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Rhode Island 83, Oklahoma 78, OT
E.C. Matthews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime and one more that sealed it to help Rhode Island hold off dynamic scorer Trae Young and beat Oklahoma in the Midwest Regional. The seventh-seeded Rams (26-7) won a game in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. Young scored 28 points on 9 of 18 shooting with six turnovers. Young shook off an early second-half funk and scored 13 straight points for the Sooners over regulation and made two free throws to open OT to give them a chance against a Rams team that smothered the guard at times. Matthews hit a 3 in OT for a 74-72 lead with 1:54 left and one more with 28 seconds to go for a five-point lead. Rhode Island guard Fatts Russell hit three clutch 3s and scored 15 points. Matthews had 16 points.
Duke 89, Iona 67
Marvin Bagley III dominated in his NCAA Tournament debut, pouring in 22 points to go with seven rebounds as Duke rolled by Iona. The Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year made 10 of 14 shots in 32 minutes, grabbed seven rebounds and knocked down his lone 3-point attempt as the second-seeded Blue Devils overwhelmed the 15th-seeded Gaels. Grayson Allen scored 16 points and added a game-high nine assists for Duke (27-7), Trevon Duval finished with 19 points and eight assists and Gary Trent Jr. had 16 points and six rebounds. Roland Griffin led the Gaels with 21 points off the bench. TK Edogi chipped in 11 points and nine rebounds and Zach Lewis and Schadrac Casimir had 10 points each.
Kansas 76, Pennsylvania 60
Devonte Graham ignited sluggish Kansas midway through the first half, pouring in 29 points and lifting the top-seeded Jayhawks to a tough, grind-it-out victory over No. 16 Pennsylvania in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Lagerald Vick added 14 points for the Jayhawks (28-7), who trailed the Ivy League champs by 10 in the early stages before going on a 19-2 run late in the first half to take control. A.J. Brodeur had 14 points to lead the Quakers (24-9), but he was just 6 of 16 from the field and committed five turnovers. Malik Newman, the MVP of last week’s Big 12 Tournament, and Svi Mykhailiuk also scored 10 points apiece for Kansas, which won its 12th consecutive NCAA opener.
Seton Hall 94, North Carolina State 83
Khadeen Carrington scored 26 points, Desi Rodriguez added 20 and eighth-seeded Seton Hall beat North Carolina State in a foul-filled first-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament. Myles Powell added 19 points and Angel Delgado scored 13 for the Pirates (22-11), who led the entire way a year after a late meltdown cost them an early exit against Arkansas. Allerik Freeman hit six 3-pointers and had 36 points to lead the No. 9 seed Wolfpack (21-12), who returned to the tournament under first-year coach Kevin Keatts for the first time in three years. Torin Dorn added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Lennard Freeman contributed 13 points.
Villanova 87, Radford 61
Jalen Brunson scored 16 points and No. 1 seed Villanova hit 14 3-pointers in a romp over Radford in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Highlanders (23-13) posed no threat at becoming the first 16 seed to ever knock off a No. 1 in the tournament. Villanova (31-4) played to near-perfection for the first 30 minutes and everyone played a role. Mikal Bridges had 13 points, Eric Paschall scored 11 and Omari Spellman had 10 points and seven rebounds. Villanova led 69-37 with 11:45 left and was shooting 25 of 34 overall and 12 of 20 from 3-point range. Donald Hicks led Radford with 13 points.
Texas Tech 70, Stephen F. Austin 60
Keenan Evans scored 19 of his 23 points after halftime and third-seeded Texas Tech surged late to top Stephen F. Austin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Big 12 runner-up Red Raiders (25-9) closed the game on a 13-2 run. SFA (28-7), the Southland Conference tournament champion, led by eight points early in the second half was trying to take down a Big 12 opponent in an NCAA opener for the second time in three seasons. The Lumberjacks beat West Virginia in their last tournament appearance two years ago before losing to Notre Dame. Ivan Canete had 17 points to lead SFA, while Shannon Bougues had 14, Kevon Harris 12 and TJ Hoyfield 10.
Loyola-Chicago 64, Miami 62
Donte Ingram hit a long 3-pointer just before the buzzer, lifting Loyola-Chicago to a thrilling win over Miami in its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 33 years. The 11th-seeded Ramblers (29-5) matched the school record for wins from their 1963 national championship team in their first NCAA trip since losing to Patrick Ewing and Georgetown in the Sweet 16 in 1985. The sixth-seeded Hurricanes (22-10) led most of the second half in their third straight trip to the tournament, but couldn’t pull away in the final minutes and lost in the first round for the second straight year. Walker scored 12 points for the Hurricanes.
Gonzaga 68, UNC Greensboro 64
Zach Norvell Jr. hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 20.8 seconds left to help Gonzaga escape a major scare in the West Region with a victory over UNC Greensboro. The fourth-seeded Bulldogs (31-4) trailed 64-62 with 1:48 left after squandering a 12-point lead they took early in the second half. Josh Perkins tied the game at 64, and after Greensboro’s Francis Alonso forced up a miss, Gonzaga got the rebound and worked the ball to Norvell, a redshirt freshman, who spotted up from the right elbow and made the 3 for the lead. Gonzaga, in its 20th straight NCAA tournament, won its first game of March Madness for the 10th straight year, though that’s not the mission anymore for the Zags.
Houston 67, San Diego State 65
Rob Gray drove for a wind-milling layup that just trickled over the rim with 1.1 seconds left, and Trey Kell’s off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer was no good, giving No. 6 seed Houston a victory over 11th-seeded San Diego State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Devin Watson had just tied the game for the Aztecs with a turnaround 3-pointer, his second in a matter of seconds, when Gray dribbled up floor with 29 seconds left. He allowed the clock to tick down to six seconds before crossing over, scooting under two defenders and scooping up his shot. The layup gave him 39 points and the Cougars (27-7) their first tournament win since 1984. Devin Davis and Corey Davis Jr. added nine points apiece for Houston. Jalen McDaniels had 18 points to lead San Diego State (22-11). Kell finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.