Saturday, March 20, 2004

Pacific waves goodbye to 5th seed Providence


St. Louis Regional

The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Another day, another upset by a No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

A day after Manhattan stunned Florida in the East Rutherford Regional, Pacific did the same thing to fifth-seeded Providence with a 66-58 victory in the St. Louis Regional on Friday night.

Miah Davis scored 19 points and Guillaume Yango added 18 for Pacific, the Big West Tournament champion, which won its 16th straight game. The Tigers were playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997 and had not won a first-round game since 1967.

The Tigers (25-7) beat Brigham Young in the 1971 Tournament, but that was in a consolation game after a first-round loss. They also lost in the first round in 1979.

Pacific will meet the winner of Friday's late game between Kansas and Illinois-Chicago in the second round Sunday.

Ryan Gomes had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Providence (20-9), which ended its season on a four-game losing streak. The Friars were making their first NCAA appearance since a first-round loss in 2001 and have not advanced to the second round since making the regional finals in 1997.

Pacific led 37-33 at the break but had six turnovers and only eight points in almost nine minutes to start the second half.

Yango scored six points in an 8-2 run that put the Tigers up 54-46 with just over seven minutes left.

The Friars got within 58-54 when Chris Anrin hit two free throws with 2:40 left.

After Davis' 3-pointer, David Doubley hit a layup with 40 seconds left for a 63-54 lead.

Gomes scored two quick baskets, the last with 27.9 seconds to go, to get Providence within 63-58. The Tigers went 1-for-4 from the line in the closing seconds, but Providence could not convert on its chances and Davis punctuated the win with a layup with two seconds to go.

Tom Cockle hit three 3-pointers, scored 11 points and had six assists for Pacific.

Providence had 15 turnovers - which the Tigers converted into 23 points - to 12 assists and shot 38 percent (23-for-61) from the floor. Both teams hit six 3s - but the Friars took 26 shots from outside the arc, a dozen more than Pacific.

Pacific went 4-for-6 from 3-point range in the first eight minutes, then switched to attacking inside and in transition. The Tigers led 33-24 on Tyler Newton's basket with 4:13 left in the first half.

Three late 3s got the Friars within 35-33 before Davis hit a layup with just under four seconds left in the half and the shot clock running out.

Providence center Marcus Douthit drew a technical with just over seven minutes left in the first half, for protesting a charging call. The technical counted as his third personal, and he did not return until the start of the second half.

Douthit, who had four points and four rebounds before the technical, didn't score after that.

PACIFIC (25-7)-Maraker 3-7 0-0 7, Cockle 3-5 2-2 11, Yango 6-13 6-6 18, Davis 7-15 3-7 19, Doubley 1-4 1-2 3, Bowden 0-1 0-0 0, Purnell 0-0 0-0 0, Newton 4-5 0-1 8. Totals 24-50 12-18 66.

PROVIDENCE (20-9)-Gomes 11-22 2-2 25, Sanders 2-6 2-2 8, Douthit 2-3 0-0 4, McGrath 1-6 0-0 3, Kabba 2-9 0-0 6, Anrin 1-2 2-2 4, Brewington 0-2 0-0 0, Kotti 4-11 0-0 8. Totals 23-61 6-6 58.

Halftime score-Pacific 37-33. 3-Point Goals-Pacific 6-14 (Cockle 3-4, Davis 2-6, Maraker 1-2, Doubley 0-2), Providence 6-26 (Sanders 2-4, Kabba 2-9, Gomes 1-4, McGrath 1-5, Anrin 0-1, Brewington 0-1, Kotti 0-2). Fouled out-Sanders. Rebounds-Pacific 29 (Cockle, Maraker, Yango 5), Providence 36 (Gomes 13). Assists-Pacific 17 (Cockle 6), Providence 12 (Douthit, McGrath 3). Total fouls-Pacific 11, Providence 18. Technical-Douthit. A-17,500

Georgia Tech 65, Northern Iowa 60

MILWAUKEE - Georgia Tech got as big a test as any it found in the ACC. From the most unlikely of schools, no less.

Luke Schenscher led four players in double figures, and the Yellow Jackets needed every one of them to hold off pesky Northern Iowa.

Schenscher finished with 13 points, B.J. Elder had 12 and Will Bynum added 11 for Georgia Tech, which has won eight of its last 12. The third-seeded Yellow Jackets will now play sixth-seeded Boston College in the second round of the St. Louis Regional on Sunday. The Eagles beat Utah 58-51.

"I came out of that game very impressed with Northern Iowa," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "We put a run on them early. We played a very good schedule this year and we've played teams that have folded when you put that type of run on them. They came back strong."

Making just its second NCAA appearance, the Panthers (21-10) were smaller, slower, thinner and less athletic than Georgia Tech (24-9). The only place they had an advantage was in crowd support, with a large, loud contingent of Northern Iowa fans turning the entire Bradley Center into Panther territory.

