Worst Vandy fears realized vs. Spiders
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 3:06 pm
By: By The Associated Press
DENVER (AP) — Kevin Anderson scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half, including a floater with 18.7 seconds remaining that helped seal 12th-seeded Richmond’s 69-66 triumph over Vanderbilt.
The Spiders (28-7) sprang the second upset of the day at Pepsi Center.
Fifth-seeded Vanderbilt had a chance to tie the game with 2.5 seconds left, but Rod Odom’s desperation heave was nowhere near the hoop as time expired.
So much for the Commodores (23-11) vanquishing their tournament demons. They have now stumbled in their last three appearances in the NCAAs.
Butler 60, Old Dom. 58
WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Howard scored on a tip-in at the buzzer, giving eighth-seeded Butler a victory in the Southeast regional.
After Shawn Vanzant missed, Howard went up with his right hand and put the ball in an instant before time expired.
A year ago, Butler’s magical run to the NCAA championship game ended with a narrow miss at the buzzer against Duke.
In this game, the Bulldogs got the bounce they needed.
Howard and Shelvin Mack each scored 15 points for Butler (24-9), which will face Pittsburgh.
Frank Hassell led Old Dominion (27-7) with 20 points.
Temple 66, Penn State 64
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Juan Fernandez sank an off-balance 18-footer with under a second to play to end coach Fran Dunphy’s NCAA tournament record 11-game losing streak.
Fernandez, double-teamed as time was running out, got off a shot off his right foot while fading to his left just inside the 3-point line.
Talor Battle’s 3-pointer from far behind the arc for Penn State tied it at 64-64 with 12.2 seconds to go. Fernandez and Ramone Moore scored 23 points each for the seventh-seeded Owls (26-7), who next play San Diego State. Battle scored 23 for the 10th-seeded Nittany Lions (19-15).
BYU 74, Wofford 66
DENVER (AP) — Jimmer Fredette scored 32 points to lift third-seeded Brigham Young over No. 14 Wofford.
Hounded, double teamed and trapped by Wofford defenders much of the night, the nation’s leading scorer still got off 25 shots and made 12 trips to the free-throw line.
Wofford, making its second straight NCAA appearance, shut down Fredette through most of the first half and led 25-21 with 5 minutes left.
But Fredette made two free throws and a 3-pointer during a 9-0 run and BYU (31-4) never relinquished the lead.
Noah Dahlman led the Terriers (21-13) with 22 points.
Gonzaga 86, St. John’s 71
DENVER (AP) — Marquise Carter scored a career-high 24 points, lifting 11th-seeded Gonzaga to an 86-71 victory over sixth-seeded St. John’s.
The Bulldogs (25-9) were the third lower seed to spring an upset in the Mile High city, joining No. 12 Richmond and No. 13 Morehead State.
These days, Gonzaga can hardly be considered an underdog, especially with its rich history of tournament upsets.
The Bulldogs move on to face third-seeded BYU, the only team that survived a scare on this floor. The Jimmer Fredette-led Cougars knocked off Wofford, 74-66.
The Red Storm (21-12), who were back in the tournament for the first time since 2002.
Dwight Hardy led the St. John’s in scoring with 26 points.
West Va. 84, Clemson 76
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Darryl Bryant scored 19 points and Kevin Jones added 17 to help fifth-seeded West Virginia overcome a slow start and wear down No. 12 Clemson.
The Mountaineers (21-11) took advantage of a fatigued opponent playing its second game in just over 36 hours.