UCLA?survives near upset; Duke not so lucky

UCLA's Kevin Love shoots as Texas A&M's Chinemelu Elonu and Josh Carter defend during the first half of their second round basketball game at the NCAA West Regional on Saturday in Anaheim, Calif. <i>Associated Press</i>

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Darren Collison scored the go-ahead basket on a one-handed layup with 9 1/2 seconds remaining, Josh Shipp contested Donald Sloan's final drive and top-seeded UCLA held on for a 53-49 victory over Texas A&M.

The Bruins (33-3) won their 12th in a row and will face Western Kentucky or San Diego next week in Phoenix.

Urged on by 17,600 pro-UCLA fans that made it seem like a home game, the Bruins rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half.

Kevin Love had 19 points and 11 rebounds - his 21st double-double - and UCLA overcame the combined 3-of-14 shooting of Shipp and Russell Westbrook.

WEST VIRGINIA 73, DUKE 67 - In Washington, Joe Alexander had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and West Virginia reached the NCAA tournament's round of 16 in Bob Huggins' first season at his alma mater, beating second-seeded Duke 73-67 in the West Regional on Saturday.

Seventh-seeded West Virginia (26-10) limited Duke to 38 percent shooting and held a 47-27 edge on the boards. The Mountaineers also got 17 points from Alex Ruoff, and 13 points and 11 rebounds from reserve guard Joe Mazzulla, and advanced to face third-seeded Xavier in Phoenix on Thursday night.

Xavier 85, Purdue 78 - In Washington, C.J. Anderson and Drew Lavender each scored 18 points and Josh Duncan had 16, and Xavier was surprisingly efficient on offense.

The Musketeers (29-6) shot 54 percent in breaking the school record for wins, going 26-for-33 at the free throw line and 27-for-50 from the floor against a team that led the Big Ten in field-goal percentage defense. Their 85 points were the most allowed by Purdue this season.

Midwest RegionalWisconsin 72, Kansas State 55 - In Omaha, Neb., Trevon Hughes matched his career high with 25 points, and the third-seeded Badgers shut down Kansas State freshman star Michael Beasley in the second half.

Beasley had 23 points for the 11th-seeded Wildcats, but just six after halftime.

Michael Flowers had 15 points and Greg Stiemsma 14 for the Badgers (31-4), who set a school record for wins in a season and head to the round of 16 in Detroit with 12 straight wins and 25 victories in the last 27 games. They'll play the winner of Sunday's Georgetown-Davidson game.

Kansas 75, UNLV 56 - In Omaha, Neb., Mario Chalmers scored 17 points and the top-seeded Jayhawks pulled away from UNLV in the second half in another romp that sent Kansas to the round of 16.

Chalmers had plenty of help: Russell Robinson scored 13, Brandon Rush had 12 and Sherron Collins 10.

South RegionalStanford 82, Marquette 81, OT - In Anaheim, Calif., Ejected for unsportsmanlike behavior in the first half, Stanford coach Trent Johnson wasn't around to see Brook Lopez make a baseline leaner with 1.3 seconds left that sent the third-seeded Cardinal to the round of 16.

Lopez, one of the Cardinal's twin 7-footers, scored eight of their 11 points in overtime and finished with 30, one shy of a career high. The go-ahead bucket came on Mitch Johnson's career-high 16th assist, and sent Stanford (28-7) to play the winner of Sunday's Miami-Texas game..

Michigan State 65, Pittsburgh 54 - In Denver, Drew Neitzel and Kalin Lucas went on a late ballhandling and scoring spree to help Michigan State pull away from Pittsburgh.

Lucas and Neitzel combined for 21 of the final 25 points for the fifth-seeded Spartans to help them win a battle of the bullies - a rough-and-tumble game between two Rust Belt teams who brought their show to the Rocky Mountains.


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