Pulsating finishes in Dayton

OSU only high seed remaining in West; IU edges Wyatt, Temple

JOE KAY AP Sports Writer Published:

DAYTON (AP) -- Khalif Wyatt patted his chest twice, acknowledging that his incredible game wasn't going to be quite enough. Across the court, the Hoosiers' heartbeats could finally slow down.

No. 1 Indiana had barely escaped the big upset.

The Hoosiers finally figured out a way to stop Wyatt -- bump him, shadow him, deny him the ball -- and used a closing 10-0 run to beat Temple 58-52 on Sunday at the University of Dayton Arena, sending them into the round of 16 for the second year in a row.

"That was a relief," Indiana coach Tom Crean said.

Tell Ohio State about it.

The second-seeded Buckeyes also advanced with a pulsating finish, beating Iowa State 78-75 on Aaron Craft's 3-pointer with a half-second left. Ohio State is in the round of 16 for a school-record fourth year in a row, the last high seed remaining in the tournament's most busted bracket -- the Wild West.

"The moment is definitely bigger than me," said Craft, who won it with his only 3-pointer of the game.

Now, the two Big Ten heavyweights go their separate ways. Indiana (29-6) heads to the East Regional to play fourth-seeded Syracuse on Thursday in a rematch of the 1987 title game won by the Hoosiers. Ohio State (28-7) goes to Los Angeles to play sixth-seeded Arizona in the West Regional, which is missing four of its top five seeds.

Ohio State was the lone one to make it past the opening weekend.

"With all that's gone on in college basketball, anything's possible," Craft said. "You can see it with what's gone on in our bracket right now."

Here's what's gone on: No. 3 New Mexico, No. 4 Kansas State and No. 5 Wisconsin were knocked out in their opening games, and No. 1 Gonzaga joined them Saturday night, shocked by ninth-seeded Wichita State 76-70.

Tenth-seeded Iowa State (23-12) tried to make it a clean sweep at the top. The Cyclones trailed for most of the second half and were down by 13 with 6 minutes to go. They caught up with a pair of 3s, a three-point play and some missed free throws by Craft, who also was off-target on a jumper from just inside the arc with 29.9 seconds left.

The Cyclones dominated in rebounds 36-22 but couldn't get that last one, knocking the ball out of bounds after Craft's miss. Ohio State was looking to get the ball to leading scorer Deshaun Thomas for the final shot, but Iowa State switched defenses and left Craft with only one option as the clock ticked down.

The point guard dribbled in place at the top of the key until only a few seconds remained, then shot it over 6-foot-7 freshman Georges Niang.

"Every kid dreams of moments like that," Craft said.

The Cyclones had a tough time coming to terms with the ending. The nation's best 3-point team was beaten by one.

"We played our hearts out," said Will Clyburn, who scored 17 points. "It was a tough game and he made a tough shot. He made a great play."

The Atlantic 10's top scorer made a bunch of great plays in the second game, bringing Temple (24-10) to the verge of a huge upset. Wyatt scored 20 points in the first half even though the Hoosiers made him the focal point of their defense. He finished with 31, two days after also scoring 31 in a win over North Carolina State despite hurting his left thumb.

Victor Oladipo got the job of shutting him down in the final minutes, and pulled it off by staying as close to him as possible wherever he went.

"In the last 6 minutes, they started face-guarding me full-court," Wyatt said. "It was hard for me to get the ball. When I did get the ball, I made a couple nice plays, but they just made it difficult to get the ball."

Wyatt missed a long 3-pointer as the game started to slip away, and Oladipo hit a 3 with 14 seconds left that finished it off and gave the Hoosiers their first chance to relax all game.

"I was just kind of filled with emotion," Oladipo said.

So was Wyatt.

"He did a wonderful, wonderful job," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "It would have been great for our team to win and celebrate this a little bit."

SOUTH REGIONAL

FLORIDA GULF COAST 81, SAN DIEGO STATE 71

PHILADELPHIA -- Florida Gulf Coast went from shocking the college basketball world to downright impressing it. And the Eagles were smiling the whole time.

Playing loose and easy, FCGU beat San Diego State to become the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

The next opponent for the upstart school will be the state's flagship university, third-seeded Florida, on Friday night in the regional semifinal in Dallas.

Bernard Thompson had 23 points and Sherwood Brown added 17 for FGCU, the 16-year-old school in just its second season being eligible for postseason play.

