RALEIGH, N.C. The little team from the Big Apple was every bit as good as promised.
Led by 26 points from hotshot guard Luis Flores, 12th-seeded Manhattan beat fifth-seeded Florida 75-60 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday.
Manhattan (25-5) won its first tournament game since defeating Oklahoma in 1995, and advanced to play fourth-seeded Wake Forest in the East Rutherford Regional.
The Gators (20-11), ranked first in the country in December, failed to make it out of the first weekend of the tourney for the fourth straight time since they made the national finals in 2000.
Peter Mulligan added 17 points for the Jaspers, and Dave Holmes had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Anthony Roberson led Florida with 22 points.
Wake Forest 79, Virginia Commonwealth 78
RALEIGH, N.C. Chris Paul had 22 points and seven assists, and Justin Gray added 15 points for Wake Forest.
Jamaal Levy had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (20-9), who advanced to the second round for the third straight year. Domonic Jones had 22 points and seven assists for Virginia Commonwealth (23-8).
Saint Joseph's 82, Liberty 63
BUFFALO, N.Y. Jameer Nelson scored 22 of his season-high 33 points in the first half, leading top-seeded Saint Joseph's to an easy first-round victory over Liberty.
The Hawks (28-1), coming off an 87-67 loss to Xavier in the Atlantic 10 Conference quarterfinals, advanced to play eighth-seeded Texas Tech in the second round.
Delonte West added 18 points and nine rebounds for Saint Joseph's. David Dees led the Flames (18-15) with 22 points.
Texas Tech 76, Charlotte 73
BUFFALO, N.Y. Andre Emmett scored 20 points to help Texas Tech beat Charlotte in Red Raiders coach Bob Knight's first game in Buffalo since his 2000 finale with Indiana.
Jarrius Jackson added 17 points for Texas Tech (23-10). Curtis Withers led Charlotte (21-9) with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Duke 96, Alabama St. 61
RALEIGH, N.C. Shavlik Randolph scored 20 points for top-seeded Duke, coming off a loss to Maryland on Sunday in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final
Daniel Ewing added 19 points for Duke (28-5), which will play eighth-seeded Seton Hall in the second round.
Malcolm Campbell scored 26 points for Alabama State (16-15), seeded 16th and No. 230 in the latest RPI rankings.
Seton Hall 80, Arizona 76
RALEIGH, N.C. Kelly Whitney had 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead Seton Hall past Arizona.
Andre Barrett added 19 points and six assists for the Pirates (21-9), who overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half.
Andre Iguodala scored 19 points to lead Arizona (20-10), which lost in the opening round for the first time since 1999.
Texas 66, Princeton 49
DENVER Brandon Mouton scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half to lead Texas past Princeton.
Texas (24-7), the No. 3 seed in the regional, will face sixth-seeded North Carolina on Saturday.
Royal Ivey had 15 points and Brian Boddicker 14 for Texas, making its sixth straight NCAA tournament appearance. Princeton (20-8), the No. 14 seed, got 16 points from Will Venable.
North Carolina 63, Air Force 52
DENVER Sean May had 14 points and North Carolina pulled away in the second half to beat scrappy Air Force.
North Carolina (19-10) had trouble with Air Force's deliberate offense and swarming defense, and didn't get any breathing room until going on an 11-0 run midway through the second half.
Air Force (22-7) shot 50 percent in the first half, but was just 8-for-21 in the second to lose in its first NCAA tournament appearance in 42 years.
St. Louis Regional
Gonzaga 76, Valparaiso 49
SEATTLE Ronny Turiaf scored 14 of his 15 points in the second half and Cory Violette added 13 points and 10 rebounds to help Gonzaga beat Valparaiso.
Blake Stepp added 13 points and nine assists for Gonzaga (28-2). The Bulldogs won their 21st straight game and advanced to the second round against 10th-seeded Nevada.
Joaquim Gomes had 13 points and eight rebounds for Valparaiso (18-13), the only Indiana school in the tournament.
Nevada 72, Michigan St. 66
SEATTLE Kirk Snyder hit a 3-pointer that put Nevada ahead with 2:52 left and the Wolf Pack went on to upset seventh-seeded Michigan State.
It was Nevada's first win ever in the tournament and its first victory in nine games against Big Ten opponents.
Snyder, the WAC player of the year, finished with 19 points for Nevada (24-8). Paul Davis led Michigan State (18-12) with 16 points.
Syracuse 80, BYU 75
DENVER Gerry McNamara hit nine 3-pointers and had 43 points for defending national champion Syracuse.
Syracuse (22-7) shot 53 percent and got 20 points from Hakim Warrick, but couldn't breathe easy against 12th-seeded BYU until McNamara hit three free throws in the final 16 seconds.
The Orangemen, the fifth seed in the regional, advanced to face fourth-seeded Maryland in the second round.
Rafael Araujo had 24 points and 12 rebounds for BYU (21-9).
Maryland 86, UTEP 83
DENVER Chris McCray scored 19 points, including two free throws with 13.6 seconds left, and Maryland held off Texas-El Paso.
John Gilchrist added 18 points, and Jamar Smith had 14 for the Terrapins (20-11), coming off an overtime win against Duke in the ACC title game. John Tofi had 16 points for UTEP (24-8).
Stanford 71, Texas-San Antonio 45
SEATTLE Josh Childress scored six of his 26 points during a key 12-0 burst midway through the second half and reserve Matt Haryasz added 10 points for Stanford.
Stanford (30-1), the No. 1 seed in the regional, won its first-round NCAA game for the 10th straight year and will play eighth-seeded Alabama in the second round.
Things went much smoother than Stanford's last visit to Seattle, a 75-62 loss to the Washington Huskies almost two weeks ago the only blemish on an otherwise perfect season.
LeRoy Hurd led Texas-San Antonio (19-14) with 18 points.
Alabama 65, Southern Illinois 64
SEATTLE Antoine Pettway hit a 6-foot runner with 5 seconds left to lift Alabama past Southern Illinois.
Southern Illinois' Darren Brooks, the Missouri Valley Conference player of the year, missed a long jumper at the buzzer.
Earnest Shelton scored 18 points for Alabama (18-12). Brooks led Southern Illinois (25-5) with 25 points.
Connecticut 70, Vermont 53
BUFFALO, N.Y. Rashad Anderson scored 22 points, and Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Connecticut (28-6), the Big East champion and second seed, will play seventh-seeded DePaul in the second round.
The Huskies improved to 12-0 in first-round games under coach Jim Calhoun, who won his 30th tournament game to tie Adolph Rupp for 12th on the career list.
T.J. Sorrentine led Vermont (22-9) with 19 points.
DePaul 76, Dayton 69, 2OT
BUFFALO, N.Y. Drake Diener scored 10 of his career-high 28 points in the second overtime, propelling DePaul to the second round for the first time 15 years.
Delonte Holland added 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Blue Demons (22-9). Ramod Marshall led Dayton (24-9) with 17 points.
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