Friday, March 21, 2003

Midwest: Tulsa upends Dayton; Wisconsin moves on


Marquette, Missouri survive scares

The Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. - Jason Parker and his Tulsa teammates put on a shooting clinic that overwhelmed the Dayton Flyers.

Parker scored 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting, Dante Swanson was 8-of-15 for 24 points and Kevin Johnson added 16 points on a 7-of-10 effort as 13th-seeded Tulsa surprised No. 4 Dayton 84-71 Thursday night.

"We came in really relaxed," said Jarius Glenn, who scored 11 points. "We didn't have the feeling we had to play a great game or be superstars."

The Golden Hurricane (23-9), who have won eight straight games, will play Wisconsin (23-7) in the second round of the Midwest Regional on Saturday. The Badgers advanced with an 81-74 win over Weber State.

Keith Waleskowski had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Dayton (24-6), which earned the No. 4 seed after winning the Atlantic 10 tournament on its homecourt last weekend. Ramod Marshall scored 21 and Sean Finn had 12.

Tulsa built a 46-33 halftime lead on 66 percent shooting, but the Flyers rallied from an 18-point deficit by tightening the defense. Tulsa went scoreless for 3:29 midway through the second half, and Dayton's 9-3 burst made it a game again.

"We shot the ball exceptionally well in the first half, but we went in at halftime knowing Dayton wasn't going away," Tulsa coach John Phillips said. "We got tentative and made some mistakes. When Dayton caught up, we relied on our defense again."

Nate Green's two free throws with 11:33 to play pulled the Flyers to 57-53, and it was 66-62 with 6:44 remaining when Marshall sliced down the lane and scored.

It helped Dayton's comeback that the Hurricane didn't shoot a single free throw until there was 6:09 remaining.

"When the outside shots are falling in, you've got to go to that," Johnson said. "And we did not get as many fouls as we usually get."

Dayton kept coming, tying it at 67 when Brooks Hall came off a screen and swished a 3-pointer with 5:15 to go.

The Flyers had a disputed call go against them with 2:04 to play. Trailing 72-69, Finn slammed home a miss by Hall, but the basket was ruled offensive interference. TV replays seemed to show Finn's hand wasn't over the cylinder.

"I was stunned the call was made," Flyers coach Oliver Purnell said. "First, I thought there was a foul on the drive to the basket. When we didn't get the foul and Sean came over and put it in and then it was called off, I was just shocked."

Hall refused to pin the loss on a single call, though.

"You can't blame the game on one play," he said. "We dug a hole for ourselves in the first half and couldn't get out of it."

The Hurricane closed with a 12-2 run to seal the win.

Tulsa shot 57 percent (33-of-57), bolstered by a torrid first half in which the Hurricane made 11 straight baskets at one point. Johnson scored with 8:56 left before halftime, giving Tulsa a 32-14 lead.

Tulsa won the WAC tournament for the first time in seven years of conference membership and came into the NCAAs on a streak. After going 11-7 through January, the Golden Hurricane won 11 of 13.

Dayton, arguably one of the most balanced teams in the NCAA tournament, earned a No. 4 seed with a strong season. The Flyers had won 20 of 23 games and six in a row, aided by a 17-1 homecourt record and the title from the A-10 tournament last weekend.

But some questioned how the Flyers would perform away from UD Arena, and they seemed out of their comfort zone for much of the night. Dayton finished 7-5 away from home this season.

"We didn't play our team defense we usually play," Hall said. "We didn't help out or communicate. I give them credit. But it was not as much what they did as it was what we didn't do."

TULSA (23-9)-Davis 2-4 0-0 4, Johnson 7-10 2-2 16, Swanson 8-15 5-5 24, Glenn 4-8 2-4 11, Parker 10-13 1-2 24, Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Collins 1-2 0-0 2, Ledoux 1-5 0-0 3, Keita 0-0 0-0 0, Price 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-57 10-13 84.

