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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 15, 1999

Michigan State survives Ole Miss scare

AP PHOTO
Michigan State had to push, claw and shove to stay alive long enough to make It
to the Sweet Sixteen, as the Spartans came back to beat Ole Miss, 74-66.
RECYCLE THE OPPORTUNITY

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Battered,
bruised, and more than just a little hum-
bled, Michigan State's national title
hopes are still intact. Just barely, though.
Mateen Cleaves scored seven points
and had two assists as the top-seeded
Spartans used a late 13-0 run to hold off
feisty Mississippi 74-66 yesterday in the
second round of the Midwest Regional.
Cleaves, an All-American and two-
time Big Ten
MVP, finished MIDWEST
with 18. Andre
Hutson had 13 Roundup
and Morris --------------
Peterson, making his fourth start of the
year, had 11.
Jason Smith had 18 and Marcus
Hicks 16 for the ninth-seeded Rebels
(20-13), who got their first NCAA vic-
tory on Friday.
The Spartans - feeling the pressure
of the No. 1 seed, perhaps? - played
most of the game tight and out-of-
synch. Cleaves had five turnovers in the
Seedless gripes
No No. 1 seeds have been defeated
yet, but that hasn't stopped the
string of upsets that occurred dur-
ing the weekend.
Here are a few unlikely teams that
will be playing in next week's
Sweet Sixteen:
No. 10 Miami (Ohio) - beat No. 7
Washington, then No. 2 Utah in the
Midwest
No. 10 Gonzaga -beat No. 10
Minnesota, No. 2 Stanford in the
West
No.12 SW Missouri State -No.5
Wisconsin, No. 4 Tennessee in the
East
No. 13 Oklahoma - beat No. 4
Arizona, No. 5 North Carolina-
Charlotte in the Midwest

first half alone - one less than he had
in the entire Big Ten Tournament.
Hutson and Granger each had three
fouls before halftime.
No. 10 MIAMI (OHIo) 66, No. 2
UTAH 58
Miami (Ohio) proved there's more to
the Redhawks than Wally Szczerbiak.
Utah held the big forward to just I I
shots in the second round of the NCAA
Midwest Regional on Sunday and still
lost 66-58.
The upset by 10th-seeded Miami of
No. 2 seed Utah let people outside the
Mid-American Conference know how
good the Redhawks are. Miami (24-7)
earned its first-ever trip to the round-of-
16 by shooting 48 percent from the
floor, making 15 of 17 free throws and
matching the Utes with 27 rebounds.
Utah (28-5) held Szczerbiak, who
scored 43 points against Washington in
the first round, to 24 points.
No. 3 KENTUCKY 92, No. 6 KANSAS
(OT)

Kentucky and Kansas have combined
to win 3,435 games. The defending
national champion Wildcats got the only
victory that mattered yesterday.
In the first-ever postseason meeting
between the national powers, Scott
Padgett scored a career-high 29 points
- including seven of Kentucky's 13 in
overtime - as the Wildcats beat Kansas
92-88 Sunday in the NCAA Midwest
Regional.
Padgett, who forced overtime with a
3-pointer, opened the extra period with a
19-foot jumper and then added five free
throws in the final 1:05 for Kentucky
(27-8).
The Wildcats, who have played in
three straight national championship
games, advance to play Miami (Ohio),
in the round of 16 in St. Louis next
Friday.
Padgett's 3-pointer with 18.7 seconds
left in regulation tied the game at 79-79
and ended a 4:32 stretch in which
Kentucky didn't make a field goal.

Kansas (23-10) still had a chance in
regulation, but freshman Jeff Boschee
was stripped by Turner while making a
move to the basket. Kenny Gregory
came up with the ball in the corner, but
couldn't make the shot at the buzzer.
No. 13-OKLAHOMA 85, No. 5 NORTH
CAROLINA-CHARLOTTE 72
Eric Martin's six 3-pointers helped
Oklahoma upset North Carolina*
Charlotte 85-72 yesterday to become
just the third No. 13 seed ever to
advance out of the first weekend of the
NCAA Tournament.
The Sooners (22-10), who have
insisted for a week they deserved a high-
er seed, proved their point against the
fifth-seeded 49ers (23-11) two days
after eliminating fourth-seeded Arizona.
All of Martin's 18 points came on
threes, and Eduardo Najera had four 3s
and 20 points along with 15 rebounds.
Galen Young led North Carolina-
Charlotte with 23 points, and Diego
Guevara had 16.

