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Late Night Snacks: Duke, VCU both go down

Mar 22, 2014, 2:58 AM EDT

GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 12 Stephen F. Austin 77, No. 5 VCU 75 OT

The Lumberjacks saw a 10-point second half disappear as VCU went on a 20-3 run in the blink of an eye, but Stephen F. Austin was able to erase a 10 point VCU lead in the final minutes to force overtime. The biggest shot of the night came from Desmond Hayman, who buried a three while getting fouled with just 3.6 seconds left. The teams traded baskets in the extra frame, but JeQuan Lewis missed a wide-open look at a three as the buzzer sounded. SFA will advance to face No. 4 seed UCLA, if they ever stop dancing.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. No. 14 Mercer 78, No. 3 Duke 71: Stephen F. Austin weren’t the only ones dancing on Friday as the Bears handed Duke their second loss to a double-digit seed in the last three season. The Bears took advantage of off nights from Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker, who combined for 6-for-24 from the floor, and attacked them on the defensive end of the floor. Jakob Gollom led the way with 20 points for the Bears.

2. No. 6 North Carolina 79, No. 11 Providence 77: Bryce Cotton went off for 36 points and eight assists, but the Friars could do nothing to keep North Carolina off of the offensive glass, giving up three offensive rebounds on the final possession of the game alone. Marcus Paige finished with 19 points for the Tar Heels.

3. No. 3 Iowa State 93, No. 14 N.C.-Central 75: Iowa State won and advanced, but the biggest news of the day was that Georges Niang’s season came to an end with he broke a bone in his foot. That’s a massive blow for the Cyclones.

STARRED

1. Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee: The big fella finished with 26 points and 14 boards as No. 11 Tennessee knocked off No. 6 UMass in a blowout.

2. Doug McDermott, Creighton: Ho-hum, just another 30-point, 12-rebound performance from McDermott for the No. 3 seed Bluejays in a win over No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette.

3. Julius Randle, Kentucky: Randle scored 19 points and grabbed 15 boards as No. 8 Kentucky knocked off No. 9 Kansas State.

STRUGGLED

1. Alex Kirk and Kendall Williams, New Mexico: Two of No. 7 New Mexico’s three best players combined for six points on 1-for-12 shooting from the floor in a 58-53 loss to No. 10 Stanford.

2. Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State: Nash was 2-for-5 from the floor and played just 17 minutes before fouling out as the No. 9 seed Cowboys lost to No. 8 Gonzaga.

3. Nebraska: The Cornhuskers were 4-for-21 from three, Tim Miles got ejected and the 74-60 loss was much closer than the game seemed. That’s bad.

NOTABLES

  1. joerevs300 - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    The end of the VCU-SFA game (in regulation) just goes to show you that while there’s no denying what Shaka Smart has done at VCU (taking a pretty much no-name team to great regular season and NCAA success), he either completely botched his coaching job in that final TO, or his players are really that stupid.

    When you have a 2 possession game (4 point lead) a 3 pointer CANNOT cost you the game. The only way you can get tied is a 3 PT + a foul. The defender (JeQuan Lewis) should not have even contested the shot. The worst case scenario in that is VCU is up by 1 and inbounding with just 3 seconds left. A foul and 2 made FT’s makes it a 3 point game again, and with SFA having no time outs, would have to probably heave a half court 3 pointer at the buzzer.

    Instead, he fouls him, 4 point play, and just like that, VCU is out of the tournament.

    This is not to say others aren’t culpable in that loss, or that VCU blew a 10 point lead with 5 minutes to go, or that SFA simply showed the heart of a champion and the will of a team that wasn’t going to be denied.

    But the fact of the matter is, as soon as SFA got across half court, they should have been fouled. Then it’s only 2 shots, and short of a miracle steal/Reggie Miller moment, they win the game.

  2. musketmaniac - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    joe that’s a lot technical writing and a little over the top. Shaka either cost you money in his brilliant tourney run, or your a fan of the elite conferences. Or your just a flat out racist. You may circle 1 2 3 or all.

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