Freshman Yogi Ferrell scored 14 points in the first 6 minutes, as top-seeded Indiana built a 33-point lead and slam dunked its way to an 83-62 win over James Madison in an East Regional game Friday in Dayton, Ohio.
Not taking any chances with a No. 16 seed, the Hoosiers (28-6) started fast against the Dukes (21-15) and opened the tourney with a statement that they intend to be around for a while.
Ferrell finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Cody Zeller had four dunks for Indiana. Freshman Andre Nation led James Madison with 24 points.
No. 9 Temple 76, No. 8 N.C. State 72: Khalif Wyatt scored 31 points, finishing the game with an injured left thumb that had him grimacing before his clinching free throws, and the Owls won in Dayton.
Temple (24-9) opened a 17-point lead before Wyatt – the Atlantic 10’s player of the year and top scorer – hurt his left thumb and left the game briefly, returning with black tape on the non-shooting hand.
Every shot was an adventure, but he made enough – including six painful but perfect free throws in the final 32 seconds – to help Temple aadvance.
Richard Howell had 14 points and 15 rebounds for N.C. State (24-11), which trailed nearly the entire game.
No. 2 Miami 78, No. 15 Pacific 49: Durand Scott had 21 points, and the Hurricanes put the game out of reach with a 14-0 first-half run.
Shane Larkin added 10 points and nine assists for Miami (28-6), which won in its first NCAA tourney game in 5 years. The ’Canes play Illinois on Sunday.
Travis Fulton hit six of his 10 3-point attempts for 18 points for Pacific (22-13). Khalili Kelley added 11 points and 10 rebounds.