Walton leads Michigan, which makes 16 3-pointers
The Michigan Wolverines make a school-record 16 3-pointers in an NCAA Tournament game, getting past Oklahoma State 9291 in the first round of the Midwest Regional.
indianapolis» Derrick Walton Jr. stuck to the plan Friday.
He kept running the Michigan Wolverines offense against an aggressive Oklahoma State defense and eventually things fell into place. Again.
Walton scored 26 points and had 11 assists as the Wolverines (25-11) made a school-record 16 3-pointers in an NCAA Tournament game, getting past Oklahoma State 92-91 in the first round of the Midwest Regional.
“We haven’t played a team that got up into us in a minute. It’s hard to simulate that in practice,” Walton said. “In the second half, I settled down. I wanted to make the right play consistently.”
Juwan Evans scored 23 points and Jeffrey Carroll had 19 to lead Oklahoma State (20-13).
(1) Kansas 100, (16) UC Davis 62 B
tulsa, okla.» Frank Mason III scored 22 points and had eight assists as the Jayhawks won their tournament opener for an 11th straight year.
Freshman Josh Jackson, making his return after a one-game suspension for an accumulation of embarrassing incidents, added 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting for Kansas (29-5).
Chima Moneke scored 20 points to lead the 16th-seeded Aggies (23-13).
(2) Louisville 78, (15) Jacksonville St. 63
B indianapolis» Mangok Mathiang scored 18 points and Deng Adel added 16 as the Cardinals (25-8) pulled away for their fifth straight opening round win.
Norbertas Giga scored 30 points for 15th-seeded Jacksonville State (20-15), which was one of a record five teams making their first tourney appearance.
(3) Oregon 93, (14) Iona 77
B sacramento, calif.» With star big man Chris Boucher cheering in a bulky knee brace from the sidelines, Tyler Dorsey scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures, as the Ducks (30-5) showed they have depth and sheer athleticism to make a special March run in an easy win over the Gaels (22-13).
Boucher was relegated to a cheerleading role for the Ducks after he tore his left ACL in the Pac-12 semifinals.
(9) Michigan State 78, (8) Miami 58 B
tulsa, okla.» Nick Ward scored 19 points to help the Spartans (20-14), who trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half before blitzing past the stunned Hurricanes (21-12) the rest of the way, using a 20-2 first-half run to take control for good.
Ward made his first six shots and finished 8-of-9 from the field, while Miles Bridges was 8-of-12 and added 18 points in the win.
Ja’Quan Newton scored 16 points to lead Miami.
(11) Rhode Island 84, (6) Creighton 72
B sacramento, calif.» Jeff Dowtin scored a careerhigh 23 points with a perfect day at the free-throw line as the Rams answered every threat and ran right into the next round by stunning the cold-shooting Bluejays (2510).
Kuran Iverson scored 17 points and Hassan Martin had 12 points and eight rebounds as 11th-seeded Rhode Island (25-9) earned its ninth straight victory.
Michigan’s Zak Irvin shoots against Oklahoma State’s Brandon Averette during the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday in Indianapolis. Andy Lyons, Getty Images