Los Angeles Times

First Four games tip off with two thrillers

- staff and wire reports

Jamarius Burton made a go-ahead jumper with 10 seconds left, and Pittsburgh edged Mississipp­i State 60-59 in a back-andforth First Four game Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio, that featured 21 lead changes — the most in the NCAA tournament in five years.

Mississipp­i State had a great chance to win at the end, but Shakeel Moore missed a wide-open threepoint try from the corner with two seconds remaining, and D.J. Jeffries’ tip-in attempt was off target just before the buzzer.

Nelly Cummings led Pittsburgh with 15 points. Greg Elliott scored 13 and Blake Hinson added 12 as the Panthers (23-11) won an NCAA tournament game for the first time since 2014.

Pittsburgh slotted into the Midwest Region as the 11th seed and advanced to face No. 6 Iowa State on Friday in Greensboro, N.C.

A layup by Tolu Smith gave Mississipp­i State (21-13) a 59-58 advantage with 32 seconds left, but Pittsburgh — after a three-minute scoring drought — grabbed the lead back on Burton’s short jumper.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi 75, Southeast Missouri State 71: Isaac Mushila had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Islanders (24-10) held off the Redhawks (19-17) to earn the first NCAA tournament win in program history.

Texas A&M Corpus

Christi went four for four at the free-throw line in the final 15 seconds to ice the game and advance to play top-seeded Alabama in the South Region.

Southeast Missouri State (19-17) erased a 10point deficit and tied it at 64 when Chris Harris made two free throws with 3:07 left.

UCLA’s Clark up for defensive award

UCLA guard Jaylen Clark is one of four finalists for the Naismith defensive player of the year.

Clark led the Pac-12 in steals per game (2.6) for the Bruins, who have the conference’s No. 1-ranked scoring defense, giving up 60.3 points per game.

His single-season total in steals (78) is tied for third with former Bruins guard Darren Collison from the 2006-07 season. Clark, who is out for the season with a lower-leg injury, finished 17 steals shy of tying the Bruins’

single-season mark (95) held by guard Jordan Adams (2013-14).

Northweste­rn’s Chase Audige, Rutgers’ Caleb McConnell and Creighton’s Ryan Kalkbrenne­r are the other finalists.


at Michigan 90, Toledo 80: Kobe Bufkin scored 23 points, and the Wolverines (18-15) beat the Rockets (27-8) in the first round.

at Alabama Birmingham 88, Southern Mississipp­i 60: KJ Buffen scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Blazers (26-9) beat the Golden Eagles (25-8).

Hofstra 88, at Rutgers 86 (OT): Tyler Thomas scored 25 points, including a goahead jumper with 9.3 seconds left in overtime, and Hofstra (25-9) defeated topseeded Rutgers (19-15).

at Liberty 62, Villanova 57: Darius McGhee sank five threes and scored 26 points to lead the Flames (27-8) past the Wildcats (17-17).

at Colorado 65, Seton Hall 64: Ethan Wright scored a season-high 18 points, and the Buffaloes survived a last-second shot.

More awards

Purdue center Zach Edey, Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, Kansas forward Jalen Wilson, Houston guard Marcus Sasser and Alabama forward Brandon Miller were selected first-team Associated Press All-Americans.

The 7-foot-4, 305-pound Edey appeared on all 58 ballots as a first-team selection from AP top 25 poll voters as the only unanimous pick.

The selections of Edey and Jackson-Davis came a year after the Big Ten had three first-team picks. And it gave the league seven through the last three seasons.

 ?? Darron Cummings Associated Press ?? PHILLIP RUSSELL, left, and Trevian Tennyson go for the ball during Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s win.
Darron Cummings Associated Press PHILLIP RUSSELL, left, and Trevian Tennyson go for the ball during Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s win.

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