Monday, March 19, 2001

Men's NCAA roundup


Carolina, Florida join big-name road kill

By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Sports Writer

        Half of last year's Final Four flopped Sunday. North Carolina and Florida were eliminated in back-to-back shockers in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

        Seventh-seeded Penn State beat the No. 2 Tar Heels 82-74 in the Superdome in New Orleans right after No. 11 Temple took care of the No. 3 Gators 75-54 on the same court in the South.

        Penn State, in the round of 16 for the first time since 1955, plays Temple in Atlanta on Friday.

        North Carolina's loss completed a stunning spiral for a team that in mid-February was ranked No. 1 and riding an 18-game winning streak under first-year coach Matt Doherty. The Tar Heels lost four of their last eight games heading into the NCAAs, including a 79-53 drubbing against Duke in the ACC tournament final.

        Titus Ivory, Joe Crispin and Gyasi Cline-Heard combined for 61 points for Penn State, which was outshot 47 percent to 44 percent and was outrebounded 44-33. But the Nittany Lions had half as many turnovers as the Tar Heels.

        “It was a frustrating game,” Doherty said. “They had 28 points off turnovers and that hurt. I don't know if I'll ever watch the tape. You can't turn the ball over 22 times and expect to win the game.”

        UNC has made 27 straight NCAA tourney appearances, won three national championships and produced such stars as Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Vince Carter. Penn State, by contrast, has made just three NCAA appearances in the past 35 years and never has had an All-American.

        Temple, meanwhile, used its trademark matchup zone defense to shut down Florida's up-tempo shooters and shut off passing lanes. With six minutes left, the Gators had only 13 baskets and 11 turnovers.

        “We've been walking a tight wire for the last 4-to-5 weeks,” Temple coach John Chaney said. “With what they've accomplished, I've got to applaud them.”

        SOUTH

        Penn State 82, North Carolina 74

        Ivory and Crispin each scored 21 as Penn State became the first team to beat North Carolina this season while being outshot.

        Julius Peppers led UNC (26-7) with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

        The Tar Heels took a 19-8 lead seven minutes into the game and didn't allow Penn State (21-11) to grab an offensive rebound until 14 1/2 minutes had elapsed. But the Nittany Lions opened the second half with a 16-6 run and led 55-46 with 13:11 remaining.

        Temple 75, Florida 54

        Florida's point total matched the lowest in coach Billy Donovan's five years at the school. The Gators (24-7) shot only 18-for-50 overall, including 8-for-29 on 3-pointers.

        Quincy Wadley had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Temple (23-12). Scoreless for the opening 11 minutes, he sparked a 14-0 run late in the first half that put the Owls in front for good.

        Michigan St. 81, Fresno St. 65

        The Spartans (26-4) had eight players score six or more points and moved into the round of 16 for the fourth consecutive year, tying Duke for the longest current streak.

        Michigan State held the Bulldogs (26-7) 17 points below their season average and dominated the rebounding, 48-32.

        Gonzaga 85, Indiana State 68

        Casey Calvary scored 24 points and Dan Dickau added 20, making all 12 of his free throws, for Gonzaga (26-6).

        Matt Renn's 3-pointer for Indiana State (22-12) tied the game at 60 with under eight minutes left, but Dickau answered with a jumper and two free throws to put Gonzaga ahead to stay.

        MIDWEST

        Illinois 79, Charlotte 61

        The Fighting Illini (26-7) won a second-round game for the first time since 1989, the only other time they had a No. 1 seed. Charlotte (22-11) missed 13 of its first 14 3-point attempts and never recovered.

        Kansas 87, Syracuse 58

        Drew Gooden had 17 points and a career-best 15 rebounds as the Jayhawks (26-6) built a double-figure lead early to snap a slide of second-round losses at three. Syracuse (25-9) had its fewest rebounds of the season, 23, to Kansas' 56.

        Mississippi 59, Notre Dame 56

        Mississippi's 5-foot-5 Jason Harrison pulled up and hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down and just 46 seconds left to end Notre Dame's first NCAA appearance in 11 years.

        Rahim Lockhart led Ole Miss (27-7) with 24 points.

        Troy Murphy, a two-time All-American forward, had 17 points but was just 1-of-7 in the second half for Notre Dame (20-10).

        Arizona 73, Butler 52

        The Wildcats (25-7) won for the 17th time in 19 games and advanced to the regional semifinals for the fourth time in six years. Butler (24-8) went scoreless for nearly seven minutes during the second half.

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