Friday , Mar , 16 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) – Mike Jones netted 17 points as Maryland escaped
with an 82-70 victory over Davidson in first round Midwest Region action of
the NCAA Tournament at HSBC Arena. D.J. Strawberry added 12 points and
eight rebounds for the fourth-seeded Terrapins (25-8), who made their way
back into the NCAA Tournament after a two-year hiatus. James Gist also had
12 points and eight boards while Ekene Ibekwe contributed 11 points and 10
rebounds for Maryland, which now moves on to the second round this weekend
to tangle with Butler. Stephen Curry poured in a game-high 30 points for
the 13th-seeded Wildcats (29-5), who ran over Chattanooga, Furman and the
College of Charleston to win their ninth Southern Conference Tournament title
back on March 3 to advance to the Big Dance.

Final Score: Butler 57, Old Dominion 46

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) – A.J. Graves scored 18 points as Butler used a
big second-half run to topple Old Dominion, 57-46, in the first round of the
Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament. Mike Green scored 14 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds as the fifth-seeded Bulldogs (28-6) hit five
consecutive threes — including three straight by Pete Campbell — during a
decisive 17-0 second-half run. Brandon Crone added 12 points for Butler,
which will now square off against fourth-seeded Maryland in the second round
on Saturday. Brandon Johnson scored 11 points while Arnaud Dahi, Valdas
Vasylius and Gerald Lee had 10 points for the Monarchs (24-9), who received an
at-large bid out of the Colonial Athletic Association.

Final Score: Boston College 84, Texas Tech 75

Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Sean Marshall scored 15 of his 21 points
in the second half and Tyrese Rice drained six free throws in the final
minute, as Boston College held on for an 84-75 victory over Texas Tech in the
first round of the NCAA Tournament. Rice finished with a game-high 26 points
and Jared Dudley chipped in 19 for the Eagles (21-11), who are seeded seventh
in the East Region and will take on Georgetown in Saturday’s second round.
The Hoyas advanced with an 80-55 rout of Belmont on Thursday. Martin Zeno
kept Texas Tech in the game with 21 points. Charlie Burgess and Alan
Voskuil scored 12 apiece for the Red Raiders (21-13), while leading
scorer Jarrius Jackson made only 4-of-14 shots and finished with 10 points —
10 below his season average.

Final Score: Georgetown 80, Belmont 55

Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Jessie Sapp scored 20 points and Jeff
Green added 15, leading Georgetown to an 80-55 victory over Belmont in the
first round of the NCAA Tournament. Sapp drilled four three-pointers and
finished 8-of-10 from the field for the Big East champion Hoyas (27-6), who
are seeded second in the East Region and will next face Boston College in
the second round on Saturday. The seventh- seeded Eagles advanced earlier in
the day with an 84-75 victory over Texas Tech. Andrew Preston scored 14
points for Belmont (23-10), which had won seven straight games and
captured the Atlantic Sun title to earn its second straight NCAA Tournament
berth. The Bruins suffered a 78-44 loss to UCLA in their inaugural NCAA
game last year.

Final Score: Michigan State 61, Marquette 49

Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Raymar Morgan led a balanced Michigan
State attack with 14 points and nine rebounds as the Spartans bested
Marquette, 61-49, in the opening round of the East Region of the NCAA
Tournament at Joel Coliseum. Drew Neitzel added 12 points, five rebounds
and five assists for the ninth- seeded Spartans (23-11), who were coming
off a 70-57 loss at the hands of Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament.
Marquise Gray also chipped in with 12 points and five boards. Michigan State
will now move on to face top-seeded North Carolina in Saturday’s second
round. Dominic James scored a game-high 18 points but was just 6-of-16 from
the floor for the eighth-seeded Golden Eagles (24-10), who shot a miserable
32 percent in the game. Wesley Matthews finished with 10 points on 2-of-9
shooting.

Final Score: North Carolina 86, Eastern Kentucky 65

Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Tyler Hansbrough scored 21 points on 9-
of-11 shooting, and pulled down 10 rebounds as North Carolina survived a
scare and trounced Eastern Kentucky, 86-65, in the opening round of the East
Region of the NCAA Tournament at Joel Coliseum. North Carolina — which
shot a sizzling 65 percent in the game — will now move on to face ninth-
seeded Michigan State in the second round on Saturday. Darnell Dialls had 17
points for the 16th-seeded Colonels (21-12), who were coming off an Ohio
Valley Conference Tournament championship. Adam Leonard tallied 14 points and
Mike Rose netted 13 in the loss.