Magical run continues for Iowa

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DENVER (AP) - Kent McCausland hit five second-half
3-pointers and Iowa adapted its half-court game to match high-
paced Arkansas, outlasting the Razorbacks 82-72 Saturday in
the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
McCausland and Dean Oliver each finished with 17 points
as the fifth-seeded Hawkeyes (20-9) overcame a 13-point sec-
ond-half deficit to advance to the round of 16 for the third time
under departing coach Tom Davis.
Chris Walker scored a career-high 22 points and Kareem
Reid had 18 points and 11 assists for
No. 4 seed Arkansas (23-11), which WEST
blew leads of 47-34 and 66-59. The Roundup
Razorbacks were outscored 23-6 over
the final 7:20 as Iowa turned the - - -
tables with a surprisingly effective full-court press.
Arkansas pulled to 73-72 on Reid's 3-pointer with 2:26 left,
but J.R. Koch tipped in a missed shot for Iowa, and the
Razorbacks misfired on their final three possessions, setting
off an emotional celebration for Davis and the Hawkeyes.
No. 10 GONZAGA 82, No. 2 STANFORD 74
Stanford, which has one of the biggest front lines in college
basketball, was cut down to size by one of the smallest players
in the NCAA Tournament.
Matt Santangelo scored 22 points and 5-foot-8 Quentin Hall
scored all 12 of his points in the second half as Gonzaga upset
the second-seeded Cardinal 82-74 Saturday in the second
round of the NCAA West Regional.
Hall also had eight rebounds for 10th-seeded Gonzaga, a
Spokane school that is best known for producing John
Stockton and Bing Crosby.
Stanford, which reached the Final Four last season, was the
last of four Pac-10 teams to be eliminated from this year's tour-
nament. Arizona, Washington and UCLA all lost in the first
round.
Lee led Stanford (26-7) with 24 points. Kris Weems had 18
points and Mark Madsen added 15 points and 14 rebounds for
the Cardinal, who won the Pac-10 championship this season.
No.6 FLORIDA 82, No. 14 WEBER STATE 74 (OT)
"The Show" is over for Weber State. But what a show it was.
Greg Stolt scored five of his 26 points in overtime Saturday,
as Florida finally put away the upstart Wildcats 82-74 to
advance to the West Regional semifinals.
The Gators (22-8) made six of eight free throws in the final
39 seconds, including two apiece by Teddy Dupay and Brent
Wright, to seal the victory.
Harold "The Show" Arceneaux, who had 36 points in
Weber's 76-74 upset of North Carolina in the first round, had
32 Saturday. But he was shut down much of the second half,
as the Gators' persistent pressure wore down the weary

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AP PHOTO
Stanford was left scratching its head as Gonzaga danced all
the way to the Sweet Sixteen, 82-74.
Wildcats.
Arceneaux, who left the arena without talking to reporters,
wound up playing 43 minutes. Point guard Eddie Gill played
45.
Florida trailed 40-35 at the half, but that's nothing new foo
the Gators, who were down 43-32 at the break agains Penn
before storming back to win 75-61. Stolt sank a 3-poi ter to
start the second half, igniting a 12-3 run that put the Gators
up 47-43 on Mike Miller's 16-footer with 15:22 to play.
No. 1 CONNECTICUT 78, No. 9 NEW MEXICO 56
Top-seeded Connecticut needed less than seven minutes
Saturday to storm into the round of 16 at the NCAA tourna-
ment.
The Huskies (30-2), seeking their first trip to the Final Four
in coach Jim Calhoun's 13 seasons, scored the game's first 17
points against overmatched and awe-struck ninth-seed Ne
Mexico in a 78-56 win at the West Regional.
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