In its first-ever NCAA tournament game on Friday, the Atlantic Sun champion busted brackets everywhere with an upset win over No. 2 Georgetown, a game the Eagles took control of with a 21-2 run in the second half.

It went much the same way against San Diego State (23-11).

Jamal Franklin had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Aztecs.

FLORIDA 78, MINNESOTA 64

AUSTIN, Texas -- Mike Rosario scored 25 points and Florida used an overpowering first half to roll past Minnesota and into the NCAA tournament round of 16 for third consecutive year.

The No. 3 seed Gators (28-7) shot a blistering 65 percent in the first half and led by 21 by halftime. The win earns Florida a return trip to the Lone Star State to play their next game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Andre Hollins scored 25 points to lead the No. 11-seed Gophers (21-13). Hollins' 3-point shooting sparked a second-half rally that pulled Minnesota within seven points, but Rosario's sixth 3-pointer with 3 minutes left pushed the Gators' lead back to 16 and effectively locked up the win.

KANSAS 70, NORTH CAROLINA 58

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas got the best of 'ol Roy and his Tar Heels once again.

Behind the impassioned play of Travis Releford and Jeff Withey, the top-seeded Jayhawks shook themselves out of a first-half slumber and blitzed No. 8 seed North Carolina down the stretch.

Withey had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Releford finished with 22 points for the Jayhawks (31-5), who also knocked former coach Roy Williams' team out of the NCAA tournament during their 2008 title run and again last season, when Kansas marched all the way to the Final Four.

It'll keep marching this year -- at least to the Sweet 16 -- thanks to a superb second half. The Jayhawks play Michigan in Arlington on Friday.

P.J. Hairston scored 15 points and James Michael McAdoo finished with 11 for the Tar Heels (25-11

WEST REGIONAL

LA SALLE 76, MISSISSIPPI 74

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tyrone Garland banked home a scooping layup with 2 seconds left and 13th-seeded La Salle is deeper into the NCAA tournament since it played for the championship in 1955.

Ramon Galloway had 24 points for the upstarts from the Atlantic 10. The Explorers (24-9) played their third game in five days but showed no sign of fatigue.

In the round of 16 in Los Angeles on Friday, the Explorers will meet ninth-seeded Wichita State.

No. 12 Ole Miss (27-9) led 74-72 with 1:58 left but failed to reach the regional semifinals for the first time since 2001.

After Tyreek Duren's two foul shots tied it 74-all at the 1:07 mark, Mississippi star and team lightning rod Marshall Henderson missed an off-balance bank shot that would have given the Rebels the lead.

Henderson had 21 points in a game with 11 lead changes.

EAST REGIONAL

IMIAMI 63, ILLINOIS 59

AUSTIN, Texas -- Shane Larkin hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left and Miami gained possession on a ball knocked out of bounds that probably should have gone to Illinois, helping the Hurricanes advance to the round of 16 for the second time in school history.

After Larkin's first field goal in about 9 1/2 minutes, D.J. Richardson missed a 3-pointer. In the fight for the rebound, the ball appeared to ricochet off the hands of Miami's Kenny Kadji out of bounds. But the Hurricanes kept the ball, and Durand Scott made two free throws after that.

The Hurricanes (29-6) play Marquette in Washington on Thursday night.

Larkin, the only non-senior starter for Miami and the ACC player of the year, finished with 17 points. Rion Brown had 21 with five 3s.

Brandon Paul had 18 points for Illinois (23-13).

MIDWEST REGIONAL

DUKE 66, CREIGHTON 50

PHILADELPHIA -- Rasheed Sulaimon scored 21 points, Seth Curry scored had 17 and No. 2 seed Duke held off seventh-seeded Creighton to advance to the round of 16 for the fourth time in five years.

A year after they lost their NCAA tournament opener, the Blue Devils (29-5) are back in the regional semifinal for the 23rd time. They'll play No. 3 seed Michigan State (27-8) in the regional semifinal Friday in Indianapolis.

Mason Plumlee, Josh Hairston and Ryan Kelly battled foul trouble all game long that could have doomeed the Blue Devils. Creighton (28-8) went cold and never made a serious run in the second half. Doug McDermott scored 21 points but made only four baskets.

With McDermott slumping, the Bluejays were knocked out in the third round by an ACC team for the second straight season.

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