Friday, 3/22:

Temple(9) defeats NC State(8) 76-72.

  • Wyatt 31 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast.
  • O’Brien 18 pts, 5 reb.

Khalif Wyatt hit the clinching free throws with under 2 seconds to go, as Temple advances. Temple pulled away in the first half, and led by 16 into halftime. However, a late NC State run pulled the Wolfpack within two. Wyatt’s two free throws in the final seconds sealed the victory.

LaSalle(13) defeats Kansas State(4) 63-61.

  • Wright 21 pts, 8 reb, 1 ast.
  • Galloway 19 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast.

Jerrell Wright was fouled with 30 seconds to go, and hit both free throws to give LaSalle a 62-61 lead. he would add another, as the Explorers hold on to knock off the fourth seeded Kansas State. LaSalle led by as much as 16 in the first half, but a galvanizing Wildcat run almost stole the victory.

Villanova(9) loses to North Carolina(8) 71-78

  • Pinkston 20 pts, 8 reb.
  • Hilliard 18 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast.

North Carolina held the upper hand going into halftime, leading by 8. But Villanova roared back to take the lead early in the second half, briefly. UNC hung on through the second half to win the game, and send Villanova home packing.

Sunday, 3/24

Temple(9) loses to Indiana(1) 58-52

  • Wyatt 31 pts, 3 reb
  • Hollis-Jefferson 8 pts, 7 reb, 2 as

Temple were down nine early, behind 20-11 early in the game. Then, Khalif Wyatt turned basketball into the Circ du Soleil, dazzling Indiana’s defense. Wyatt gave Temple a three point lead lead into the half. Temple led by four with three minutes left, but Indiana roared back to win late. Secondary players failed to supplement, going 9-38 around Wyatt.

LaSalle(13) defeats Ole Miss(12) 76-74

  • Galloway 24 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast
  • Duren 19 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast

LaSalle and Mississippi went back-and-forth for much of the game. Seeding was out the window in this one, as both squads fought valiantly. LaSalle led much of the first half, then trailed much of the second. The two battled to the end, as Tyrone Garland provided late heroics. Garland banked home a layup with two ticks left, sending LaSalle to the Sweet 16. The balanced Explorers played a sharp all-round game, led by Ramon Galloway.

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