North Carolina A&T, Saint Mary's win

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DAYTON, Ohio — Jeremy Underwood came off the bench to score 19 points, leading North Carolina A&T past 21-loss Liberty 73-72 on Tuesday at the First Four, ending an NCAA winless streak at nine games.

North Carolina A&T's Bruce Beckford dunks against Liberty forward JR Coronado on Tuesday.  SKIP PETERSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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North Carolina A&T's Bruce Beckford dunks against Liberty forward JR Coronado on Tuesday.

The Flames – only the second team ever to make the NCAA Tournament with 20 losses – had a chance to win it. John Caleb Sanders drove coast to coast and flipped up a left-handed layup in heavy congestion that just missed. North Carolina A&T (20-16) rebounded and, while Sanders rolled in pain on the baseline, began to celebrate an end to more than 30 years of disappointment.

Underwood came in averaging just over 6 points, but was perfect from the field, hitting six field goals in as many attempts. Bruce Beckford added 16 points and Lamont Middleton 14.

The victory advanced the Aggies to a showdown with top-seeded Louisville (29-5) in Lexington, Ky., Thursday.

SAINT MARY’S 67, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 54

Matthew Dellavedova scored 22 points and Stephen Holt added 18 to lead Saint Mary’s (28-6) over Middle Tennessee (28-6).

The Gaels will play Memphis on Thursday.


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