- Associated Press - Saturday, March 22, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Scottie Wilbekin scored 21 points and top-seeded Florida beat Pittsburgh 61-45 in the NCAA tournament Saturday, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive year.

Patric Young added seven points and eight rebounds for the Gators, who extended their school record for consecutive wins to 28 with the victory in the South Regional.

Coming off a lackluster performance in its NCAA opener, Florida (34-2) played with considerably more energy and intensity against the Panthers (26-10).

Wilbekin and Young spearheaded the effort. The Gators were 5 of 20 from behind the arc, with at least five of those rimming in and out.

Florida advanced to the round of 16, where it will play fourth-seeded UCLA or 12th-seeded Stephen F. Austin on Thursday in Memphis, Tenn. The Bruins and Lumberjacks play Sunday in San Diego.

Talib Zanna led the Panthers with 10 points, their only player in double figures.

DAYTON 55, SYRACUSE 53

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Dyshawn Pierre scored 14 points and Jordan Sibert, held scoreless in the first half, hit a key 3-pointer with 47.7 seconds left as Dayton stunned Syracuse to earn a spot in the Sweet 16 for the first time in three decades.

Syracuse was in position to pull it out, but freshman Tyler Ennis missed two jumpers that would have given the Orange the lead in the final seconds.

Dayton (25-10), the 11th seed in the South, advanced to the regional semifinals next week against No. 2 seed Kansas or 10th-seeded Stanford.

The third-seeded Orange (28-6), who finished second in their first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, struggled all game against the swarming Dayton defense. They missed all 10 attempts from 3-point range, while the Flyers hit seven times from beyond the arc.

___

EAST REGIONAL

MICHIGAN STATE 80, HARVARD 73

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Branden Dawson scored a career-high 26 points to help fourth-seeded Michigan State fend off a wild Harvard rally.

Story Continues →