By The Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho – Lazar Hayward scored 26 points and Marquette made 10 straight free throws down the stretch to beat Utah State 58-57 Friday in the first round of the West Regional.

Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews each scored 14 points for sixth-seeded Marquette (25-9), which blew a 14-point lead before rallying from a six-point deficit to win.

Jared Quayle led Utah State (30-5) with 18 points. The 11th-seeded Aggies recovered from a dismal first half by shooting 12-for-20 to start the second half, but couldn’t hang on and lost their fourth straight first-round game.

Hayward put Marquette ahead 52-51 on two free throws with 1:45 left, and the Golden Eagles led the rest of the way.

Missouri 78, Cornell 59

BOISE, Idaho – DeMarre Carroll scored all but two of his 13 points in the second half to help the third-seeded Tigers pull away from the plucky Big Red.

Leo Lyons finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (29-6), the Big 12 tournament champions who returned to the NCAAs for the first time in six years.

Ryan Wittman led the Ivy League champions with 18 points and 14th-seeded Cornell (21-10) hung around in this game for a half, trailing by only four.

But Mizzou’s talent took over after the break and the win gave the Big 12 a clean sweep – six wins, no losses through the first round of the tournament.

Midwest Regional

Louisville 74, Morehead St. 54

DAYTON, Ohio – Louisville had a few early missteps, but uncoiled its full-court press in the second half and rolled to an easy victory over Morehead State.

With the win, No. 1 seeds improved to 100-0 against No. 16s since the tournament expanded in 1985. There have been a few close calls, and Morehead State (21-16) kept up for a half.

Samardo Samuels led Louisville (29-5) with 15 points. Terrence Williams, who danced a little prematurely at midcourt before the game, added 13 points and nine rebounds. Kenneth Faried had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Morehead State.

By halftime, the Big East’s regular-season and conference champs led only 35-33. Then they got down to business hitting 3-pointers and using their full-court press to pull away.

Kansas 84, North Dakota State 74

MINNEAPOLIS – Sherron Collins scored a season-high 32 points and went toe-to-toe with NDSU star Ben Woodside, while Cole Aldrich had 23 points to lead the defending NCAA champions.

Woodside played all 40 minutes and scored 37 points, and fellow senior Brett Winkelman had 15 points and 12 rebounds to keep third-seeeded Kansas (26-7) from getting comfortable.

In their first season of eligibility for the tournament after a four-year waiting period following their move from Division II, the Bison (26-7) proved they belong.

They were within three points several times down the stretch, but the team from the unheralded Summit League couldn’t clear that last hurdle and clearly wore down late.

Arizona 84, Utah 71

MIAMI – Nic Wise scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half, Chase Budinger added 20 and the 12th-seeded Wildcats proved it belonged in the field of 65.

Jordan Hill added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Arizona (20-13), which has been in the NCAAs 25 years in a row, but hadn’t reached the second round since 2006.

Tyler Kepkay scored 19 points for Utah (24-10), which was 8-for-32 from 3-point range and matched a season-high with 20 turnovers. Lawrence Borha finished with 11 points for Utah, which got 10 points and 10 rebounds from Shaun Green.

Kyle Fogg scored 12 for Arizona, which sweated out Selection Sunday, its tourney streak in serious jeopardy after finishing a mere 9-9 and tied for fifth in the Pac-10.

Dayton 68, West Virginia 60

MINNEAPOLIS – Chris Wright scored a career-high 27 points to lead the 11th-seeded Flyers to their first victory in the NCAA tournament in 19 years.

Charles Little added 18 points for once-mighty Dayton (27-7), which had been 1-13 against Bob Huggins’ teams dating to his days storming up and down the Cincinnati sideline.

Darryl Bryant had 21 points and Devin Ebanks added 14 points and 12 rebounds for West Virginia (23-12), which had won at least two games in the NCAA tournament in each of its last four appearances.

South Regional

Syracuse 59, Stephen F. Austin 44

MIAMI – Jonny Flynn scored 16 points, Rick Jackson and Arinze Onuaku each added 12 and the third-seeded Orange cruised past NCAA first-timer Stephen F. Austin.

Syracuse (27-9) ran out to a 20-4 lead, never letting the Southland Conference champions get anything going.

Benson Akpan led Stephen F. Austin (24-8) with 12 points, with Nick Shaw adding 10. The Lumberjacks missed 12 of their first 13 shots, and didn’t connect from 3-point range until Walt Harris hit from the left wing with 11:25 remaining – on their 16th try from beyond the arc.

They finished 2-for-21 from 3-point range, which played perfectly into Syracuse’s hands.

Arizona State 66, Temple 57

MIAMI – James Harden’s only basket, a 3-pointer with 4:02 left, helped the Sun Devils hold off Temple and reach 25 wins for the first time since 1975.

The Sun Devils’ scoring leader 1-for-8 and was held to nine points, less than half his average. Junior Derek Glasser scored a career-high 22 points and Jeff Pendergraph also had 22 for the Sun Devils (25-9), playing in the tournament for the first time since 2003.

Dionte Christmas scored 29 to lead Temple (22-12), which was eliminated in the opening round for the second year in a row and hasn’t won a tournament game since 2001.

East Regional

Pittsburgh 72, ETSU 62

DAYTON, Ohio – DeJuan Blair had 27 points and 16 rebounds as the Panthers, playing their first game as a top seed, survived a frightful 40 minutes from East Tennessee State.

The Panthers (29-4) had better improve if they want to go much further. They made 18 turnovers, struggled with ETSU’s end-to-end press and hardly looked like potential national champions.

Kevin Tiggs scored 21 for the Buccaneers (23-11), who shot just 31 percent but still had a chance to become the first No. 16 to down a No. 1 until the final two minutes.

It was the 161st win for Pitt coach Jamie Dixon, tying him with North Carolina State’s Everett Case (1947-52) for the best start in six seasons.

Oklahoma St. 77, Tennessee 75

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Byron Eaton found a clear path to the basket for a three-point play with 7.2 seconds left, sending the Cowboys to a scintillating victory over Tennessee.

Tyler Smith had a chance to win it for Tennessee (21-13), but his jumper from behind the arc hit the side of the rim and bounced up to the top of the backboard as the buzzer sounded. Smith led all scorers with 21 points.

Oklahoma State (23-11) tried to set the run-and-shoot style that made it one of the nation’s top scoring teams. Tennessee stuck with its halfcourt game, and it was a stalemate – 10 ties, 17 lead changes – until Eaton, who was playing in his first NCAA game, found that final opening.

Xavier 77, Portland St. 59

BOISE, Idaho – C.J. Anderson scored 14 points and Xavier shot 54 percent from the field to reach the second round of the NCAA tournament for the third straight year.

The Musketeers (26-7) stifled Portland State’s usual barrage of 3-pointers and showed they could shoot from the outside, too, making eight of 19 tries.

Derrick Brown, B.J. Raymond and Dante Jackson added 13 points each as Xavier overwhelmed the Big Sky Conference champion Vikings, who were in the tournament for just the second time.

Jamie Jones led the Vikings (23-10) with 16 points.

Andre Murray finished with 14 points and Jeremiah Dominguez, the Vikings’ sparkplug point guard, finished with 13 points and four rebounds.


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