No. 11 seed NC State ends No. 14 Oakland’s tournament run in a 2nd-round OT thriller | CBC Sports

DJ Burns Jr. scored 24 points, including a go-ahead shot that sparked a 9-0 run in overtime, and 11th-seeded North Carolina State beat 14th-seeded Oakland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night with 79:73 in Pittsburgh.

Powered by their versatile 6-foot-2, 275-pound forward, the Wolfpacks (24-14) made it to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2015, ultimately defeating three-point specialist Jack Gohlke and the Golden Grizzlies (24) were able to put down -12) in extra time.

NC State faces second-seeded Marquette and 10th-seeded Colorado in the South Region semifinals on Friday in Dallas.

Michael O’Connell had 12 points for the Wolfpack. DJ Horne and Casey Morsell added 11 each. Jayden Taylor came off the bench in overtime and hit a three-pointer that put NC State ahead by five points.

Oakland, which ousted third-seeded Kentucky on Thursday, narrowly missed out on a trip to the Sweet 16 since Chattanooga in 1997.

Trey Townsend, the Horizon League Player of the Year, scored 30 points and 13 rebounds for the Golden Grizzlies. Gohlke, who made 10 three-pointers against Kentucky, made six more three-pointers and finished the game with 22 points.

Gonzaga returns to the Sweet 16

Gonzaga played a near-perfect second half, opening a back-and-forth game with a 15-0 run on Saturday, outscoring Kansas and earning an 89-68 victory in Salt Lake City with 16 to nine.

Anton Watson went 8 for 11 and 21 points on an afternoon where basically everyone in a Navy jersey was a star, especially after halftime.

The fifth-seeded Zags (27-7) made their first five three-pointers in the second half and didn’t miss from long range until there was 1:30 left and the game was well into overtime.

Mark Few’s team will make regular trips to the second weekend to play the winner of Sunday’s game between Purdue and Utah State.

Nolan Hickman finished with 17 points for the Zags, and big man Graham Ike had 15 points and nine rebounds, going head-to-head with KU’s Hunter Dickinson, who finished with a tight 15 points. Ryan Nembhard from Aurora, Ontario, ensured a good performance for all Bulldogs, who had a tough shooting evening (1 for 6) and finished with 12 assists.

While Gonzaga was on the road, parts of it seemed painfully familiar to fans of the fourth-seeded Jayhawks (23-11), who were struggling with depth, shooting, consistency and injuries – leading scorer Kevin McCullar Jr. went down (knee). from tournament. During Gonzaga’s 15-0 run, the Jayhawks missed 10 straight shots and never got within single digits again.

Illinois reaches the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005

Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 30 points, Marcus Domask added 22 and No. 3 seed Illinois made quick work of No. 11 seed Duquesne with an 89-63 win on Saturday night to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005 NCAA tournament.

Illinois (28-8) had failed to get past the first weekend of the tournament in eight previous appearances, a crazy streak of frustration that the Illini ended with flying colors.

Montreal’s Quincy Guerrier scored 10 points and added six rebounds for Illinois.

The Illini play No. 2 seed Iowa State in the East Region semifinals on Thursday night in Boston. The Cyclones advanced with a 67-56 win over seventh-ranked Washington State.

Duquesne (25-12), riding a nine-game winning streak, made its first tournament appearance since 1977 and ended with its worst loss of the season, sending 65-year-old coach Keith Dambrot into retirement.

Jimmy Clark III scored 14 points and Fousseyni Drame had 13 for Duquesne.

The Dukes, who had scored fewer than 70 points in 21 of their last 36 games, had said they needed to slow down an Illinois team that averaged more than 84 per game to have a chance.

How did that go? Illinois was in transition due to missed shots from Duquesne. The Illini led 50-26 at halftime and had a 32-point lead midway through the second half.

Not that the Illini needed it, but they also got a few friendly bounces. For example, when Marcus Domask’s first 3-pointer flew way over the rim before crashing through – a basket he celebrated with a boss’s kiss and three fingers in the air. Or when Hawkins tried to draw a foul when he clumsily pushed up a 3 and the ball bounced off the backboard without drawing any iron and he chased it down for an easy putback.

Hawkins blew a kiss of his own after one of his consecutive three-pointers midway through the first half. By then it was almost over. The Illini’s 24-point halftime lead was their second-largest of the season and the Dukes’ largest deficit at halftime since they trailed by 27 points against Kentucky in 2016.

Dambrot finished his career with a 529-305 record in 26 seasons, including 441-269 at Division I schools Duquesne, Central Michigan and Akron.

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