|NCAA Tournament Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:44|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -After overcoming heartbreak and tragedy just to get to the NCAA tournament, the Matadors of Cal State-Northridge could not get past the greatest game of Roburt Sallie's life.
Sallie, averaging 4.5 points all year for Memphis, scored 35 and the second-seeded Tigers beat the plucky Matadors 81-70 Thursday, dodging what would have been one of the biggest upsets in tournament history.
Sallie kept Cal State-Northridge at bay during a lackluster first half for Memphis (32-3) and wound up hitting 10 of 15 3-pointers, a first-round tournament record.
The Matadors (17-14), who lost one of their top players in a traffic accident during the season and another to a burglary charge, never seemed intimidated despite being 19-point underdogs. Taking advantage of miserable shooting by most of the Tigers, Northridge led much of the second half and went up by six points with 10:08 to play.
ell's bucket put the Matadors up 62-56. But then Sallie hit another 3-pointer and Antonio Anderson, hardly a factor most of the game, launched a decisive 9-0 run that saved last year's national runners-up.
Since the NCAA went to a 64-team format in 1985, only four No. 2 seeds have lost to a No. 15 in the first round.
M 79, BYU 66
M won 67-62.
The Aggies (24-9) will meet No. 1 seed Connecticut on Saturday.
Jimmer Fredette scored 18 and Lee Cummard added 17 for BYU (25-8).
Looking for its first tournament win since 1993, BYU came out flat. An outstanding perimeter-shooting team during the season, the Cougars couldn't make a shot early.
M made its first 10 shots and built a 22-7 lead less than eight minutes in. Davis had eight of those 22 on three mid-range jumpers and a reverse layup.
Purdue 61, Northern Iowa 56
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - E'Twaun Moore had 17 points and fifth-seeded Purdue held off a late charge to advance.
s 14 in the West Regional at the Rose Garden Arena before the Panthers made it interesting down the stretch.
Kwadzo Ahelegbe had 11 points for Northern Iowa (23-11), which closed to within 56-54 on Kerwin Dunham's 3-pointer with 17.4 seconds left.
Chris Kramer made a pair of free throws before Ahelegbe missed a layup on the rim with 7.7 seconds left for Northern Iowa, and Lewis Jackson made one of two free throws on the other end for Purdue.
Ali Farokhmanesh, the Panthers' hero in the Missouri Valley tournament title game, made a pull-up jumper with 3 seconds left for Northern Iowa, before Moore made a pair of foul shots at the other end to seal the victory.
Maryland 84, California 71
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Grievis Vasquez had 27 points and Maryland shut down the nation's best 3-point shooting team.
Tenth-seeded Maryland (21-13) disrupted Cal with its pressure defense, rarely giving the Bears a good look from the perimeter. Vasquez controlled the offense and Dave Neal chipped in 15 points, helping the Terps advance past the first round in their ninth straight NCAA appearance.
Maryland will face No. 2 seed Memphis on Saturday.
rome Randle had 14, but took just three shots in the second half after scoring 11 points in the first.
North Carolina 101, Radford 58
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Tyler Hansbrough took quick care of his latest record pursuit, then helped North Carolina advance in the NCAA tournament without one of its star playmakers.
Hansbrough set the Atlantic Coast Conference career scoring mark in the opening minutes and finished with 22 points South Regional's top seed another easy tournament opener in its home state.
Wayne Ellington had 25 points for the Tar Heels (29-4), who led the entire way and had no trouble beating the 16th-seeded Highlanders even with point guard Ty Lawson, who missed his third straight game with a toe injury.
The Heels improved to 26-1 in NCAA games played in North Carolina and advanced to face LSU on Saturday.
Amir Johnson and Joey Lynch-Flohr each scored 12 points to lead the Highlanders, whose last tournament appearance came in 1998.
LSU 75, Butler 71.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Butler has put together quite a few upsets in recent NCAA tournaments. Marcus Thornton scored 30 points to keep LSU off that list.
ne of the nation's toughest defenses in advancing to Saturday's second round against the North Carolina-Radford winner.
Matt Howard scored 22 points before fouling out with 35.7 seconds left, and Shelvin Mack added 18 points for No. 9 seed Butler.
The Bulldogs (26-6) made things interesting by twice pulling within three in the final minute. The last came when Willie Veasley tipped in Gordon Hayward's missed 3 with 5.4 seconds left to make it 74-71. Johnson hit one of two free throws with 4.5 seconds left to seal it.