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Ohio knocks off Michigan

Walter Offutt, who started his career at Ohio State, celebrates after his late free throws help Ohio beat Michigan.

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Walter Offutt, who started his career at Ohio State, celebrates after his late free throws help Ohio beat Michigan.

NASHVILLE — Walter Offutt left Ohio State after not getting enough minutes. The guard was in the right place at the right time Friday for Ohio.

Offutt grabbed a loose ball, was fouled and made both free throws with 6.8 seconds left to preserve Ohio's 65-60 upset of Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 13th-seeded Bobcats (28-7), who upset Georgetown two years ago in their previous tournament appearance, led the fourth-seeded Wolverines 35-22 with 2:49 left in the first half.

Trey Burke hit a 3-pointer with 4:12 left to cut it to 63-60. But the Wolverines missed their final five shots, four by Burke.

Michigan (24-10) got the rebound on Burke's third miss, a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left. But Evan Smotrycz lost control of the ball, and Offutt grabbed it.

"It's been an amazing journey," Offutt said. "Probably the best thing that ever happened in my life."

Michigan made only 7 of 23 3-pointers. Burke, Zack Novak and Stu Douglass, who averaged a combined 31.9 points, combined for just seven.

"I haven't cried over a basketball game since I got knocked out in high school," said Douglass, fighting tears. "So that kind of paints the picture for you."

Purdue 72, Saint Mary's (Calif.) 69: Lewis Jackson made two free throws with 22.8 seconds left to put the 10th-seeded Boilermakers ahead for good.

Trailing 66-55 with 4:24 left, the seventh-seeded Gaels (27-6) went on a 14-2 run. Jorden Page's 3-pointer with 44.2 seconds left capped it and put them ahead by one. After turnovers by both teams, Jackson drove to the basket and drew a foul for Purdue (22-12).

"He … is a senior leader, knowing he had to knock two of them down to retake the lead," Purdue senior guard Ryne Smith said. "That was tremendous, and we're still dancing."

Page air balled a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left. Robbie Hummel made two free throws. And Rob Jones, who scored 17 of his 23 in the second half, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"For a brief moment," Jones said on if he through the shot was going in. "I think I could have taken a half-second more to get it up. But there's no point thinking about it now."

N.C. St. 79, San Diego St. 65: Richard Howell scored 22, more than double his season average, as the 11th-seeded Wolfpack pulled off the upset in Columbus, Ohio. The 6-foot-8, 250-pound junior, who entered averaging 10.7 points, scored 15 in the first half.

He scored his final points on a spin move that he turned into a three-point play with 10:08 left that put the Wolfpack up 57-50.

San Diego State (26-8) scored the next four, but an 11-4 run sealed it for N.C. State (23-12).

"None of us had ever played in a game like this," Howell said. "This gave us a big confidence boost."

Creighton 58, Alabama 57: After missing two free throws with 8.7 seconds left, Josh Jones deflected Trevor Releford's 3-pointer as time expired to lift the eighth-seeded Bluejays in Greensboro, N.C. Creighton (29-5) rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit.

The ninth-seeded Crimson Tide (21-12) inbounded the ball with 2.4 seconds left. Releford's shot fell well short thanks to Jones. He remained on the floor and said later he was fouled.

"I felt like I got hit. But at the end of the day, it's the ref's call," he said. "And you've just got to live with it."

Jones disagreed.

"Anybody who is trying to get the last shot off — if it's not perfect — they're going to try to sell it," he said. "So you saw a good act."

UNC 77, Vermont 58: James McAdoo scored a season-high 17 for the top-seeded Tar Heels, who played without John Henson (sprained left wrist), in Greensboro, N.C.

North Carolina (30-5) led by 12 at halftime then blew it open on consecutive three-point plays from McAdoo. Fellow freshman P.J. Hairston followed with a 3-pointer that made it 57-37 with about 8½ minutes left.

"I kind of got down on myself a little because my shot wasn't falling (early), but I was getting great shots," McAdoo said. "I really just tried to play myself into the game on the defensive end and then just be aggressive."

Four McGlynn, who scored 18 for Vermont (24-12) in a first-round win over Lamar, had just six on 2-for-13 shooting (0-for-6 on 3-pointers).

G'town 74, Belmont 59: The third-seeded Hoyas, eliminated in their first game the past two years, bottled up the 14th-seeded Bruins in Columbus, Ohio.

"Finally got the monkey off our back," Georgetown guard Markel Starks said.

Belmont (27-8) made 10 of 27 3-pointers. And its leading scorer, Kerron Johnson, scored four, 10 below his average. Up 58-49, Georgetown (24-8) went on a 13-2 run. Henry Sims and Otto Porter had three-point plays and Hollis Thompson a 3-pointer.

Kansas 65, Detroit 50: Thomas Robinson had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the second-seeded Jayhawks in Omaha, Neb. Elijah Johnson scored 15 for the Jayhawks (28-6), who pulled away from the 15th-seeded Titans (22-14) during the last five minutes of the first half.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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