Luck is with the Ir­ish as Notre Dame ad­vances

Prince­ton’s fran­tic rally in fi­nal two min­utes comes up short

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

buf­falo, n.y.» Notre Dame avoided the dreaded up­set from a 12th seed in the first round of the NCAA Tour­na­ment. Barely. Bonzie Col­son scored 18 points and the West Re­gion’s fifth-seeded Fight­ing Ir­ish avoided a melt­down in the fi­nal two min­utes to hang on for a 60-58 win over the Prince­ton Tigers on Thurs­day after­noon.

After Notre Dame’s Matt Far­rell missed the front end of a one-an­done with a 59-58 lead, Prince­ton had a chance to win on its fi­nal pos­ses­sion. Devin Can­nady missed an open 3-pointer, and Notre Dame’s Steve Vas­turia pulled down the re­bound and was fouled.

“I looked at the rim and when it went out of my hand, I thought it was good,” said Can­nady, who hit just 2-of-10 3-point at­tempts and fin­ished with seven points.

Fer­rell fin­ished with 16 points but in a game the Fight­ing Ir­ish (26-9) nearly squan­dered an 11point sec­ond half lead.

Spencer Weisz led Prince­ton with 15 points. The Ivy League cham­pion Tigers (23-7) had a 19game win­ning streak go­ing into the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

(4) West Vir­ginia 86, (13) Buck­nell 80 B Nathan

buf­falo, n.y.» Adrian had 12 points and 10 re­bounds, lead­ing the Moun­taineers past the Bi­son.

Tarik Phillip scored 16 points for West Vir­ginia (27-9), which avoided a re­peat of last year’s first-round melt­down when the third-seeded Moun­taineers lost to Stephen F. Austin.

Kim­bal Macken­zie made 5-of-7 3-point at­tempts and led the Patriot League-cham­pion Bi­son with 23 points. Buck­nell (26-9) en­tered the tour­na­ment hav­ing won six straight and 14 of 16.

(1) Gon­zaga 66, (16) South Dakota State 46 B

salt lake city» Jor­dan Mathews scored 16 points to help the Zags slowly pull away from the Jackrab­bits.

The Jackrab­bits (18-17), cham­pi­ons of the Sum­mit League, led for the first 17 min­utes and stayed in range for most of the game.

They did it with­out a break­out game from Mike Daum. The na­tion’s sec­ond-lead­ing scorer fin­ished 7-for-16 from the floor with 17 points — more than eight be­low his av­er­age.

(2) Ari­zona 100, (15) North Dakota 82 B

salt lake city» Fresh­man Lauri Markka­nen scored 20 points as the Wild­cats used a 13-1 run early in the first half to take 24-13 lead and never look back.

Ari­zona (31-4) led 53-37 at half­time thanks to a dom­i­nant 16point half from Markka­nen and a 61.1 shoot­ing per­cent­age.

Quin­ton Hooker led the Fight­ing Hawks (22-10) with 25 points and Cherokee Trail High School alum Drick Bern­s­tine added 20.

(11) 65 B Xavier 76,


(6) Mary­land

fla.» Trevon Blui­ett scored 21 points and Sean O’Mara had 18 to help the Mus­ke­teers move on to the sec­ond round for the third con­sec­u­tive year.

After a slow start, Blui­ett came through with 18 sec­ond-half points to help the Mus­ke­teers rally from an early six-point deficit.

Fresh­man Kevin Huerter led the Terps with 19 points.

(3) Florida St. 86, (14) Florida Gulf Coast 80 B

orlando, fla.» Dwayne Ba­con scored 25 points and Jonathan Isaac added 17 points and 10 re­bounds to help the Semi­noles (26-8), who were mak­ing their first ap­pear­ance in the NCAAs since 2012.

The Eagles (26-8) saw their tour­na­ment hopes end in the first round for the sec­ond straight year. But FGCU made it in­ter­est­ing in the wan­ing mo­ments as the Semi­noles let a size­able lead slip away be­cause of missed free throws and un­timely fouls. Isaac and Xavier Rathan-Mayes made enough plays down the stretch to not al­low the lead to slip com­pletely away.

(7) Saint Mary’s 85, (10) VCU 77

B salt lake city» Jock Lan­dale had 18 points and 13 re­bounds as the Gaels led most of the way, but had to fight to hold on after the VCU de­fen­sive pres­sure started to be­come too much in the sec­ond half.

Joe Ra­hon and Calvin Her­man­son fin­ished with 16 points apiece for Saint Mary’s (29-4).

JeQuan Lewis paced VCU (26-9) with 30 points.

Saint Mary’s took a 46-31 lead into half­time thanks to a 23-6 run.

The Prince­ton play­ers lament see­ing their sea­son come to an end against Notre Dame on Thurs­day in Buf­falo, N.Y.

Mary­land for­ward Da­monte Dodd blocks the shot of Xavier guard Trevon Blui­ett on Thurs­day. Wilfredo Lee, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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