ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Pierre Jackson scored 18 points and Baylor held off 14th-seeded South Dakota State 68-60 Thursday night in the second round of the tournament.
The third-seeded Bears (28-7) fell behind by 12 in the first half before taking a 36-28 halftime lead that they never relinquished. But it was a nail-biter.
Making their first trip to the tournament, the Jackrabbits (27-8) misfired on a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left that would have made it one-point game. Then, the Bears iced it at the line.
Jackson and Brady Heslip both sank two free throws in the final 23 seconds after the Jackrabbits had pulled to within 64-60, and Brayden Carlson misfired a 3-pointer that would have made it a one-point game.
VANDERBILT 79, HARVARD 70
John Jenkins made all six of his free throws down the stretch and finished with 27 points to help fifth-seeded Vanderbilt hold off 12th-seeded Harvard in a second-round tournament game being called “The Brain Bowl.”
Brad Tinsley had 16 for the Commodores (25-10), who followed last weekend’s stunner over top-ranked Kentucky with a win over a school many consider to be a No. 1 – in the classroom, that is.
The Crimson (26-5) won the Ivy League and made the tournament for the first time since 1946. Laurent Rivard led Harvard with 20 points.
WISCONSIN 73, MONTANA 49
Ryan Evans scored 18 points and Jordan Taylor added 17 points and six assists for Wisconsin, which ended Montana’s school-record 14-game winning streak.
The fourth-seeded Badgers (25-9) improved to 10-1 in tournament openers under Bo Ryan, the winningest coach in the program’s history.
Wisconsin will face Vanderbilt-in the next round of the East Regional on Saturday.
Art Steward’s 18 points led the Grizzles (25-7).
COLORADO 68, UNLV 64
Freshman reserve Askia Booker scored 16 points and 11th-seeded Colorado (24-11) held off a furious UNLV (26-9) rally.
Colorado led 49-29 with just under 15 minutes remaining, then sixth-seeded UNLV went on a 26-8 run to cut the margin to two at the 4:20 mark.
But UNLV missed its next seven shots.
Andre Roberson had 12 points and 16 rebounds for Colorado. Anthony Marshall had 15 for UNLV.