George Mason marches on; will play Ohio State
Texas-San Antonio's Devin Gibson, right, shoots over Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas in the first half of an East regional NCAA college basketball tournament second round game Friday in Cleveland. (AP photo)
Luke Hancock hit a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left, capping the Patriots’ comeback and keeping the one-time NCAA tournament darlings playing with a 61-57 win over Villanova on Friday.
Villanova missed its last shot and Mike Morrison slammed home one final basket for the Patriots (27-6), who will play Ohio State on Sunday in the East region.
This was the latest and last collapse for the Wildcats (21-12), who end the season on a six-game losing streak. They were once ranked as high as No. 5 but failed to get out of the first weekend of the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.
Hancock scored 18 points, and Morrison had 10 points and 11 rebounds for George Mason, which won its opening tournament game for the first time since its Final Four run in 2006.
The eighth-seeded Patriots trailed by 10 in the first half only to inch their way back.
Ohio State 75, Texas-San Antonio 46
CLEVELAND (AP) — William Buford scored 18 points, freshman Jared Sullinger added 11, and Ohio State looked every inch the part of a No. 1 overall seed in rolling to victory.
Playing just a two-hour drive from their Columbus campus, the Buckeyes (33-2) were cheered on by more than 15,000 fans, who made Quicken Loans Arena feel just like home. Ohio State built a 16-point halftime lead, ballooned it to 38 in the second half against the No. 16 seed Roadrunners (20-14).
Devin Gibson scored 24 to lead UTSA.
Ohio State will play George Mason, a 61-57 winner over Villanova, on Sunday.
Marquette 66, Xavier 55
CLEVELAND (AP) — Darius Johnson-Odum scored 19 points, Jimmy Butler had 15 and Marquette squashed Xavier’s bid for a fourth straight round of 16 appearance.
The win was the first in the NCAA tournament for the 11th-seeded Golden Eagles (21-14) in two years. Marquette will play Indiana State or Syracuse on Sunday in the East region.
The sixth-seeded Musketeers (24-8) and Michigan State were the only two programs to reach the round of 16 each of the last three tournaments.
Xavier’s Tu Holloway, the Atlantic 10 player of the year, missed his first seven shots and scored only five points.
Notre Dame 69, Akron 56
CHICAGO (AP) — Ben Hansbrough scored 15 points despite another sub-par shooting game and Tim Abromaitis added 14 as second-seeded Notre Dame fought off scrappy Akron in the Southwest region.
Notre Dame (27-6) will meet Florida State on Sunday at the United Center.