LEXINGTON, Ky. — Vander Blues layup with one second left capped Marquettes rally from a nine-point deficit and gave the third-seeded Golden Eagles 59-58 a victory against Davidson in the second round of the East Regional of the NCAA tournament on Thursday..
Blue and Jamil Wilson made consecutive 3-pointers to bring Marquette within 58-57 with 11 seconds left. The Golden Eagles (24-8) then caught a huge break when DeMon Brooks long inbounds pass went out of bounds at midcourt with 5.5 seconds left, providing another opportunity.
BUTLER 68, BUCKNELL 56
At Lexington, Ky., Andrew Smith had a double-double, including a career-high 16 rebounds, Roosevelt Jones added 14 points and Butler made its free throws down the stretch to hold off upset-minded Bucknell.
After trailing for most of the game, 11th-seeded Bucknell got back into it with a 19-2 second-half run. But after Joe Willmans jumper cut Butlers lead to 43-42 with 6:56 left, the Bison (28-6) went almost five minutes without scoring. Butler went 18-of-20 at the line in the last 4:43.
CALIFORNIA 64, UNLV 61
At San Jose, Calif., Allen Crabbe had 19 points and nine rebounds, reserve Robert Thurman scored all 12 of his points on dunks and 12th-seeded California held off fifth-seeded UNLV.
Buoyed by the crowd support of a strong contingent so close to Berkeley, the Golden Bears (21-11) held the Runnin Rebels (25-10) without a basket for more than 11 minutes in the second half. Cal turned a tie game into a nine-point lead during that stretch and withstood a late UNLV push for its first tournament win since 2010.
MICHIGAN 71, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 56
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Glenn Robinson III scored 21 points, and Mitch McGary added 13 points and nine rebounds, helping fourth-seeded Michigan overcome a rough night for Trey Burke.
Burke made two field goals and left the game briefly in the second half after a hard fall under the basket. The star point guard came back after that, but he finished with six points.
VCU 88, AKRON 42
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Troy Daniels had 23 points, Juvonte Reddic scored 21 and VCU routed Akron in the most lopsided victory by a fifth-seeded team against a No. 12 in NCAA tournament history.
The previous mark was set by Wyoming in a 35-point win against Howard in 1981 and matched by Tennessee against Long Beach State in 2007, according to STATS.
The Rams (27-8) will play fourth-seeded Michigan on Saturday for a spot in the round of 16.
LOUISVILLE 79, N.C. A&T 48
At Lexington, Ky., Russ Smith scored 23 points and set a Louisville NCAA tournament record with a career-high eight steals, and Peyton Siva had eight assists as the Cardinals demolished North Carolina A&T.
Louisville finished with a season-high 20 steals as it forced the Aggies (20-17) into 27 turnovers.
COLORADO STATE 84, MISSOURI 72
At Lexington, Ky., Dorian Green scored 17 of his 26 points in the first half and eighth-seeded Colorado State used good shooting to run away from No. 9 Missouri.
MICHIGAN STATE 65, VALPARAISO 54
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Derrick Nix had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help power third-seeded Michigan State.
MEMPHIS 54, SAINT MARYS (CAL.) 52
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Matthew Dellavedovas 3-pointer from the right wing sailed long as time expired, allowing sixth-seeded Memphis to hold on.
The Tigers (31-4) led by 15 in the first half but nearly gave the game away in the final seconds.
SAINT LOUIS 64, NEW MEXICO STATE 44
At San Jose, Calif.,Dwayne Evans scored 24 points, Cody Ellis added 12 points and fourth-seeded Saint Louis overwhelmed New Mexico State.
OREGON 68, OKLAHOMA STATE 55
At San Jose, Calif., Damyean Dotson scored 17 points and Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 17 rebounds to help 12th-seeded Oregon extend a run that began in the Pac-12 tournament.
Dominic Artis scored 13 points and helped frustrate Oklahoma State star freshman Marcus Smart on the defensive end to give the Ducks (27-8) their first tournament win in six years.
WICHITA STATE 73, PITTSBURGH 55
At Salt Lake City, Malcolm Armstead scored 22 points, Cleanthony Early added 21 and ninth-seeded Wichita State defeated eighth-seeded Pittsburgh.
Freshman Steven Adams led Pitt (24-9) with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
GONZAGA 64, SOUTHERN 58
At Salt Lake City, a March Madness warm-up turned into a great escape for Gonzaga.
The Zags were pushed to the limit by Southern on Thursday, pulling out a victory in the closing minutes to avoid becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16.
ARIZONA 81, BELMONT 64
At Salt Lake City, Mark Lyons scored 23 points and the sixth-seeded Arizona Wildcats rolled past No. 11 seed Belmont.
The Wildcats (26-7) used their huge size advantage to shut down the Bruins (26-7), who are 0-6 in tourney games.