But even after falling behind by 17 points in the first half, Northern Iowa gave Georgia Tech everything it could handle. The Panthers made a 27-9 run spanning halftime to turn what was a rout back into a game, and Erik Crawford's 3-pointer with 21 seconds left cut Georgia Tech's lead to 63-60.

Northern Iowa fouled, but Jarrett Jack missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Panthers got the ball back with 15 seconds to play.

"This is a team that snapped a 25-game win streak at Wake Forest. They snapped a 41-game win streak at Duke. I didn't sense at all in the end that these guys were panicked," Hewitt said. "When they came in the huddle, it was more, 'Hey, give them credit. They're doing a good job. They're making some tough shots.' "

But Northern Iowa couldn't make enough of them. With the shot clock ticking down and the crowd roaring in support, the Panthers looked for Ben Jacobson. Though Jacobson missed 12-of-14 shots - including three in a row during a scoreless 3 1/2-minute stretch late in the game - he's still the team's best 3-pointer shooter.

"Ben Jacobson is a great shooter," said Matt Schneiderman, who had 15 points for Northern Iowa. "He's the best 3-point shooter we have on this team, and I don't think we'd want anyone else taking that shot but him."

N. IOWA (21-10)-Schneiderman 5-10 1-2 15, Gruber 7-10 2-3 16, Crawford 4-9 2-2 12, Jacobson 2-14 3-3 9, McKowen 2-6 0-0 6, Bennett 0-0 0-0 0, Little 0-1 0-0 0, Schmit 0-3 0-0 0, Stout 1-1 0-0 2, Godfread 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-54 8-10 60.

GEORGIA TECH (24-9)-McHenry 5-8 0-0 10, Schenscher 4-7 5-6 13, Elder 5-11 0-0 12, Jack 1-4 4-5 6, Lewis 0-3 0-0 0, Muhammad 2-3 0-1 4, West 0-0 0-0 0, Bynum 5-8 0-0 11, Moore 3-9 0-0 9, Tarver 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-55 9-12 65.

Halftime score-Georgia Tech 39, N. Iowa 27. 3-Point Goals-N. Iowa 10-27 (Schneiderman 4-8, Crawford 2-5, McKowen 2-5, Jacobson 2-7, Schmit 0-2), Georgia Tech 6-18 (Moore 3-6, Elder 2-5, Bynum 1-3, Jack 0-2, Lewis 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-N. Iowa 28 (Crawford 6), Georgia Tech 37 (Lewis 7). Assists-N. Iowa 15 (Jacobson 5), Georgia Tech 10 (Jack 3). Total fouls-N. Iowa 16, Georgia Tech 14. A-18,866

Boston College 58, Utah 51

MILWAUKEE - Too big, too physical. Craig Smith and his Boston College teammates fulfilled Utah's worst fears.

Smith scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the sixth-seeded Eagles (24-9), who advanced to the second round of the St. Louis Regional, where they'll play Georgia Tech.

Utah (24-9), seeded 11th, got just eight points from senior sharpshooter Nick Jacobson, who made just 3-of-18 shots and was just 2-of-13 from beyond the arc.

"We felt he was the glue guy to their team," Smith said. "When he starts hitting shots, it makes their team better. I thought we did a real good job of making him take bad shots."

Jacobson insisted he got good looks.

"They were all right on. They felt good every time I shot them," he said. "I thought they'd go in the next time. Otherwise, I wouldn't have shot them."

Boston College, snubbed by the NCAA selection committee last year, won at at-large bid after losing to Pittsburgh in the Big East semifinals. They quickly proved they belonged here, overpowering the Utes inside and closing off all lanes to the basket.

UTAH (24-9)-Jacobson 3-18 0-0 8, Frost 2-7 2-2 6, Bogut 7-12 2-2 16, Drisdom 4-7 4-4 13, Chaney 2-4 2-2 6, Olsen 0-0 0-0 0, Hawkins 0-1 0-0 0, Markson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 19-50 10-10 51.

BOSTON COLLEGE (24-9)-Smith 8-12 3-5 19, Dudley 1-5 0-0 2, Agbai 4-9 2-2 10, Hinnant 3-3 0-0 7, Marshall 5-7 0-0 12, Watson 1-3 3-3 5, Hailey 0-0 0-0 0, Doornekamp 1-5 1-1 3. Totals 23-44 9-11 58.

Halftime score-Boston College 29-20. 3-Point Goals-Utah 3-18 (Jacobson 2-13, Drisdom 1-1, Bogut 0-2, Frost 0-2), Boston College 3-4 (Marshall 2-2, Hinnant 1-1, Smith 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Utah 26 (Bogut 8), Boston College 25 (Smith 8). Assists-Utah 12 (Frost 4), Boston College 20 (Doornekamp, Hinnant, Watson 4). Total fouls-Utah 12, Boston College 13. A-NA.




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