Final Score: Washington State 70, Oral Roberts 54

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Ivory Clark scored 19 points and pulled down
six rebounds, as Washington State used a huge second half to storm past Oral
Roberts, 70-54, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Taylor Rochestie
finished with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Derrick Low
chipped in with 12 points for the Cougars (26-7), who are seeded third in
the East Region and will take on Vanderbilt in Saturday’s second round
matchup. Ken Tutt scored a team-high 19 points for Oral Roberts (23-11),
which won the Mid-Continent Tournament to earn its second straight NCAA
Tournament bid. Caleb Green finished with 13 points and eight boards for
the Golden Eagles, well below his season average of 20.8 points per game.
Moses Ehambe also donated 10 points in the loss.

Final Score: Vanderbilt 77, George Washington 44

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Shan Foster scored 18 points — including
four shots from three-point range — and Vanderbilt crushed George Washington,
77-44, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Derrick Byars scored 12
points, cleared seven boards and had five assists for the sixth-seeded
Commodores (21-11), who will meet Washington State in a second-round
matchup on Saturday. Alex Gordon also chipped in with 10 points and five
rebounds for Vanderbilt, which made 12-of-31 three- pointers in the
contest. Travis King scored nine points and had five rebounds for George
Washington (23-9), which did not have a player reach double figures. The
Colonials, who had an eight-game winning streak abruptly halted, were coming
off their second Atlantic 10 Tournament championship in the last three years.

Final Score: Louisville 78, Stanford 58

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – Edgar Sosa and David Padgett led a balanced
Louisville attack with 16 points apiece as the Cardinals cruised past
Stanford, 78-58, in the first round of the South Region of the NCAA
Tournament. Derrick Caracter and Earl Clark each contributed 12 points
for the sixth- seeded Cardinals (24-9), who were coming off a 65-59 defeat
to Pittsburgh in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. Jerry Smith posted
10 points in the victory. Louisville, which was playing just 78 miles from
its campus, has won eight of its last nine and will face third-seeded
Texas A&M in the second round on Saturday. Brook Lopez scored 18 points and
grabbed seven rebounds for the 11th-seeded Cardinal (18-13), who dropped to
19-14 in NCAA Tournament play and haven’t won the championship since the
1941-42 campaign. Lawrence Hill donated 10 points with seven boards in defeat.

Final Score: Texas A&M 68, Penn 52

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – Acie Law IV poured in 20 points and grabbed
six rebounds to lead Texas A&M past Penn, 68-52, in the first round of the
South Region of the NCAA Tournament. Dominique Kirk scored 16 points for the
third-seeded Aggies (26-6), who will play sixth-seeded Louisville in the
second round on Saturday. Earlier in the day, the Cardinals trounced Stanford,
78-58, to advance. Joseph Jones added 14 points and pulled down 11 boards
for Texas A&M, which shot 47.1 percent from the floor and 38.5 percent from
three-point range. With the win, the Aggies tied a program record for
victories in a season, set back in 1979-80. Mark Zoller posted 19 points
with seven rebounds for the Ivy League champion Quakers (22-9), who had a
10-game winning streak snapped. Ibrahim Jaaber chipped in 16 points in
defeat.

Final Score: Ohio State 78, Central Connecticut State 57

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – Freshman sensation center Greg Oden scored 19
points and pulled down 10 rebounds, as Ohio State rolled into the second-round
of the NCAA Tournament with a 78-57 victory over Central Connecticut State.
Jamar Butler added 17 points, going 5-of-6 from beyond the arc for the top-
seeded Buckeyes (31-3), who moved on to face ninth-seeded Xavier in the
South Region on Saturday. The Musketeers edged BYU, 79-77, Thursday night.
Javier Mojica scored 19 points for the Blue Devils (22-12), who were Northeast
Conference regular season and tournament champions. Joe Seymore and Tristan
Blackwood each had 12 points, while Jemino Sobers finished with 10 for CCSU.