DAYTON (24-6)-Hall 2-9 0-0 6, Waleskowski 6-13 1-2 13, Finn 6-9 0-0 12, Marshall 8-17 0-0 21, Jones 3-5 1-2 8, Stelly 1-5 0-0 2, Green 1-5 4-5 6, Williams 0-2 0-0 0, White 1-1 0-0 3, Iguodala 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-66 6-9 71.

Halftime-Tulsa 46, Dayton 33. 3-Point Goals-Tulsa 8-12 (Parker 3-4, Swanson 3-4, Glenn 1-1, Ledoux 1-2, Collins 0-1), Dayton 9-28 (Marshall 5-10, Hall 2-8, White 1-1, Jones 1-3, Stelly 0-2, Waleskowski 0-2, Williams 0-2). Fouled out-Finn. Rebounds-Tulsa 34 (Swanson 7), Dayton 30 (Waleskowski 10). Assists-Tulsa 18 (Parker, Swanson 6), Dayton 11 (Waleskowski 3). Total fouls-Tulsa 11, Dayton 19. A-11,171.

Marquette 72, Holy Cross 68

Travis Diener was Marquette's third scoring option throughout the regular season.

That all changed Thursday.

Diener scored a career-high 29 points and Dwyane Wade added 15 points and 11 assists as the Golden Eagles beat Holy Cross 72-68 in the Midwest Regional in Indianapolis to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years.

"I got a few looks and I took them," Diener said. "It's not like I was looking to take bad shots. They just came."

Holy Cross, seeded 14th, hasn't won an NCAA game since 1953, but for the third straight year it almost pulled off an upset of a higher-ranked team. The Crusaders lost to Kentucky in 2001 by four points and to Kansas last year by 11.

Third-seeded Marquette (24-5) won an opening-round game for the first time since 1996 and will play sixth-seeded Missouri on Saturday.

Diener, a 6-foot-1 guard who scored 17 points in the first half, gave Marquette the lead for good when he made a 3-pointer with 4:30 remaining.

Diener spent most of the season behind leading scorers Wade and Robert Jackson, who only scored four points. Diener said he was bothered by shin splints, though it wasn't noticeable on the floor. He went 6-for-7 from the 3-point line.

HOLY CROSS (26-5)

Kinsey 0-2 0-0 0, Szatko 6-12 3-5 16, Whearty 3-5 6-9 12, Wilson 3-10 1-2 8, Meade 3-8 4-4 10, Hamilton 0-2 0-0 0, Jerz 3-7 0-0 9, Hurley 0-0 0-0 0, Fingleton 0-0 0-0 0, Lufkin 6-8 1-5 13. Totals 24-54 15-25 68.

MARQUETTE (24-5)

Townsend 1-2 1-2 3, Merritt 2-10 3-5 7, Jackson 2-7 0-0 4, Wade 4-11 7-7 15, Diener 9-14 6-7 29, Bradley 0-0 0-0 0, Novak 2-4 2-2 8, Chapman 2-2 0-0 6, Grimm 0-0 0-0 0, Sanders 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-51 19-23 72.

Halftime score-Marquette 29, Holy Cross 24. 3-Point Goals-Holy Cross 5-15 (Jerz 3-4, Szatko 1-3, Wilson 1-5, Meade 0-1, Hamilton 0-2), Marquette 9-16 (Diener 5-9, Chapman 2-2, Novak 2-3, Townsend 0-1, Wade 0-1). Fouled out-Jackson. Rebounds-Holy Cross 34 (Szatko, Whearty 6), Marquette 31 (Chapman, Jackson, Wade 5). Assists-Holy Cross 14 (Meade 11), Marquette 14 (Wade 4). Total fouls-Holy Cross 20, Marquette 23. A-NA.

Missouri 72, So. Illinois 71

Rickey Paulding wanted the ball for the final seconds.

So he didn't hesitate to do what he does best - put it on the floor.

Paulding drew a questionable blocking foul with 4.1 seconds left, then made one of two free throws as sixth-seeded Missouri survived another Southern Illinois upset bid with a 72-71 victory in the Midwest Regional in Indianapolis.

