NCAA Tournament 2013 West Region — Day 3
Things didn’t exactly go to form on the first day West Region of the NCAA Tournament, so the third round may see a Cinderella emerge.
Harvard, fresh off its first win in tournament history over New Mexico, could not keep its momentum going when against Arizona. Top-seeded Gonzaga, which got the scare of its life in a squeaker over Southern, lost to a Wichita State team that won an offensive struggle against Pittsburgh.
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(9) Wichita State 76, (1) Gonzaga 70
Cleanthony Early scored 16 points, including several clutch 3-point shots, and ninth-seeded Wichita State upset top-seeded Gonzaga, 76-70, in a third round game of the 2013 NCAA tournament’s West Region in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday. Ron Baker added 16 points for the Shockers, who made 14 of 27 three-point shot attempts on the night. Wichita State had a sizable lead, before Gonzaga rallied late. The teams twice traded 3-point baskets with under four minutes remaining. The Shockers held on for the win, becoming the first team to knock off a No. 1 seed in this year’s tournament. Wichita State advanced to the round of 16 in Los Angeles on Thursday. Kelly Olynyk had 26 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs, while teammate Kevin Pangos scored 19 points.
(6) Arizona 74, (14) Harvard 51
Mark Lyons scored 27 points, and sixth-seeded Arizona routed 14th-seeded Harvard, 74-51, in a third round game of the 2013 NCAA tournament’s West Region in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday. Arizona jumped out to a 17-2 run to start the game and never looked back. The Wildcats advanced to the round of 16 in Los Angeles on Thursday. Kenyatta Smith scored 10 points to lead Harvard, which was unable to duplicate the performance that allowed them to upset New Mexico on Thursday. The Crimson shot just 28 percent from the field in the loss to Arizona.