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Louisville wears out Davidson

Peyton Siva shoots against the defense of Davidson’s De’Mon Brooks (24) and Jake Cohen. Siva’s goal was to tire the Wildcats by making them chase his Steve Nash-style moves.

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Peyton Siva shoots against the defense of Davidson’s De’Mon Brooks (24) and Jake Cohen. Siva’s goal was to tire the Wildcats by making them chase his Steve Nash-style moves.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Louisville point guard Peyton Siva did his best Steve Nash impersonation against Davidson.

Siva had 17 points and six assists, many times driving inside then pulling out to the perimeter, and the fourth-seeded Cardinals moved on in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 with a 69-62 victory over Davidson on Thursday.

The idea behind Siva's tactic was to tire the Wildcats and their up-tempo offense.

"We said one of the greatest things Steve Nash does off the pick and roll, if he probes the lane and he decides he doesn't have anything, he just dribbles it back out and takes a different angle of the screen," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "I think that helped Peyton, watching Steve Nash do it."

After getting ousted in their opening game the past two seasons, Pitino and the Cardinals (27-9) advanced to the third round. Louisville, coming off a run to the Big East tournament title, is making its sixth straight NCAA appearance.

Davidson (25-8) couldn't quite get a read on Siva and it wore out the Wildcats.

"Our guys defended ball screens three, four or five times during a possession," coach Bob McKillup said. "I don't know if you've ever defended a ball screen before, but when you do, you better move your legs, and that is wearing and tearing on their legs."

Siva had a contingent of supporters from his hometown of Seattle, about three hours away.

"It was kind of like high school," he said of the support.

Murray St. 58, Colo. St. 41: Isaiah Canaan scored 15 and Donte Poole shook off a likely broken nose to score 13 as the sixth-seeded Racers (31-1) beat the 11th-seeded Rams (20-12) in Louisville, Ky. "It's just great," said Poole, who struggled to breathe after taking an inadvertent elbow early in the second half. "As long as we won, I'm fine." Pierce Hornung, who fouled out, had 17 rebounds, the most for Colorado State in a tournament game since Dale Schlueter had 19 in the first round in 1966. "It didn't turn out like we wanted but still feel like we accomplished a lot," Hornung said. "We definitely have goals next year that exceed where this year ended."

MARQUETTE 88, BYU 68: Jae Crowder had 25 points and 16 rebounds, Darius Johnson-Odom scored 12 of his 20 in the second half and the third-seeded Golden Eagles withstood a rally by the 14th-seeded Cougars (26-9) in Louisville, Ky. "I'm not a home run coach. I didn't hire home run assistant coaches," Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. "We just want to be a good pitch team. And for the most part, we were able to throw good pitches." BYU coach Dave Rose said: "I don't think they played any harder than we did. I don't think they fought any harder than we did. They were just a little better."

N. Mexico 75, long beach st. 68: Kendall Williams scored 14 of his 16 in the second half and bottled up Casper Ware defensively as the fifth-seeded Lobos (28-6) beat the 12th-seeded 49ers (25-9) in Portland, Ore. Williams' length and quickness bothered Ware, as the Big West player of the year went nearly 25 minutes without a field goal and finished with 17 points on 5-of-19 shooting. "He's got something you just don't teach," coach Steve Alford said of Williams. "He has that extra gear. He's the fastest player I ever coached." Alford instilled a defensive mind-set when he arrived in New Mexico five seasons ago. His Lobos teams are 58-0 when opponents fail to score 60. This season, opponents averaged 59.1. Long Beach State lost its tournament opener for the fifth straight time. Coach Dan Monson said he should have given Ware more rest: "I told him we kind of wore him out."

Louisville wears out Davidson 03/15/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 16, 2012 12:52am]

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