Mar 18, 2023

Sports Headlines for Saturday

Posted Mar 18, 2023 12:27 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fairleigh Dickinson became the second No. 16 seed in history to win an NCAA Tournament game, stunning top-seeded Purdue 63-58 behind 19 points from Sean Moore and a relentless, hustling defense. The shortest team in the tourney, the Knights showed no fear in swarming 7-foot-4 All-America center Zach Edey from the start. FDU’s players were quicker and more composed than the Big Ten champion Boilermakers. Five years ago, UMBC showed the way for the little guys by overwhelming Virginia in the first 16-over-1 victory after numerous close calls over the years. Still, No. 16s had a 1-150 record against No. 1s and were 1-151 overall before FDU’s shocker.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Markquis Nowell had 17 points and 14 assists and No. 3 seed Kansas State held off 14th-seeded Montana State 77-65 for its first NCAA Tournament win since knocking off Kentucky in 2018 to reach the Elite Eight. Now the two Wildcat programs will meet again in a rematch on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum. Kentucky, the sixth seed, defeated No. 11 Providence 61-53 in the earlier game. Nowell and fellow third-team Associated Press All-American Keyontae Johnson, who had 18 points and eight rebounds, proved too much for Bobcats to handle. RaeQuan Battle had 26 points on 9 of 17 shooting for Montana State, which had its eight-game win steak snapped.

DENVER (AP) — JaKobe Coles hit a floater from the lane with 1.5 seconds left and No. 6 seed TCU rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat 11th-seeded Arizona State 72-70 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Coles took a pass Mike Miles Jr. from near the top of the 3-point circle, dribbled once and let go of the game-winner. Arizona State’s desperation heave at the buzzer missed. Miles, playing on a hyperextended right knee, finished with 26 points for the Horned Frogs. They advanced to a second-round matchup with No. 3 seed Gonzaga on Sunday in the West Region. DJ Horne had 17 for Arizona State.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Norm Roberts appears to have transitioned smoothly into his acting head coach role for top-seeded Kansas despite all the day-to-day uncertainty and chatter about Bill Self’s status in the NCAA Tournament. Roberts says Self continues to do well in his recovery from the heart procedure he had less than two weeks ago. But it's still unknown whether Self will be on the bench for Saturday's second-round game against Arkansas. Roberts says he tries to do what Self would want to do when he makes in-game decisions.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Nelly Cummings scored 13 points and No. 11 seed Pittsburgh held sixth-seeded Iowa State to 23% shooting in a 59-41 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Jamarius Burton added 11 points and Greg Elliott had 10 for coach Jeff Capel’s Panthers, who stormed to a 22-2 lead after Iowa State missed its first 11 shots. Things didn’t get much better for the Cyclones, who had three stretches where they missed at least eight consecutive shots. Gabe Kalscheur and Jaren Holmes each had 12 points for Iowa State. Pitt moves on to Sunday’s second-round game against third-seeded Xavier in the Midwest Region.

DENVER (AP) — Caleb Lohner scored a season-best 13 points in just 18 minutes, and No. 3 seed Baylor beat UC Santa Barbara 74-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Adam Flagler led the Bears with 18 points, and LJ Cryer scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half. Next up for 23-10 Baylor is the Creighton-North Carolina State winner on Sunday in the South Region. Lohner’s only other double-digit performance since transferring from BYU to Baylor for this season came back in November when he scored 11 against Virginia.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi agency says a judge should reject retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre’s requests to be removed from a lawsuit seeking to recover misspent welfare money. Millions of dollars were intended to help low-income Mississippi residents, but were instead squandered on projects supported by wealthy or well-connected people. Favre’s attorneys have sought to get the Hall of Fame quarterback dismissed as one of more than 30 defendants in the civil suit. Court filings Monday by the Department of Human Services say Favre failed to make solid legal arguments for being removed, and a judge should ignore his “diatribe.”


NCAA First Round


Final Baylor 74 UC Santa Barbara 56

Final Creighton 72 NC State 63


Final Miami 63 Drake 56

Final Indiana 71 Kent St. 60

Final Xavier 72 Kennesaw St. 67

Final Pittsburgh 59 Iowa St. 41


Final Michigan St. 72 Southern Cal 62

Final Marquette 78 Vermont 61

Final Fairleigh Dickinson 63 Purdue 58

Final FAU 66 Memphis 65

Final Kentucky 61 Providence 53

Final Kansas St. 77 Montana St. 65


Final Gonzaga 82 Grand Canyon 70

Final TCU 72 Arizona St. 70

Final Saint Mary's (Cal.) 63 VCU 51

Final UConn 87 Iona 63