Saturday , Mar , 25 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kyle Lowry found Will Sheridan going
backdoor with three seconds left in overtime to lead Villanova to a thrilling
60-59 overtime win over Boston College in the Minneapolis Regional semifinals
of the NCAA Tournament at the Metrodome. Sheridan’s layup attempt was
blocked, but it was already coming off the backboard and Sean Williams was
whistled for goaltending. Randy Foye had a game-high 29 points and six
rebounds for the top-seeded Wildcats (28-4), who move on to a regional
final for the first time since 1988. Craig Smith and Jared Dudley both
netted 14 points for the fourth-seeded Eagles (28-8), who were attempting
to reach their first regional final since 1994. Smith also had a game-high
14 rebounds and seven assists.

Final Score: Florida 57, Georgetown 53

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Joakim Noah netted 15 points and Corey
Brewer notched a key three-point play with 27.5 seconds remaining to lead
Florida past Georgetown, 57-53, in the Minneapolis Regional semifinals of the
NCAA Tournament at the Metrodome. Taurean Green added 13 points for the third-
seeded Gators (30-6), who set a school record with their 30th win and reached
a regional final for the first time since 2000. Al Horford chipped in with 12
points in the win. Jeff Green recorded 15 points for the seventh-seeded Hoyas
(23-10), who were trying to reach a regional final for the first time since
the 1996 season. Ashanti Cook recorded 12 points while Brandon Bowman and Roy
Hibbert each added 10 points for Georgetown in the loss. The Gators will now
move on to face Villanova in the Minneapolis Regional final on Sunday.

Final Score: George Mason 63, Wichita State 55

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Folarin Campbell scored 16 points as George
Mason continued its Cinderella run in the NCAA Tournament with a 63-55 victory
over Wichita State in the Washington, D.C. Regional semifinals. The 11th-
seeded Patriots (26-7), who received an at-large bid out of the Colonial
Athletic Association, never trailed after scoring the game’s first nine
points. Before this year the Patriots had never won an NCAA Tournament game
in three appearances. However, George Mason upset sixth seed Michigan
State in the first round and then stunned third seed North Carolina before
disposing of the Shockers to reach the Elite Eight. Lamar Butler and Tony
Skinn each added 14 points for George Mason. Paul Miller had 16 points for
seventh-seeded Wichita State (26-9), which had beaten Seton Hall and
Tennessee earlier in the tournament. Karon Bradley tallied 13 points for
the Shockers, who went 3-of-24 from three-point range and shot 31.3 percent

Final Score: Connecticut 98, Washington 92 (OT)

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Rashad Anderson’s three-pointer with 1.8
seconds left forced overtime, and Connecticut overcame a season-high 26
turnovers to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament with a 98-92
victory over Washington in a battle of Huskies. Marcus Williams had 26
points for top-seeded UConn (30-3), which advanced to take on 11th seed
George Mason in the Washington D.C. Regional final on Sunday. The
Patriots continued their amazing run in the tournament with a 63-55 win
over Wichita State earlier Friday at the Verizon Center. Anderson scored 19
points, while Josh Boone and Hilton Armstrong each scored 13 in the win.
Connecticut, which is trying to win the national title for a second time in
three years. Boone also had 11 rebounds for UConn, which overcame a double-
digit deficit in the second half. Jamaal Williams poured in 27 points and
Brandon Roy added 20 before fouling out for fifth-seeded Washington (26-7),
which wasted a six-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in