Chasson Randle scored 23 points, and No. 10 seed Stanford made an impression in its first NCAA appearance since 2008, leading almost start to finish in a 58-53 victory over seventh-seeded New Mexico on Friday in St. Louis.
The Cardinal (22-12) built an early 16-point lead, then held on after New Mexico rallied to tie it midway through the second half.
They got four crucial free throws from reserve Robbie Lemons and Randle in the final half-minute after New Mexico got to within two.
Cameron Bairstow had 24 points and eight rebounds for the Lobos (27-7).
Kansas 80, E. Kentucky 69: Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points, Jamari Traylor and Perry Ellis had double-doubles, and second-seeded Kansas pulled away down the stretch to beat pesky Eastern Kentucky in St. Louis.
Traylor finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Ellis had 14 points and 13 boards for the Jayhawks (25-9), who trailed 56-53 with 9 minutes to go before their game-ending charge.
Glenn Cosey hit five 3-pointers and had 17 points for the 15th-seeded Colonels (24-10), the Ohio Valley Conference champions. Tarius Johnson and Eric Stutz finished with 15 points apiece.
Stephen F. Austin 77, VCU 75, OT: Desmond Haymon scored on an improbable four-point play with 3.6 seconds left in regulation, then hit a big 3-pointer in overtime to lead No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin to an upset of fifth-seeded VCU in San Diego.
Haymon hit one of the most improbable shots of what’s already been a wild March, knocking down a 3-pointer and a free throw after being fouled by
Jordan Burgess at the end of regulation.
Haymon hit another 3 to put SFA (32-2) up with 2 minutes left, but VCU (23-10) had a final shot for the win – a an open 3-pointer from JeQuan Lewis that went long.