NCAA Roundup: Indiana escapes

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DAYTON, Ohio — On the verge of being the second No. 1 knocked from the NCAA Tournament, Indiana finally stopped Temple’s No. 1.

Indiana's Jordan Hulls (left) tussles for possession with Temple's T.J. DiLeo during the Hoosiers' victory Sunday. Indiana hit a late 3-pointer to knock off the Owls.  SKIP PETERSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
SKIP PETERSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Indiana's Jordan Hulls (left) tussles for possession with Temple's T.J. DiLeo during the Hoosiers' victory Sunday. Indiana hit a late 3-pointer to knock off the Owls.

Victor Oladipo hit a key 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining and the top-seeded Hoosiers shut down Owls star Khalif Wyatt in the final three minutes to hold off Temple 58-52 on Sunday in the East Regional.

The Hoosiers (29-6) trailed by four with 2:56 left, but closed with a 10-0 run and advanced to the round of 16 for the second consecutive year.

Indiana will play No. 4 seed Syracuse in the regional semifinals Thursday in Washington, a rematch of the classic 1987 title game won by the Hoosiers.

Wyatt scored 31 points to lead the Owls (24-10).

MIAMI 63, ILLINOIS 59

In Austin, Texas, Shane Larkin hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left and Miami kept possession on a ball knocked out of bounds that probably should have gone to Illinois (23-13), helping the Hurricanes advance to the NCAA round of 16.

After Larkin’s first field goal in about 9 1/2 minutes, D.J. Richardson missed a 3-pointer. In the fight for the rebound, the ball appeared to ricochet off the hands of Miami’s Kenny Kadji out of bounds. But the Hurricanes kept the ball, and Durand Scott made two free throws after that.

Miami (29-6) will play Marquette (25-8) in Washington D.C. on Thursday night.

WEST REGIONAL

OHIO STATE 78, IOWA STATE 75

In Dayton, Ohio, Aaron Craft made a last-second, tie-breaking 3 and Ohio State remained the lone high seed left in the NCAA Tournament’s most-busted bracket.

Ohio State (28-7) needed Craft’s only 3-pointer of the game – an arching shot over 6-foot-7 defender Georges Niang from the top of the key – to avoid yet another upset in the oh-so-wild West Regional.

Four of the top five seeds fell fast and hard in the first weekend.

Craft also drew a charge on Iowa State’s Will Clyburn near the basket with 1:41 on a play that could have put the Cyclones
(23-12) up by three.

It was a close call.

Replays showed Craft’s right heel was at the semicircle restricting the area where players can take a charge.

LA SALLE 76, MISSISSIPPI 74

In Kansas City, Mo., Tyrone Garland banked home a scooping layup with 2 seconds left and 13th-seeded La Salle beat Mississippi, vaulting the Explorers to their deepest run in the NCAA Tournament since they played for the championship in 1955.

Ramon Galloway had 24 points for La Salle (24-9), which was playing its third game in five days. No. 12 Ole Miss (27-9) led 74-72 with 1:58 left but failed to reach the regional semifinals for the first time since 2001.

After Tyreek Duren’s two foul shots tied it 74-all at the 1:07 mark, Marshall Henderson failed to hit an off-balance bank shot that would have given Mississippi the lead.

Henderson had 21 points in game.


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