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Louisville escapes second round with 57-55 victory over UC Irvine

SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 20: Wayne Blackshear #25

SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 20: Wayne Blackshear #25 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates after defeating the UC Irvine Anteaters during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyArena on March 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Otto Greule Jr

SEATTLE - Freshman Quentin Snider hit the winning free throws and Terry Rozier made the saving steal Friday to help fourth-seeded Louisville top UC Irvine 57-55 and send the tournament's tallest player packing.

With the game tied, Snider snagged a rebound in the corner off a long miss by Luke Nelson and drew a foul when Will Davis II crashed into him.

Snider made the free throws with 8.9 seconds left and the Anteaters (21-13) never got a final shot, thanks to Rozier's pick of Alex Young as he was moving up the court.

Wayne Blackshear had 19 points for the Cardinals (25-8), who will play fifth-seeded Northern Iowa on Sunday for a trip to the Sweet 16.

Anteaters 7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye finished with 12 points and five rebounds but didn't touch the ball in the last 2 minutes.

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