- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 4 GONZAGA 83, No. 12 W. KENTUCKY 81: Freshman Demetri Goodson streaked the length of the court and made a short, running bank shot with 0.9 seconds left, lifting the Bulldogs (28-5) over the Hilltopppers (25-9) on Saturday in the second round in Portland, Ore.

Gonzaga advanced to the South Region semifinals to play top-seeded North Carolina on Friday in Memphis, Tenn.

Steffphon Pettigrew hit a tip-in for Western Kentucky that tied it at 81-81 with 7.2 seconds left. But Goodson took the inbounds pass and went straight to the basket, hitting from close on the left side.

Western Kentucky, which made a surprise run to the regional semifinals last year, was led by Orlando Mendez-Valdez with 25 points.

No. 1 N. CAROLINA 84, No. 8 LSU 70: Ty Lawson got back just in time for North Carolina, saving the Tar Heels (30-4) from a stunning NCAA tournament loss in their home state.

Lawson scored 23 points, and his three-point play sparked the decisive second-half run as North Carolina held off the Tigers (27-8) on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C.

Wayne Ellington scored 23 points to lead the Tar Heels, who ran off 11 straight points in a tie game to take control and move on to next week’s regional semifinals in Memphis, Tenn.

Marcus Thornton scored 25 points to lead LSU, which gave the Tar Heels everything they could handle even while playing in front of a hostile crowd that was at least two-thirds full of light blue. But in the end, North Carolina - a veteran team trying to return to the Final Four - had just enough to hang on.

Lawson had missed the past three games after he jammed his right toe in practice two days before the regular-season finale against Duke.

No. 2 OKLAHOMA 73, No. 10 MICHIGAN 63: Bulling through double teams and soaring in for vicious dunks, Blake Griffin finished with 33 points and 14 rebounds to power the Sooners (29-5) to a victory over the Wolverines (21-14) in Kansas City, Mo.

Still sore from being dumped by Morgan State’s Ameer Ali, Griffin dominated undersized Michigan to help Oklahoma advance to next week’s South Region semifinals against the Syracuse-Arizona State winner in Memphis, Tenn.

DeShawn Sims and reserve Anthony Wright had 14 points each for Michigan, which reached the second round for the first time since a booster scandal rocked the program in the 1990s.

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