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Wichita State knocks off No. 1 Gonzaga


Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 11:25 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, March 24, 2013 10:45 p.m. CDT
Wichita State players celebrate after they defeated Gonzaga 76-70 during a third-round game in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

By The Associated Press

Gonzaga’s gone.

Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 16 points apiece, and Wichita State hit a season-high 14 3-pointers to knock off the top-ranked and No. 1 seeded Bulldogs 76-70 on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

The Shockers (28-8) advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2006, while Gonzaga becomes the first top seed to be eliminated.

Wichita State had the Zags down 13 early. Though Gonzaga (32-3) fought back, the barrage of 3s was too much.

Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points to lead Gonzaga.

No. 6 Arizona 74, No. 14 Harvard 51: Also in the West Regional, Arizona put an emphatic end to Harvard’s March Madness success story.

Mark Lyons matched his career high with 27 points to lead the Wildcats (27-7) at Salt Lake City. Arizona sprinted to a 30-9 lead, as the Crimson (20-10) missed 20 of its first 22 shots.

Harvard goes home with its first NCAA win in tow. Kenyatta Smith led the Crimson with 10 points Sunday.

South Regional

No. 4 Michigan 78, No. 5 VCU 53: Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Michigan made the round of 16 for the first time since 1994.

Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. rarely looked rattled against VCU (27-9) and its “havoc” defense.

McGary, a 6-foot-10 Michigan (28-7) freshman, set season highs in scoring and rebounding.

Midwest Regional

No. 1 Louisville 82, No. 8 Colorado State 56: Russ Smith led four Cardinals in double figures with 27 points in Lexington, Ky.

Louisville forced the Rams into a season-high 20 turnovers and limited one of the nation’s best rebounding teams to 24, more than a dozen below its average.

It was the 12th straight win for Louisville (31-5).

No. 12 Oregon 74, No. 4 Saint Louis 57:Damyean Dotson scored 23 points, Carlos Emory added 14, and hot-shooting Oregon sprinted past Saint Louis in San Jose, Calif.

Dotson made his first five 3-point attempts to carry the Ducks (28-8). Oregon made eight of 11 shots from beyond the arc. The Billikens finished 3-for-21 from long range.

Kwamain Mitchell scored 18 points for the Billikens (28-7).

No. 3 Michigan State 70, No. 6 Memphis 48: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Gary Harris scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the first half to help Michigan State reach the round of 16 for the fifth time in 6 years.

The Tigers (31-5) were in the tournament for the first time in coach Josh Pastner’s four seasons.

Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix combined for 27 points and 18 rebounds for Michigan State (27-8).

East Regional

No. 3 Marquette 74, No. 6 Butler 72: Vander Blue scored 19 second-half points to rally Marquette, and the Golden Eagles (25-8) survived Butler in Lexington, Ky., to reach the Round of 16.

Rotnei Clarke’s 24 points led Butler (28-9).

Blue scored 29 points and helped the Golden Eagles rally from a 35-27 halftime deficit.

No. 4 Syracuse 66, No. 12 California 60: C.J. Fair scored 18 points, and Syracuse survived a second-half drought of more than 12 minutes without a field goal to beat California in San Jose, Calif.

The Orange (28-9) made just 39 percent of their shots and missed 15 of 41 free-throw attempts.

Richard Solomon scored 22 points for the Golden Bears (21-12).

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