Saturday , Mar , 17 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – J.R. Reynolds netted 28 points and grabbed
seven rebounds, as Virginia rolled past Albany, 84-57, in the first round of
the South Region of the NCAA Tournament at Nationwide Arena. Sean Singletary
added 23 points, dished out nine assists and pulled down six rebounds for
the fourth-seeded Cavaliers (21-10), who move on to play fifth- seeded
Tennessee on Sunday. Mamadi Diane contributed 10 points and five boards for
Virginia, which made its first tournament appearance in six years. Jamar
Wilson poured in 25 points for the 13th-seeded Great Danes (23-10), who earned
an automatic bid to the tournament after capturing the America East
Tournament title for the second straight year. Brent Wilson had 13 points
while Jason Siggers added 11 in defeat.

Final Score: Tennessee 121, Long Beach State 86

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Chris Lofton dropped in 25 points as Tennessee
easily defeated Long Beach State, 121-86, in the first round of the South
Region of the NCAA Tournament at Nationwide Arena. JaJuan Smith added 24
points and six rebounds for the fifth-seeded Volunteers (23-10), who will play
the fourth-seeded Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday. Ramar Smith contributed 22
points and dished out six assists in the victory for Tennessee, which shot a
sizzling 58.9 percent from the field. The Vols were also an impressive 14-
of-27 from beyond the arc. The 14 made three-pointers set a new school
record. Kejuan Johnson netted 24 points for the 12th-seeded 49ers (24-8), who
captured the Big West Conference Tournament title for the first time since
1995 and earned an automatic bid to the Big Dance. Aaron Nixon scored 23
points, grabbed five boards and handed out four assists in defeat.

Final Score: Memphis 73, North Texas 58

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 16 points and
Andre Allen added 14, as Memphis pulled away in the second half to earn a
73-58 victory over North Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Robert Dozier chipped in 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots,
while Joey Dorsey contributed nine points and 15 boards for the Tigers (31-3),
who are the second seed in the South Region and own the nation’s longest
winning streak at 23 games. Memphis, which hasn’t lost since December 20 at
Arizona, will next take on seventh-seeded Nevada in the second round on
Sunday. The Tigers were a top seed in last year’s NCAA Tournament and advanced
all the way to the regional final before losing to eventual national runner-up
UCLA. Keith Wooden scored 16 points and Calvin Watson netted 13 for North
Texas (23-11), which won the Sun Belt Tournament to earn its second NCAA
Tournament bid. The Mean Green’s inaugural NCAA appearance came way back
in 1988 and resulted in an 83-65 first-round loss to North Carolina.

Final Score: Nevada 77, Creighton 71 (OT)

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Marcelus Kemp scored 27 points and grabbed
12 rebounds, and the Nevada Wolf Pack outlasted the Creighton Bluejays, 77-71,
in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Nevada advances to play
second-seeded Memphis in the second round on Sunday. Nick Fazekas finished
with 17 points, 11 boards, and four blocks for the seventh-seeded Wolf
Pack (29-4). Ramon Sessions scored 16 points, and Kyle Shiloh added 10
points and seven boards for Nevada. Nate Funk led Creighton (22-11) with 23
points. Nick Porter finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, and Anthony
Tolliver added 15 points and six rebounds. Dane Watts grabbed 10 boards
for the Missouri Valley Conference champs.

Final Score: UNLV 67, Georgia Tech 63

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Wendell White poured in 19 points and grabbed
eight rebounds as UNLV slipped past Georgia Tech, 67-63, in the first round of
the NCAA Tournament. Michael Umeh also scored 19 points, including 4-of-8
from three-point range, for the Mountain West Conference champion Runnin’
Rebels (29-6), who won their first tournament game since 1991. Wink Adams
added 13 points for UNLV, which has won eight in a row. Anthony Morrow posted
11 points with six boards and Alade Aminu chipped in 11 and pulled down five
rebounds for the 10th-seeded Yellow Jackets (20-12). UNLV will face second-
seeded Wisconsin in the second round on Sunday.

