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(5) Washington over (12) Utah State
The Aggies kept this one close throughout but could never come up with a huge defensive stop and bucket to close the gap considerably and ending up falling to the Huskies by 14. Washington's Brandon Roy got the job done for his team, racking up 28 points in the victory. USU's Jaycee Carroll and Nate Harris played well, but it wasn't enough as UW ended day one with a victory to move into round two.
(6) Indiana over (11) San Diego State
The Hoosiers trailed all night long before Robert Vaden connected for 3 of his 18 points to put IU on top with less than a half-minute to go. SDSU failed to inbound the ball on the next possession, and the Hoosiers nailed two free-throws to seal the victory. Indiana was led by Vaden, Earl Calloway, and Marco Killingsworth who combined to score 54 points on the evening. The Aztecs were led by Mohamed Abukar's 24 in the losing effort.
(12) Texas A&M over (5) Syracuse
The Aggies led the entire way, went cold in the final 10 minutes, saw Syracuse make a rally, but hung on for a hard-fought 8-point win over the Orange. Gerry McNamara, a SU hero throughout last week's Big East Tournament, did not score from the field. TAMU, meanwhile, was led by the 23 points of star guard Acie Law.
(1) Duke over (16) Southern U.
The Jaguars put up a good fight, but Duke dominated the final ten minutes and finished things off with a 16-point win over Southern. The duo of Shelden Williams and J.J. Redick combined for 58 of the Devils' 70 points, while the Jags were led by the 19 points of Chris Alexander.
(4) Illinois over (13) Air Force
The Falcons gave Illinois a competitive game for twenty-plus minutes before the Illini ran away with the contest in the second half. Jamar Smith was 6 of 9 from downtown and led Bruce Webber's squad with 20 points. Four double-figure scorers and a 45% shooting night from beyond the arc was not enough as Air Force was eliminated by a nine-point margin in San Diego.
(3) Gonzaga over (14) Xavier
The Zags and player of the year candidate Adam Morrison trailed all night long before finally taking the lead with just a couple minutes to play. XU's Stanley Burrell's 22 points weren't enough to pull the 'Teers through, as Morrison's 35 was just enough to give Gonzaga the four-point win. J.P. Batista, who battled foul troubles in the second half, was the only other GU player in double figures.
(8) George Washington over (9) UNC-Wilmington
The two squads went into the break tied, but UNCW roared out of the locker room to take a 17-point lead early in the second half. GW showed they weren't going to go away quietly, though, storming back with a 19-0 run of their own to take the lead. The game went into overtime where the Colonials were able to take the lead going into the final seconds. A Seahawks last-second shot hit the back iron, and GW moved on to round two with the three-point victory.
(4) LSU over (13) Iona
The Tigers got a tough battle from Iona, even trailing by five at halftime, but Glen Davis's 22 points helped bring LSU from behind to run away from the Gaels in the second half. Iona star Steve Burtt had 23 points on a bad shooting night as the Gaels fell by 16 points in a game that was closer for much of the way than the final score indicates.
(2) UCLA over (15) Belmont
The Bruins battled a pesky Belmont squad for a short time but then took a dozen-point advantage into halftime. That lead expanded right out of the break as the Bruins cruised to an easy, 34-point first round victory. UCLA's defense shut down the Belmont offense, allowing no player into double-figures. The Bruins, who shot better than 50% from the field, were led by Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's 17 points.
(10) Alabama over (7) Marquette
The Crimson Tide, led by the hot three-point shooting of Jean Felix, dominated the first half and took a 14-point lead into the locker room. But the Eagles weren't done, getting back even by the midpoint of the second half and taking the game down to the final minutes. But Felix and Bama continued to score, and even though Steve Novak and Marquette made one last run at the end, it wasn't quite enough as the Tide prevailed by five. Three Bama players finished with more than 20 points, including Felix's 31 on 8 of 11 shooting from beyond the arc.
(5) Nevada over (12) Montana
The Grizzlies took a 7-point lead to the break, saw Nevada rally in the middle of the second half, but responded with a run of their own and maintained about an 8 to 10 point advantage the rest of the way. The Pack's Marcellus Kemp and Nick Fazekas played lights-out but received no help from the rest of the squad. Four Grizzlies were in double-figures, including Andrew Strait who tallied 22 on the day.
(2) Tennessee over (15) Winthrop
As many expected, it was a tough, down-to-the-wire battle, but UT's Chris Lofton hit a fade-away 18-footer from the corner with less than a second left to give the Vols the two-point victory. Big man Major Wingate led the way with 15 points, while C.J. Watson spent much of the second half in foul trouble. Winthrop put four players in double-figures but came up just seconds short of pulling off just the fifth 15-over-2 upset of all time.
(3) Florida over (14) South Alabama
The Gators jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on their way to rolling over the Jagurs by a margin of 26 points. UF, who shot 50% from the field, was led by the 20 points of guard Lee Humphrey, who nailed a half-dozen buckets from beyond the arc.
(4) Boston College over (13) Pacific
The Eagles quickly broke a halftime tie and sprinted out to a lead early in the second half. But Pacific battled back late, and a Christian Maraker three-point shot sent the game to OT. The Tigers then extended a lead of their own early in the extra period, but it was the Eagles' star forward Craig Smith who hit two clutch free-throws to send the game into a second OT. From that point forward, BC dominated and came away with the 12-point victory.
(11) Wisconsin-Milwaukee over (6) Oklahoma
The Panthers were clearly the more energetic team throughout the game and came away with an eight-point opening round victory. UWM, who shot 26 of 31 from the free-throw line, was led by the oustanding play of stars Boo Davis (26 points) and Joah Tucker (22). OU center Kevin Bookout was limited in the second half by both a wrist injury and a more stingy Panther interior defense.
(7) Wichita State over (10) Seton Hall
Wichita State jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, downing the Pirates by 20. Sean Ogirri led the way for the Shockers with 23 points as the Missouri Valley's record-setting NCAA representation got off to a fast start. SHU shot just 35% from the field and never put up much of a fight.