Kent Williams' potential game-winning 3-pointer glanced off the rim.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (24-7)-Brooks 5-9 0-2 12, Dearman 8-17 1-3 17, Willis 1-3 0-0 2, Hairston 4-7 1-2 12, Williams 3-12 8-10 16, Schoen 0-0 0-0 0, Korn 0-2 0-2 0, Turner 1-6 0-0 3, Warren 4-9 1-2 9. Totals 26-65 11-21 71.

MISSOURI (22-10)-Bryant 6-9 1-2 13, Paulding 7-12 4-5 19, Johnson 9-16 6-11 24, Clemons 1-3 0-0 3, McKinney 2-6 0-0 6, Kiernan 0-0 0-0 0, K.Young 2-4 0-0 4, Kroenke 1-2 0-0 3, Ferguson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-52 11-18 72.

Halftime-Missouri 33-32. 3-Point Goals-S. Illinois 8-19 (Hairston 3-4, Brooks 2-4, Williams 2-8, Turner 1-2, Korn 0-1), Missouri 5-13 (McKinney 2-4, Clemons 1-2, Kroenke 1-2, Paulding 1-4, Bryant 0-1). Fouled out-Dearman. Rebounds-S. Illinois 29 (Brooks, Dearman, Warren, Williams 4), Missouri 41 (Johnson 11). Assists-S. Illinois 19 (Brooks 6), Missouri 7 (Clemons, McKinney 2). Total fouls-S. Illinois 19, Missouri 19. Technical-Missouri team. A-20,960.

Wisconsin 81, Weber St. 74

Kirk Penney helped Wisconsin show it has a potent enough offense to go with one of the nation's stingiest defenses.

Penney scored 21 points to lead the fifth-seeded Badgers to an 81-74 victory over No. 12 seed Weber State in the first round of the Midwest Regional in Spokane, Wash.

Wisconsin's stifling defense gets most of the credit for the team's success this season, and the Badgers held the Wildcats (26-6) in check until the final minutes.

But it was sharp shooting that got Wisconsin (23-7) out to a quick start.

The Badgers shot 57 percent to take a 15-point halftime lead and finished at 53 percent.

Wisconsin, which set a school record for wins, advanced to play Tulsa in Saturday's second round.

Mike Wilkinson added 15 points and Devin Harris had 14 for the Badgers, who scored their most points since beating Penn State 86-55 on Feb. 1.

WEBER ST. (26-6)-Sparrow 5-8 0-0 12, Ocokoljic 10-21 3-4 26, Bachmann 1-2 0-1 2, Boyette 9-21 6-10 25, Hamilton 1-8 0-0 3, Barton 2-6 0-0 4, Eyre 0-0 0-0 0, Morrison 0-1 0-0 0, Carter 0-0 0-0 0, Jenkins 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 29-71 9-15 74.

WISCONSIN (23-7)-Tucker 5-6 1-2 11, Wilkinson 5-10 5-9 15, Penney 9-17 0-1 21, Owens 3-11 0-0 7, Harris 3-6 6-8 14, Wade 2-3 1-2 5, Hanson 1-1 0-0 2, Helmigk 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 31-58 13-22 81.

Halftime-Wisconsin 41-26. 3-Point Goals-Weber St. 7-24 (Ocokoljic 3-5, Sparrow 2-5, Boyette 1-4, Hamilton 1-6, Barton 0-4), Wisconsin 6-16 (Penney 3-7, Harris 2-4, Owens 1-3, Wilkinson 0-2). Fouled out-Sparrow. Rebounds-Weber St. 43 (Ocokoljic 14), Wisconsin 34 (Penney, Wilkinson 9). Assists-Weber St. 9 (Boyette, Hamilton, Ocokoljic 2), Wisconsin 16 (Harris, Penney 5). Total fouls-Weber St. 20, Wisconsin 16. A-NA.




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