Thursday, March 16, 2017

NCAA East: Nova, Cavs, Badgers, Gators Advance

The East Region of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament opened on Thursday with four games.

At Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida:

Fifth-seeded Virginia (23-10) survived a scare and held off #12-seeded UNC Wilmington (29-6) 71-66.  London Perrantes scored 24 points while Marial Shayok added a career-high 23 off the bench to pace the Cavaliers, who came back from a 15-point deficit to upend the Seahawks.

Devin Robinson equaled his career high of 24 points as the fourth-seeded Florida Gators (25-8) knocked out the 13th-seeded East Tennessee State Buccaneers (27-8) 80-65.

At KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York:

In the opener, Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 points as the top overall seed Villanova Wildcats (32-3) overcame a sluggish start to overpower the sixteenth-seeded Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (20-16) 76-56.

Miles Wilson topped the Mountaineers with 22 points.

In the nightcap, Bronson Koenig scored 28 points (converting a school-record eight three-point shots in the process) as the eighth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers (26-9) held off ninth-seeded Virginia Tech (22-11) 84-74.  

Zach LeDay came off the bench to pace the Hokies with 23 points. 

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