Loyola-Chicago upsets Miami with late 3-pointer
Donte Ingram picked the perfect spot for this game-winning shot.
Ingram hit a 3-pointer from the March Madness logo just before the buzzer, lifting 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago over Miami, 64-62, in an NCAA Tournament South Region thriller Thursday in Dallas.
‘‘Well, it’s pretty simple to know why we call it ‘March Madness,’ ’’ said Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga, left holding his head in stunned disbelief after Ingram’s shot.
In 2006, Larranaga took 11th-seeed George Mason to the Final Four. This time, it was Loyola’s turn to celebrate after making its first tournament appearance in 33 years.
The long shot from well beyond the key came with just a split-second left, and was set up by a pass from Marques Townes. It happened after Lonnie Walker IV missed a free throw with a chance to give Miami a 3-point lead with nine seconds remaining.
‘‘I thank Marques for making that pass,’’ said Ingram, who was 3 of 8 from deep and scored 13 points. ‘‘Any one of us could have hit that shot, but I was just fortunate enough to be in the position.’’
The Ramblers (29-5) matched the school record for wins from their 1963 national championship team in their first NCAA trip since losing to Patrick Ewing and Georgetown in the Sweet 16 in 1985. They advanced to face third-seeded Tennessee on Saturday.
Loyola, with an 11-game winning streak that is its longest since winning the NCAA title, was boosted by a pregame prayer from its team chaplain, 98-year-old Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt.
She’s held that post for more than two decades and, sitting courtside in her wheelchair, got hugs from the Ramblers when it was over.
‘‘I just gave a big sigh of relief and said, ‘Thank God,'’’ she told The Associated Press about Ingram’s shot.
The sixth-seeded Hurricanes (22-10) led most of the second half in their third straight trip to the tournament, but couldn’t pull away in the final minutes and lost in the first round for the second straight year.
The buzzer sounded as Ingram’s shot went in, and the Ramblers celebrated wildly in front of the raucous fans wearing maroon-and-gold scarfs in the American Airlines Center sections across from their bench.
But officials put 0.3 seconds back on the clock, forcing Loyola to gather on the bench and postponing the celebration until after a desperation full-court pass bounced away harmlessly.
The game-winner came after coach Porter Moser initially signaled for a timeout after Walker’s missed free throw, but then motioned his players to bring the ball up the court.
‘‘After they made that shot, I mean, it’s definitely a dagger to the heart,’’ said Walker, who led the Hurricanes with 12 points. ‘‘It definitely hurts seeing a shot like that go down, but I'm proud of my team.’’
Clayton Custer hit a tying 3 in the final two minutes and led Loyola with 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from long range.
Buffalo 89, Arizona 68 — Wes Clark scored 25 points, Jeremy Harris added 23 and No. 13-seeded Bulls pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament’s opening round, rolling over the fourth-seeded Wildcats in Boise, Idaho.
Kentucky 78, Davidson 73 — Fifth-seeded Kentucky (25-10) failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time in nearly 30 years but still pulled out a win over 12th-seeded Davidson in Boise, Idaho.
The Wildcats’ 0-for-6 effort from deep snapped the program’s nation-best streak of 1,047 games with a 3-pointer that began Nov. 26, 1988.
UNLV now holds the longest streak, at 1,040 games.
Kevin Knox scored 25 points for Kentucky, which pulled away after Davidson (21-12) tied the game at 54-54 with 8:01 remaining.
Tennessee 73, Wright State 47 — Admiral Schofield had 15 points and 12 rebounds and the third-seeded Volunteers opened their first NCAA Tournament under Rick Barnes with a South Region rout in Dallas.
The Volunteers (26-8) never had much trouble with the Horizon League tournament champ making its first NCAA appearance since 2007, even after missing their first six shots.
Lamonte Turner had 19 points and a career-high nine assists for Tennessee. Grant Williams added 14 points and nine rebounds.
Loudon Love led Wright State (25-10) with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Raiders shot only 31 percent (19 of 60) in their lowest-scoring game of the season.
Duke 89, Iona 67 — Marvin Bagley III poured in 22 points to go with seven rebounds in his NCAA Tournament debut as the No. 2 seed Blue Devils pulled away from the overmatched Gaels in Pittsburgh.
The 6-foot-11-inch freshman forward made 10 of 14 shots in 32 minutes — even making his lone 3-point attempt — as Duke (27-7) rolled into a second-round with seventh-seeded Rhode Island on Saturday.
Duke’s backcourt trio of Grayson Allen, Trevon Duval, and Gary Trent combined for 51 points and 18 assist of the team’s 24 assists.
Roland Griffin led Iona (20-14) with 21 points off the bench but the Gaels simply couldn’t keep up.
Seton Hall 94, N.C. State 83 — Khadeen Carrington scored 26 points, Desi Rodriguez added 20, and the eighth-seeded Pirates beat the ninth-seeded Wolfpack in a foul-filled first-round matchup in Wichita, Kan.
Myles Powell added 19 points and Angel Delgado scored 13 for the Pirates (22-11), who will play top-seeded Kansas on Saturday.
Allerik Freeman hit six 3-pointers and had 36 points to lead North Carolina State (21-12).
