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Wichita State beats Gonzaga in NCAA

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall celebrates a 76-70 win against Gonzaga.

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Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall celebrates a 76-70 win against Gonzaga.

SALT LAKE CITY — Gonzaga's gone.

Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker each scored 16 and Wichita State hit a season-high 14 3-pointers, including seven straight late, to knock the top-ranked and No. 1-seeded Bulldogs out of the NCAA Tournament, 76-70 Saturday.

The No. 9-seeded Shockers (28-8), who lost to Creighton in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final, advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006 while Gonzaga was the first top seed ousted.

Gonzaga (32-3) got a big scare in its opener against Southern before winning by seven but couldn't come through this time.

"They never quit," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said of his players.

They showed their grit after a 12-0 run put Gonzaga up 49-41 with 11:53 left. Tekele Cotton, Early and Baker hit three straight 3s to get the Shockers within 61-60.

Baker's free throws gave Wichita State the lead for good at 64-63 with 3:10 left. He then hit a 3, and freshman Fred VanVleet sealed it with a 3 with 1:28 left.

The Shockers, who made just 2 of 20 3-pointers in beating Pitt on Thursday, shot 50 percent from beyond the arc.

It was another sudden end for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs were playing in their 15th straight tournament but have not advanced past the Round of 16 since 1999.

"I think we just … let our guard down a little bit," Gonzaga's Mike Hart said. "That was key. We defended so well at start of the second half. You gotta get a hand up and stay close to your assignments. We kind of lost it there a few possessions, and that really hurt us."

Arizona 74, Harvard 51: Mark Lyons matched his career high with 27 points as the No. 6-seeded Wildcats led from wire to wire.

Harvard (20-10), the No. 14 seed that took out No. 3 New Mexico on Thursday, missed its first 13 shots and 20 of its first 22 in falling behind 30-9.

"We had some open opportunities early," coach Tommy Amaker said. "And once we missed some, we kind of got our heads down. And they took advantage of it."

This will be the 15th appearance in the Sweet 16 for Arizona (27-7).

"The history of Arizona speaks for itself," coach Sean Miller said. "This time of year, we not only represent ourselves, but all the great players and teams of the past."

Wichita State beats Gonzaga in NCAA 03/23/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 24, 2013 1:33am]

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