Final Score: Xavier 79. BYU 77

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – Drew Lavender scored 15 of his 17 points in
the second half, and Josh Duncan’s layup in the lane gave Xavier the lead for
good in the final minute, as the Musketeers topped Brigham Young, 79-77, in
the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The victory put the ninth-seeded
Musketeers into a second-round matchup in the South Region Saturday against
No. 1 Ohio State and former Xavier head coach Thad Matta. The Buckeyes
pounded Central Connecticut State, 78-57, in the opener of the night
session at Rupp Arena. Justin Doellman had 23 points for Xavier (25-8),
while B.J. Raymond scored nine. Derrick Brown had 16 rebounds for the
Musketeers. Keena Young led the way for BYU (25-9) with 23 points and 10
rebounds. Mike Rose tallied 15 points.

Final Score: VCU 79, Duke 77

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) – Eric Maynor nailed a jumper from the top of the
key with under two seconds remaining as Virginia Commonwealth toppled Duke,
79-77, to hand the Blue Devils their first loss in the opening round of the
NCAA Tournament since 1996. Maynor also had eight assists while Jesse
Pellot-Rosa and Jamal Shuler finished with 14 points each for the
Colonial Athletic Association-champion Rams (28-6), who move on to play
Pittsburgh in the second round. Paulus finished with a career-best 25
points while Josh McRoberts posted 22 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks
for Duke (22-11), which had made nine straight Sweet 16 appearances heading
into this showdown. This was an usual season for the sixth-seeded Blue
Devils, though, as they drew their lowest seed since heading into the 1996
tourney with the eighth spot.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 79, Wright State 58

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) – Ronald Ramon dropped in 14 points and pulled
down seven rebounds, as Pittsburgh dropped Wright State, 79-58, in the opening
round of the NCAA Tournament at HSBC Arena. Sam Young dropped in 13 points
while Mike Cook scored 12 for third-seeded Pitt (28-7), which advances to
the second round to take on Virginia Commonwealth after VCU toppled Duke
earlier in the night. The Panthers were upset in the second round last year
by Bradley, and will be looking to avoid a similar fate. Aaron Gray had a
solid all-around night, finishing with 11 points, nine rebounds and four
blocks. DaShaun Wood had 13 points, seven assists, six boards and four steals
for the Horizon League-champion Raiders (23-10), who had won 11 of 12
heading into this matchup.

Final Score: UCLA 70, Weber State 42

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Arron Afflalo posted 22 points and eight
rebounds, as the second-seeded UCLA Bruins rolled to a 70-42 rout of the
Big Sky Tournament champion Weber State Wildcats in the first round of the
NCAA Tournament from ARCO Arena. UCLA will face Indiana, which downed
Gonzaga 70-57 in the later matchup, in the second round of the West bracket
on Saturday. Darren Collison, playing on a sprained ankle suffered during
practice this week, scored 14 points and dished out eight assists for the
Bruins (27-5), who once again were one of the top teams in the Pac-10
this year and won the regular-season title for the second consecutive
season. Josh Shipp added 12 points for UCLA, which was coming off a
shocking loss to California in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament.
Dezmon Harris scored 10 points as the only player in double figures for the
Wildcats, who are just 6-15 in the Big Dance and made their first appearance
since 2003. David Patten netted nine points for the Wildcats.

Final Score: Indiana 70, Gonzaga 57

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Roderick Wilmont scored 22 points and
grabbed seven rebounds, as familiar foes collided at ARCO Arena, with
the Indiana Hoosiers downing the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 70-57, in the first round
of the NCAA Tournament. The seventh-seeded Hoosiers will now have to face
second-seeded UCLA on Saturday. The Bruins routed Weber State, 70-42, in
the West bracket on Thursday. D.J. White posted 16 points and 10 rebounds
for the Hoosiers (21-10), who are making their second consecutive appearance
in the Big Dance and 34th overall in school history. Earl Calloway netted 11
points for the Hoosiers. David Pendergraft and Derek Raivio both scored 12
points for the Bulldogs (23-11). Sean Mallon added 11 points for the
Bulldogs, who, after falling to Memphis back on February 17th, won their
final five games of the season, including a 77-68 victory over Santa
Clara in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game.