Shock­ers ground vet­eran Fly­ers, win 16th in row

The Denver Post - - MARCHING ALONG - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

in­di­anapo­lis» Wi­chita State’s high-fly­ing of­fense didn’t get off the ground un­til the clos­ing min­utes, when the Shock­ers played like the more tour­na­ment­ex­pe­ri­enced team and pulled away to a 64-58 vic­tory over Day­ton on Fri­day night.

The 10th-seeded Shock­ers (31-4) won their 16th in a row — the sec­ond-long­est streak in school his­tory — by clamp­ing down on de­fense and swat­ting away shots down the stretch. Wi­chita State blocked eight shots and held the sev­enth­seeded Fly­ers (24-8) to a sea­son­low 31 per­cent from the field.

Zach Brown’s 3-pointer put Wi­chita State up 51-45 with 5:38 left, the big­gest lead by ei­ther team up to that point, and Day­ton never threat­ened again. Landry Shamet had 13 points.

Day­ton had the ex­pe­ri­enced lineup, play­ing in its fourth straight NCAA Tour­na­ment with three se­nior starters. Point guard Scoochie Smith had 25 points.

The Shock­ers haven’t lost a game since Jan. 14.

(8) Ar­kan­sas 77, (9) Se­ton Hall 71 B Jaylen

greenville, s.c.» Bar­ford hit the go-ahead layup with 57.8 sec­onds left to help the Re­zor­backs hold off Se­ton Hall.

Bar­ford had 12 of his 20 points af­ter half­time for the Ra­zor­backs (26-9). That in­cluded his layup off Khadeen Car­ring­ton’s turnover at the other end, push­ing Ar­kan­sas ahead for good as the Ra­zor­backs scored the game’s fi­nal seven points.

The 6-foot-3 ju­nior also came through with a pair of free throws with 18.3 sec­onds left fol­low­ing a whis­tle in which of­fi­cials re­viewed Desi Ro­driguez’s foul to stop the clock and changed it to a fla­grant foul.

(2) Ken­tucky 79, (15) Western Ken­tucky 70 B

in­di­anapo­lis» Bam Ade­bayo had 15 points and 18 re­bounds as the Wild­cats (30-5) won their 12th straight and got their first-game jit­ters out of the way. They also wound up with a sur­pris­ingly close finish af­ter pulling ahead by 18 points in the sec­ond half.

The Norse (24-11) closed within 75-68 on Drew McDonald’s 3pointer with 35 sec­onds left. Ma­lik Monk made four free throws to close it out.

(3) UCLA 97, (14) Kent State 80

B sacra­mento, calif.» TJ Leaf scored 23 points, Thomas Welsh added 16 and the Bru­ins (30-4) pulled away late.

Jaylin Walker had 23 points and Jimmy Hall Jr. added 20 for Kent State (22-14).

(1) North Carolina 103, (16) Texas South­ern 64 B

greenville, s.c.» Justin Jack­son broke out of a shoot­ing slump with 21 points to help the Tar Heels (28-7) cruise.

The At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence player of the year had made just 20-of-60 shots (33 per­cent) and 7of-31 3-point­ers (23 per­cent) in his last four games. But he had 19 points by half­time.

Kevin Scott scored 19 points to lead the Tigers (23-12).

(6) Cincin­nati 75, State 61 B (11) Kansas

sacra­mento, calif.» Troy Cau­pain scored 23 points, Kyle Wash­ing­ton added 16 and the de­fen­sive-minded Bearcats shot their way past the Wild­cats.

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