Thursday's NCAA Tournament summaries

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A.J. Abrams hit eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help Texas beat Minnesota 76-62 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Damion James added 18 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-seeded Longhorns (23-11), who hit 11 of 20 3s overall to win their tournament opener for the fifth time in six seasons.

Texas had lost 7 of its last 14 games dating to late January, but now heads into the second round of the East Region to face Duke Saturday.

Lawrence Westbrook scored 19 points for the 10th-seeded Golden Gophers (22-11), who were making their first tournament appearance since 2005. It was also Minnesota's first NCAA bid under Tubby Smith, who left Kentucky two seasons ago to rebuild the struggling Big Ten program.

Minnesota got off to its best start in more than 30 years at 16-1, but closed the year by losing 10 of 16.

Duke 86, Binghamton 62.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Jon Scheyer and Duke weren't about to let another 1 of college basketball's little guys scare them again.

Scheyer scored 15 points to lead six players in double figures, and the Blue Devils made Binghamton's first appearance in the NCAA tournament a quick one by routing the Bearcats 86-62 in the first round of the East Regional.

Lance Thomas added 14 points and Gerald Henderson and Nolan Smith added 13 apiece for the Blue Devils (29-6), the No. 2 seed. They shot 49%, put the game away with a huge run to open the second half and advanced to a second-round matchup with seventh-seeded Texas on Saturday.

D.J. Rivera scored 20 points for Binghamton (23-9). The program from upstate New York that jumped to Division I in 2001 and won the America East tournament ultimately was no match for 1 of the NCAA's most decorated programs.

Villanova 80, American 67.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dwayne Anderson and Dante Cunningham each scored 25 points, and Villanova rallied back from a 14-point hole to beat upset-minded American 80-67 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The third-seeded Wildcats (27-7) lost their home-court advantage and nearly lost the game, needing a late 19-2 run in the East Regional to fend off the Patriot League champions.

The 14th-seeded Eagles (24-8) sizzled from 3-point range early and pushed Villanova to the brink of a monumental upset. They just didn't have enough left in their tired legs down the stretch, something the Wildcats exploited in their game-changing spurt.

The loss ended the Eagles' 13-game winning streak, the second-longest in the country.

The Wildcats play the UCLA on Saturday.

UCLA 65, VCU 64.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A long way from home, UCLA barely kept alive its quest for a fourth straight trip to the Final Four.

VCU's Eric Maynor missed a contested 17-footer at the buzzer and the sixth-seeded Bruins held on for a 65-64 victory over the Rams in the opening round of the East Regional.

UCLA (26-8) advances to play Villanova (27-7) on Saturday.

Josh Shipp scored 16, Jrue Holiday had 13 and three other Bruins scored in double figures.

Maynor led Virginia Commonwealth with 21. The Rams (24-10) were a popular pick to pull off a 6-11 upset - even President Barack Obama circled VCU in his bracket.

But UCLA wasn't ready to go home.

South Regional

LSU 75, Butler 71

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Marcus Thornton scored 30 points and LSU held off a late rally to beat Butler 75-71 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Tasmin Mitchell had 14 points and Chris Johnson added 12 points for the Tigers (27-7), seeded eighth in the South Regional. They advanced to Saturday's second round against North Carolina.

Matt Howard scored 22 points before fouling out with 35.7 seconds left for No. 9 seed Butler.

The Bulldogs (26-6) made things interesting by twice pulling within three in the final minute. The last came when Willie Veasley tipped in Gordon Hayward's missed 3 with 5.4 seconds left made it 74-71, before Johnson hit 1 of 2 free throws with 4.5 seconds left to seal it.

Hayward, Butler's top 3-point shooter, finished with 12 points for the Bulldogs, who lost in the first round for the first time since 2000.

North Carolina 101, Radford 58.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Tyler Hansbrough set the Atlantic Coast Conference career scoring record and finished with 22 points to help North Carolina beat Radford 101-58 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Wayne Ellington scored 25 points to lead the Tar Heels (29-4), the top seed in the South Region. North Carolina played without injured point guard Ty Lawson for a third straight game, but had no trouble advancing to Saturday's second round against LSU.

