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NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Recap: Round Of 64, Day 2


The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament continued Friday, and upsets were the name of the game with 13, 14, and 15 seeds all winning on the same day. Here is a brief recap of Day Two of the Round Of 64.

MTSU Shuts Down “The Izzone”: Relying on the same balanced scoring that carried them to the NCAA tournament, the No. 15 seed Blue Raiders ended the second-seeded Spartans’ title hopes in convincing fashion Friday. They never trailed in a 90-81 first-round victory that sent brackets around the country into trash cans. Reggie Upshaw had 21 points and Potts finished with 19 for Middle Tennessee State (25-9), which became the eighth No. 15 seed to knock off a No. 2 since seeding began in 1985. The last time it happened was 2013, when Florida Gulf Coast beat Georgetown on its way to the Sweet 16.

Stephen F. Austin Tames Mountaineers In East Region: Thomas Walkup scored 33 points as the 14th-seeded Stephen F. Austin faced down West Virginia’s full-court press with some of its own in-your-face defense, pulling off a rugged, 70-56 first-round upset of the third-seeded Mountaineers in the NCAA tournament. The Lumberjacks (28-5) will look to extend the nation’s longest winning streak and reach the round of 16 against six seed Notre Dame on Sunday at Barclays in the second round of the East Region.

Half Court Buzzer Beater Sends Texas Packing: On the craziest of days for lower seeds in the NCAA Tournament, Paul Jesperson provided the craziest finish. The senior guard banked in a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to give 11th-seeded Northern Iowa a 75-72 win over No. 6 seed Texas in the first round of the West Region. The Panthers were the sixth double-digit seed to win on Friday. Northern Iowa passed the ball in under its basket after Texas’ Isaiah Taylor tied the game on a layup with 2.7 seconds to play. Matt Bohannon found Jesperson, who took a few dribbles and launched.

Warriors Slay Golden Bears In Stunner: The 13th-seeded Hawaii Warriors ended No. 4 California’s tumultuous week with a 77-66 upset victory Friday in the first round of the South Regional, the latest success in an unexpected season for Hawaii. Quincy Smith scored a career-high with 19 points, Roderick Bobbitt had 17 points and Stefan Jankovic 16 for the champions of the Big West Conference regular season and tournament. Hawaii (28-5) used a strong first half from Jankovic to lead by as many as 11, then withstood Jankovic’s foul trouble in the second half thanks largely to Smith.