Wildcats edge Longhorns

Derrick Williams’ three-point play with 9.6 seconds remaining lifted Arizona to a 70-69 win over Texas in the third round of the NCAA tournament Sunday.

Kansas Markieff Morris grabs a loose ball during the second half of a Southwest Regional NCAA tournament third-round college basketball game against Illinois on Sunday.

Kansas Markieff Morris grabs a loose ball during the second half of a Southwest Regional NCAA tournament third-round college basketball game against Illinois on Sunday.

Arixona 70 Texas 69

TULSA, Okla. — Derrick Williams’ three-point play with 9.6 seconds remaining lifted Arizona to a 70-69 win over Texas in the third round of the NCAA tournament Sunday.

The fifth-seeded Wildcats (29-7) led by as many as 13 in the first half and were up for most of the game before J’Covan Brown’s jumper put the No. 4 seed Longhorns ahead 69-67. Williams misfired on a tying attempt with 14.5 seconds remaining, but Texas (28-8) was called for a five-second violation on the inbounds play to give Arizona one more chance.

Williams took advantage, slipping to the baseline on a pick-and-roll and taking the pass from Kyle Fogg. His shot banked in to tie the game, and his free throw put the Wildcats into the regional semifinals in their return to the NCAA tournament.

Arizona will play top-seeded Duke on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.

Duke 73, Michigan 71

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nolan Smith scored 24 points and Duke held off a late rally to beat Michigan and give coach Mike Krzyzewski his 900th career victory.

Kyle Singler added 13 points for the Blue Devils (32-4), who shot 51 per cent, never trailed in the second half and advanced to the round of 16 for the 12th time in 14 years.

Darius Morris scored 16 points to lead the eighth-seeded Wolverines (21-14), who trailed by 15 with 10:51 to play but clawed within one point twice in the final 90 seconds. They had one last chance after Smith missed a free throw with 8.7 seconds left.

Krzyzewski improved to 900-283 in his 36th season, and can catch his mentor and college coach, Bob Knight, for first on the career list next weekend.

North Carolina 86, Washington 83

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tyler Zeller scored 23 points, Harrison Barnes added 22 and North Carolina survived a frantic finish to beat Washington and advance to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament for a record 24th time.

Terrence Ross scored 19 points for the seventh-seeded Huskies (24-11), who overcame a hostile crowd to nearly pull the upset in a fast-paced game full of entertaining plays and mental miscues down the stretch.

Marquette 66, Syracuse 62

CLEVELAND (AP) — Darius Johnson-Odom’s three-pointer with 27 seconds left snapped a tie and gave Marquette a win over Big East foe Syracuse that put the Golden Eagles into the round of 16 for the first time in eight years.

The 11th-seeded Golden Eagles (22-14) had the winning basket set up by one of Syracuse’s 18 turnovers. Marquette will play North Carolina in the East regional semifinals Friday in Newark, N.J.

Florida State 71, Notre Dame 57

CHICAGO (AP) — Bernard James scored 14 points, Michael Snaer added 13 and Florida State showed there’s more to its game than defence with a dominant upset of second-seeded Notre Dame that put the Seminoles in the round of 16 for the first time since 1993.

Florida State (23-10) now faces upstart Virginia Commonwealth in the Southwest regional semifinals Friday in San Antonio. According to STATS LLC, it will be the first 10 vs. 11 matchup in NCAA tournament history.

Big East player of the year Ben Hansbrough was stifled most of the night by the Seminoles’ defence, scoring 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting before fouling out with 3:19 left.

Virginia Commonwealth 94, Purdue 76

CHICAGO (AP) — Bradford Burgess scored 23 points and 11th-seeded VCU made it three victories in five days, routing third-seeded Purdue to earn a trip to the Southwest regional semifinals.

Jamie Skeen added 13 points in a balanced attack as the Rams led by as many 20, shutting down the Boilermakers (26-8) and quieting a large contingent of Purdue fans at the United Center.

Big Ten player of the year JaJuan Johnson scored 25 in his final game for the Boilermakers to go with 14 rebounds.

Ohio State 98, George Mason 66

CLEVELAND (AP) — David Lighty made all seven of his three-pointers and scored 25 points, Jared Sullinger added 18 after informing one of George Mason’s players “it’s over” and top-seeded Ohio State made 16 threes to advance in the NCAA tournament with a jaw-dropping rout.

Ohio State destroyed any upset plans and moved closer to its first national title since 1960. The Buckeyes will meet Kentucky (27-8) in the East regional semifinals Friday in Newark. Ohio State is 5-0 in NCAA tournament matchups with the Wildcats.

Cam Long scored 16 points to lead George Mason, which played without Luke Hancock, one of its best players.

Kansas 73, Illinois 59

Twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris combined for 41 points and 24 rebounds, powering top-seeded Kansas past Illinois to ensure the Jayhawks wouldn’t make an opening-weekend exit from the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

Mike Davis led the Fighting Illini (20-14) with 17 points and seven rebounds.

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