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NCAA Tournament roundup: Iowa State dismantles Irish

The scouting report on Iowa State was that the Cyclones could shoot.

Turns out, they can do a whole lot more.

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Freshman forward Georges Niang, who played at the Tilton School in New Hampshire, matched a season high with 19 points and Iowa State dismantled Notre Dame, 76-58, Friday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament’s West Regional.

The 10th-seeded Cyclones (23-11) led the nation in 3-pointers this season, but with Niang posting up, the Cyclones were just as effective from short range in ousting the Fighting Irish (25-10), who played their final game as a member of the Big East.

Mississippi 57, Wisconsin 46 — In Kansas City, Mo., Marshall Henderson shook out of a shooting slump and scored 17 points in the second half, leading the 12th-seeded Rebels past the No. 5 Badgers, giving Mississippi (27-8) its first NCAA Tournament win since 2002.

Wisconsin (23-12) was held to 25.4 percent from the field, going 15 for 59, including 7 for 30 from beyond the arc.

Ohio State 95, Iona 70 — Sam Thompson had career highs with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Deshaun Thomas scored 24 points as the Buckeyes (27-7) ran over Iona (20-14) in Dayton, Ohio.

East

Miami 78, Pacific 49 — Shane Larkin made up for a tough shooting day by matching his career high of nine assists, Durant Scott had 21 points, and the Hurricanes (28-6) returned to the tourney with a victory over the Tigers (22-13) in Austin, Texas.

Pacific (22-13) played its last game for retiring longtime coach Bob Thomason.

Temple 76, 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 (24-9) broke their one-and-done trend in the tourney with a win over the the Wolfpack (24-11) in Dayton, Ohio.

Illinois 57, Colorado 49 — Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson made consecutive 3-pointers for the lead with six minutes left and the seventh-seeded Illini (23-12) pulled out a tough win over the Buffaloes (21-12) in Austin, Texas.

Indiana 83, James Madison 62 — Freshman Yogi Ferrell had 14 points in the first six minutes as the Hoosiers (28-6) dunked their way to a massacre of the Dukes (21-15) in Dayton, Ohio.

Midwest

Creighton 67, Cincinnati 63 — Doug McDermott had 27 points and 11 rebounds to help the seventh-seeded Bluejays (28-7) hold on to beat the Bearcats in Philadelphia.

 Sean Kilpatrick’s driving layup after Cincinnati (22-12) had the arrow on a jump ball cut it to 64-63 with 17 seconds left, but Austin Chatman hit three free throws to ice it.

South

North Carolina 78, Villanova 71 — P.J. Hairston scored 23 points and the Tar Heels (25-10) unleashed a flurry of 3-pointers to subdue the gritty Wildcats (20-14) in Kansas City, Mo., giving coach Roy Williams his 700th career victory.

Minnesota 83, UCLA 63 — Andre Hollins scored 28 points and the 11th-seeded Golden Gophers (21-12) rolled past the punchless Bruins (25-10) in a game that could be UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad’s last in college and coach Ben Howland’s final one leading the program.

Muhammad, expected to leave for the NBA, led the Bruins with 20 points. There were reports Friday that Muhammad’s birth certificate shows he is 20, not 19. The school’s online roster later reflected the change.

Florida 79, Northwestern State 47 — Erik Murphy had 18 points and the Gators (27-7) shut down the Demons (23-9), who were the NCAA’s highest-scoring team, in Austin, Texas.

San Diego State 70, Oklahoma 55 — In Philadelphia, Jamaal Franklin scored 21 points and the seventh-seeded Aztecs (23-10) advanced at the expense of the 10th-seeded Sooners (20-12).

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