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Michigan St. ousts East No. 2 Marquette

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Tom Izzo leaned on star guard and native New Yorker Tyson Walker to get Michigan State to Madison Square Garden for the Sweet 16.

Walker, a fourth-year player who grew up in Westbury on Long Island, delivered against Marquette in March Madness on Sunday night, scoring 23 points and punctuating Michigan State's 69-60 victory with a steal and his first ever collegiate dunk late in the game.

And Walker wants to make sure his 68-year-old, Hall of Fame coach has a quintessential Big Apple experience.


FAU ends FDU's run to reach Sweet 16

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Fairleigh Dickinson came up just a little short this time.

Johnell Davis scored 29 points, Alijah Martin added 14 and Florida Atlantic ended underdog FDU's magical March by outlasting the No. 16 seed 78-70 on Sunday night in the NCAA Tournament.


Hot-shooting Creighton knocks out Baylor

DENVER (AP) The rims really aren’t bigger in Denver. It just felt that way to Ryan Nembhard.

The sophomore guard had a career-high 30 points and No. 6 seed Creighton found its shooting touch to beat third-seeded Baylor 85-76 on Sunday night and earn a spot in the Sweet 16 for the second time in three seasons.


Nowell's big 2nd half gets K-State by UK

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Markquis Nowell never lost faith, not when Kansas State had hardly anyone left on the roster for a new coach nor when the Wildcats were picked last in the Big 12.

“He always believed," coach Jerome Tang said, “And he helped me believe.”


UConn makes first Sweet 16 since 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) UConn decided to return to its roots five years ago, hiring a former Big East guard as coach and then a couple years later returning to the conference where it became a national power.

Now the Huskies are back in the Sweet 16, looking like the beasts of the Big East again.


Gonzaga edges TCU to set up UCLA clash

DENVER (AP) Drew Timme added something new to his twisting, turning, head-faking, mustachioed repertoire - a 3-pointer to help Gonzaga get over the hump and back to the Sweet 16.

The Gonzaga big man extended his one-of-a-kind college career by at least one more game, finishing with 28 points Sunday to help the Zags make their eighth straight Sweet 16 with a come-from-behind 84-81 win over TCU.


Wong helps Miami pull away from Indiana

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) After nearly getting upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Miami had a point to prove. Indiana paid the price.

Isaiah Wong and Jordan Miller led a decisive second-half spurt and Miami stormed into the Sweet 16 for the second straight year Sunday night with an 85-69 win over the Hoosiers.


Xavier tops Pitt to return to Sweet 16

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Sean Miller has unselfish Xavier back in the Sweet 16.

Jack Nunge scored 18 points, Adam Kunkel added 15 on five first-half 3-pointers, and No. 3 seed Xavier beat 11th-seeded Pittsburgh 84-73 on Sunday to advance to the NCAA Tournament's second week for the first time since 2017.


Utah Valley scores NIT upset of Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Trey Woodbury scored 15 of his 25 points in the second half and Utah Valley defeated Colorado 81-69 in the second round of the NIT on Sunday night.

Woodbury sank 11 of 15 shots from the floor with three 3-pointers for the Wolverines (27-8), who advance to play Cincinnati (23-12) in the quarterfinals. Justin Harmon added 18 points and seven rebounds. Le'Tre Darthard finished with 13 points and three steals, while Aziz Bandaogo had 12 points and seven boards.


Oregon cruises by UCF in NIT 2nd round

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Sophomore Nate Bittle finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds and Oregon rolled to a 68-54 victory over UCF in the second round of the NIT on Sunday night.

Bittle sank 7 of 14 shots from the floor with a 3-pointer for the top-seeded Ducks (21-14), who advance to play No. 2 seed Wisconsin (19-14) in the quarterfinals. It was the second career double-double for Bittle. Quincy Guerrier contributed 14 points and six boards. Kel’el Ware pitched in with 11 points off the bench, while Rivaldo Soares scored 10.

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