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NCAA Toutnament Roundup: Bye-bye Hoyas

NCAA Toutnament Roundup: Bye-bye Hoyas

NCAA Toutnament Roundup: Bye-bye Hoyas

Florida Gulf Coast's Eddie Murray (23...


    PHILADELPHIA — Florida Gulf Coast sure made an entrance at the NCAA tournament.
    A school that hasn't even celebrated its first 20-year reunion busted a load of brackets with a 78-68 victory over second-seeded Georgetown on Friday night in the second round of the South Regional.
    In just their second season of eligibility for Division I postseason, the Eagles used a 21-2 second-half run to pull away from the Hoyas and then held on in the final minute to become the seventh No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2.
    Sherwood Brown scored 24 points and Bernard Thompson had 23 to lead Florida Gulf Coast, the champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
    FGCU (25-10) will play the winner of the game between seventh-seeded San Diego State and No. 10 Oklahoma on Sunday.
    "We didn't come here and have the attitude that we're just glad to be here," said FGCU point guard Brett Comer, who finished with 12 points,10 assists and just two turnovers. "We decided we can play with anybody and we did."
    A night after America's oldest university, Harvard, pulled off a major upset over fourth-seeded New Mexico, one of its youngest — FGCU's first student was admitted in 1997 — got one that was even bigger.
    The Eagles' monster run gave them a 52-33 lead with 12:28 to play. The Hoyas staged a furious rally to get within 72-68 with 52 seconds left but the Eagles went 6 of 10 from the free throw line to seal it.
    "In the second half, we pushed the ball, we got out, we ran, we made shots, got some alley-oop dunks to energize the crowd. I'm very proud of our players," said coach Andy Enfield, whose wife — supermodel Amanda Marcum — was shown several times on the arena's big screen.
    For those who don't know FCGU, and that was probably plenty of people as of Friday afternoon, Florida Gulf Coast is a state university in Fort Myers with an enrollment of about 12,000 students.

La Salle shocks No. 4 Kansas State
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — John Giannini kept calling timeouts as La Salle's big lead kept slipping away, an 18-point halftime advantage wiped out by fourth-ranked Kansas State's frantic comeback.
    The coach's message every time was simple: Keep playing defense.
    The Explorers finally answered his challenge.
    Jerrell Wright made three foul shots in the final 30 seconds, and the No. 13 seed from the Atlantic 10 buckled down on defense in the closing minutes, allowing the Explorers to polish off a 63-61 upset win Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
    "Every timeout, every time we came in, he was riding us on defense," said Ramon Galloway, who finished with 19 points for La Salle. "We had a good margin, and they came back and actually took the lead. We had to stick together, dig down deep and get some stops."
    The Wildcats trailed 44-26 at halftime, but didn't make another field goal after Jordan Henriquez's layup with 4:54 remaining in the game.
    In fact, Kansas State only managed one more point — a free throw by the 7-footer with 2:25 left on the clock — the rest of the way.
    That gave the Explorers (22-9) the window they needed.


Harvard wins first ever tourney game
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Give those Harvard kids an A-plus in another subject: Bracketbusting 101.
    The school known for producing U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices and Nobel Prize winners earned its first NCAA tournament victory Thursday night — a 68-62 upset of No. 3 seed New Mexico — and it didn't feel like a fluke.
    Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard made five 3-pointers to help the 14th-seeded Crimson pull the biggest surprise of March Madness so far.
    Reaction came quickly, and from various corners.
    "America, we are sorry for messing up your brackets and also your financial system and everything else," tweeted the jokesters at the Harvard Lampoon.
    And this from Harvard's most famous hoops alum, Jeremy Lin: "YYYYEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!! HARVARD winssss!!! hahahahhah i told you," he tweeted shortly after the victory.
    Everybody ready for Crimsonsanity?
    Next up for Harvard (20-9), a meeting with sixth-seeded Arizona, which beat Belmont 81-64 earlier in the West Region.
    "This is the No. 1 moment in my career," said Harvard senior Christian Webster, who finished with 11 points. "The thought came to mind that this could be the last game. We showed a lot of toughness, just persevering."
    Indeed.
    The Ivy Leaguers put the clamps down on New Mexico's Tony Snell, holding him to nine points on 4-for-12 shooting after he dominated in the Mountain West Conference tournament. They banged inside with Lobos big men Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk, whose 22 points provided New Mexico's only consistent offense.
    Mostly, they showed none of the jitters that marked their trip to the tournament last year, a 79-70 loss to Vanderbilt in the Crimson's first NCAA appearance since 1946.
    Rivard went 6 of 7 from 3 in that one — played on New Mexico's home court in The Pit — and was clearly pumped for an encore against the Lobos themselves. He was 5 of 9 this time, with three of them coming in the first half, while Harvard was holding a small lead and, more importantly, answering every surge the Lobos (29-6) could muster. Rivard finished with 17 points.
    "I hit my first one, and you know, you hit the shot and then you keep shooting after that, and then I hit another one, so I knew it was going to be a good game after that," Rivard said.

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