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  • Harvard springs upset

  • SPOKANE, Wash. — Siyani Chambers scored 11 points, including five straight in the final 2 minutes, and 12th-seeded Harvard won its second NCAA tournament game in history, upsetting fifth-seeded Cincinnati 61-57 on Thursday in the East Regional.
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  • SPOKANE, Wash. — Siyani Chambers scored 11 points, including five straight in the final 2 minutes, and 12th-seeded Harvard won its second NCAA tournament game in history, upsetting fifth-seeded Cincinnati 61-57 on Thursday in the East Regional.
    Wesley Saunders led the Crimson (27-4) with 12 points as Harvard pulled off an upset for the second straight year. Last year, Harvard upset New Mexico as a 14 seed.
    The Crimson became the first Ivy League school with NCAA tournament wins in consecutive years since Princeton in 1983-84.
    Harvard never trailed after the opening moments. They played with confidence and scrap against the Bearcats, who shared the American Athletic Conference regular season title.
    Sean Kilpatrick led Cincinnati (27-7) with 18 points, but the Bearcats failed to win a tournament game for the second straight year.
    Michigan State 93, Delaware 78
    At Spokane, Wash., Adreian Payne scored a career-high 41 points to get Michigan State off to a solid start in the NCAA tournament.
    Payne, a 6-foot-10 senior, scored 12 straight points in the first half to help the fourth-seeded Spartans (27-8) to an 18-point lead.
    He set an NCAA tournament record by making all 17 of his free throws and broke the program's tournament scoring record, set previously by Greg Kelser in 1979.
    Devon Saddler had 21 points and Davon Usher added 20 for the 13th-seeded Blue Hens (25-10).
    UConn 89, Saint Joseph's 81, OT
    At Buffalo, N.Y., Shabazz Napier shook off a miss at the second-half buzzer to score nine of his 24 points in overtime and lead seventh-seeded Connecticut.
    DeAndre Daniels scored 18 while freshman center Amida Brimah forced overtime by completing a three-point play in the final minute for UConn (27-8). The Huskies won their first tournament game under coach Kevin Ollie, who took over two years ago after Jim Calhoun stepped down due to health issues.
    With the game tied at 70 entering overtime, Daniels opened the scoring by completed a three-point play with 3:47 left during a 5-minute period the Huskies never trailed.
    Villanova 73, Milwaukee 53
    At Buffalo, N.Y., Darrun Hilliard scored 16 points, JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 for second-seeded Villanova.
    No. 15 seed Milwaukee (21-14), the surprise champion of the Horizon League, made it a game all the way, leading much of the first half before fading late.
    SOUTH REGIONAL
    Dayton 60, Ohio State 59
    At Buffalo, N.Y., Vee Sanford scored on a layup with 3.8 seconds left to lift 11th-seeded Dayton.
    Sanford finished with 10 points, while Dyshawn Pierre led the Flyers (24-10) with 12 points in a matchup of Ohio schools separated by about 75 miles.
    The sixth-seeded Buckeyes (25-10) had one last chance to pull out the victory, but Aaron Craft's driving 10-footer hit off the backboard and rolled off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
    Syracuse 77, W. Michigan 53
    At Buffalo, N.Y., Syracuse's backcourt of Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis combined for 34 points and the Orange defense clamped down.
    Western Michigan (23-10), the Mid-American Conference champion, had won 14 of 16 games and was in the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade.
    The third-seeded Orange (28-5) forced 11 turnovers in the opening half and scored 13 points off them in running out to a double-digit lead before the midpoint of the period.
    Pittsburgh 77, Colorado 48
    At Orlando, Fla., Talib Zanna scored 16 of his 18 points in the opening half, helping ninth-seeded Pittsburgh build a 28-point lead.
    Colorado (23-12) was eager to make amends for an early exit from the tournament a year ago, but had no answers for the 6-foot-9 Zanna. The Pitt center made six of seven shots in the first half, and the Panthers didn't have any difficulty finishing off the overwhelmed Buffaloes.
    Florida 67, Albany 55
    At Orlando, Fla., Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, most of them on dunks, and top-seeded Florida used a second-half surge to beat 16th-seeded Albany.
    The Gators (33-2) showed some vulnerability, though, while extending their school-record winning streak to 27 games.
    WEST REGIONAL
    Wisconsin 75, American 35
    At Milwaukee, Ben Brust scored 17 points and second-seeded Wisconsin devastated American with a 22-5 run to close the first half.
    The second-seeded Badgers (27-7) recovered from a brief first-half rut and seven-point deficit to extinguish the dreams of the 15th-seeded Eagles (20-13).
    North Dakota State 80,Oklahoma 75, OT
    At Spokane, Wash., Lawrence Alexander hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to force overtime and freshman Carlin Dupree scored four points in the final 75 seconds for No. 12 seed North Dakota State.
    The Bison (26-6) picked up their first NCAA tournament win by rallying in the final minute and then outlasting the No. 5 seed Sooners in overtime. Alexander finished with a career-high 28 points, but it'll be his falling-down, fist-pumping celebration after the tying 3-pointer that will be replayed in Fargo for years.
    San Diego State 73,New Mexico State 69
    At Spokane, Wash., In the fourth and final overtime game on Day 1 of March Madness, San Diego State outlasted New Mexico State.
    New Mexico State's Kevin Arnois made a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in regulation Thursday night to push the game to overtime.
    MIDWEST REGIONAL
    Michigan 57, Wofford 40
    At Milwaukee, Glenn Robinson III scored 14 points and second-seeded Michigan started their quest for a second straight trip to the Final Four.
    The Wolverines (26-8) capitalized on their decisive edge in athleticism on the undersized and No. 15 Terriers (20-13) but still had some nervous moments after missing 15 of their first 18 shots in the second half.
    Louisville 71, Manhattan 64
    At Orlando, Fla., Luke Hancock hit two huge 3-pointers in the final 1:19 to help Louisville finally shake free from tenacious Manhattan.
    The defending national champion Cardinals were down 58-55 with less than 4 minutes to play before coming alive from the 3-point line.
    Silky smooth guard Russ Smith, who finished with 18 points, got things going with a game-tying 3 from the wing. Hancock delivered the knockout blows. He stole an inbound pass, got fouled and made both free throws. He hit the first dagger with 1:19 remaining and sank a wide-open look from behind the arc with 28 second left.
    Saint Louis 83, N.C. State 80, OT
    At Orlando, Fla., Rob Loe scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, helping St. Louis wipe out a late 14-point deficit and pull away in overtime.
    Jordair Jett overcame a slow start to score 18, doing most of his damage while the fifth-seeded Billikens (27-6) were making their comeback in the last five minutes of regulation.
    Both teams shot horribly from the free-throw line, with Saint Louis shooting 12-for-26 and No. 12 seed NC State shooting 20-for-37.
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