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Midwest Regional: MAC's Ohio upsets Michigan

Walter Offutt grabbed a loose ball, was fouled by Evan Smotrycz and sank both of his free throws with 6.8 seconds left to preserve Ohio's 65-60 upset of Michigan on Friday night in Nashville, Tenn., in the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Regional.

The 13th-seeded Bobcats (28-7) had the Wolverines on their heels throughout the game until Michigan's Trey Burke hit a three-pointer with 4:12 left to cut it to 63-60. But the Wolverines missed their final five shots, four by Burke.

Fourth-seeded Michigan (24-10) got the rebound on Burke's third miss, a three-point shot with 22 seconds left, but Smotrycz lost control of the ball, and Offutt grabbed it.

Ohio shot 51.2 percent and held Michigan to 40.7 percent shooting, including 7-for-23 from three-point range, typically the Wolverines' comfort zone.

D.J. Cooper led Ohio with 21 points while shooting 7-for-11. Burke finished with 16 points for Michigan.

South Florida 58, Temple 44: Victor Rudd Jr. and Anthony Collins each scored 17 points as 12th-seeded South Florida of the Big East upset No. 5 Temple in the late game in Nashville, Tenn. Florida State is 22-13 and Temple finishes 24-8. Khalif Wyatt led Temple with 19 points.

Purdue 72, Saint Mary's 69: Lewis Jackson made a tying and go-ahead free throw with 22.8 seconds left after Saint Mary's had rallied from 11 points down late to take its first lead and the Boilermakers held on in Omaha, Neb.

Jorden Page made a three-pointer with 44.2 seconds left to finish a 14-2 run that brought the Gaels back from a 66-55 deficit with 4:24 to play.

Rob Jones, who had 23 points, missed a three at the buzzer for the seventh-seeded Gaels (27-6). Terone Johnson had 21 points, Jackson 18 and Hummel and Anthony Johnson scored 10 apiece for the 10th-seeded Boilermakers (22-12).

Creighton 58, Alabama 57: Alabama played its style against Creighton. The Crimson Tide just didn't finish it. After missing two crucial free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining, Creighton guard Josh Jones blocked Trevor Releford's three-point attempt as the clock expired to lift the Bluejays in Greensboro, N.C.

Doug McDermott had 16 points and 10 rebounds as eighth-seeded Creighton (29-5) overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half and held on to beat ninth-seeded Alabama (21-12) despite missing three free throws in the final 32 seconds. Releford led Alabama with 14 points.

Kansas 65, Detroit 50: The Titans played tough, but the Jayhawks were too athletic for them in a late game in Omaha, Neb. Thomas Robinson led second-seeded Kansas (28-6) with 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Elijah Johnson had 15 points. Doug Anderson led No. 15 Detroit (22-14) with 15 points.

North Carolina 77, Vermont 58: Tyler Zeller had 17 points and 15 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Vermont in Greensboro, N.C., despite playing without John Henson, its shot-blocking and rebound-snatching starter.

Freshman forward James Michael McAdoo added a season-high 17 points for the top-seeded Tar Heels (30-5).

Sandro Carissimo had 11 points for the 16th-seeded Catamounts (24-12), who beat Lamar in one of Wednesday's First Four games and topped Stony Brook in the America East title game last Saturday to get into the tournament.

The Tar Heels bought the 6-10 Henson another two days to recover from a sprained left wrist suffered last week.

-- AP

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