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Dayton does it, Pittsburgh prevails (phew!)



  • #16 East Tennessee State - #1 Pittsburgh: Ah, Panthers? Anyone? Are you there? When this game was projected onto my television screen I moaned about how disinterested I would be. Not so fast, as ETSU stuck around for the entire game, and never trailed by more than the final score of 62-52. They only shot 30 percent from the field, so it's not like shots were dropping from all over the court for the Bucs. They did not back down and stayed tough, evidence in their 20 offensive rebounds and 18 turnovers forced. Dejaun Blair carried the Panthers (oooh Dejuan you so sexii) with 27 and 16. Questions are now raised as to just how healthy Levance Fields is, and if he can be effective the rest of the way. OK St. - Pitt on Sunday just got a little more enticing to watch.
  •  #14 Cornell - #3 Missouri: Ho-hum Missouri advances. After a bit of back and forth for the first 18 minutes, the Tigers took the lead with 2:27 remaining in the first half and never looked back; pacing the Big Red 78-59 out in Boise. Leo Lyons gets 23, and will probably forget who their first round opponent even was next weekend when they're in the Elite 8 and looking for their first ever Final Four berth.
  • #11 Temple - Arizona StateNo one seemed to be chirping about the possibility of Dionte Christmas and Temple knocking off the Sun Devils-- now we know why.  Arizona State put it down on a "In Christmas we trust" Temple team, 66-57.  Two minutes into the game Arizona took the lead and never forfeited it back to the Owls.  Arizona State survived despite a poor outing for standout James Harden, getting 22 from Jeff Pendergraph and Derek Glasser.  Arizona State will now square up against the Syracuse Orange in Miami on Sunday.
  • #11 Dayton - #6 West Virginia:  The Big East had been rolling through the tournament unscathed until the Dayton Flyers put the clamps down on the Mountaineers of West Virginia. Dayton carved up the heart of the WVU defense, driving to the tin at will.  The Flyers shot ten percentage points better than the higher seeded Mountaineers and lodged the 68-60 victory.  During despiration time the Mountaineers from Morgantown could only lock in on 5 of their 19 attempts from behind the triple line.  Dayton was led by Chris Wright's career high of 27 points and has reserved a dance spot opposite the Kansas Jayhawks. It's the first time in their last  four trips to the dance that WVU won't advance to the Sweet 16.