Gani Lawal scored 14 points, Derrick Favors came within a rebound of a double-double and free throw-challenged Georgia Tech scored its last 13 points at the line Friday night to hold off seventh-seeded Oklahoma State, 64-59, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Milwaukee.
James Anderson, the nation's third-leading scorer, was only 3-for-12 for 11 points while Obi Muonelo had 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting. The Cowboys (22-11) were one of the nation's best three-point shooting teams, averaging better than 35 percent. But they were 6-for- 22 from long range.
The Yellow Jackets - who gave up their cell phones before the ACC Tournament in an effort to bring the team together - came into the game shooting less than 65 percent from the free-throw line. But they made them when it counted most.
Held without a field goal the last eight minutes of the game, Georgia Tech got it done at the line with Favors, Iman Shumpert and Maurice Miller going 6-for-6 in the last two minutes. Georgia Tech finished 24-for-25 from the line.
Michigan State 70,
New Mexico State 67
Kalin Lucas scored a career-high 25 points and Raymar Morgan hit key shots down the stretch as fifth-seeded Michigan State edged No. 12 New Mexico State in Spokane, Wash. Morgan broke a late tie with four straight points, then made two free throws with 18.6 seconds remaining with the aid of a lane-violation call. Michigan State (25-8) plays Friday night's Maryland-Houston winner on Sunday. Troy Gillenwater scored 17 points for New Mexico State (22-12).- AP