Hansbrough needed three points to pass Duke's J.J. Redick for the ACC mark. He tied it on a layup about 3 1/2 minutes in, then broke the record on a free throw with 15:43 left in the half.

North Carolina led by 19 points at the break, then steadily increased the margin against the 16th-seeded Highlanders (21-12).

Amir Johnson and Joey Lynch-Flohr each scored 12 points to lead Radford.

Michigan 62, Clemson 59.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Shot after shot clanged off the rim, if they hit anything at all. Jumpers, 3-pointers, layups - didn't matter. Clemson just couldn't figure out Michigan's zone defense.

Michigan stymied Clemson with its 1-3-1 defense and survived a late scare in its first NCAA tournament game in 11 years, beating the Tigers 62-59 in the first round of South Regional.

The Wolverines (21-13) showed little sign of nerves in their first NCAA game since a booster scandal rocked the program in the 1990s, handling - for the most part - Clemson's frenetic press to move onto the second round. Manny Harris scored 21 points and Stu Douglass added 12 for the Wolverines, who will face Oklahoma on Saturday.

Clemson (23-9) had to dust off its zone offense after facing mostly man coverage during the ACC season.

Oklahoma 82, Morgan St 54.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A dominant Blake Griffin had 28 points and 13 rebounds and survived an ugly incident that got another player ejected as Oklahoma rolled past Morgan State 82-54 in the first round of South Regional Thursday night.

Griffin missed most of 2 games because of a concussion he sustained on Feb. 21. The second-seeded Sooners lost those two games and stumbled into the NCAA tournament.

The player of the year favorite took another hard tumble when Morgan State's Ameer Ali flipped him over his back and on to the court in the second half after the two became entangled.

Ali was immediately ejected.

Griffin stayed in the game and finished 11 of 12 from the field.

Oklahoma (28-5), which had lost 4 of its last six, was never threatened by the No. 15 Bears (23-12), who were making their first NCAA appearance.

Gonzaga 77, Akron 64.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Josh Heytvelt scored 22 points and Gonzaga rallied to get past determined but ultimately overwhelmed Akron 77-64.

Micah Downs added 15 points for fourth-seeded Gonzaga (27-5), which won for the 19th time in 20 games. The Bulldogs are in their 11th consecutive NCAA tournaments but had lost in the first round of the last two.

Getting zapped in the first round by the 13th-seeded Zips seemed possible for a while. Akron (23-13) was up six at half.

Nate Linhart scored 13 points in the first half, but had no field goals after halftime for the Zips, who won the Mid-American Conference tournament to get in to its first NCAA tournament in 23 years. Gonzaga plays Western Kentucky next.

Western Kentucky 76, Illinois 72.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Western Kentucky is at it again.

The 12th-seeded Hilltoppers, who made an unexpected run in the NCAA tournament last year, pulled off a first-round upset of fifth-seeded Illinois, 76-72 in the South Regional.

Steffphon Pettigrew had 17 points to lead Western Kentucky (25-8) which led by as many as 17 points but had to hold off a late charge by the Illini (24-10). It was the 19th time in the last 21 years that a 12 seed has beaten a No. 5.

Illinois made a late run to close to make it a one-possession game in the final minute.

Meacham had a season-high 24 points for the Illini, who were without senior defensive specialist Chester Frazier, who had surgery on his right hand last week.

Western Kentucky will face Gonzaga (27-5) in the second round.

West Regional

Memphis 81, Cal State-Northridge 70.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Roburt Sallie had the game of his life with 35 points, and second-seeded Memphis beat Cal State-Northridge 81-70 to avoid what would have been 1 of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history.

Sallie, who was averaging barely 4 points for the Tigers (32-3), sank 10 of 15 3-pointers, a first-round tournament record.

