- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 12 ARIZONA 84, No. 5 UTAH 71: So much for the notion Arizona might not have belonged in the NCAA tournament.

Nic Wise scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half, Chase Budinger added 20 and the Wildcats (20-13) - one of the last teams into the field of 65 - knocked off the Utes (24-10) in the first round in Miami.

Jordan Hill added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Arizona, which has been in the NCAAs 25 years in a row, but hadn’t reached the second round since 2006.

Tyler Kepkay scored 19 points for Utah, which was 8-for-32 from 3-point range and matched a season-high with 20 turnovers.

Arizona sweated out Selection Sunday, its tourney streak in serious jeopardy after finishing a mere 9-9 and tied for fifth in the Pac-10.

Hill easily won the battle of big men against Utah’s Luke Nevill, a 7-foot-2 Australian. Nevill had two fouls by the time the game was 3 1/2 minutes old and finished with 12 points and five rebounds.

Kyle Fogg scored 12 for Arizona.

No. 13 CLEVELAND ST. 84, No. 4 WAKE FOREST 69: Some 23 years later, Cleveland State still has a knack for first-round shockers.

The Vikings (26-10) raced to an early 17-point lead and stunned the one-time No. 1-ranked Demon Deacons (24-6). The win was reminiscent of Cleveland State’s only other appearance in the tournament in 1986, when it upset Indiana in the opening round.

No. 11 DAYTON 68, No. 6 W. VIRGINIA 60: Dayton is haunted by Bob Huggins no longer.

Chris Wright scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Flyers (27-7) to a win over the Mountaineers (23-12) in Minneapolis.

No. 10 USC 72, No. 7 BOSTON COLLEGE 55: Taj Gibson was a perfect 10 for Southern California, and way out of Boston College’s league.

No. 1 LOUISVILLE 74, No. 16 MOREHEAD ST. 54: The NCAA tournament’s top team had a few early missteps, but the Cardinals (29-5) uncoiled their full-court press in the second half and rolled to a victory over the Eagles (21-16) in Dayton, Ohio, that completed 25 years of perfection by No. 1 seeds.

No. 3 KANSAS 84, No. 14 N. DAKOTA ST. 74: Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich kept the Jayhawks (26-7) from being bumped off early by the Bison (26-7) in Minneapolis.

No. 2 MICHIGAN ST. 77, No. 15 ROBERT MORRIS 62: Raymar Morgan scored 16 points and Goran Suton had 11 points and 17 rebounds as the Spartans (27-6) bullied the Colonials (24-11) in Minneapolis.

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