NCAA South Regional: No. 2 Georgtown knocked off by Eagles
Florida Gulf Coast rise to occassion
College basketball, meet Florida Gulf Coast.
Sherwood Brown scored 24 points and Bernard Thompson had 23 to lead FGCU to an incredible NCAA tournament debut, as the 15th-seeded Eagles – in just their second season of being eligible for the Division I postseason – knocked off second-seeded Georgetown 78-68 in the South Regional in Philadelphia.
The Eagles, in their second season of being eligible for Division I postseason, became just the seventh No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2.
FGCU (25-10) took control with a 21-2 run that gave it a 52-33 lead with 12:28 to play, though the Hoyas used a furious rally to get within 72-68 with 52 seconds left.
Markel Starks had 23 points for the Hoyas (25-7), who have lost to a double-digit seed in their last four appearances.
No. 7 San Diego St. 70, No. 10 Oklahoma 55: Jamaal Franklin scored 21 points, James Rahon had 17, and San Diego State (23-10) won in Philadelphia for its third NCAA tournament victory.
Romero Osby scored 22 points for the Sooners (20-12).
No. 8 N. Carolina 78, No. 9 Villanova 71: P.J. Hairston scored 23 points, James Michael McAdoo added 17, and the Tar Heels unleashed a flurry of 3-pointers to win in Kansas City.
The never-say-die Wildcats (20-14) erased a 20-point deficit in the first half. JayVaughn Pinkston had 20 points and Darrun Hilliard scored 18 for Villanova.
No. 3 Florida 79, No. 14 Northwestern St. 47: Erik Murphy had 18 points to lead four Florida players in double figures, and the Gators shut down the NCAA’s highest-scoring team in Austin, Texas.
Florida (27-7) turned this one into a rout with a 19-1 run in the second half and held the 14th-seeded Demons (23-9) to their fewest points this season.
Patric Young had 16 points and nine rebounds for Florida. DeQuan Hicks had 12 points for the Demons.
No. 11 Minnesota 83, No. 6 UCLA 63: Also in Austin, Texas, Andre Hollins scored 28 points and Minnesota rolled in what could be Bruins freshman Shabazz Muhammad’s last game in college and coach Ben Howland’s final one leading the Bruins.
Austin Hollins scored 16 for the 11th-seeded Gophers (21-12).
No. 1 Kansas 64, No 16 Western Kentucky 57: Jeff Withey scored 17 points and top-seeded Kansas struggled to put away scrappy Western Kentucky in Kansas City, Mo.
The Jayhawks (30-5), flummoxed by the Hilltoppers’ full-court pressure, trailed 31-30 at halftime.
McLemore and Travis Releford scored 11 each for the Jayhawks (30-5).
Jamal Crook scored 13 points for the Hilltoppers (20-16).