Four for the first time since 1989. Roger Powell
Jr. contributed 16 points and Dee Brown had 15 along with seven assists for
Illinois, which will meet Albuquerque Region champion Louisville in the
national semifinals in St. Louis.