Memphis, Wichita St. advance to NCAA 3rd round
Michael Dixon Jr. scored 19 points and hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to help Memphis hold off George Washington 71-66 on Friday night in the second round of the East Regional.
Joe Jackson added 15 points for the eighth-seeded Tigers (24-9). They entered the tournament having lost three of five to fall out of the national rankings, and shot 49 percent in this one but struggled to put the ninth-seeded Colonials away until the final seconds.
Isaiah Armwood scored a season-high 21 points after playing the final 12 minutes with four fouls for ninth-seeded GW (24-9), which was just 2 of 12 from 3-point range yet never fell behind by more than 10 points.
Leading scorer Maurice Creek — who averages 14 points — finished with nine on 2-of-13 shooting for GW, but he airballed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied it.
Patricio Garino added 10 points for the Colonials, who were making their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007 and stuck around all game before making a final late push.
They had the ball down 67-64 after Jackson threw the ball away with 1:16 left.
But Creek's jumper in the lane was short and so was Nemanja Mikic's 3-point attempt from the right wing with less than a minute remaining.
Crawford missed a 3 for Memphis with about 30 seconds left and the rebound went out of bounds off Jackson with 26.6 seconds left.
Joe McDonald beat Crawford off the dribble for a layup to make it 67-66 with 13.6 seconds left, and the Colonials fouled Dixon with 9.6 seconds left.
Dixon — the American Athletic Conference's sixth-man of the year — hit both free throws and the Colonials called a timeout to set up their final possession.
McDonald dribbled a few seconds off the clock before passing to Creek, whose 3-pointer with about 3 seconds left failed to draw iron.
Wichita St. 64, Cal Poly 37
AP Sports Writer
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cleananthony Early had 23 points and unbeaten Wichita State faced no resistance from Cal Poly, going to 35-0 for the best start in NCAA history with a 64-37 rout of Cal Poly in the Midwest Region on Friday night.
The Shockers (35-0) dominated from the tip-off against the only team with a sub-.500 record in the tournament. With the exception of Early, most of the glaring numbers were on defense. The Mustangs managed 13 points in the first half and shot 21 percent.
Malik Love had nine points for Cal Poly (14-20), which won the Big West tournament as the No. 7 seed and beat Texas Southern in First Four game before being held to a season low for points. Chris Eversley, the Big West tourney MVP and coming off a 19-point game, was held to six points on 2-for-14 shooting.