Dayton Surprises Providence in NCAA East Regional
The second round of the NCAA's men's basketball tournament is complete as Friday's schedule came and went with just one upset.
Dayton pulled off the day's surprise as Dyshawn Pierre scored 20 points and had nine rebounds in a 66-53 triumph over No. 6 Providence in the East Region. Jordan Sibert added 15 points for the Flyers, who are still alive after playing their way into the second round.
Dayton next plays No. 3 Oklahoma. The Sooners were 69-60 winners against Albany as TaShawn Thomas provided 18 points and four blocks. Buddy Hield (hyld) added 15 points and Ryan Spangler had 11 rebounds for the Sooners.
Also in the East Region:
Denzel Valentine scored 16 points and went 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to seal Michigan State's 70-63 triumph over Georgia in Charlotte. Travis Trice scored 15 points for the Spartans, who saw a 13-point, halftime lead trimmed to two before going on a 19-8 run.
The Spartans next take on second-seeded Virginia, which got 22 points from Malcolm Brogdon in a 79-67 win against No. 15 Belmont. Anthony Gill finished with 16 points and Justin Anderson added 15 in the Cavaliers' 30th victory.
Freshman Quentin Snider hit the winning free throws and Wayne Blackshear finished with 19 points as fourth seed Louisville escaped with a 57-55 win against UC Irvine. Snider finished with a career-high 16 points, including two free throws with 8.9 seconds left.
Paul Jesperson led five Northern Iowa players in double figures with 16 points and Seth Tuttle had 14 in a 71-54 win over Wyoming. The fifth-seeded Panthers built a 21-point lead after scoring 11 of the first 12 points to start the second half.
Third seed Oklahoma was a 69-60 winner against Albany as TaShawn Thomas provided 18 points and four blocks. Buddy Hield (hyld) added 15 points and Ryan Spangler had 11 rebounds for the Sooners.
Out in the West Region:
Joseph Young scored 27 points and Elgin Cook added 18 to carry No. 8 Oregon to a 79-73 triumph over Oklahoma State in the West. Dillon Brooks had 17 points for the Ducks.
Oregon's reward for winning is a Sunday clash with top-ranked Wisconsin, which beat Coastal Carolina 86-72. Frank Kaminsky had 27 points and 12 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season. Sam Dekker added 20 points to the win.
Over in the South Region:
Top seed Duke has advanced as Quinn Cook scored 22 points in an 85-56 rout of Robert Morris. Freshman Jahlil Okafor (jah-LIHL' OH'-kah-fohr) added 21 points for the Blue Devils, who hit their first seven shots and 12 of 15.
Next up for Duke is No. 8 San Diego State, which used JJ O'Brien's 18 points to beat St. John's 76-64. Dwayne Polee II scored all 15 of his points on treys, and Skylar Spencer added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Aztecs.
Aaron White scored 13 straight points as part of an 18-3 run early in the second half of Iowa's 83-52 pounding of Davidson. White delivered 26 points for the seventh-seeded Hawkeyes, while Mike Gesell added 15 to help Iowa advance to play second seed Gonzaga.
The Bulldogs were 86-76 winners against North Dakota State behind Kyle Wiltjer's 23 points. Kevin Pangos had 18 points to help Gonzaga move within one victory of their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2009.
And in the Midwest Region:
Frank Mason III scored 17 points and second-seeded Kansas raced out to a 34-16 lead en route to a 75-56 victory over No. 15 seed New Mexico State. Perry Ellis added nine points for the Jayhawks, who were 9 of 13 from 3-point range.
Fred VanVleet matched his career high with 27 points and Ron Baker made big free throws late in Wichita State's 81-76 triumph against Indiana. Baker scored 15 points, making 7 of 8 free throws in the last 2 minutes of the Shockers' 27th victory.
Melo Trimble, Dez Wells and Jared Nickens each scored 14 points as fourth seed Maryland knocked out Valparaiso 65-62 to set up a game against No. 5 West Virginia. Wells converted an offensive rebound into a three-point play that made it 65-61 with 1:44 left.
Devin Williams led the Mountaineers with 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and hit two free throws with 2:10 left to put his team ahead to stay in a 68-62 win over Buffalo. Juwan Staten had 15 points and seven assists for West Virginia.