May 21, 2018
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Kansas finds touch in 72-53 win over Boston U.

The Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. — Kansas just needed some time to put the ghosts of its NCAA past behind it.

Marcus and Markieff Morris combined for 31 points as the Jayhawks found their shooting touch in the second half of a 72-53 win over Boston University on Friday night.

The win was the first NCAA tournament game for Kansas since the Jayhawks were sent home by Northern Iowa in the second round last season.

They appeared to still be feeling some of the aftereffects of that loss in the first half against the Terriers. Kansas (33-2) led just 33-29 at halftime and shot 42 percent. The Jayhawks found their touch in the second, hitting 62 percent of their shots and pulling away while avoiding last season’s heartbreak and becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed.

John Holland led Boston (21-14) with 19 points, with 15 coming in the first half. The loss snaps the Terriers’ 11-game winning streak.

Try as it might, Kansas couldn’t shake the Terriers in the first half.

Led by Holland, Boston led midway through the half and had an answer every time the Jayhawks tried to pull away late. Holland scored eight of the Terriers first 10 points and hit 6-of-10 shots in the half, including 3-of-5 3-pointers.

Holland’s layup off the backboard pulled Boston within 14-12, and after a Kansas free throw by Markieff Morris, D.J. Irving tied the game at 15 for the Terriers. Irving followed with a free throw to put Boston up 16-15.

After a 3-pointer by Kansas’ Tyrel Reed, Marcus Morris followed with a drive to put the Jayhawks up 20-16. Holland responded with his third 3-pointer of the half to pull Boston within 20-19. After the Jayhawks went up 22-19 on a putback by Thomas Robinson, Dom Morris tied it with a 3-pointer for the Terriers.

The Jayhawks led by six against Lehigh at halftime in last year’s tournament opener before pulling away for a 16-point win.

They followed a similar script Friday, opening the second half on a 10-3 run to go up 43-32 and cruising after that.

Ahead 47-41, Josh Selby scored on a break. Brady Morningstar, Tyshawn Taylor and Markieff Morris then each hit 3-pointers on Kansas’ next three possessions to put the Jayhawks in control and up 58-43.

Holland missed his first eight shots of the second half.

Ohio State 75, Texas-San Antonio 46

CLEVELAND — William Buford scored 18 points, freshman Jared Sullinger added 11, and Ohio State looked every inch the part of a No. 1 overall seed in rolling to victory.

Playing just a two-hour drive from their Columbus campus, the Buckeyes (33-2) were cheered on by more than 15,000 fans, who made Quicken Loans Arena feel just like home. Ohio State built a 16-point halftime lead, ballooned it to 38 in the second half against the No. 16 seed Roadrunners (20-14).

Devin Gibson scored 24 to lead UTSA.

Ohio State will play George Mason, a 61-57 winner over Villanova, on Sunday.

Notre Dame 69, Akron 56

CHICAGO — Ben Hansbrough scored 15 points despite another sub-par shooting game and Tim Abromaitis added 14 as second-seeded Notre Dame fought off scrappy Akron in the Southwest region.

Notre Dame (27-6) will meet Florida State on Sunday at the United Center.

The Irish led 34-30 at the half before scoring the first nine points of the second to build their lead to double digits, then held off the cold-shooting Zips.

Hansbrough, the Big East Player of the Year who shot just 3-for-16 in a loss to Louisville in the semifinals of the conference tourney, hit just 4-of-11 from the field but was 6-for-6 from the line and had six assists.

The 15th-seeded Zips (23-13) were appearing in just their third NCAA Division I tournament and second in three years.

Florida State 57, Texas A&M 50

CHICAGO — Derwin Kitchen scored 15 points, and the 10th-seeded Seminoles won an NCAA tournament game for the first time in 13 years.

Bernard James added 10 points, keying a go-ahead run in the second half, and Florida State (22-10) advanced even though star Chris Singleton struggled in his return from a broken right foot, finishing with five points and four fouls.

Khris Middleton led Texas A&M (24-9) with 16 points.

Florida State will play Notre Dame on Sunday.

Texas 85, Oakland 81

TULSA, Okla. — Tristan Thompson had 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and Texas survived a second-half comeback by high-scoring Oakland in a West regional.

Thompson controlled his head-to-head matchup with Summit League Player of the Year Keith Benson much of the game. The Longhorns’ freshman standout also got plenty of help from Jordan Hamilton, his frontcourt partner, who finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The No. 4 seed Longhorns (28-7) led by 15 with less than 5 minutes remaining, but the Golden Grizzlies cut the lead to 80-75 with 1:23 left. Texas then hit five free throws in the final minute to hold on for the win.

Reggie Hamilton had 25 points to lead Oakland (25-10). Benson finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Texas will play Arizona on Sunday.

Arizona 77, Memphis 75

TULSA, Okla. — Derrick Williams had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and blocked a potential tying shot in the final seconds to seal Arizona’s win in the second round.

Joe Jackson hit the first of two free throws with 5 seconds left, then missed the second to give the 12th-seeded Tigers a shot at the tie. Wesley Witherspoon grabbed the offensive rebound at the right block, but Williams came over to swat it away and send the Wildcats into a Sunday game against fourth-seeded Texas.

Lamont “MoMo” Jones added 18 points for Arizona (28-7), including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:35 to play. He added two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to make it a three-point game.

Antonio Barton led Memphis (25-10) with 17 points, and his brother Will Barton scored 12.

Arizona will play Texas on Sunday.

Michigan 75, Tennessee 45

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Zack Novak scored 14 points, including two 3-pointers in a decisive spurt to start the second half and carry Michigan in a West regional.

The loss was the eighth in 12 games for the Volunteers (19-15), and coach Bruce Pearl’s future is in question after his athletic director recently said “the jury is still out” on whether Pearl will return.

In only their second NCAA tournament appearance since 1998, the eighth-seeded Wolverines (21-13) turned a four-point halftime lead into a rout when they got hot from the outside. They also found a way to stop Tennessee freshman Tobias Harris, who was scoreless in the second half after scoring 19 in the first 20 minutes.

Michigan will play Duke on Sunday.

Duke 87, Hampton 45

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kyrie Irving scored 14 points in his first game in three months in top-seeded Duke’s rout in the West region the that gave coach Mike Krzyzewski his 899th career victory.

Andre Dawkins added 13 points, Mason Plumlee had 12, Kyle Singler finished with 11 and Miles Plumlee had 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils (31-4).

Duke never trailed and shot 53 percent while dominating from the start, winning their fourth straight and advancing to a third-round matchup with No. 8 seed Michigan (21-13) on Sunday.

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Hampton (24-9) had its five-game winning streak snapped. Its top three scorers — Darrion Pellum, Kwame Morgan and Charles Funches — were a combined 9 for 29.

Duke will play Michigan on Sunday.

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