The teams combined for 53 fouls, resulting in 66 total free throws.
Kansas 76, Penn 60 — Big 12 Player of the Year Devonte Graham ignited sluggish Kansas midway through the first half and finished with 29 points, lifting the top-seeded Jayhawks past the No. 16 seed Quakers in Wichita.
The Jayhawks (28-7) trailed the Ivy League champs by 10 in the early stages before going on a 19-2 run late in the half to take control.
Graham also had six rebounds and six assists. A.J. Brodeur had 14 points to lead the Quakers (24-9).
Houston 67, San Diego State 65 — Rob Gray (39 points) drove for a wind-milling layup that just trickled over the rim with 1.1 seconds left, and Trey Kell’s off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer was no good, giving the sixth-seeded Cougars (27-7) a narrow victory over the 11th-seeded Aztecs in Wichita.
Devin Watson had just tied the game for the Aztecs (22-11) with a turnaround 3-pointer, his second in a matter of seconds, when Gray dribbled up floor with 29 seconds left. With six seconds left he crossed over, scooting under two defenders and scooping up his shot.
Devin Davis and Corey Davis Jr. added nine points apiece for Houston, which lost two players to fouls down the stretch and struggled to contain the Aztecs’ big front line.
Ohio State 81, South Dakota State 73 — Kam Williams made a tiebreaking 4-point play with 1:36 left, then added a trio of free throws after being fouled on another 3-point attempt, lifting the fifth-seeded Buckeyes (25-8) in Boise.
Ohio State (25-8) built a 13-point lead by reeling off 16 straight points midway through the second half.
The 12th-seeded Jackrabbits (28-7) made a late run at the Buckeyes, scoring 10 straight points to tie it at 70-all. Williams answered — by being fouled on a pair of 3-pointers. He finished off the 4-point play for a 74-70 lead and made all three free throws on the second, making it 77-70 with 64 seconds left.
Keita Bates-Diop had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes, who will face Gonzaga in the round of 32 on Saturday. Mike Daum scored 27 points for South Dakota State.
Gonzaga 68, UNC Greensboro 64 — Zach Norvell Jr. hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 20.8 seconds left, and the fourth-seeded Bulldogs escaped a major scare against the 13th-seeded Spartans in Boise.
Gonzaga (31-4) trailed, 64-62, with 1:48 left after squandering a 12-point lead it took early in the second half. Josh Perkins tied the game at 64 with a long jumper, and after Greensboro’s Francis Alonso forced up a miss, Gonzaga got the rebound and worked the ball to Norvell, who spotted up from the right elbow and made the three for the lead.
After Norvell’s go-ahead hoop, Alonso got called for an offensive foul, but Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura missed a pair of free throws. Marvin Smith had a chance to tie it for UNC Greensboro (27-8), and his 3-point attempt looked spot on, but it bounded in and out.
Norvell made one more free throw to ice the game and finish with 15 points.
Michigan 61, Montana 47 — Charles Matthews had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the third-seeded Wolverines (29-7) locked down on defense to beat the 14th-seeded Grizzlies (25-8) in a plodding first-round game in Wichita, Kan.
Michigan trailed by 10 in the opening minutes, struggled to get into rhythm until late in the first half, and never really went on a big run to seize control of the game. Instead, coach John Beilein’s team methodically drew away over a long period of the second half when Montana failed to score.
Alabama 86, Virginia Tech 83 — Collin Sexton scored 21 of his team-high 24 points after halftime to lead ninth-seeded Crimson Tide (20-15) over the eighth-seded Hokies (21-12 ) in Pittsburgh for Alabama’s first NCAA Tournament win in a dozen years.
John Petty kept the Crimson Tide in it while Sexton struggled during a sluggish opening half and finished with 20 points while shooting 6 of 8 on 3-pointers. Sexton found a rhythm in the second half, including a handful of big shots over the final five minutes to give Alabama a bit of breathing room in a game that featured 10 lead changes, with no team ever being up by more than 7 points.
Florida 77, St. Bonaventure 62 — Egor Koulechov scored 20 points and the sixth-seeded Gators (21-12) eased past the Bonnies (26-8) in Dallas, ending St. Bonaventure’s postseason run two days after its first NCAA Tournament victory in 48 years.
Courtney Stockard led the Bonnies with 14 points after scoring 26 in a win over UCLA in a First Four game in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday.
Texas Tech 70, Stephen F. Austin 60 — Keenan Evans scored 19 of his 23 points after halftime to help the third-seeded Red Raiders advance in Dallas. Texas Tech (25-9) closed the game on a 13-2 run.
SFA (28-7), the 14th-seeded Southland Conference tournament champion, led by 8 points early in the second half. Ivan Canete had 17 points to lead the Lumberjacks.
Villanova 87, Radford 61 — Jalen Brunson scored 16 points and the top-seeded Wildcats (31-4) hit 14 3-pointers in a mismatch in Pittsburgh.
Villanova played to near-perfection for the first 30 minutes and led, 69-37, with 11:45 left, shooting 75 percent (25 of 34) overall and 60 percent (12 of 20) from 3-point range to that point. The 16th-seeded Highlanders (23-13) posed no threat.