Friday , Mar , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Craig Smith poured in 25 points and
pulled down 13 rebounds as Boston College outlasted Pacific, 88-76, in a
double-overtime thriller during the first round of the Minneapolis bracket of
the NCAA Tournament. Jared Dudley added 23 points for the fourth-seeded
Eagles (27-7), who won for the sixth time in seven games and will now move
on to face Montana on Saturday. Louis Hinnant recorded 14 points and dished
out nine assists while Tyrese Rice had 11 points in the win. Christian
Maraker netted a game-high 30 points and pulled down nine boards for the
13th-seeded Tigers (24-8) despite playing with the flu. Johnny Gray
contributed 16 points for Pacific, which lost for just the second time in
15 games, while Mike Webb donated 12 points.

Final Score: Montana 87, Nevada 79

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Andrew Strait netted 22 points and
dished off seven assists to lead Montana to an 87-79 upset win over Nevada
in the first round of the Minneapolis bracket of the NCAA Tournament at
the Huntsman Center. Virgil Matthews added 20 points and five rebounds for the
12th-seeded Grizzlies (24-6), who won their first NCAA Tournament game in
31 years and became the first Big Sky Conference team to win an NCAA
tourney game since 1999. Kevin Criswell chipped in 18 points in the win while
Jordan Hasquet had 16. Montana will now move on to face fourth-seeded
Boston College, which got by Pacific in a double-overtime thriller earlier
in the day, in the second round of the tournament on Saturday. Marcelus
Kemp had a game-high 34 points for the fifth-seeded Wolf Pack (27-6), who
ended their season just one win short of a school record. Nick Fazekas
recorded 24 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Final Score: Wisconsin-Milwaukee 82, Oklahoma 74

Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) – Boo Davis scored a game-high 26 points and
grabbed six rebounds to lead the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers over the
Oklahoma Sooners, 82-74, in a first-round game in the Minneapolis bracket of
the NCAA Tournament. Joah Tucker contributed 24 points, including 13-of-16
from the free-throw line, and Adrian Tigert added 14 points and five
rebounds for the 11th-seeded Panthers (22-8), who will face third-seeded
Florida on Saturday. Terrell Everett scored 21 points, Kevin Bookout tallied
14 points and eight boards and Taj Gray, Oklahoma’s leading scorer and
rebounder, added 13 points and eight rebounds before fouling out for the
Sooners (20-9), who lost their last three games.

Final Score: Florida 76, South Alabama 50

Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) – Lee Humphrey scored a game-high 20 points
on 7-of-9 shooting to lead the Florida Gators past the South Alabama Jaguars,
76-50, in first-round action in the Minneapolis bracket of the NCAA
Tournament. Joakim Noah registered 16 points, eight rebounds and
seven assists and Al Horford notched 14 points and 13 boards for third-seeded
Florida (28-6), which will play 11th-seeded Wisconsin-Milwaukee, who upset
sixth-seeded Oklahoma earlier in the day, in the second round Saturday.
Leandro Buboltz led the Jaguars with 14 points and Mario Jointer contributed
10 points and seven rebounds for 14th-seeded South Alabama (24-7), which had
its eight-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: Wichita State 86, Seton Hall 66

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) – Sean Ogirri scored 23 points and Paul Miller
added 15, leading Wichita State to an 86-66 victory over Seton Hall in the
first round of the Washington bracket in the NCAA Tournament. The seventh-
seeded Shockers (25-8), who won the regular season title in the Missouri
Valley Conference, are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since
1988 and hadn’t won a tourney game since 1981. They will next face the
No. 2 seed Tennessee in the second round on Saturday. Seton Hall (18-12),
one of a record eight Big East teams in the field of 65, fell behind early
and never recovered. Kelly Whitney scored 18 points to lead the Pirates,
while Donald Copeland chipped in 17.

Final Score: Tennessee 63, Winthrop 61

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) – Chris Lofton scored 12 points, including the
game-winning jumper with 0.4 seconds left, as Tennessee survived a scare
from Winthrop, earning a 63-61 triumph in first-round action in the Washington
bracket of the NCAA Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Major Wingate scored
a game-high 15 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Andre Patterson added
12 points and snatched 11 rebounds for the second-seeded Volunteers
(22-7), who advanced to Saturday’s second round to meet No. 7 seed Wichita
State. Torrell Martin totaled 14 points and pulled down 13 rebounds,
while Craig Bradshaw chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds and Chris
Gaynor and James Shuler both tallied 10 points for No. 15 seed Winthrop
(23-8), who entered the contest with nine wins in their last 10 games,
including the Big South championship.