Final Score: Wisconsin 76, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 63

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Kammron Taylor scored 24 points and Alando
Tucker had 23, and Wisconsin survived an early scare by erasing an 18-point
deficit to pull off a 76-63 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the first
round of the NCAA Tournament. Jason Bohannon chipped in 10 points for the
second-seeded Badgers (30-5), who will battle UNLV in the second round on
Sunday. Wisconsin, which was coming off a 66-49 defeat to Ohio State in
the Big Ten Tournament title game, is seeking its first NCAA championship
since 1941. Chris Daniels poured in 20 points and pulled down nine
rebounds for the Southland Conference champion Islanders (26-7), who had
a six-game winning streak snapped and had won 20 of their last 22 games
coming in. Taurean Mitchell added 11 points in defeat.

Final Score: Winthrop 74, Notre Dame 64

Spokane, WA (Sports Network) – Craig Bradshaw scored 24 points and pulled down
six rebounds as Winthrop held off a late rally by Notre Dame to upset the
Fighting Irish, 74-64, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Torrell
Martin posted 20 points and collected a career-high 11 boards for the
eleventh-seeded Eagles (29-4), who have won 19 straight games and advanced to
the second round of the NCAA tourney for the first time in school history.
Winthrop will face Oregon on Sunday in the Midwest Regional at Spokane
Memorial Arena. Colin Falls had 14 points, Rob Kurz donated 13 points and
10 rebounds, and Russell Carter added 12 points for sixth-seeded Notre
Dame (24-8), which erased a 20-point deficit in the second half before
faltering in the final minutes of the contest.

Final Score: Oregon 58, Miami-Ohio 56

Spokane, WA (Sports Network) – Aaron Brooks scored 18 points, Bryce Taylor
added 14 and Oregon survived a scare to hold off Miamo-Ohio, 58-56, in the
first round of the NCAA Tournament. Maarty Leunen chipped in with 13 points
off the bench for third-seeded Oregon (27-7), which will face Winthrop on
Sunday in the Midwest Regional. The Ducks, winners of seven straight, haven’t
been to the tourney since 2003. Tim Pollitz scored a game-high 21 points and
pulled down five rebounds for the No. 14 seed RedHawks (18-15), who were the
Mid-American Conference champions this season. Michael Bramos added 18
points for Miami-Ohio, which was making its third straight postseason
appearance, having earned berths in the National Invitation Tournament
the last two seasons.

Final Score: Purdue 72, Arizona 63

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Carl Landry scored 21 points and grabbed 13
rebounds to lead Purdue over Arizona, 72-63, in first-round action of the NCAA
Tournament. Chris Kramer and Chris Lutz each added 16 points for the Mid-
West Bracket’s ninth-seeded Boilermakers (22-11), who will next face top seed
and defending national champion Florida in the second round. David Teague had
15 points for Purdue, which has won five of six overall. Chase Budinger had
15 points and six rebounds to lead the bracket’s eighth- seeded Wildcats
(20-11), who led only briefly in the first half and never got closer than
four points in the second half. Jawann McClellan had 12 points and six
boards and Ivan Radenovic registered 12 points and nine boards for Arizona,
which was making its 23rd straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

Final Score: Florida 112, Jackson State 69

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Corey Brewer scored 21 points to lead the
defending national champion Florida Gators over the Jackson State Tigers,
112-69, in first-round action of the NCAA Tournament. Joakim Noah added 17
points and 12 boards for the Midwest Bracket’s top- seed Gators (30-5), who
pulled away in the second half after a opening 20 minutes of action. Chris
Richard also had 17 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 16 boards for
Florida, which will next face ninth-seeded Purdue in the second round on
Sunday. Trey Johnson scored 25 points to lead Jackson State (21-14), which
entered the tournament as the SWAC’s Tournament champion. Grant Maxey added
12 points for the 16th-seeded Tigers, who became overmatched in the second

Final Score: Kansas 107, Niagara 67

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Mario Chalmers scored 19 points and Russell
Robinson had 16 as Kansas cruised to a 107-67 victory over Niagara in the
first round of the NCAA Tournament. Sherron Collins had 15 points and
Darrell Arthur had 12 points and eight rebounds for the top-seeded
Jayhawks (31-4), who will next do battle with Kentucky in the second round.
Julian Wright added 10 points and 10 boards as Kansas extended its winning
streak to 12 games. Charron Fisher registered 17 points and six rebounds
and Lorenzo Miles contributed 13 points for the MEAC champion Purple
Eagles (23-12), who beat Florida A&M in the opening round game on Tuesday to
advance to this game.

