Loyola Eliminated by Arkansas, 120-101
The Arkansas Razorbacks outgunned Loyola Marymount’s high-scoring machine in the opening round of the NCAA Midwest Regional finals today in the Hoosier Dome and posted a convincing 120-101 victory.
The Lions trailed through most 4of the game. They were six points behind early in the second half and then Arkansas (25-6) took command.
The loss closed out Loyola’s season at 20-11.
At Greensboro. N.C., tiny Siena College of Loudonville, N.Y., pulled off a major upset by defeating Stanford in an East Regional contest, 80-78, on a pair of three throws with three seconds left on the clock.
Robert Morris 60
Sean Elliott scored 27 points and Anthony Cook added 25 as No. 1 Arizona opened with a 21-2 run and beat Robert Morris 94-60 in the West Regional in Boise.
Elliott scored 19 points in the first half for the Wildcats, who have won 10 straight. Arizona, 28-3, scored the first 12 points of the game and held Robert Morris to one field goal in the first seven minutes. The Wildcats led 54-26 at halftime.
Robert Morris, champion of the Northeast Conference, got no closer than 21 points in the second half. Robert Morris, which has no players taller than 6-foot-7, shot only 24 percent in the first half and 32 percent for the game. Vaughn Luton, who had 23 points, was the only Robert Morris player in double figures.
Reserve Sean Rooks scored 16 points for the Wildcats and Jud Buechler scored 11, all in the first half. Arizona shot 54 percent.
Louisiana Tech 83
La Salle 74
In the Southeast Regional in Nashville, Randy White scored eight of his 22 points in the final six minutes as Louisiana Tech held off a late rally and beat La Salle 83-74 in the NCAA tournament’s Southeast Regional.
La Salle, 26-6, closed to 75-72 on Lionel Simmons’ basket with 1:02 to go, but Anthony Dade and White made two free throws each and Kennedy Lewis and Dade made baskets for the Bulldogs.
Hurd and Simmons scored 26 points each for La Salle. Dade scored 16 points for Louisiana Tech and Darryl Knight had 12.
Arkansas-Little Rock 71
Earlier in Indianapolis, Kenny Payne scored 17 points and LaBradford Smith added 15 as Louisville, pulling away on free throws in the second half, beat Arkansas-Little Rock 76-71 in the Midwest Regional.
The 12th-ranked Cardinals, who have won the NCAA championship twice this decade, lost a seven-point lead early in the final period but took control as Little Rock got into late foul trouble.
Carl Brown, who led all scorers with 26 points, kept the Trojans close, scoring four of his six 3-point goals in the second half.
Keith Williams finished with 13 points and Tony Kimbro added 11 as Louisville, the No. 4 seed in the Midwest, improved to 23-8.
Kansas State 75.
In East Regional action in Greensboro, N.C., Willie Burton scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half, and Minnesota took a 14-point lead in the first 11 minutes, beating Kansas State 86-75.
The Golden Gophers held on in the second half as Kansas State made a late charge. The Wildcats used a full-court press for a 14-4 run, closing to 67-62 with 4:39 left.
Kevin Lynch scored 18 points and Mevin Newburn 12 for Minnesota. Steve Henson scored 24 points and LaKeith Humphrey added 16 for Kansas State.