Virginia gets by Chanticleers in last few minutes

UK, Stephen F. Austin, UCLA also advance
Mar. 22, 2014 @ 08:37 AM

VIRGINIA 70, COASTAL CAROLINA 59

Anthony Gill scored 17 points to help No. 1 seed Virginia pull away late and beat Coastal Carolina, avoiding a historic upset.

The Cavaliers trailed by 10 in the first half and five at halftime to the 16th-seeded Chanticleers before pushing ahead for good with about 9 minutes left.

A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, and the Cavs (29-6) ensured history would wait at least another year.

Evan Nolte came off the bench and hit two huge 3-pointers to help Virginia finally push away from the Big South champion Chanticleers (21-13), who were in the tournament for the first time in 21 years.

The game was tied at 47 before Nolte's 3s powered a 23-7 spurt that finally put the game away.

Virginia advanced to Sunday's third round to face No. 8 seed Memphis.

 

KENTUCKY 56, KANSAS STATE 49

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Julius Randle had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Aaron Harrison finished with 18 points and No. 8 seed Kentucky held off Kansas State to earn a date with Wichita State in the next round.

The preseason No. 1, Kentucky (25-10) is finally starting to live up to the expectations that came with its heralded recruiting class. John Calipari's bunch nearly knocked off Florida in the SEC title game last week and seemed to carry that momentum right into the Scottrade Center.

Marcus Foster had 15 points, Shane Southwell scored 11 and Thomas Gipson finished with 10 for Kansas State (20-13), which started in a 1-0 hole after a technical for a dunk in pregame warmups. The No. 9 seed then struggled to hit from the perimeter against Kentucky's tall lineup.

Kansas State was just 5 of 21 from 3-point range. Foster was 1 of 7.

 

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 77, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 75, OT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Desmond Haymon scored on an improbable four-point play with 3.6 seconds in regulation and hit a big 3-pointer in overtime to lead No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin to a win over fifth-seeded Virginia Commonwealth.

VCU (23-10) was firmly in control for most of the second half before SFA (32-2) rallied in the closing seconds.

Haymon hit one of the biggest — and most improbable — shots of what's already been a wild March, knocking down a 3-pointer and a free throw after being fouled by Jordan Burgess at the end of regulation.

Haymon hit another 3-pointer to put SFA up with 2 minutes left, but VCU had a final shot after Thomas Walkup missed 1 of 2 free throws with 14 seconds left. JeQuan Lewis got an open 3-pointer, but it went long and SFA snared the rebound.

Stephen F. Austin will play UCLA on Sunday.

 

UCLA 76, TULSA 59

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jordan Adams had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Norman Powell scored 15 points in his hometown to lead fourth-seeded UCLA to a 76-59 victory over 13th-seeded Tulsa on Friday night, spoiling the NCAA tournament head coaching debut of Danny Manning.

In his first year at Westwood, Steve Alford coached the Bruins to just their third win in the NCAA tournament since 2009. It came in the city where John Wooden won the last of his 10 national championships, in 1975.

Tulsa (21-13) had its 11-game winning streak snapped. Manning led Kansas to the 1988 title and won another championship as a Jayhawks assistant coach six years ago.

The Golden Hurricane got close twice in the second half, and each time, Adams and Powell — who played at San Diego's Lincoln High — led big UCLA (27-8) surges.

Adams and Powell combined for UCLA's first 12 points of the second half.