Final Score: Kentucky 67, Villanova 58

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Randolph Morris scored 19 points and grabbed 11
rebounds as Kentucky held off Villanova, 67-58, in the first round of the West
Region of the NCAA Tournament. Jodie Meeks scored 12 points and Ramel
Bradley had 11 for eighth-seeded Wildcats (22-11), who advance to the
second round to take on top-seeded Kansas. Joe Crawford added 10 points
as Kentucky notched its 98th NCAA Tournament victory, tops in the nation.
Freshman Scottie Reynolds scored 23 points and Curtis Sumpter had 19 points
and eight boards for Villanova (22-11), which advanced to the Elite Eight in
last year’s tournament.

Final Score: Virginia Tech 54, Illinois 52

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Deron Washington scored 14 points and hit the
go-ahead jumper with 45.5 seconds left, and fifth-seeded Virginia Tech held on
to beat Illinois, 54-52, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Coleman
Collins scored 13 points, and Jamon Gordon added 10 points and seven assists
for the Hokies (22-11), who advanced and will play Southern Illinois
in the second round on Sunday. Warren Carter scored 15 points for Illinois
(23-12). Rich McBride scored 14 points, and Brian Randle grabbed 12 rebounds
for the Fighting Illini, who led by 13 points in the second half, and by 10
points with less than five minutes left, but could not hold on for the win.

Final Score: Southern Illinois 61, Holy Cross 51

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Tony Boyle scored a career-high 14 points —
all in the second half — to help Southern Illinois to a 61-51 win over Holy
Cross in a West Regional first-round game. Boyle, a backup forward, took
over after Matt Shaw injured his left ankle while going for a rebound at the
very end of the first half. Randal Falker finished with 12 points and
eight rebounds for fourth-seeded Southern Illinois (28-6), which tied a
school record for the most wins in a season. Matt Shaw added 11 points,
Jamaal Tatum 10 and Bryan Mullins nine for the Salukis, who will face Virginia
Tech in the second round. Torey Thomas scored 15 points but shot just 3-of-16
for 13th-seeded Holy Cross (25-9), which had won 16 of its last 18 games
including three wins in the Patriot League Tournament coming in. Tim
Clifford had nine points and Alex Vander Baan grabbed 10 boards for the

Final Score: Texas 79, New Mexico State 67

Spokane, WA (Sports Network) – Freshman star Kevin Durant dropped in a game-
high 27 points and also pulled down eight rebounds, as Texas fended off a
feisty New Mexico State club, 79-67, in the opening round of the NCAA
Tournament at Spokane Arena. D.J. Augustin chipped in with 19 points and A.J.
Abrams scored 16 for fourth- seeded Texas (26-9), which advances to play USC
in the second round. It was not easy, however, as the Aggies stayed
competitive the entire contest and owned a three-point lead in the latter
stages of the game. Elijah Ingram paced his club with 16 points and Hatila
Passos donated 15 for the Western Athletic Conference-champion Aggies
(25-9), who made their first trip to the tournament since 1999.

Final Score: Southern California 77, Arkansas 60

Spokane, WA (Sports Network) – Nick Young netted a game-high 20 points to lead
Southern California past Arkansas, 77-60, in the opening round of the NCAA
Tournament at Spokane Arena. Freshman standout Taj Gibson donated 18 points
and eight rebounds while Gabe Pruitt chipped in 11 for the Trojans (24-11),
who advance to take on Kevin Durant and the Texas Longhorns in the second
round. Patrick Beverley led his club with 15 points and Sonny Weems had 13
for the 12th-seeded Razorbacks (21-14), who made it to the SEC Championship
game to help earn a bid.