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George Mason Tops Villanova, Notre Dame Wins in NCAA Tournament

March 18 (Bloomberg) -- George Mason University used a 13-3 game-ending run to beat Villanova University 61-57 in college basketball men’s championship tournament. Top-seeded Duke beat Hampton 87-45.

The University of Notre Dame topped Akron University 69-56, the University of Texas beat Oakland University 85-81, and the University of Michigan topped the University of Tennessee 75-45 on the second full day of National Collegiate Athletic Association play. West Region fifth seed Arizona beat Memphis 77-75.

Luke Hancock’s 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining put No. 8 seed George Mason ahead for good in its East Region win over No. 9 Villanova at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The Wildcats, with 20 points from guard Corey Fisher, led by as many as 10 points during the game and by six as it headed into the final two minutes.

Hancock led the Patriots with 18 points, and teammate Mike Morrison had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Second-seeded Notre Dame got 15 points from Ben Hansbrough, 14 from Tim Abromaitis and 11 from Scott Martin in its win against the 15th-seeded Zips in a Southwest Region matchup at the United Center in Chicago. Quincy Diggs had 11 points to lead Akron.

Sophomore guard J’Covan Brown scored 21 points to lead Texas past Oakland in a West Region game at the Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa.

The fourth-seeded Longhorns got 19 points and 11 rebounds from Jordan Hamilton, while teammate Tristan Thompson added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks.

Reggie Hamilton led the 13th-seeded Golden Grizzlies of Rochester, Michigan, with 25 points.

Michigan Wins

In a West Region matchup at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, eighth-seeded Michigan trailed the ninth-seeded Volunteers 23-17 during the first half before taking over for a 30-point victory.

Zack Novak’s 14 points led five Wolverines scoring in double figures. Michigan went 0-for-1 from the free-throw line, becoming the first team in tournament history to win a game without converting a foul shot.

Texas next faces the winner of today’s game between Arizona and Memphis. Michigan will meet either No. 1 seed Duke or Hampton, Notre Dame awaits the winner of the Florida State-Texas A&M game, and George Mason will take on either Ohio State or Texas-San Antonio.

Three of the four No. 1 seeds play today. Duke and Hampton play in a West Region matchup in Charlotte, North Carolina; Ohio State meets Texas-San Antonio in an East Region game in Cleveland, and Kansas faces Boston University in a Southwest Region game in Tulsa. Pittsburgh, the top seed in the Southeast Region, beat North Carolina-Asheville 74-51 yesterday.

Five of the 16 games yesterday were decided by one or two points, tying an NCAA tournament record.

The tournament, which this year was expanded to 68 teams from 65, concludes April 4 in Houston.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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