No. 2 Kansas 80, No. 15 Eastern Kentucky
Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points and Jamari Traylor posted career highs of 17 points and 14 rebounds as the Jayhawks slipped by the Colonels in Midwest regional play in St. Louis.
Perry Ellis contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds and Tarik Black added 12 points and four blocked shots for second-seeded Kansas (25-9), which advances to face 10th-seeded Stanford in Sunday's round of 32. Traylor's career-best outing helped the Jayhawks record a 43-19 rebounding advantage while softening the loss of center Joel Embiid to a back injury.
Glenn Cosey scored 17 points for 15th-seeded Eastern Kentucky (24-10), but the Colonels experienced severe matchup issues in the interior and allowed Kansas to shoot 60.4 percent from the field. Tarius Johnson and Eric Stutz added 15 points for Eastern Kentucky, which trailed by only three points with 3:39 to play before wilting down the stretch.
The Colonels had a 56-53 lead after a 3-pointer by Jeff Johnson with 9:12 to play before Kansas scored the next nine points to take a six-point advantage with 7:35 to go. After the Jayhawks' lead dwindled to three, Traylor responded with a three-point play and scored seven points during a decisive 12-3 burst that gave Kansas a 12-point advantage with 49 seconds remaining.
No. 8 Gonzaga 85, No. 9 Oklahoma State 77
Kevin Pangos scored 26 points as the Bulldogs topped the Cowboys in a second-round NCAA tournament game in San Diego.
Gary Bell totaled 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting – 3-of-4 from outside the arc – while Przemek Karnowski added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (29-6), who advanced to Sunday's third-round matchup against Arizona, the top seed in the West regional. Kyle Dranginis chipped in 12 points in a reserve role for Gonzaga.
Marcus Smart posted 23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and six steals for the ninth-seeded Cowboys (21-13), but the sophomore star shot only 12-of-19 from the foul line as part of a 22-of-37 free-throw effort by the team. Oklahoma State, which still has not won a tournament game since 2009, also received 20 points from Markel Brown and 12 from Phil Forte.
Bell hit two 3-pointers in the game's opening minute and Gonzaga led 9-0 after 2 1/2 minutes en route to a 43-34 halftime advantage. Bell and Karnowski combined for 22 first-half points on 8-of-9 shooting while Smart had 12 points in the opening 20 minutes to pace Oklahoma State.
No. 3 Creighton 76, No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette 66
Doug McDermott piled up 30 points and 12 rebounds as the Bluejays held off the Ragin' Cajuns in the second round of the NCAA tournament in San Antonio.
Austin Chapman contributed 16 points and six assists for No. 3 seed Creighton (27-7), which will face No. 6 seed Baylor in the third round of West regional action on Sunday. Ethan Wragge scored all 12 of his points from beyond the arc as the Bluejays won an NCAA tournament game for the third straight season.
Elfrid Payton recorded 24 points and eight rebounds for No. 14 seed Louisiana-Lafayette (23-12). Shawn Long added 15 points and seven boards for the Ragin' Cajuns, who shot 37.9 percent from the field.
Wragge hit a pair of 3-pointers and Grant Gibbs scored four points during a 10-0 run that gave Creighton a 56-50 lead with 8:28 to play. McDermott snapped a personal drought of over 14 minutes with a 3-pointer to make it 71-64 with 2:06 left and nailed a jumper on the next possession to help put it away.
No. 10 Stanford 58, No. 7 New Mexico 53
Chasson Randle scored 23 points to lead the Cardinal past the Lobos in Midwest regional play in St. Louis.
Anthony Brown and Stefan Nastic added 10 points apiece for 10th-seeded Stanford (22-12), which advances to face either Kansas or Eastern Kentucky in Sunday's round of 32. The Cardinal led by 16 points early in the game and held off New Mexico's charge to post the program's first NCAA tournament victory since 2008.
Cameron Bairstow had 24 points and eight rebounds for the seventh-seeded Lobos (27-7), who were eliminated in their first game for the second straight year after falling to 14th-seeded Harvard in 2013. Deshawn Delaney with 10 points was the only other player to reach double digits for New Mexico, which shot just 36.5 percent from the field.
The Lobos overcame early difficulties to catch Stanford at 45 on Cullen Neal's basket with 10:07 remaining before scoring only two points over a near nine-minute span and missing 15 of their final 17 field-goal attempts. Despite the drought, New Mexico was within 54-52 after two free throws by Alex Kirk with 30.6 seconds left before Robbie Lemons and Randle each hit two free throws to make it a six-point margin.
