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Winthrop eliminates Notre Dame

SPOKANE, Wash. &

Finally, on its seventh try, Winthrop did it. Against Notre Dame, of all teams.

Craig Bradshaw, a random import from New Zealand, scored 24 points and Torrell Martin added 20 and a career-high 11 rebounds as previously hollow Winthrop beat the hallowed Irish 74-64 Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Winthrop, which had been 0-6 in previous tournament appearances, blew all of its 20-point lead in the second half before surging in the final 2 minutes to end Notre Dame's first NCAA appearance since 2003.

The 11th-seeded Eagles (29-4), the little school from Rock Hill, S.C., lost in the final seconds to Tennessee last year in the tournament. They came from that defeat &

and a frenetic Irish rally in this game &

to advance in the Midwest Regional.

The sixth-seeded Irish, led by 14 points from Colin Falls, finished 24-8.

UNLV 67, Georgia Tech 63

CHICAGO &

Michael Umeh and Wendell White had 16 points apiece and UNLV won an NCAA tournament game for the first time in 16 years.

Wisconsin 76, Texas AM-Corpus Christi 63

CHICAGO &

Flustered for most of the first half, Wisconsin overcame an 18-point deficit to advance past the 15th-seeded Islanders.

Purdue 72, Arizona 63

NEW ORLEANS &

Carl Landry had 21 points and 13 rebounds to help Purdue advance to the second round for the first time since 2003.

Florida 112, Jackson State 69

NEW ORLEANS &

The top-seeded Gators responded from a lackluster first half with the best half in school history and routed Jackson State.

Corey Brewer led the defending national champions with 21 points, but it was another balanced effort from the team that returned all five starters from last season.

Joakim Noah had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Al Horford added 15 points and 16 boards, and Lee Humphrey sparked a huge run with four 3-pointers in the first 5 minutes of the second half.

East Regional Texas 79, New Mexico St. 67

SPOKANE, Wash. &

Kevin Durant had 27 points and eight rebounds to lead fourth-seeded Texas into the second round.

The freshman phenom made 11 of 12 free throws in the second half and 15-of-16 overall. He connected on two from the line after a rebound with 1:10 left that put Texas ahead 75-66 and essentially ended the game.

Southern Cal 77, Arkansas 60

SPOKANE, Wash. &

Taj Gibson did much of his best work this season after most of America had gone to sleep, gaga over those other multitalented freshmen who dominated college hoops.

There was no overlooking Southern California's newest star.

On the big stage of the NCAA tournament, Gibson finished with 18 points and eight rebounds to lift the Trojans over Arkansas.

West Regional Virginia Tech 54, Illinois 52

COLUMBUS, Ohio &

After trailing by as many as 13, Virginia Tech won on Deron Washington's banked runner in the final minute.

Illinois (23-12) led by 10 with just over 4 minutes left, but didn't score in the last 4:28 as the Hokies had the last 12 points.

Southern Illinois 61, Holy Cross 51

COLUMBUS, Ohio &

No rhythm, no flow, no open shots. Southern Illinois got the exact type of game it wanted.

Letting their gritty defense do the work, the Salukis overcame a front-line injury and beat Holy Cross.

Reserve forward Tony Boyle scored a career-high 14 points in the second half, including one banked-in free throw, as Southern Illinois (28-6) matched its school record for wins and advanced in the West Regional.

Kansas 107, Niagara 67

CHICAGO &

No first-round exit for Kansas this time.

The fast-breaking and top-seeded Jayhawks took care of that early, running out to a 25-point halftime lead against Niagara.

Kentucky 67, Villanova 58

CHICAGO &

Randolph Morris finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and eighth-seeded Kentucky flexed its muscle in the second half to beat Villanova.

Kentucky (22-11) advanced to the second round for the 16th straight year and will play top-seeded Kansas on Sunday.

South Regional Virginia 84, Albany 57

COLUMBUS, Ohio &

J.R. Reynolds scored 28 points and Virginia got its first tournament win since 1995, when it reached the final eight.

Sean Singletary added 23 points and nine assists for the fourth-seeded Cavaliers (21-10), who will meet Tennessee in the second round.

Reynolds made his first seven shots &

four of them from behind the arc &

and went 7-of-9 overall in the first half, piling up 23 points in only 17 minutes.

Tennessee 121, Long Beach St. 86

COLUMBUS, Ohio &

Tennessee had five players score in double figures as it matched the most points in a first-round game, set by UNLV in 1977 against San Francisco.

Chris Lofton scored 25 points and Dane Bradshaw had 11 assists for the fifth-seeded Volunteers (23-10), who tied the school record for most points in a game.

Memphis 73, North Texas 58

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Chris Douglas-Roberts had 16 points and Memphis extended its winning streak to 23 games.

Nevada 77, Creighton 71, OT

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Marcelus Kemp saved seventh-seeded Nevada from another early exit in the NCAA tournament.

With Wolf Pack star Nick Fazekas off his game, Kemp capped a 27-point performance with nine points in overtime.

Nevada (29-4) was bounced by Montana in last year's first round.