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Texas’ Cameron Ridley shoots over Arizona State’s Jordan Bachynski for the winning bucket.

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Texas’ Cameron Ridley shoots over Arizona State’s Jordan Bachynski for the winning bucket.

MILWAUKEE — Cameron Ridley's buzzer-beating, putback layup lifted Texas to an 87-85 victory over Arizona State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region on Thursday night.

Jonathan Holmes missed a long 3-pointer for the seventh-seeded Longhorns in the final seconds, but Ridley emerged from the scrum with the ball and banked it in as time expired over the outstretched fingers of ASU defender Jordan Bachynski.

The call stood after a video replay, giving Texas (24-10) its first win in the tournament since 2011. Ridley finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Bachynski scored 22 for No. 10 seed Arizona State (21-12), which was making its first tournament appearance since 2009.

St. Louis 83, N.C. State 80, OT: St. Louis, seeded fifth in region, worked five extra minutes in Orlando to avoid joining fellow No. 5s Cincinnati and Oklahoma in falling to No. 12 seeds. The Billikens advanced by wiping out a late double-digit deficit.

Rob Loe led the way with 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Atlantic 10 player of the year Jordair Jett overcame a slow start to score 18, doing most of his damage while St. Louis (27-6) was escaping a 59-45 hole over the last five minutes of regulation.

"We didn't want to bow out of the tournament this early," Loe said. "We're here to win, and we're here to put our mark on basketball."

No. 12 seed N.C. State (22-14) beat Xavier in an opening-round game, and fatigue could have been a factor in the Wolfpack collapsing late and missing 17 free throws.

"It's heartbreaking. … Obviously we're going to always feel like we let one slip away," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. "It's hard to explain. We're a good foul-shooting team."

T.J. Warren scored 28 for N.C. State, but the ACC player of the year made just six of his 14 free throws. He missed one that could have tied it in the final minute of overtime.

Warren fouled out with 27.9 seconds remaining, leaving Ralston Turner to try to rescue the Wolfpack with a desperation 3-pointer that clanked off the rim as time expired.

Mich. 57, Wofford 40: While Michigan didn't have a particularly pretty start to its NCAA Tournament, coach John Beilein said his team proved a point to the rest of the field: Yes, the Wolverines can play defense, too.

Glenn Robinson scored 14 in the arena his father used to call home in the NBA, Jordan Morgan added 10 points and 10 rebounds, and the second-seeded Wolverines held No. 15 seed Wofford to 34 percent shooting in Milwaukee.

"We were able to get a win basically with our defense," Beilein said, "and that's something a lot of people wouldn't say if they watched us this year."

Michigan (26-8) capitalized on its decisive edge in athleticism on the undersized Terriers (20-13) but had nervous moments after missing 15 of its first 18 shots in the second half.

Karl Cochran's 3, Wofford's only one of the game, with 9:25 left whittled an 18-point deficit to 40-33.

But the Wolverines regrouped, and Caris LeVert's 3 with 4:17 left gave them a 15-point lead.

"We know we're pretty efficient offensively. Most times we don't have trouble scoring the basketball," Morgan said. "We know we're only going to go as far as our defense carries us."

A 39 percent shooter from long range during the season, Cochran scored 17 on 1-of-10 shooting from 3-point territory Thursday and 8 of 21 overall.

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