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March 22, 2008 7:01:20 PM PDT
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EAST REGIONAL: North Carolina 113 Mount St. Mary's 74

Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson each had 21 points to help North Carolina cruise by Mount St. Mary's 113-74 in the first round of the East Regional. The game quickly turned into a crowd-pleasing romp for the thousands of blue-clad fans who filled an arena located a short drive from the Chapel Hill campus.

Wayne Ellington added 16 points for the Tar Heels, who've won 12 straight and continued their near-perfect run in NCAA games played in their home state. North Carolina improved to 22-and-1 in those games.

EAST REGIONAL: Arkansas 86 Indiana 72

Sonny Weems kept shooting and Darian Townes was there to clean up when he missed. The pair helped Arkansas finally earn a second game in the NCAA tournament while bringing a swift end to Indiana's tumultuous season.

Weems scored a career-high 31 points, Townes added 17 points and 12 rebounds and the ninth-seeded Razorbacks beat eighth-seeded Indiana 86-72 in the first round of the East Regional.

Weems hit 12 of 14 shots for Arkansas. The Razorbacks shot 54 percent and snapped a five-game losing streak in NCAA tournament games dating back to a first-round victory against Siena in 1999.

EAST REGIONAL: Tennessee 72 American 57

The second-seeded Tennessee Volunteers were out-hustled nearly the entire game, but found their touch at the end and avoided a massive upset by breaking away from American 72-57 in the first round of the East Regional.

Ahead 53-51 with 5:45 left, Tennessee escaped from an American team making its NCAA tournament debut. The Vols held the 15th-seeded Eagles to only one basket the rest of the way. The Vols move on to play Butler next.

EAST REGIONAL: Butler 81 South Alabama 61

Pete Campbell scored 26 points and hit eight three-pointers, including a last-second shot at the halftime buzzer, and Butler routed South Alabama 81-61 in the first round of the East Regional.

Butler played like the 11th-ranked team in the nation, not a small school just happy to be in the field. It was the fourth straight time the Bulldogs advanced beyond the first round of the NCAA tournament, setting a school record with their 30th win.

EAST REGIONAL: Oklahoma 72 St. Joseph's 64

David Godbold scored a career-high 25 points, including Oklahoma's first 11 of the second half, and the Sooners survived a late rally for a 72-64 win over Saint Joseph's on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Godbold and the Sooners (23-11), who had a 25-year postseason streak end last season, built a 19-point lead and watched most of it dissipate against a Hawks team eager to prove it belonged. Next up for the Sooners is Louisville on Sunday.

EAST REGIONAL: Louisville 79 Boise State 61

A scramble, a steal and suddenly Louisville had a three-on-none break that Derrick Caracter finished off with a vicious dunk.

Coach Rick Pitino and his team turned this into a one-sided affair from the start, overwhelming Boise State 79-61 Friday night in the first round of the East Regional.

The third-seeded Cardinals rushed to a 10-1 lead and Caracter's slam made it 42-26 late in the first half and they were never threatened. Earl Clark scored 15 points and Juan Palacios had 13 for Louisville.

SOUTH REGIONAL: Miami 78 Saint Mary's 64

Jack McClinton scored a career-high 38 points - 32 during a brilliant second half - and seventh-seeded Miami rallied for a 78-64 win over 10th-seeded Saint Mary's in the first round of the South Regional.

Friday's win gives Hurricanes coach Frank Haith a second-round matchup with second-seeded Texas. That's where Haith was an assistant under Rick Barnes for three seasons before taking over at Miami.

SOUTH REGIONAL: Texas 74 Austin Peay 54.

A.J. Abrams scored 26 points for Texas as he, Connor Atchley and Dexter Pittman nearly outscored Austin Peay (pee) on their own in a 74-54 rout of the Governors in the first round of the South Regional. Abrams scored 18 on 6-of-10 shooting from three-point range, Atchley added 12 and Pittman 11 for the Longhorns.

At 29-6, Texas is now one victory away from matching the school record for wins. The 2005-06, which lost to LSU in the regional finals of the tournament, finished 30-7.

Ernest Fields led the Governors with 14 points, 10 in the second half. Todd Babington added 11.

SOUTH REGIONAL: Mississippi State 76 Oregon 69

Charles Rhodes scored a career-high 34 points and the eighth-seeded Mississippi State Bulldogs came back from a 13-point second-half deficit for a 76-69 victory over ninth-seeded Oregon.

Mississippi State trailed 41-28 after Malik Hairston's three-pointer at the start of the second half, but Oregon didn't make another three until the final seconds, finishing 9-for-38 and 2-of-21 after halftime. Next up for Mississippi State is top-seeded Memphis.

