Sunday , Mar , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Antonio Anderson scored 13 points and Joey
Dorsey added 12, leading Memphis to a 72-56 victory over Bucknell in the
second round of the NCAA Tournament at the American Airlines Center. Rodney
Carney and Shawne Williams each contributed 10 points for the Tigers
(32-3), who set a school record for victories in a season and will play in the
Sweet 16 for the first time since 1995. The previous record for wins in a
season was 31, set during the school’s Final Four run in 1984-85. Memphis, the
top seed in the Oakland bracket, will next meet another underdog in Bradley
on Thursday, as the 13th-seeded Braves advanced earlier in the day with an
upset of Pittsburgh. Chris McNaughton scored 15 points for Bucknell
(27-5), which had beaten Arkansas in the first round on Friday.

Final Score: Bradley 72, Pittsburgh 66

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Patrick O’Bryant scored 28 points and
grabbed seven rebounds to power Bradley to a 72-66 victory over Pittsburgh in
the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Marcellus Sommerville added 18 points and Lawrence Wright chipped in 14 with
nine boards for the Braves (22-10), who became only the fourth 13th seed to
reach the Sweet 16 — joining Oklahoma in 1999, Valparaiso in 1998 and
Richmond in 1988. Bradley, which upended Kansas in the first round, will next
play Memphis on Thursday night in the semifinals of the Oakland bracket, as
the top-seeded Tigers beat Bucknell on Sunday afternoon. Pittsburgh (25-8),
meanwhile, failed to advance past the second round of the NCAA Tournament
for the second straight year after making three consecutive Sweet 16
appearances. Levance Fields scored 18 points to lead the fifth-seeded
Panthers, while Carl Krauser added 17.

Final Score: West Virginia 67, Northwestern State 54

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Kevin Pittsnogle scored 14 points as West
Virginia overcame a poor second-half shooting performance to hold off
Northwestern State, 67-54, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the
Palace of Auburn Hills. Mike Gansey added 11 points and 12 rebounds
for the sixth-seeded Mountaineers (22-10), who made the Sweet 16 for
the second consecutive season and will now move on to face Texas on
Thursday in the Atlanta bracket. Frank Young and J.D. Collins each
chipped in with 10 points apiece in the win. Clifton Lee and Keenan Jones
led the 14th-seeded Demons (26-8), who were coming off a thrilling comeback
victory over heavily favored Iowa in the first round, with 11 points each.
Jermaine Wallace added nine points in the loss.

Final Score: Texas 75, North Carolina State 54

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – P.J. Tucker and Daniel Gibson each scored 17
points as Texas easily bested North Carolina State, 75-54, in the second round
of the NCAA Tournament at American Airlines Center. A.J. Abrams came off
the bench to add 16 points for the second-seeded Longhorns (29-6), who
now move on to the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years. Texas will face
West Virginia on Thursday in the Atlanta Bracket. Cameron Bennerman paced
10th-seeded North Carolina State (22-10), which was coming off a hard-
fought 58-52 triumph over California on Friday, with 16 points. Gavin
Grant netted 14 points and Cedric Simmons tallied 12 in the loss.

Final Score: Villanova 82, Arizona 78

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allan Ray scored 25 points and Randy Foye
added 24 points to lead the Villanova over Arizona, 82-78, in a battle of
Wildcats in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Wachovia Center.
Ray drained four free throws down the stretch for the Minnesota bracket top
seed Villanova, which advanced to the Sweet 16 for a second straight season
and will face fourth-seeded Boston College on Friday. Will Sheridan
registered 16 points as Villanova became the fourth Big East team in the
tournament to advance to the regional semifinal round. Marcus Williams had
24 points and eight rebounds and Philadelphia native Mustafa Shakur had
21 points for the eighth-seeded Arizona, which drew as close as two points
several times over the final minutes but could never find the lead.

Final Score: Georgetown 70, Ohio State 52

Dayton, OH (Sports Network) – Roy Hibbert scored 20 points and grabbed 14
rebounds while Jeff Green added 19 points, as Georgetown sent the Big Ten
Conference packing from the NCAA Tournament with a 70-52 victory over Ohio
State in a second-round contest in the Minneapolis bracket. Ashanti Cook
contributed 17 points and Darrel Owens tallied 14 for the seventh-
seeded Hoyas (23-9), who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since
2001. Georgetown will square off against the youthful third-seeded
Florida Gators in Minneapolis on Friday. Terence Dials led second-seeded
Ohio State (26-6) with 19 points while Jamar Butler scored 12 points and
Je’Kel Foster added 11 in the loss. The Buckeyes’ exit ends the NCAA
Tournament for the powerful Big Ten Conference, which will not send a team to
the regional semifinals for the first time since 1997.

Final Score: Connecticut 87, Kentucky 83

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Marcus Williams netted 20 points and hit
some clutch free throws down the stretch, as Connecticut snuck by Kentucky,
87-83, in a second-round matchup of the NCAA Tournament at the Wachovia
Center. Rudy Gay scored 19 points and Rashad Anderson and Denham Brown each
added 14 for the Huskies (29-3), who advanced in the Washington, DC bracket
and will now play Washington on Friday in the Sweet 16. Patrick Sparks
scored 28 points for the Wildcats (22-13), who trailed by as many as 13
points in the contest before coming back and making a game of it. Bobby Perry
added 20 points in Kentucky’s 15th straight appearance in the tourney.

Final Score: George Mason 65, North Carolina 60

Dayton, OH (Sports Network) – Tony Skinn drained 3-of-4 free throws in the
final 13 seconds, as George Mason stunned defending national champion North
Carolina, 65-60, in second-round action in the Washington, D.C. bracket of the
NCAA Tournament. The senior Skinn fittingly pushed the Patriots (25-7) to
their first-ever Sweet 16 after not playing during the club’s first-round
victory over Michigan State. Skinn was suspended for a below-the-belt
punch to a Hofstra player during a Colonial Athletic Association semifinal
loss. Lamar Butler led the way with 18 points and Folarin Campbell added
15, as George Mason became the first CAA school to reach the Sweet 16
since the Richmond Spiders in 1988. The 11th-seeded Patriots will face
seventh-seeded Wichita State in the bracket semifinals on Friday. David
Noel ended his four-year North Carolina career with a 22-point effort
while freshman Tyler Hansbrough was bottled up for most of the contest,
finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.