East Regional: Last-second shot lifts Wake Forest

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NEW ORLEANS --- From No. 1 to one and done: Ishmael Smith's last shot meant one more collapse for Texas.

Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson shoots over East Tennessee State forward Isiah Brown on Thursday night. 
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Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson shoots over East Tennessee State forward Isiah Brown on Thursday night.

Smith's pull-up jumper from about 17 feet out with 1.3 seconds remaining in overtime gave ninth-seeded Wake Forest an 81-80 win over the eighth-seeded Longhorns in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's East Regional on Thursday night.

Texas (24-10) twice rallied from double-digit deficits, then blew an eight-point lead in overtime, completing a puzzling slide after being ranked No. 1 in the country in January.

The Demon Deacons (20-10) rallied from a 76-68 deficit in the extra session. They still trailed by four in the final minute, but a 3-pointer by Ari Stewart with 15.9 seconds left made it 80-79.

Gary Johnson then missed two free throws for Texas, giving Smith one more chance.
The Demon Deacons advanced to play top-seeded Kentucky in the second round of the East Regional on Saturday.

Smith finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and eight turnovers



In New Orleans, Eric Bledsoe's eight 3-pointers set a Kentucky record for an NCAA Tournament game, and the top-seeded Wildcats dominated throughout in a victory over East Tennessee State in the first round of the East Regional.

Scoring 29 points in all, Bledsoe started 8 of 8 on 3s before finally missing his first from long range late in the second half and finishing 8 of 9. Still, he surpassed Tony Delk's previous school record of seven 3s in the 1996 championship game against Syracuse.

Patrick Patterson scored 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting, including a handful of dunks, while John Wall added 17 points and 11 assists for the Wildcats (33-2).

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.


In San Jose, Calif., Washington's remarkable late-season run extended right into the NCAA Tournament, thanks to a big shot by the Huskies' senior leader.

Quincy Pondexter drove for a tiebreaking bank shot with 1.7 seconds left, and 11th-seeded Washington rallied for a victory in the East Regional.

Pondexter scored 18 points in his school-record 134th game, and Isaiah Thomas had 19 as the Huskies (25-9) won their eighth in a row in dramatic fashion, roaring back from a 15-point deficit.

Washington made two late defensive stops before Pondexter drove by Jimmy Butler from the perimeter and scored the winner.

Lazar Hayward missed a half-court heave at the buzzer for the Golden Eagles (23-11), who didn't manage a field goal in the final 4:33. He finished with 20 points.


In 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 in the NCAA Tournament's East Regional.

Darington Hobson added 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while playing with a sprained left wrist for the Lobos (30-4), who used a 17-0 run after halftime to briefly break open the game after trailing by a point at the break.

Martinez made three 3-pointers, including one with 7:44 to play, and Dairese Gary converted seven free throws over the final 3:36 as New Mexico staved off an upset to continue a special season that began with being picked to finish fifth in the Mountain West Conference.

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