NCAA Tournament roundup: South Carolina, Michigan pull off upsets

By The Sports Xchange  |  March 20, 2017 at 12:15 AM
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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points and seventh-seeded South Carolina used sudden hot shooting in the second half to knock second-seeded Duke out of the NCAA Tournament, winning 88-81 Sunday night in a charged-up atmosphere for the second-round game at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Chris Silva and Duane Notice pumped in 17 apiece and Rakym Felder provided 15 points for the Gamecocks (24-10). P.J. Dozier scored 11 points before fouling out following a turnover with 3:25 to play.

Grayson Allen scored 20 points, Jayson Tatum had 15, Frank Jackson added 15 and Amile Jefferson supplied 14 for the Blue Devils (28-9).

No. 7 Michigan 73, No. 2 Louisville 69

INDIANAPOLIS -- Moritz Wagner scored a career-high 26 points, and the seventh-seeded Wolverines rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to stun the second-seeded Cardinals in an NCAA Midwest Regional second-round game in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

D.J. Wilson, who scored 17 points, sank four consecutive free throws during the final 17.3 seconds to send the Big Ten tournament champions into a Sweet 16 date Thursday night against Oregon in Kansas City, Mo. The win was a bit of revenge for Michigan (26-11), which was beaten 82-76 by Louisville in the 2013 NCAA Tournament final.

Michigan, which also got 11 points from Zak Irvin and 10 from Derrick Walton Jr., shot 63 percent from the field (17 of 27) in the second half.

No. 2 Kentucky 65, No. 10 Wichita State 62

INDIANAPOLIS -- SEC Player of the Year Malik Monk blocked Markis McDuffie's potential game-winning shot and then sank two free throws with 10.6 seconds left to send the second-seeded Wildcats past the 10th-seeded Shockers in an NCAA South Regional game in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Kentucky (31-5) led 58-51 with 4:06 left when De'Aaron Fox made a steal near midcourt and drove for a dunk, but Wichita State (31-5) rallied, pulling within one on Landry Shamet's 3-pointer with 55.7 seconds left.

Kentucky advances to play UCLA or Cincinnati in the Sweet Sixteen in Memphis, Tenn.

Monk and Fox each scored 14 points and freshman Bam Adebayo added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Kentucky. Shamet led Wichita State with 20 points.

No. 1 Kansas 90, No. 9 Michigan State 70

TULSA, Okla. -- The top-seeded Jayhawks gained an edge late in the first half against the ninth-seeded Spartans.

Kansas had plenty of support from their fans, and now they will move closer to home to face Purdue in a regional semifinal on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.

Josh Jackson led the Jayhawks (30-4) with 23 points. Frank Mason III added 20 points and Devonte' Graham had 18.

Miles Bridges led Michigan State (20-15) with 22 points, and Nick Ward had 13.

No. 1 North Carolina 72, No, 8 Arkansas 65

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Tar Heels scored the final 12 points to avoid a second-round upset at the hands of the Razorbacks at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Isaiah Hicks scored six points in the winning spurt, sending North Carolina to the Sweet 16 for the 22nd time since 1985. North Carolina (29-7), the top seed in the South Region, will play fourth-seeded Butler on Friday night in Memphis, Tenn.

Kennedy Meeks scored 16 points and Justin Jackson added 15 for North Carolina. Daryl Macon's 19 points led eighth-seeded Arkansas (26-10).

No. 3 Oregon 75, No. 11 Rhode Island 72

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tyler Dorsey drained a 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to help the third-seeded Ducks advance to the Sweet 16 with a dramatic victory over the 11th-seeded Rams in a Midwest Regional game at the Golden 1 Center.

Dorsey scored 27 points for Oregon (31-5), which will face seventh-seeded Michigan on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. Dillon Brooks had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks.

Stanford Robinson came off the bench to score 21 points for Rhode Island (25-10), which was making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999. Jared Terrell had 15 points, and E.C. Matthews added 13.

No. 3 Baylor 82, No. 11 USC 78

TULSA, Okla. -- The third-seeded Bears overcame a four-point deficit late in the second half and ousted the 11th-seeded Trojans at the BOK Center.

Manu Lecomte scored eight straight points to take Baylor from a two-point hole to a six-point lead with 3:55 left, and Baylor held on. Johnathan Motley and Terry Maston each scored 19 points to lead Baylor. Lecomte scored all 12 of his points in the last five minutes.

The Bears (27-7) advance to the Sweet 16 to face No. 7 South Carolina in a regional semifinal on Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

USC (26-10) got 28 points from Chimezie Metu. Bennie Boatwright added 16 and Elijah Stewart had 12.

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