Wisconsin-Milwaukee reaches Sweet 16

Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2005

CLEVELAND — One win wasn't enough for Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Panthers are pressing on in the NCAA tournament.

Joah Tucker scored 23 points, Adrian Tigert had 16 and the 12th-seeded Horizon League champions, playing on a floor they know very well, pulled off their second upset in three days, an 83-75 win over Boston College in the second round Saturday.

Given little chance in the opening round against Alabama from the SEC or against the Big East's regular-season champions, Milwaukee (26-5) gave the nation's mid-major programs another moment to savor this March.

They did it the way know best: with a relentless, full-court press that forced the Eagles (25-5) into 22 turnovers.

Milwaukee will play Illinois on Thursday in the Chicago Regional in Rosemont, Ill.

Ed McCants added 18 points for Milwaukee. Craig Smith scored 25 points and Jared Dudley 22 — 18 on free throws — for Boston College.

Illinois 71, Nevada 59

INDIANAPOLIS — James Augustine scored a career-high 23 points and Jack Ingram added 12 more in the top-seeded Illini's victory. Augustine also grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked four shots and had two steals.

Illinois' famed guard trio of Deron Williams, Dee Brown and Luther Head combined for 31 points, but most came late in the game as the big guys took center stage. Williams scored five points on free throws down the stretch.

The Illini (34-1) reached the regional semifinals for the second straight season and fourth time in the last five seasons.

Kevinn Pinkney led the Wolf Pack (25-7) with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Mo Charlo added 12.

Arizona 85, UAB 63

BOISE, Idaho — Salim Stoudamire made five 3-pointers and had 28 points, and Arizona never buckled under Alabama-Birmingham's constant pressure defense.

Arizona (29-6) struggled with UAB's frenetic, trapping defense in the first half, but had just four turnovers in the second to reach the round of 16 for the 12th time. The Wildcats, the 1997 national champions, advanced to Rosemont, Ill., next weekend and will face either Oklahoma State or Southern Illinois, which play Sunday in Oklahoma City.

Arizona shot 52 percent from the field and made 18-of-23 from the free throw line, including 12-of-15 in the second half when UAB picked up the pressure.

UAB (22-11) played its usual helter skelter pace and gave the Wildcats problems at times, but couldn't seem to turn mistakes into points. The 11th-seeded Blazers made just 6-of-30 from 3-point range — their forte — and shot 32 percent overall.

Donell Taylor scored 13 points for the Blazers and Demario Eddins added 12.

Albuquerque Regional

Texas Tech 71, Gonzaga 69

TUCSON, Ariz. — Bob Knight's Texas Tech Red Raiders rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to advance to the semifinals of the Albuquerque Regional.

Ronald Ross sank a 3-pointer from the corner to put sixth-seeded Tech (22-10) up 68-67 with 1:06 to play, then sealed the victory by making both halves of a one-and-one with 7.5 seconds remaining.

Ross and Knight hugged in the final seconds as it became obvious that a Knight-coached team would make it to a regional semifinal for the first time since 1994. Ross scored 24 points and backcourt mate Jarrius Jackson added 18 points.

Texas Tech will play West Virginia on Thursday.

Third-seeded Gonzaga (26-5) made an early exit with a high seed for the second year in a row. The Zags were the No. 2 seed a year ago and lost to Nevada in the second round. Adam Morrison had 25 points and nine rebounds for Gonzaga.

West Virginia 111, Wake Forest 105, 2OT

CLEVELAND — Mike Gansey scored a career-high 29 points — 19 of them in the two overtimes — and the Mountaineers sent No. 2 seed Wake Forest to another stunning second-round loss.

Seventh-seeded West Virginia (23-10) advanced to the regional semifinals, its deepest tournament run since it also made the round of 16 in 1998. The Mountaineers have beaten seven Top 25 teams this season, a school record.

Wake (27-6) Forest point guard Chris Paul scored 10 points in the first overtime, then fouled out with 3:24 to go in the second, walking slowly to the bench. Gansey had 10 in the first overtime and nine more in the second, which came down to a last shot.

Wake Forest's 111 points were the second-most for a losing team in tournament history.

Washington 97, Pacific 79

BOISE, Idaho — Nate Robinson scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half and the top-seeded Huskies advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1998.

Bobby Jones scored 19 and Will Conroy had 10 assists for Washington (29-5). Tre Simmons scored 15 for the Pac-10 champion Huskies, whose top seed was the most disputed among the four No. 1s. But Washington backed it up well against Pacific (27-4).

Guillaume Yango led the Tigers with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Christian Maraker added 12 points, but the Swedish forward was shut out in the second half.

Austin Regional

Utah 67, Oklahoma 58

TUCSON, Ariz. — Sixth-seeded Utah capitalized on 7-foot Andrew Bogut's skilled passing and 20 points by Justin Hawkins to advance to the Austin Regional for the first time since 1998.

The Utes (29-5) had been knocked out in the early rounds five of the last six years, but move on to play Kentucky.

Although the beefy Sooners (25-8) did their best to beat up Bogut in the low post, they couldn't overcome 32 percent shooting. They got no closer than seven points in the second half.

Bogut had a career-high seven assists and tied his season low with 10 points, taking just seven shots. Taj Gray had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Sooners.

Kentucky 69, Cincinnati 60

INDIANAPOLIS — Kelenna Azubuike scored 19 points and second-seeded Kentucky held Cincinnati scoreless for the final 2:41 in a second-round NCAA tournament victory.

Rajon Rondo added 16 points for Kentucky (27-5). Randolph Morris finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds as the Wildcats avoided a second straight second-round exit.

Nick Williams scored 16 points and Jihad Muhammad added 14 for seventh-seeded Cincinnati (25-8), which was trying to become the third straight Conference USA school to eliminate Kentucky from the tournament. The Bearcats have lost 15 straight to their nearby rival and still haven't beaten Kentucky since 1939.



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