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Louisville edges UC Irvine, avoids upset

UC Irving cheer squad performs during their game against Louisville during the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship's March 20, 2015 at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. Louisville beat UC Irvine 57-55. Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI
1 of 7 | UC Irving cheer squad performs during their game against Louisville during the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship's March 20, 2015 at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. Louisville beat UC Irvine 57-55. Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI | License Photo

Quentin Snider scored 16 points, including two go-ahead free throws with less than 10 seconds to play, to help the fourth-seeded Louisville Cardinals win 57-55 over upset-minded UC Irvine.

Luke Nelson's long 3-pointer with 12 seconds left missed for UC Irvine, and Snider chased down the loose ball in the corner and took a foul. After he hit both free throws, Louisville's tough defense forced Alex Young to commit a game-ending turnover.

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Wayne Blackshear led the Cardinals (25-8) with 19 points and seven rebounds and Terry Rozier added 12 points. Louisville will now play fifth-seeded Northern Iowa on Sunday.

The 13th-seeded Anteaters (21-13) were making their first-ever tournament appearance in 38 seasons as a Division I program. Will Davis II paced them with 14 points and nine boards, 7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye added 12 points and Nelson scored 10.

[SportsNetwork.com]

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