Friday, March 15, 2002

West Region roundup

Wyoming wins; Gonzaga's gone

The Associated Press

Wyoming coach Steve McClain shouts directions to his players.
(AP photo)
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        ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gonzaga complained that it deserved to be seeded higher than sixth. No.11 Wyoming didn't give the Zags a chance to prove their point.

        Josh Davis scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, including one that he slammed in with 1:07 left to punctuate Wyoming's 73-66 upset over Dan Dickau and the Zags on Thursday.

        Dickau, Gonzaga's All-American point guard, finished with 26 points but went just 7-for-24 from the field, including 4-for-14 from 3-point range.

        Afterward, the Cowboys downplayed the idea they had pulled off an upset.

        “I don't think we're a Cinderella,” Wyoming coach Steve McClain said. “I think we're a team with a purpose.”

        Senior guard Marcus Bailey agreed.

        “We played a tough schedule this year. We played all the way to the end and we were able to pull it out,” he said.

Buckeyes hold off tough Wildcats
Ohio State 69, Davidson 64

   ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One win later, Brian Brown and Ohio State are thrilled to be playing at The Pit.

   Brown scored a career-high 33 points, and the Buckeyes barely avoided another quick exit in the NCAA tournament, holding off Davidson 69-64 Thursday in the first round of the West Regional.

        Missouri 93, Miami 80

        ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Looking once more like a team that opened 9-0 and climbed to No.2 in the rankings, the Tigers woke up early, scoring the first 12 points of the game.

        Missouri (22-11), seeded 12th, seemed to relish the 10:40a.m. (local time) start. They got a 3-pointer from Ricky Paulding and five straight points from Clarence Gilbert in the game-starting run. Gilbert finished with 20 points.

        “Coach (Quin Snyder) wanted us to go out and be together, play together and play hard. That's what we did,” Gilbert said.

        The fifth-seeded Hurricanes (24-8) threw away the ball three times in the first three minutes, lost most battles for loose balls and got their first score on a three-point play by John Salmons with 16:51 remaining in the first half.

        Missouri's starters all scored in double figures, with Paulding getting 16 points and Travon Bryant finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

        Arizona 86, UC Santa Barbara 81

        ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jason Gardner returned to Arizona hoping for one more trip deep into the NCAA Tournament. After staving off UC Santa Barbara's long-range shooting, he'll get that chance.

        Gardner scored 28 points and Arizona averted yet another first-round upset, overcoming a 3-point barrage by Mark Hull and the Gauchos.

        The Wildcats had lost their NCAA Tournament opener four times in the past 10 years. The Gauchos threatened to add to the list behind Hull, who scored 32 points, shooting 8-for-11 on 3-pointers.

        The third-seeded Wildcats advanced to play Wyoming.


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