Tuesday, March 14, 2017

NCAA Tournament: Mount St. Mary's Outlasts Privateers For Crack At Nova; K-State Tops Wake To Get Shot At Cincy

Two "First Four" contests were played at the University of Dayton Arena in (where else?) Dayton, Ohio as the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament commenced.

In the opener, Junior Robinson, Division I's smallest player at 5', 5" tall, stood tall as he scored 23 points as the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (20-15) picked up only their second-ever NCAA tourney victory by outlasting the New Orleans Privateers (20-12), playing in their first NCAA tourney game since 1996, 67-66.

The Mountaineers---as a #16 seed---will take on the defending national champions---and top overall seed---Villanova Wildcats in an East Region contest on Friday in Buffalo, New York.

In the nightcap, Kamau Stokes scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half as the Kansas State Wildcats (21-13) defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (19-14) 95-88.

Wesley Iwundu topped the Wildcats with 24 points.

John Collins paced the Deacons with 26 points while grabbing nine rebounds. 

The Wildcats will be the #11 seed in the South Regional and will take on the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats on Friday in Sacramento, California.

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