The Matadors (17-14), 19-point underdogs who overcame a sequence of tragedy and off-the-court problems just to reach the tourney, took advantage of miserable shooting by most of the other Tigers and led by six points with 10:08 to play.

But a few minutes later, Antonio Anderson led the Tigers on a 9-0 run and last year's NCAA national runners-up finally took control.

Since the NCAA went to a 64-team format in 1985, only four No. 2 seeds have lost to a No. 15 in the first round.

UConn 103, Chattanooga 47,.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - This dominating Connecticut win just might have made an ailing Jim Calhoun feel better.

A.J. Price scored 20 from the outside and Hasheem Thabeet added 20 inside to lift top-seeded Connecticut to its first postseason win in three years, 103-47 over Chattanooga in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Calhoun had not been feeling well the past few days and was not at the Wachovia Center for the opening tip-off. UConn did not say what was wrong with Calhoun or if he'll be on the bench for Saturday's second-round game against Texas A&M in the West Regional. Calhoun spent Thursday night at a Philadelphia hospital for observation.

Associate head coach George Blaney coached the Huskies (28-4) in Calhoun's absence. Stanley Robinson topped the Huskies with 24 points.

The Southern Conference champion Mocs (18-17) were pumped for their shot at becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 in the tournament. They had a nice start, but were simply overmatched by 1 of the best teams in basketball.

Texas A&M 79, BYU 66.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - With Bryan Davis leading the way, Texas A&M beat Brigham Young 79-66 in the first round of the West Regional.

Davis scored 21. Donald Sloan had 14 and the ninth-seeded Aggies handed the Cougars their seventh straight opening-round loss in a rematch from last year. Both teams drew the same seeds last March when A&M won 67-62.

The Aggies (24-9) will meet Connecticut Saturday.

Jimmer Fredette scored 18 and Lee Cummard added 17 for BYU (25-8).

Maryland 84, California 71.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Maryland never let California get going from long range. Now the Terps are back in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Grievis Vasquez had 27 points and Maryland shut down the nation's best 3-point shooting team in an 84-71 victory over Cal in the first round of the West Regional.

Tenth-seeded Maryland (21-13) disrupted Cal with its pressure defense, rarely giving the Bears a good look from the perimeter. Vasquez controlled the offense and Dave Neal chipped in 15 points, helping the Terps advance past the first round in their ninth straight NCAA appearance.

Maryland will face No. 2 seed Memphis on Saturday.

Cal (22-11), which shot a nation-best 43% from 3-point range during the regular season, was 7 for 24 in this one. Theo Robertson led the Bears with 22 points and Jerome Randle had 14, but took just three shots in the second half.

Purdue 61, Northern Iowa 56.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - E'Twaun Moore had 17 points and fifth-seeded Purdue held off a late charge by 12th-seeded Northern Iowa for a 61-56 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

JaJuan Johnson added 14 points for the Boilermakers (26-9), who led by as many as 14 in the West Regional at the Rose Garden Arena.

Kwadzo Ahelegbe had 11 points for the Panthers (23-11), who closed to within 56-54 on Kerwin Dunham's 3-pointer with 17.4 seconds left. But Chris Kramer made a pair of free throws and Ahelegbe missed a layup on the rim with 7.7 seconds left for Northern Iowa.

Lewis Jackson made 1 of 2 free throws on the other end to help seal it.

The Boilermakers play Washington next.

Washington 71, Mississippi State 58.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Thanks to Quincy Pondexter, even the supposedly vulnerable Washington Huskies didn't go out early.

Pondexter scored a season-high 23 points and fourth-seeded Washington took advantage of early foul trouble to Mississippi State's menacing Jarvis Varnado to race past the 13th-seeded Bulldogs 71-58 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Jon Brockman had 14 rebounds and 10 points for the Huskies (26-8), who looked far better than the last time they played in this city, losing to Portland of the West Coast Conference to begin the season.

Barry Stewart had 11 points but was able to get off just five shots for Mississippi State (23-13).

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