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Illinois beats Colorado; Miami next

Illinois’ D.J. Richardson, left, is fouled by Josh Scott during the second half. The Illini lose a 16-point halftime lead, then rally back when Colorado goes cold.

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Illinois’ D.J. Richardson, left, is fouled by Josh Scott during the second half. The Illini lose a 16-point halftime lead, then rally back when Colorado goes cold.

AUSTIN, Texas — The comeback was dramatic and hard-fought, but in the end it fell just short for Colorado.

And in many ways, it was a microcosm of the Buffaloes' season. The team that had made many comebacks all season erased a 16-point halftime deficit and took a late second-half lead but Illinois held off a late rally by Colorado to earn a 57-49 victory in Friday's second-round game.

Illinois (23-12) plays second-seeded Miami on Sunday.

"This time of year it's about surviving and advancing," Illinois coach John Groce said. "I thought it was only fitting that the game was maybe about as strange a game in terms of the ebb and flow of the game that I've been associated with, that it would be that way with this group. We have done it the hard way a lot this year."

The Illini led 37-21 at halftime, shooting 43 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from 3-point range. But Colorado took a 40-39 lead on a jumper by Josh Scott with 10:36 remaining.

Then Colorado (21-12) went scoreless 5:17 of the final 5:40 of the game, and Illinois held on despite shooting just 13.3 percent from the field in the second half.

"(Losing) always hurts," Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle said. "But when you come back, it's easy to come back, it's harder to come back and win."

Indiana 83, James Madison 62: Freshman Yogi Ferrell scored 14 in the first six minutes as the top-seeded Hoosiers started fast and built a 33-point lead in the second half over the 16th-seeded Dukes (21-15) in Dayton, Ohio.

"We played excellent," Indiana coach Tom Crean said.

Ferrell finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Cody Zeller had four dunks for IU (28-6).

"I've been waiting for this all week," Ferrell said. "A lot of us are jacked up to get out here."

Freshman Andre Nation scored 24 for James Madison.

"The speed they play with is unbelievable," Dukes guard Devon Moore said. "We haven't seen anything like that."

Temple 76, N.C. State 72: Khalif Wyatt scored 31, finishing the game with an injured left thumb that had him grimacing before his clinching free throws, and the ninth-seeded Owls (24-9) beat the eighth-seeded Wolfpack (24-11) in Dayton, Ohio.

Temple led by 17, then Wyatt — the Atlantic 10's player of the year — got his left thumb caught in a defender's jersey and had it twisted backward. He got the nonshooting hand taped.

Every shot was an adventure, but he made enough — including six painful but perfect free throws in the final 32 seconds.

How bad was the thumb?

"It's sore," he said, then realized that didn't fully capture the depth of the discomfort.

"It's sore," he added. "It's sore."

"We've played against really good guards this year," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. "Khalif Wyatt is as good or better than all of them."

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Illinois beats Colorado; Miami next 03/22/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 23, 2013 12:17am]
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