Early madness

At Providence,R.I., the MAC champion Ohio Bobcats, who had a losing record in conference play, have found their way in March and now boast an NCAA tournament win for the first time in 27 years.

Ohio’s DeVaughn Washington celebrates a dunk over Georgetown’s Julian Vaughn during Ohio’s 97-83 win Thursday.

Ohio’s DeVaughn Washington celebrates a dunk over Georgetown’s Julian Vaughn during Ohio’s 97-83 win Thursday.

Midwest Regional

No. 14 Ohio 97

No. 3 Georgetown 83

At Providence,R.I., the MAC champion Ohio Bobcats, who had a losing record in conference play, have found their way in March and now boast an NCAA tournament win for the first time in 27 years.

Armon Bassett scored 32 points to lead the 14th-seeded Bobcats (22-14) to a convincing 97-83 win over No. 3 seed Georgetown (23-11) in the Midwest Regional. Chris Wright led the Hoyas with 28 points.

No. 6 Tennessee 62

No. 11 San Diego State 59

At Providence, R.I., Melvin Goins made his fourth three-pointer with 19 seconds left after San Diego State cut the deficit to one, and Tennessee held off the Aztecs to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament’s Midwest Regional.

Goins and J.P. Prince scored 15 points apiece for Tennessee (26-8) on coach Bruce Pearl’s 50th birthday. D.J. Gay had 16 points for No. 11 seed San Diego State (25-9).

No. 1 Kansas 90,

No. 16 Lehigh 74

At Oklahoma City, top-seeded Kansas pulled away from scrappy Lehigh in the second half, avoiding a monumental upset in the Midwest Regional. Marcus Morris had 26 points and Sherron Collins added 18 as Kansas (33-2) fell into its season-long pattern of playing in spurts, giving No. 16 seed Lehigh (22-11) hope of making college basketball history.

No. 9 Northern Iowa 69

No. 8 UNLV 66

At Oklahoma City, Ali Farokhmanesh hit a three-pointer from the left wing with 4.9 seconds left to lift ninth-seeded Northern Iowa over UNLV (25-9).

Farokhmanesh finished with 17 points, including three three-pointers in the second half, and Kwadzo Ahelegbe added 13 points as the Panthers (29-4) snapped a 20-year drought in the NCAA tournament.

West Regional

No. 13 Murray State 66

No. 4 Vanderbilt 65

At San Jose, Calif., Danero Thomas hit a 15-footer as the buzzer sounded and 13th-seeded Murray State stunned No. 4 seed Vanderbilt.

Jermaine Beal made two free throws with 12.7 seconds left to give Vandy (24-9) the lead. B.J. Jenkins missed a rushed three-pointer on the other end, but the ball went out of bounds off a Vanderbilt player with 4.2 seconds left, giving Murray State (31-4) the final shot.

No. 5 Butler 77

No. 12 UTEP 59

At San Jose, Shelvin Mack hit a career-high seven three-pointers and scored 18 of his 25 points after halftime to lead the fifth-seeded Bulldogs.

Gordon Hayward scored 13 points and Matt Howard added 11 as Butler (29-4) won its 21st straight game to extend the sport’s longest active winning streak.

Derrick Caracter had 20 points for UTEP (26-7).

No. 7 BYU 99

No. 10 Florida 92 (2 OT)

At Oklahoma City, Jimmer Fredette scored 37 points, including two three-pointers in double overtime, to seal the Cougars’ thrilling win over 10th-seeded Florida.

Michael Loyd Jr. added a career-high 26 points for BYU.

Kenny Boynton scored 27 points for the Gators (21-13), who rallied from a 13-point deficit in their first NCAA tournament game since winning back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007.

No. 2 Kansas State 82

No. 15 North Texas 62

At Oklahoma City, Denis Clemente had 17 points and six assists, and the second-seeded Wildcats had a 46-21 advantage inside to avoid becoming an opening-day upset victim.

The Wildcats held the Mean Green (24-9) to 31 per cent shooting and stymied Josh White to only three points.

Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly added 15 points each for Kansas State (27-7), which will play BYU and sharpshooter Jimmer Fredette.

South Regional

No. 2 Villanova 73

No. 15 Robert Morris 70, OT

At Providence, R.I., Scottie Reynolds responded to his benching with a clutch performance at the foul line in the final minutes of regulation to help the Wildcats (25-7) survive a serious scare after trailing most of the way.

The senior star made seven of eight free throws in the final 3:06 to send the game into overtime, finishing with 20 points.

Karon Abraham scored 23 for Robert Morris (23-13).

No. 10 Saint Mary’s 80

No. 7 Richmond 71

At Providence, R.I., Omar Samhan had 29 points and 12 rebounds despite spending most of the game in foul trouble, and Saint Mary’s pulled away to win an NCAA tournament game for the first time in six tries since 1959.

Mickey McConnell, the West Coast Conference tournament MVP, scored 23 points for the Gaels. David Gonzalvez scored 18 and Kevin Anderson had 16 for Richmond (26-9).

No. 11 Old Dominion 51

No. 6 Notre Dame 50

At New Orleans, Carleton Scott’s three-pointer rattled out in the closing seconds, and 11th-seeded Old Dominion stunned the Irish and star Luke Harangody.

Frank Hassell scored 15 to lead Old Dominion (27-8), which held Harangody to four points — and scoreless until the final minute. Ben Hansbrough scored 17 points to lead the Irish (23-12).

No. 3 Baylor 68

No. 14 Sam Houston State 59

At New Orleans, Ekpe Udoh had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and LaceDarius Dunn scored 13 to help the third-seeded Bears win an NCAA tournament game for the first time in 60 years.

Gilberto Clavell had 23 points and Preston Brown added 13 for 14th seed Sam Houston State (25-8).

No. 2 Villanova 73

NoEast Regional

No. 1 Kentucky 100

No. 16 ETSU 71

At New Orleans, Eric Bledsoe’s eight three-pointers set a Kentucky record for an NCAA tournament game, and the top-seeded Wildcats dominated throughout in a victory over East Tennessee State.

Scoring 29 points in all, Bledsoe started 8 of 8 on threes before finally missing his first from long range late in the second half and finishing 8 of 9. Micah Williams had 18 points for ETSU (20-15), which trailed by as much as 30 in the first half and never threatened in the second.

No. 9 Wake Forest 81

No. 8 Texas 80 (OT)

At New Orleans, Ishmael Smith’s pull-up jumper from about 17 feet out with 1.3 seconds remaining in overtime gave ninth-seeded Wake Forest a win over eighth-seeded Texas. Smith finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

No. 11 Washington 80

No. 6 Marquette 78

At San Jose, Calif., Quincy Pondexter drove for a tiebreaking bank shot with 1.7 seconds left, and 11th-seeded Washington extended its remarkable late-season run into the NCAA tournament with a victory over Marquette.

Pondexter scored 18 points and Isaiah Thomas 19 as the Huskies (25-9) won their eighth straight game.

No. 3 New Mexico 62

No. 14 Montana 57

At San Jose, Calif., Roman Martinez had 19 points, six rebounds and four assists, and third-seeded New Mexico overcame a shaky start to beat 14th-seeded Montana.

Darington Hobson added 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while playing with a sprained left wrist for the Lobos (30-4). Brian Qvale had 26 points on 12-for-16 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies (22-10).