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DENVER (AP) — JaKobe Coles hit a floater off the lane with 1.5 seconds left and the No. 6 TCU rebounded from an 11-point deficit in the second half to defeat 11th-seeded Arizona State in the first 72-70 round of NCAA tournament to beat. Coles took a pass from Mike Miles Jr. from near the top of the 3-point circle, dribbles once and lets go of the game-winner. The state of Arizona’s despair as the buzzer missed. Miles, playing on a hyperextended right knee, finished the game with 26 points for the Horned Frogs. They advanced to a second-round matchup with number 3 Gonzaga on Sunday in the West Region. DJ Horne had 17 for Arizona State.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Joey Hauser scored 17 points and No. 7 Michigan State defensively edged No. 10 Southern California in the second half for a 72-62 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament East Region . Michigan State upped their defensive intensity after halftime to muzzle the Streaky Trojans, who were eliminated in the first round of the tournament for the second straight year. Tyson Walker and Jaden Akins each added 12 points for Michigan State, who struggled from the free-throw line while trying to end the game. Joshua Morgan scored 14 points and Kobe Johnson 13 to lead USC.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Cate Reese scored 25 points and Esmery Martinez had a double-double against her former team to lead seventh-seeded Arizona to a 75-62 win over 10th-seeded West Virginia in the NCAA tournament to help women. The Wildcats started fast and never fell behind. They will play Maryland next. Arizona entered the tournament on a three-game losing streak. Martinez had 13 points and 12 rebounds. JJ Quinerly led West Virginia with 19 points.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford star Cameron Brink is out for the top-seeded cardinal in the NCAA tournament opener because of a non-COVID illness. The school made the announcement about 50 minutes before Friday’s tip against 16th-seeded Sacred Heart at the Maples Pavilion. Stanford said the junior forward’s status is day-by-day. Brink is the team’s top scorer, rebounder, and shot blocker. The school’s career block leader, the 6-foot-4 Brink, averages 14.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists. She has 111 blocked shots, second best in the nation.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Haley Jones had 17 points and six rebounds for a top-flight Stanford team that was missing star Cameron Brink with a stomach problem, and the Cardinal advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament by beating 16th-place finisher Sacred Heart 92-49. Freshman Talana Lepolo dished out seven assists on her NCAA debut as Stanford advanced to the second round against No. 8 Ole Miss on Sunday. Newcomer Ny’Ceara Pryor scored 12 points to lead the cold-shooting Sacred Heart.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Myah Selland scored 29 points in the first round of the NCAA tournament in the Seattle area on Friday to propel 9th-seeded South Dakota state to a 62-57 victory in overtime over the eighth to lead settled Southern Cal. Selland scored 16 straight points in the fourth quarter and overtime for the Jackrabbits (29-5), who won their 22nd straight game despite shooting 35.2% (19 of 54) and conceding 20 turnovers. Destiny Littleton led Southern Cal (21-10) with 18 points.
TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — Purdue’s Matt Ramos ended Iowa star Spencer Lee’s hunt for four national titles with a pin in the closing seconds of their semifinal game Friday night. That leaves Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis as the only wrestler still in contention for a fourth Division I title on Saturday. He defeated Penn State’s Shayne Van Ness 8-3 in his semifinal match at 149 pounds. If Diakomihalis defeats Ohio State’s Sammy Sasso in the finals, he will become the fifth Division I wrestler to win four championships. Penn State is nearing its 10th national title in 12 years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA freshman Kiki Rice is checking in regularly from the NCAA tournament, AP basketball author Doug Feinberg has been told. In the first episode, Rice talks about preparing for her first March Madness, bracket pools, and adjusting from high school to college.
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