No. 11 North Carolina State University defeated the third-seeded Georgetown University in the first of today’s eight third-round games in college basketball’s national men’s tournament.
Also today, Lehigh University and Norfolk State University, the 15th-seeded schools that defeated higher-ranked opponents in the previous round, will try to advance to the regional semifinals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.
Lehigh, which beat Duke, faces No. 10 Xavier in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Norfolk State, winner over Missouri, takes on seventh-seeded Florida in Omaha, Nebraska.
“We messed up some brackets,” said Norfolk senior Kyle O’Quinn. “We even messed up my bracket.”
In other games, No. 1 Michigan State plays ninth-seeded Saint Louis in Columbus, Ohio; No. 6 Cincinnati meets third-seeded Florida State and No. 12 South Florida takes on No. 13 Ohio are in Nashville. Top-seeded North Carolina and No. 8 Creighton meet in Greensboro and second-seeded Kansas and No. 10 Purdue play in Omaha.
Georgetown led until two minutes, 57 seconds before the end of the first half at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, when the Wolfpack went ahead for good on a C.J. Williams 3-pointer.
North Carolina State extended its three-point halftime advantage into a 45-36 lead with 13 minutes remaining in the game.
Hollis Thompson scored a 3-pointer, his 17th point of the half, for the Hoyas to leave them four points behind with one minute to play.
It was 62-61 to North Carolina State 23 seconds later as Henry Sims scored with a layup and added two points from the free-throw line for Georgetown.
The Hoyas never got closer as Scott Woods added a point from the free-throw line and Lorenzo Brown contributed three more for the Wolfpack either side of a Jason Clark layup for the Hoyas.
Yesterday, top-seeded Syracuse University defeated Kansas State University 75-59 and No. 1 University of Kentucky topped Iowa State University 87-71 in the third round.
In other tournament games yesterday, No. 2 Ohio State University beat Gonzaga 73-66, No. 4 Indiana defeated Virginia Commonwealth 63-61, third-seeded Marquette University ended No. 6 Murray State’s 23-game winning streak with a 62-53 win, while No. 4 Wisconsin eliminated fifth-seeded Vanderbilt 60-57, third-seeded Baylor beat No. 11 Colorado 80-63 and No. 4 Louisville downed fifth-seeded New Mexico 59-56.