SOUTH REGIONAL: Memphis 87 Texas-Arlington 63

For a few glorious minutes, Texas-Arlington was living the dream.

After 49 years of playing basketball, the commuter school was not only in its first NCAA tournament, it was actually leading top-seeded Memphis.

Too bad the game was only three minutes old.

Chris Douglas-Roberts' layup sparked a 15-2 run that effectively ended any hopes Texas-Arlington had for a momentous upset. Memphis cruised to a 87-63 victory in the first round of the South Regional. Douglas-Roberts led five Tigers in double figures with 23. He also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists.

MIDWEST REGIONAL Davidson 82, Gonzaga 76

Stephen Curry scored 30 of his 40 points in the second half and hit the tie-breaking three-pointer with just over a minute left to lead Davidson to an 82-76 win over Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Jason Richards added 15 points and nine assists for Davidson, which extended the nation's longest winning streak to 23 games.

Davidson now moves up in class as it takes on Big East regular-season winner Georgetown on Sunday.

MIDWEST REGIONAL: Georgetown 66, UMBC 47

Roy Hibbert went over and around undersized Maryland-Baltimore County all day, finishing with 13 points to lead the second-seeded Hoyas past the 15th-seeded Retrievers, 66-47 in the first round of the Midwest Regional.

Jonathan Wallace added 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting and Austin Freeman finished with 11 for the Hoyas, who shot 51 percent and held UMBC scoreless for a seven-minute stretch in advancing to face 10th-seeded Davidson Saturday.

MIDWEST REGIONAL: Siena 83 Vanderbilt 62

Kenny Hasbrouck scored 30 points, Tay Fisher added 19 on 6-for-6 shooting from three-point range, and 13th-seeded Siena (see-EHN'-ah) stunned fourth-seed Vanderbilt 83-62 in the first round of the Midwest Regional. The Saints (23-10) never trailed and became the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team to reach the second round since Manhattan in 2004.

Until now, Siena's program was best-known for a first-round upset over Stanford in 1989. That was a 14-seed over a three. This one might have been just as shocking, considering it came against a Southeastern Conference team in Vanderbilt that reached the Sweet 16 last year and had aspirations of doing at least that much this year.

MIDWEST REGIONAL: Villanova 75 Clemson 69

Scottie Reynolds scored 21 points and 12th-seeded Villanova rallied for a 75-69 upset of fifth-seeded Clemson in the NCAA tournament's Midwest Region.

That ended a wild day in Tampa. For the first time in NCAA tournament history, four lesser seeded teams at one site scored upsets over teams with more favorable seedings.

'Nova moves on to play Siena (see-EHN'-ah) Sunday for a spot in the Sweet 16.

WEST REGIONAL: Western Kentucky 101, Drake 99, OT

Ty Rogers hit a three-pointer with three defenders in his face and no time on the clock, and 12th-seeded Western Kentucky stunned Drake 101-99 in overtime in the first round of the NCAA tournament's West Regional.

The fifth-seeded Bulldogs overcame a 16-point deficit in the final eight minutes of regulation and led 99-98 after Jonathan Cox's two free throws with 5.7 seconds to play. But Tyrone Brazelton raced across the court and kicked it to Rogers, who drained the biggest shot of his life to give the Hilltoppers their first tournament victory since 1995.

The Hilltoppers take on San Diego in the second round.

WEST REGIONAL: San Diego 70, Connecticut 69

De'Jon Jackson's jumper from just inside the three-point line with 1.2 seconds remaining gave 13th-seeded San Diego a 70-69 victory over fourth-seeded Connecticut in the opening round of NCAA tournament's West Regional.

Gyno Pomare scored 22 points before fouling out and Brandon Johnson added 18 as the Toreros, who are now 22-and-13, pulled off the second overtime upset of the day in Tampa. They advanced to a second-round matchup against 12th-seed Western Kentucky, a 101-99 winner over Drake.

NCAA Tournament at a glance: SCORE & TIME

FINAL FOUR

    • Monday, April 7 National Championship
    • Saturday, April 5 National Semifinals - East vs. Midwest / South vs. West
EAST REGIONAL
    Regional Championship
    • Semifinal winners, Saturday, March 29

    Regional Semifinals

    • Washington State-Notre Dame winner vs. North Carolina-Arkansas winner, Thursday, March 27
    • Tennessee-Butler winner vs. Louisville-Oklahoma winner, Thursday, March 27
    Second Round
    • Washington State (25-8) vs. Notre Dame (25-7),6:40 p.m. Saturday, March 22
    • North Carolina (33-2) vs. Arkansas (23-11), 5:15 p.m.Sunday, March 23
    • Tennessee (30-4) vs. Butler (30-3), 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23
    • Louisville (25-8) vs. Oklahoma (23-11), 30 minutes following Sunday, March 23
    First Round