No. 1 Arizona 68, No. 16 Weber State 59
Nick Johnson scored 18 points as Arizona topped pesky Weber State in an all-Wildcats matchup in the West regional of the NCAA tournament in San Diego.
Aaron Gordon had 16 points and eight rebounds and fellow freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson notched 13 points for top-seeded Arizona (31-4), which will face either No. 8 Gonzaga or No. 9 Oklahoma State in Sunday's third round. Gordon also had five blocks, as did Kaleb Tarczewski, and the Wildcats finished with a season-high 12 rejections.
Weber State (19-12), seeded 16th after winning the Big Sky tournament, scored the game's first seven points but did little right thereafter, finishing at 30.2 percent shooting. Davion Berry led the way with 24 points while Joel Bolomboy had 11 to go along with 16 rebounds, although the two combined to shoot 8-of-30 from the floor.
Following its slow start, Arizona went on a 32-13 run to end the half, holding Weber State to just one field goal over the final 10 minutes. Arizona shot 50 percent in the first half and held Weber State to 25 percent while forcing nine turnovers.
No. 14 Mercer 78, No. 3 Duke 71
Mercer topped Duke 78-71 as the Atlantic Sun Conference champions stunned Duke University Friday afternoon. The upstart Mercer stayed close with Duke the first half, pulling ahead late in the second.
Jakob Gollon scored a team-high 20 points as the 14th-seeded Bears rallied to shock the No. 3 seed Blue Devils in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Raleigh, N.C.
Daniel Coursey contributed 17 points and Anthony White Jr. had 13 for Mercer (27-8), which won its first-ever NCAA tournament game in its first appearance since 1985. Langston Hall and Ike Nwamu added 11 points apiece for the Bears, who will play either Tennessee or Massachusetts on Sunday in the Midwest regional quarterfinals.
Quinn Cook led the way with 23 points, including seven of a season high-tying 15 makes from 3-point range for Duke (26-9). Rasheed Sulaimon had five 3-pointers en route to 20 points, Jabari Parker scored 14 and Amile Jefferson added 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who shot 35.5 percent from the field.
Duke made eight 3-pointers – four from Sulaimon — and had an 11-1 edge on the offensive boards in the first half but could only manage a 35-34 lead at intermission. Mercer shot 52.4 percent from the field and made its first four shots in the second half, including a 3-pointer from Hall, to take a 45-40 lead.
The Blue Devils battled back and Parker's three-point play followed by Tyler Thornton's three free throws gave a Duke a 63-58 edge with 4:52 to go. The Bears responded with 11 straight points, including a big three-point play by Coursey for a 68-63 lead with 1:07 left, and held off a late rally by the Blue Devils.
No. 11 Tennessee 86, No. 6 Massachusetts 67
Jarnell Stokes recorded 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Volunteers rolled over the Minutemen in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Raleigh, N.C.
Jordan McRae scored 21 points and Josh Richardson added 15 as 11th-seeded Tennessee (23-12) shot 53.6 percent from the field while playing its fourth game in eight days. Jeronne Maymon contributed 11 points and 11 boards for the Volunteers, who will play No. 14 seed Mercer in the third round of the Midwest regional on Sunday at Raleigh.
Chaz Williams and Maxie Esho led the way with 12 points apiece for sixth-seeded UMass (24-9), which lost for the fourth time in its last six games. Derrick Gordon added 10 points for the Minutemen, who were playing their first NCAA tournament game since 1998.
No. 11 Nebraska 74, No. 6 Baylor 60
Cory Jefferson scored 16 points and Isaiah Austin added 13 as the Bears knocked off the Cornhuskers in the second round of the NCAA tournament in San Antonio.
Brady Heslip went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line en route to 12 points for No. 6 seed Baylor (25-11), which will take on either Creighton or Louisiana-Lafayette in the third round of West regional play on Sunday. Rico Gathers scored 11 points for the Bears, who went 38-for-48 from the free-throw line.
Terran Petteway scored 18 points and Shavon Shields added 16 for Nebraska (19-13). Ray Gallegos contributed 15 points off the bench for the Cornhuskers, who had more made field goals (23 to 17) but could not keep Baylor away from the free-throw line.
Nebraska went 6-for-26 from the floor in the first half and sent the Bears to the stripe 20 times to go into the break trailing 29-16. The Cornhuskers found a rhythm offensively early in the second half and chopped the deficit to 38-29 on Gallegos' 3-pointer with 14 1/2 minutes left before six more free throws pushed the Baylor's lead to 15 points.