NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

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Dayton, OH (Sports Network) - Iowa State was the nation's top 3-point shooting team, but its season came to an end on a trey by Ohio State's Aaron Craft. The junior guard drained the game-deciding shot with five-tenths of a second left, sending the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year with a 78-75 triumph over the Cyclones. Craft finished with 18 points and six assists for the second-seeded Buckeyes (28-7), who are headed to Los Angeles to face Arizona in the West Regional semifinals. Deshaun Thomas had 22 points and LaQuinton Ross supplied 17 off the bench in Ohio State's 10th consecutive win. Korie Lucious had 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range for 10th- seeded Iowa State (23-12), which erased a 13-point deficit late in the second half and led 73-71 on a Tyrus McGee free throw with three minutes remaining.

Final Score: Indiana 58, Temple 52

Dayton, OH (Sports Network) - Khalif Wyatt outdueled Victor Oladipo, but Indiana had the last laugh over the Temple Owls, using a late surge to post a 58-52 decision in third-round action of the East Region. Wyatt led all players with 31 points, but Oladipo hit a three-pointer with 15 seconds to play, the last of his team-high 16 points, to help his top-seeded program advance to the Sweet 16. Cody Zeller totaled 15 points and six rebounds for the Hoosiers (29-6), who rolled past James Madison in their tourney opener and now face Syracuse in the regional semifinals on Thursday in Washington, DC Will Sheehey added 10 points and Christian Watford totaled nine with eight boards in the narrow victory. Anthony Lee poured in 10 points for the Owls (24-10), who got past NC State on Friday but were doomed by poor shooting down the stretch. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson contributed eight points, seven rebounds in defeat.

Final Score: Kansas 70, North Carolina 58

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Travis Releford poured in a game-high 22 points, as Kansas used a strong second half to secure its third straight Sweet 16 appearance with a 70-58 victory over North Carolina on Sunday in South Regional action at the Sprint Center. Jeff Withey registered a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Kevin Young added 10 points and nine boards for the Jayhawks (31-5), who knocked off North Carolina in last year's Midwest Regional final en route to their runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament. The top-seeded Jayhawks will next face No. 4 seed Michigan in the South Regional semifinals on Friday. P.J. Hairston led the Tar Heels (25-11) with 15 points and nine rebounds, while James Michael McAdoo donated 11 points and six boards for North Carolina, which was looking to reach the Sweet 16 for an NCAA-record 25th time since 1975.

Final Score: Florida 78, Minnesota 64

Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Mike Rosario had 25 points and hit 6-of-9 shots from behind the arc as Florida held off Minnesota, 78-64, in NCAA Tournament South Region third-round action. Erik Murphy scored 15 points and Scottie Wilbekin had 12 and six assists for the third-seeded Gators (28-7), who advance to the Sweet 16 for the third straight season and await to play 15th seed Florida Gulf Coast Friday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. FGCU shocked San Diego State Sunday night, two days after upsetting Georgetown. Andre Hollins had 25 points and made 6-of-10 from 3-point range for the 11th-seeded Golden Gophers (21-13), who trailed by 21 at halftime, but cut the deficit to eight points with less than nine minutes remaining, before the Gators pulled away. Trevor Mbakwe supplied 11 points and six rebounds, while Austin Hollins and Rodney Williams each netted 10 points. The Gophers defeated UCLA Friday in the second round.

Final Score: Florida Gulf Coast 81, San Diego State 71

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Cinderella now wears a dress colored in Cobalt blue and Emerald green. Florida Gulf Coast ousted San Diego State, 81-71, becoming the first No. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16. The Eagles' improbable run will continue thanks to their victory Sunday in NCAA South Region third round action. FGCU moves on to face the third-seeded Florida Gators at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas Friday night. Bernard Thompson scored 23 points, and Sherwood Brown had 17 and pulled down eight rebounds for the Eagles (26-10), who became just the seventh No. 15 seed to earn a victory in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, with their 78-68 triumph over No. 2 seed Georgetown. Chase Fieler donated 11 points and Brett Comer supplied 10 to go along with 14 assists in the momentous victory. Jamaal Franklin paced San Diego State with 20 points and 11 boards, while Chase Tapley had 17 points for the seventh-seeded Aztecs (23-11), who were looking to make it to the round of 16 for the second time in the last three seasons.

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