Pac-12’s Sun Devils ousted from NCAA tournament
Arizona State was making its first tournament appearance since 2009.
The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE — Cameron Ridley’s buzzer-beating 5-footer lifted Texas to an 87-85 victory over Arizona State in the NCAA tournament on Thursday night.
Jonathan Holmes missed badly on a long three-pointer for the seventh-seeded Longhorns in the final seconds, but Ridley emerged from the scrum with the ball and banked it in as time expired over the outstretched fingers of an ASU defender.
The call stood after a video replay, giving Texas its first win in the NCAA tournament since 2011.
“It was a great, great college basketball game, and I thought it was really very unfortunate that either team had to lose this game,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “We were fortunate.”
Ridley finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Longhorns (24-10).
Jordan Bachynski scored 25 points for No. 10 seed Arizona State (21-12), which was making its first tournament appearance since 2009. “It’s a tough one, it’s a tough way to end the game and end my career,” Bachynski said.
Jahii Carson had 19 points and nine assists, and Jermaine Marshall added 17 points and seven rebounds.
Texas will play No. 2 seed Michigan on Saturday.
Louisville 71, Manhattan 64
ORLANDO, Fla. — Coach Rick Pitino knew it would be tough beating his former protégé Steve Masiello. He just didn’t know how tough.
Louisville (30-5) overcame a poor shooting performance and a struggling Russ Smith to defeat a pesky Manhattan College (25-8). Smith scored 18 points but the Cardinals failed to build a lead greater than seven points.
The defending national champions shot 36 percent in the first half.
Michigan 57, Wofford 40
MILWAUKEE – Glenn Robinson III scored 14 points and second-seeded Michigan started its quest for a second straight trip to the Final Four by beating 15th-seeded Wofford. The Wolverines (26-8) capitalized on their edge in athleticism on the undersized Terriers (20-13) but still had some nervous moments after missing 15 of their first 18 shots in the second half.
Robinson hit big shots in the same arena his father played in as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1990s.
Saint Louis 83, N.C. State 80, OT
ORLANDO, Fla. – Rob Loe scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, helping Saint Louis wipe out a late 14-point deficit and pull away in overtime to beat North Carolina State (22-14). Jordair Jett overcame a slow start to score 18, doing most of his damage while the fifth-seeded Billikens (27-6) were making their comeback in the last five minutes of regulation.