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Twin clutch jumpers lift Siena in double OT

DAYTON, Ohio – Siena strikes again.

Ronald Moore hit a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in the second overtime – from the identical spot he made one at the end of the first OT – as the Saints beat eighth-seeded Ohio State 74-72 on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Moore’s two clutch jumpers advanced ninth-seeded Siena (27-7) into Sunday’s second round where the Saints will meet Louisville, the tournament’s top team. The Cardinals moved on with a 74-54 win over No. 16 seed Morehead State.

Ohio State’s Evan Turner missed a leaner from 15 feet that would have forced a third OT for the Buckeyes (22-11), who blew an 11-point lead in the second half of regulation.

“I was just praying he missed,” Saints guard Kenny Hasbrouck said. “I was praying the whole game.”

Both of Moore’s shots came by accident. On his first one, the Buckeyes were told by coach Thad Matta to foul Moore before he launched.

They didn’t.

On the second, he was supposed to pass to one of his teammates.

He didn’t. They were covered.

So he shot.

“I just wanted to drive the ball and find someone open,” said Moore, who missed his first four 3-pointers. “I felt even though I was 0-fer, I was going to take the shot. It opened up for me.”

No. 1 Louisville 74, Morehead St. 54: At Dayton, Ohio, Louisville had a few early missteps, but uncoiled its full-court press in the second half and rolled to an easy victory over Morehead State.

With the win, No. 1 seeds improved to 100-0 against No. 16s since the tournament expanded in 1985. There have been a few close calls, and Morehead State (21-16) kept up for a half.

No. 3 Kansas 84, No. 14 North Dakota State 74: At Minneapolis, Sherron Collins scored a season-high 32 points and went toe-to-toe with NDSU star Ben Woodside, while Cole Aldrich had 23 points to lead the defending NCAA champions.

Woodside played all 40 minutes and scored 37 points, and fellow senior Brett Winkelman had 15 points and 12 rebounds to keep Kansas (26-7) from getting comfortable.

No. 2 Michigan State 77, No. 15 Robert Morris 62: At Minneapolis, Raymar Morgan scored 16 points and Goran Suton had 11 points and 17 rebounds as Michigan State bullied Robert Morris.

No. 11 Dayton 68, No. 6 West Virginia 60: At Minneapolis, Chris Wright scored a career-high 27 points to lead the 11th-seeded Flyers to their first victory in the NCAA Tournament in 19 years.

Charles Little added 18 points for once-mighty Dayton (27-7), which had been 1-13 against Bob Huggins’ teams dating to his days storming up and down the Cincinnati sideline.

West Regional

No. 6 Marquette 58, No. 11 Utah State 57: At Boise, Idaho, Lazar Hayward scored 26 points and Marquette made 10 straight free throws down the stretch.

Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews each scored 14 points for sixth-seeded Marquette (25-9), which blew a 14-point lead before rallying from a six-point deficit to win.

No. 3 Missouri 78, No. 14 Cornell 59: At Boise, Idaho, DeMarre Carroll scored all but two of his 13 points in the second half to help the Tigers pull away.

Leo Lyons finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (29-6), the Big 12 tournament champions who returned to the NCAAs for the first time in six years and will face Marquette in the second round.

South Regional

No. 3 Syracuse 59, No. 14 Stephen F. Austin 44: At Miami, Jonny Flynn scored 16 points, Rick Jackson and Arinze Onuaku each added 12 and the Orange (27-9) cruised past NCAA first-timer Stephen F. Austin.

East Regional

No. 8 Oklahoma St. 77, No. 9 Tennessee 75: At Dayton, Ohio, Byron Eaton had a three-point play with 7.2 seconds left, sending the Cowboys to a scintillating victory over Tennessee. Oklahoma State (23-11) will play top seed Pittsburgh in the second round.

No. 12 Wisconsin 61, No. 5 Florida State 59: At Boise, Idaho, Trevon Hughes banked in a spinning shot over two defenders for a three-point play with 2 seconds left in overtime to lift Wisconsin into the second round.

Hughes, who had his hands full covering Seminoles star Toney Douglas all game, then capped the win by batting away Florida State’s desperation pass at the end and the Badgers (20-12) mobbed him at halfcourt to celebrate the victory.

No. 4 Xavier 77, No. 13 Portland St. 59: At Boise, Idaho, C.J. Anderson scored 14 points and Xavier (26-7) shot 54 percent from the field to reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year.

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