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NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Roundup: UMBC's magic runs out

Field Level Media
March 19. 2018 3:03AM

UMBC Retrievers forward Max Curran shoots the ball during the first half against the Kansas State Wildcats in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Barry Brown scored 18 points and Xavier Sneed made key plays down the stretch as ninth-seeded Kansas State ended 16th-seeded UMBC’s Cinderella run with a 50-43 win over the Retrievers on Sunday in NCAA Tournament South Region second-round action at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

UMBC became the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed when the Retrievers blew past top-ranked Virginia on Friday. They stayed closed with Kansas State but couldn’t knock down enough shots to pull off another upset.

The Wildcats (24-11) advance to face fifth-seeded Kentucky on Thursday in the Sweet 16 at Atlanta. It is the first Sweet 16 appearance for Kansas State since 2010.

Hooksett, N.H.’s Max Curran scored five points in 14 minutes for UMBC.

The Wildcats led 38-33 with seven minutes to play but couldn’t put away the Retrievers (25-11). Jairus Lyles drilled a deep 3-pointer from the top of the key to bring UMBC back within one.

Sneed answered with a steal and breakaway dunk and later followed a missed shot with another dunk that put Kansas State up 44-38 with three minutes to play.

Sneed wasn’t done, though. He hit a mid-range jumper as the shot clock was expiring with one minute to play.

Syracuse 55, Michigan State 53: Tyus Battle scored 17 points and 11th-seeded Syracuse upset cold-shooting Michigan State in the second round of the Midwest Region on Sunday afternoon at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena.

The Orange (23-13), who received the last at-large bid, won for the third time in five days. They advanced to the Sweet 16, where they will face No. 2 seed and ACC rival Duke on Friday in Omaha, Neb.

Florida State 75, Xavier 70: PJ Savoy buried the go-ahead 3-pointer, and the Seminoles rallied from a 12-point, second-half deficit to record a victory over the Musketeers in Nashville, Tenn. Savoy's clutch basket with 1:08 remaining produced Florida State's first lead of the second half and started a game-ending 7-0 run. Braian Angola scored 16 points to help the Seminoles (22-11) advance to face fourth-seeded Gonzaga on Thursday in Los Angeles.

J.P. Macura scored 17 points before fouling out and senior forward Kerem Kanter added 15 for Xavier (29-6). Standout senior Trevon Bluiett had just eight points on 2-of-8 shooting in his final college game.

Nevada 75, Cincinnati 73: Down by 22 points in the second half, seventh-seeded Nevada pulled off a comeback for the ages, getting a put-back from Josh Hall with 9.1 seconds left to stun second-seeded Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA Tournament’s South Region in Nashville, Tenn.

Hall, who finished with 14 points, grabbed the miss of Cody Martin’s step-back jumper and converted on an open 8-footer in the lane. The shot capped a game-ending 32-8 run for the Wolfpack (29-7), who trailed 65-43 with 11:27 left after a Jarron Cumberland bucket.

Clemson 84, Auburn 53: Senior guard Gabe DeVoe made six 3-pointers while scoring 22 points as fifth-seeded Clemson demolished fourth-seeded Auburn in second-round NCAA Tournament Midwest Region play in San Diego.

Texas A&M 86, North Carolina 65: Texas A&M tore apart defending national champion North Carolina from all angles in a stunning romp in the NCAA Tournament’s second round in Charlotte, N.C.

TJ Starks pumped in 21 points, Tyler Davis had 18 points, DJ Hogg posted 14 points and Admon Gilder had 12 for the seventh-seeded Aggies.

Purdue 76, Butler 73: Senior Vincent Edwards scored 20 points to lead No. 2 seed Purdue to a 76-73 win over No. 10 seed Butler in the second round in NCAA Tournament.