    • Washington State 71, Winthrop 40,Thursday, March 20
    • Notre Dame 68, George Mason 50,Thursday, March 20
    • North Carolina 113, Mount St. Mary's, Md. 74, Friday, March 21
    • Arkansas 86, Indiana 72, Friday, March 21
    • Tennessee 72, American 57, Friday, March 21
    • Butler 81, South Alabama 61, Friday, March 21
    • Oklahoma 72, Saint Joseph's 64, Friday, March 21
    • Louisville 79, Boise State 61
SOUTH REGIONAL
    Regional Championship
    • Semifinal winners, Sunday, March 30
    Regional Semifinals
    • Memphis-Mississippi State winner vs. Pittsburgh-Michigan State winner, Friday, March 28
    • Texas-Miami winner vs. Stanford-Marquette winner, TBA
    Second Round
    • Pittsburgh (27-9) vs. Michigan State (26-8), 9:10 p.m. Saturday, March 22
    • Stanford (27-7) vs. Marquette (25-9), 6:45 p.m. Saturday, March 22
    • Texas (29-6) vs. Miami (23-10), 2:15 p.m. Sunday, March 23
    • Memphis (34-1) vs. Mississippi State (23-10), 30 minutes following Sunday, March 23
    First Round
    • Michigan State 72, Temple 61, Thursday, March 20
    • Pittsburgh 82, Oral Roberts 63, Thursday, March 20
    • Marquette 74, Kentucky 66, Thursday, March 20
    • Stanford 77, Cornell 53, Thursday, March 20
    • Miami 78, Saint Mary's, Calif. 64,Friday, March 21
    • Texas 74, Austin Peay 54,Friday, March 21
    • Mississippi State 76, Oregon 69,Friday, March 21
    • Memphis 87, Texas-Arlington 63,Friday, March 21
MIDWEST REGIONAL
    Regional Championship
    • Semifinal winners, Sunday, March 30
    Regional Semifinals
    • Kansas-UNLV winner vs. Siena-Villanova winner, Friday, March 28
    • Georgetown-Davidson winner vs. Wisconsin (31-4), Friday, March 28
    Second Round
    • Wisconsin 72, Kansas State 55, Saturday, March 22
    • Kansas (32-3) vs. UNLV (27-7), 30 minutes following, Saturday, March 22
    • Georgetown (28-5) vs. Davidson (27-6), 2:40 p.m. Sunday, March 23
    • Siena (23-10) vs. Villanova (21-12), 12:10 p.m. Sunday, March 23
    First Round
    • Kansas 85, Portland State 61,Thursday, March 20
    • UNLV 71, Kent State 58,Thursday, March 20
    • Kansas State 80, Southern Cal 67,Thursday, March 20
    • Wisconsin 71, Cal State Fullerton 56,Thursday, March 20
    • Davidson 82, Gonzaga 76, Friday, March 21
    • Georgetown 66, Maryland-Baltimore County 47, Friday, March 21
    • Siena 83, Vanderbilt 62, Friday, March 21
    • Villanova 75, Clemson 69, Friday, March 21
WEST REGIONAL
    Regional Championship
    • Semifinal winners, Saturday, March 29 at US Airways Center Phoenix
    Regional Semifinals
    • UCLA-Texas A&M winner vs. San Diego-Western Kentucky winner, Thursday, March 27
    • West Virginia (26-10) vs. Xavier (29-6), Thursday, March 27
    Second Round
    • West Virginia 73, Duke 67, Saturday, March 22
    • Xavier 85, Purdue 78, Saturday, March 22
    • UCLA (32-3) vs. Texas A&M (25-10), 9:15 p.m. Saturday, March 22
    • San Diego (22-13) vs. Western Kentucky (28-6), 2:40 p.m. Sunday, March 23
    First Round
    • Xavier 73, Georgia 61, Thursday, March 20
    • Purdue 90, Baylor 79, Thursday, March 20
    • Duke 71, Belmont 70, Thursday, March 20
    • West Virginia 75, Arizona 65, Thursday, March 20
    • Texas A&M 67, BYU 62, Thursday, March 20
    • UCLA 70, Mississippi Valley State 29, Thursday, March 20
    • Western Kentucky 101, Drake 99, OT, Friday, March 21
    • San Diego 70, Connecticut 69, OT, Friday, March 21
Opening Round
    • Mount St. Mary's, Md. 69, Coppin State 60, Tuesday, March 18

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