Saturday , Mar , 24 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Ron Lewis poured in 22 points and grabbed
six rebounds to lead Ohio State past Memphis, 92-76, in the South Regional
final to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. Lewis, who drained
the game-tying three-pointer with two seconds left in regulation in the
Buckeyes’ 78-71 overtime win against Xavier a week ago, shot 5-of-12 from the
field and a perfect 10-of-10 from the line. Mike Conley Jr. posted 19 points
and Greg Oden added 17 with nine boards for the Big Ten champion Buckeyes
(34-3), who have won 21 straight games and will play either North Carolina or
Georgetown next Saturday in Atlanta. Jamar Butler contributed 12 points for
Ohio State, which is making its first appearance in the Final Four since 1999,
when it lost to eventual national champion Connecticut. Jeremy Hunt scored 26
points for the second-seeded Tigers (33-4), who had their 25-game winning
streak — the nation’s longest — snapped. Chris Douglas-Roberts chipped in
14, Willie Kemp 12 and Antonio Anderson 10 in defeat. Robert Dozier netted
nine points pulled down 11 rebounds for Conference USA champion Memphis, which
was coming off a 65-64 decision over Texas A&M in the Sweet 16.

Final Score: UCLA 68, Kansas 55

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) – Arron Afflalo scored 24 points, and UCLA
earned its second consecutive trip to the Final Four by beating Kansas, 68-55,
in the West Regional final. Afflalo went 10-of-15 from the field for the
second-seeded Bruins (30-5), while Darren Collison added 14 points and had
five of UCLA’s 15 steals. The Bruins overcame 25 turnovers, forcing 21 from
the Jayhawks, and finished the game with some tenacious defense, also
capitalizing on some sloppy play from Kansas. Brandon Rush had 18 points for
the top-seeded Jayhawks (33-5), who failed in their attempt to get back to the
Final Four for the first time since 2003 when they lost to Syracuse in the
title game. Russell Robinson tallied 11 points and five steals for Kansas,
which had its 14-game winning streak broken. The Bruins held Kansas guard
Mario Chalmers to two points, more than 10 below his season average. Chalmers
also had seven assists and six steals, but committed seven turnovers.