- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 22, 2008


No. 1 North Carolina 113, Mount St. Mary’s 74

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mount St. Mary’s became the 96th No. 16 seed to lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament since 1985, when the tournament expanded to 64 teams.

Burying the play-in upstarts behind the highest scoring output of this season’s first round, top-seeded North Carolina (33-2) ran the Mountaineers (19-15) out of RBC Center, crushing the Northeast Conference champions.

“They’re Carolina,” said Mount St. Mary’s guard Chris Vann, who scored a team-high 16 points. “I’m a competitive guy, and I don’t ever like to lose. But it’s kind of cool to say that I played the last game of my college career against Carolina.”

After staying within striking distance for most of the opening half, the Mountaineers lost touch with the Tar Heels over the final six minutes of the first half, when North Carolina used a slew of offensive rebounds to turn a 41-33 lead with 5:57 left into a 60-41 lead.

“We didn’t do our job defensively,” Vann said. “They scored 60 points in the first half. … We only allow like 63 points per game.”

Tyler Hansbrough (21 points in 26 minutes) and sophomore point guard Ty Lawson (21 points, four assists) helped expand the lead to as many as 44 before UNC coach Roy Williams emptied his bench of walk-ons down the stretch.

No. 9 Arkansas 86, No. 8 Indiana 72

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sonny Weems scored a career-high 31 points, Darian Townes added 17 points and 12 rebounds and the Razorbacks (23-11) ended the tumultuous season of the Hoosiers (25-8).

No. 7 Butler 81, No. 10 South Alabama 61

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Discounted by the selection committee, the Bulldogs (30-3) opened the NCAA tournament with yet another win, beating the Jaguars (26-7).

No. 6 Oklahoma 72, No. 11 Saint Joseph’s 64

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — David Godbold scored a career-high 25 points, including Oklahoma’s first 11 of the second half, and the Sooners (23-11) survived a late rally for a win over the Hawks (21-13).

No. 3 Louisville 79, No. 14 Boise State 61

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A scramble, a steal and suddenly Louisville had a three-on-none break that Derrick Caracter finished off with a vicious dunk — all part of a game that was a one-sided affair from the start as the Cardinals (25-8) overwhelmed the Broncos (25-9).


No. 12 W. Kentucky 101, No. 5 Drake 99 (OT)

TAMPA, Fla. — Ty Rogers hit a 3-pointer with three defenders in his face and no time on the clock, and the Hilltoppers (28-6) stunned the Bulldogs (18-5) in overtime for their first tournament win in 13 years.

Drake overcame a 16-point deficit in the final eight minutes of regulation and led 99-98 after Jonathan Cox’s two free throws with 5.7 seconds to play.

No. 13 San Diego 70, No. 4 Connecticut 69 (OT)

TAMPA, Fla. — De’Jon Jackson’s jumper from just inside the 3-point line with 1.2 seconds remaining gave the Toreros (22-13) a victory over the Huskies (24-9).

Gyno Pomare scored 22 points before fouling out and Brandon Johnson added 18 as San Diego pulled off the second overtime upset of the day in Tampa.


No. 10 Davidson 82, No. 7 Gonzaga 76

RALEIGH, N.C. — Stephen Curry scored 30 of his 40 points in the second half and hit the tie-breaking 3-pointer with just over a minute left to lead the Wildcats (27-6) to a win over the Bulldogs (25-8).

No. 13 Siena 83, No. 4 Vanderbilt 62

TAMPA, Fla. — Kenny Hasbrouck scored 30 points, Tay Fisher added 19 on 6-for-6 shooting from 3-point range, and the Saints (23-10) stunned the Commodores (26-8). Siena never trailed and became the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team to reach the second round since Manhattan in 2004.


No. 7 Miami 78, No. 10 Saint Mary’s 64

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Jack McClinton scored a career-high 38 points — 32 during a brilliant second half — and the Hurricanes (23-10) rallied for a win over the Gaels (25-7).

Yesterday’s win gives Hurricanes coach Frank Haith a second-round matchup with second-seeded Texas, where Haith was an assistant under Rick Barnes for three seasons.

No. 2 Texas 74, No. 15 Austin Peay

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A.J. Abrams scored 26 points for the Longhorns (29-6), and he, Connor Atchley (12) and Dexter Pittman (11) nearly outscored the Governors (24-10) by themselves in a rout of Austin Peay.

No. 8 Mississippi State 76, No. 9 Oregon 69

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Charles Rhodes scored a career-high 34 points and the Bulldogs (23-10) came back from a 13-point second-half deficit for a victory over the Ducks (18-14).

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