Final Score: Illinois 78, Air Force 69

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Jamar Smith went 6-of-9 from behind the arc
en route to a 20-point night, as Illinois downed the Air Force Falcons, 78-69,
in the Washington D.C. bracket first-round game at Cox Arena. Brian Randle
added 15 points and seven rebounds while Dee Brown scored eight points and
dished out 10 assists for the fourth-seeded Fighting Illini (26-6), who won
their ninth consecutive first-round contest in NCAA Tournament play. James
Augustine contributed 10 points for Illinois, which is trying to make a return
trip to the championship game. Antoine Hood netted 17 points and had six
assists for 13th-seeded Air Force (24-7). Matt McCraw, Jacob Burtschi and
Dan Nwaelele each donated 13 points in the loss. This and all of the games out
of San Diego were briefly overshadowed by a bomb scare earlier in the day. A
threat of suspicious activity caused the evacuation of the building during
the morning and delayed the start of the Marquette-Alabama game for an hour
and 10 minutes. All of the games following, as a result, were pushed back from
their original start times.

Final Score: Washington 75, Utah State 61

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Brandon Roy netted a game-high 28 points and
dished out six assists to pace Washington past the Utah State Aggies, 75-61,
in the Washington D.C. bracket first-round game at Cox Arena. Jamaal
Williams had 15 points while Bobby Jones and Justin Dentmon contributed 11
points apiece for the fifth-seeded Huskies (25-6), who are attempting to reach
the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year. Jaycee Carroll poured in 21
points and added eight rebounds for No. 12 seed Utah State (23-9), which lost
to Washington for the first time in its last four tries. Nate Harris posted a
double-double with 19 points and 13 boards, and Chaz Spicer donated 12 points
on 5-of-7 shooting.

Final Score: Alabama 90, Marquette 85

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Jean Felix scored a career-high 31 points and
Ronald Steele added 23, as Alabama topped Marquette, 90-85, in an Oakland
bracket first-round game of the NCAA Tournament at Cox Arena. Jermareo
Davidson racked up 21 points and 12 rebounds for the 10th-seeded Crimson
Tide (18-12), who will face second-seeded UCLA in the second round. The
Bruins hammered Belmont 78-44 later in the day. Dominic James delivered 20
points and Steve Novak had 17 for the seventh-seeded Golden Eagles (20-11),
who fought back from a 15-point deficit late in the first half to create an
exciting game on a day filled with apprehension and anxiety in San Diego.

Final Score: UCLA 78, Belmont 44

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Luc Mbah a Moute scored a career-high
17 points and UCLA gave Belmont a rude welcome to the NCAA Tournament
with an easy 78-44 victory in an Oakland bracket first-round game at Cox
Arena. Mbah a Moute, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, added eight
rebounds to help the second-seeded Bruins (28-6) cruise to their eighth
straight win. UCLA will face 10th-seeded Alabama, a 90-85 victor over
Marquette earlier in the day, in Saturday’s second round. Belmont (20-11),
the champions of the Atlantic Sun which was making its first-ever
appearance in the Big Dance, struggled mightily against UCLA’s strong
defense. Fifteenth-seeded Belmont shot just 29 percent from the field
and did not have a player finish in double-figure points. Justin Hare led
the team with eight points. UCLA, in contrast, is in the tourney for the
40th time and won its 86th NCAA game.

Final Score: Gonzaga 79, Xavier 75

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Adam Morrison scored 35 points on 11-
of-21 shooting and also dished out four assists to lead the No. 3 seed
Gonzaga Bulldogs to a comeback win over the 14th-seeded Xavier Musketeers,
79-75, in a first-round game of the Oakland bracket in the NCAA Tournament.
J.P. Batista added 18 points and eight rebounds and Derek Raivio and Errol
Knight scored seven points apiece for the Bulldogs (28-3), who will meet the
sixth-seeded Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday. Gonzaga’s 19-game winning streak
is the longest in the country. Stanley Burrell paced the Musketeers (21-11)
with 22 points and five assists while Justin Cage netted 16 and pulled down
five boards in the loss. Xavier had won four straight games in the
Atlantic-10 Tournament to make the Big Dance. Josh Duncan finished with 11
points in the defeat. Xavier was playing without its leading scorer, Brian
Thornton, who broke his ankle and missed the final four games. Thornton
averaged 15.3 points and almost seven rebounds in 21 games.

Final Score: Indiana 87, San Diego State 83

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Marco Killingsworth, Robert Vaden and
Earl Calloway each chipped in 18 points as the sixth-seeded Indiana Hoosiers
defeated the 11th-seeded San Diego State Aztecs, 87-83, in first round action
of the Oakland bracket in the NCAA Tournament. Calloway also totaled four
boards and six steals and Roderick Wilmont had 11 points and six boards for
the Hoosiers (19-11), who will play the No. 3 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs on
Saturday. Indiana is 6-2 since head coach Mike Davis announced his
resignation on February 16. Mohamed Abukar contributed 24 points on 8-
of-13 shooting and nine boards while Brandon Heath scored 15 points for the
Aztecs (24-9), who have never won an NCAA Tournament game. Marcus Slaughter
added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Richie Williams finished with 12 points,
eight assists and four steals in the loss.

