Butler Beats Top-Seed Pittsburgh in NCAA Tournament; San Diego State Wins

Butler University defeated the top- seeded University of Pittsburgh 71-70 to advance in the national men’s basketball tournament, while No. 2 seed San Diego State University needed two overtimes to beat Temple University 71-64.

Kentucky defeated West Virginia 71-63, Florida beat the University of California-Los Angeles 73-65, Wisconsin defeated Kansas State 70-65, and Richmond reached the Southwest Region semifinals with a 65-48 victory against Morehead State in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

Brigham Young University, seeded third, defeated No. 11 Gonzaga University 89-67 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Jimmer Fredette scored 34 points for the Cougars who will play Florida in the Southeast Region semifinal.

Pitt was the top seed in the Southeast Region; Butler, of Indianapolis, was No. 8.

Butler’s Shelvin Mack fouled Gilbert Brown just inside the half-court line with one second left and the Bulldogs ahead 70- 69. Brown hit one free throw to tie the game 70-70 and missed the second. On the rebound, Butler’s Matt Howard was fouled by Nasir Robinson on the rebound with nine-tenths of a second remaining in the game.

Winning Free Throw

Howard made the first foul shot and missed the second to put Butler on top by one point. The Bulldogs had surrendered a 12-point lead in the first half before recovering to go ahead 38-30 halftime at Verizon Center in Washington.

Last year, Butler went to the NCAA championship with a 25- game winning streak and lost the title 61-59 to Duke University.

Mack scored 30 points for Butler, while Howard added 16. Brown had 24 points for the Panthers, and Robinson scored 16.

San Diego State’s Billy White had 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Kawhi Leonard added 16 for the Aztecs, who will meet the winner of tonight’s West Region game between the Big East Conference’s Cincinnati and Connecticut.

Ramone Moore had 17 points for Temple, followed by Juan Fernandez with 14 and Lavoy Allen with 12 points and 11 rebounds at McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Two Overtimes

Allen’s jump shot with 53 seconds left in regulation play tied the game at 54-54. San Diego’s Malcolm Thomas threw the game into its second overtime with a layup followed by a free throw to tie the game 61-61.

White scored four points and Leonard had six as San Diego State pulled away in the second overtime.

Kentucky’s Brandon Knight scored 30 points to lead the fourth-seeded Wildcats to their second straight win in Tampa, Florida. Kentucky next plays No. 1 Ohio State or No. 8 George Mason in the East Region semifinals.

Joe Mazzulla scored 20 points for No. 5 West Virginia.

Florida’s Erving Walker went on a 7-0 run in the final 75 seconds of the game to clinch the win for the second-seeded Gators in the Southeast Region. Walker was the game’s high scorer with 21 points.

Richmond’s Justin Harper had 19 points and six rebounds, while Kevin Anderson added 14 points for the Spiders, who will meet the winner of tomorrow’s game between top-ranked Kansas and No. 9 Illinois.

The Eagles were led by Kenneth Faried and Sam Goodman, who each had 11 points. Faried also had 13 rebounds and blocked two shots.

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