College men's basketball: Spartans set up rematch with Gophers
Cassius Winston scored 26 points to lead sixth-ranked Michigan State to a 76-65 win over Bradley in an NCAA tournament East Region first-round game Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Winston made all eight of his free throws and the second-seeded Spartans (29-6) finished 25 of 26 at the stripe. Xavier Tillman had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Matt McQuaid added 10 points. Michigan State next faces Minnesota on Saturday.
Elijah Childs scored 19 to lead Bradley (20-15), the tournament champions from the Missouri Valley Conference who were back in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 13 years.
Maryland 79, Belmont 77
Jalen Smith and Bruno Fernando had double-doubles as the Terrapins edged the Bruins in an East Region game in Jacksonville, Fla.
Smith had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Fernando added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Darryl Morsell scored 18 and Eric Ayala added 12 as the Terrapins (23-10) prevailed in a back-and-forth game.
Dylan Windler had 35 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin McClain scored 19 to lead Belmont (27-6).
LSU 79, Yale 74
Naz Reid and Kavell Bigby-Williams both had double-doubles as the Tigers used their superior size to hold off the Bulldogs in an East Region game in Jacksonville.
Reid had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Bigby-Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds, Skylar Mays added 19 points and Tremont Waters scored 15 for LSU (27-6), which is playing without coach Will Wade — suspended while the school investigates possible NCAA violations.
Murray State 83, Marquette 64
Sophomore point guard Ja Morant had 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds for the first triple-double in NCAA tournament play since 2012 to help the Racers upset fifth-seeded Marquette in West Regional play at Hartford, Conn.
Morant dominated the contest from the outset despite taking just nine shots. He recorded his fourth career triple-double as 12th-seeded Murray State (28-4) roughed up the Golden Eagles (24-10). The previous triple-double in NCAA play was achieved by Michigan State's Draymond Green, who had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a victory over LIU-Brooklyn.
Florida State 76, Vermont 69
Sophomore power forward Mfiondu Kabengele recorded 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Seminoles to a West Regional win over the Catamounts at Hartford.
Senior guard Terance Mann scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half as the Seminoles (28-7) controlled the final 11 1/2 minutes.
Florida 70, Nevada 61
Kevarrius Hayes scored 16 points to help the Gators beat the Wolf Pack in a West Region game at Des Moines.
Jalen Hudson added 15 points for Florida (20-15). Keyontae Johnson recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds, and KeVaughn Allen also scored 10 points.
Gonzaga 87, Fairleigh Dickinson 49
Rui Hachimura scored 21 points, Killian Tillie had a season-high 17 and the top-seeded Bulldogs dominated from the start in a beatdown of the Knights in a West Region game at Salt Lake City.
Brandon Clarke had 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Bulldogs. He combined with fellow frontcourt players Hachimura and Tillie to make 21 of 32 shots.
Auburn 78, New Mexico State 77
Jared Harper scored a game-high 17 points as the Tigers survived potential game-winning free throws by the Aggies to win the Midwest Region game in Salt Lake City.
Auburn (27-9) took a 13-point lead with 7:10 left but committed six turnovers after that and was hanging on to a 78-76 lead with 6.0 seconds left after Samir Doughty made the second of two free-throw attempts.
The Aggies' Terrell Brown missed a 3-point shot but was fouled with 1.7 seconds left. He missed the first, made the second and his third attempt went in and out, with the rebound going out of bounds to New Mexico State (30-5) with 1.1 seconds to go and Auburn up one. Trevelin Queen, off a screen, got an open look from the left corner but shot an airball.
Kansas 87, Northeastern 53
Junior forward Dedric Lawson recorded 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Jayhawks trounced the Huskies in a Midwest Region game at Salt Lake City.
The Jayhawks (26-9) extended their streak of first-round wins to 13 while making their 30th consecutive NCAA appearance, a tournament record.
Kentucky 79, Abilene Christian 44
Keldon Johnson poured in 25 points, and Kentucky pounded Abilene Christian in a battle of Wildcats in a Midwest Region game at Jacksonville.
Kentucky's Reid Travis, a graduate transfer from Stanford in his first NCAA tournament game, racked up 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting, and freshman Tyler Herro added 14 points.
Villanova 61, Saint Mary's 57
Phil Booth scored 20 points as the Wildcats posted a South Region victory over the Gaels at Hartford.
Booth shot 7 of 13 from the field and added 14 points for reigning NCAA champion Villanova (26-9).
Michigan 74, Montana 55
Senior guard Charles Matthews recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Wolverines over the Grizzlies in West Region play at Des Moines, Iowa.
Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis added 14 points, and junior center Jon Teske had 11 points and nine rebounds for the second-seeded Wolverines (29-6). Sophomore guard Jordan Poole scored 10 points, and junior guard Zavier Simpson registered 10 assists and seven rebounds.