Final Score: George Washington 88, UNC-Wilmington 85 (OT)

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) – Senior Omar Williams extended his collegiate
career by converting the go-ahead basket with 1:06 left in overtime, and
eighth seed George Washington completed a remarkable comeback with a thrilling
88-85 victory over ninth-seeded UNC-Wilmington in a first-round game of the
Atlanta bracket of the NCAA Tournament. Williams was one of six Colonials
in double figures with 16 points while Maureece Rice led the way with 20.
Carl Elliot made two free throws at the end of regulation to force overtime
and tallied 15 points. Mike Hall posted 13 points and 10 rebounds for
George Washington (27-2), which stormed back from an 18-point second-half
deficit. Danilo Pinnock contributed 11 points and Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored
10 in his first action since February 22. The Colonials will play top seed
Duke in second-round action on Saturday. T.J. Carter led all scorers with 25
points and John Goldsberry added 14 points and nine assists for the
Seahawks (25-8), while Beckham Wyrick tallied 13 points and Vladimir
Kuljanin contributed 12 points in defeat.

Final Score: Duke 70, Southern 54

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams each poured
in 29 points, as top seed Duke shook off some early rust to defeat 16th seed
Southern, 70-54, in first-round action in the Atlanta bracket of the NCAA
Tournament. Josh McRoberts added eight points, but the night belonged to
Duke’s two dynamic seniors. The Blue Devils (31-3) looked a step slow
early, but Redick and Williams quickly lit a fire under the club. The duo
combined for 58 of the team’s 70 points and Williams grabbed 18 rebounds, as
Duke marches on to face eighth-seeded George Washington in a second-round
contest on Saturday. The Colonials rallied to defeat UNC-Wilmington,
88-85, in overtime earlier Thursday night. Chris Alexander led Southern
(19-13) with 19 points while Deforrest Riley-Smith scored 13 points and Peter
Cipriano tallied 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in defeat.

Final Score: LSU 80, Iona 64

Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) – Glen Davis tallied 22 points, 13 rebounds
and six blocked shots, as LSU beat Iona, 80-64, in the first round of the
Atlanta bracket in the NCAA Tournament. Darrel Mitchell added 19 points for
the fourth-seeded Tigers (24-8), who will next play 12th seed Texas A&M on
Saturday. Texas A&M ousted fifth seed Syracuse, 66-58, in the nightcap.
Tasmin Mitchell ended with 11 points and Darnell Lazare scored 10 for LSU,
which won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 2000. Steve Burtt
poured in 23 points for 13th-seeded Iona (23-8), which fell to 1-8 all-time
in the tournament. Ricky Soliver ended with 14 points for the Gaels, who got
into the Big Dance by winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Tournament. Iona’s only victory in the NCAA’s came in 1980 over Holy Cross.

Final Score: Texas A&M 66, Syracuse 58

Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) – Acie Law scored 23 points, as Texas A&M
held Gerry McNamara without a field goal in a 66-58 win over fifth-seeded
Syracuse in the first round of the Atlanta bracket in the NCAA Tournament.
Joseph Jones added 12 points and seven rebounds for the 12th-seeded Aggies
(22-8), who will face LSU in the second round on Saturday. The Tigers beat
Iona earlier in the evening. It was an unceremonious ending for the second
straight year in the NCAA Tournament for the Orange (23-12), and
especially senior McNamara, who went 0-for-6 from the field and had just
two points. It was the first time in his 135 games in his collegiate career
he didn’t have a basket. Terrence Roberts had 16 points and nine rebounds
before fouling out for Syracuse, which shot 39.2 percent from the field,
better than Texas A&M (35.7%). However, the Orange were just 4-of-19 from
three-point range and failed to catch up completely after trailing by nine
points at halftime.

Final Score: Washington 75, Utah State 61

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Brandon Roy netted a game-high 28 points and
dished out five assists to pace Washington past the Utah State Aggies, 75-61,
in an Oakland bracket first-round game at Cox Arena. Jamaal Williams had 15
points while Bobby Jones and Justin Dentmon contributed 11 points apiece for
the fifth-seeded Huskies (25-6), who are attempting to reach the Sweet 16
for the second consecutive year. Washington will now face fourth-seeded
Illinois on Saturday. Jaycee Carroll poured in 21 points and added six
rebounds for No. 12 seed Utah State (23-9), which lost to Washington for
the first time in its last four tries. Nate Harris posted a double-double
with 19 points and 13 boards, and Chaz Spicer donated 12 points on 5-of-7
shooting.