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 Midwest Regional in Milwaukee.
James Anderson, the nation's third-leading scorer, was only 3-for-12 for 11 points. Obi Muonelo had 10 points, shooting 4-for-11. 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 line. But they made them when it counted most.
Held without a field goal the last eight minutes of the game, Georgia Tech (23-12) 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 67Kalin 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. Michigan State is 25-8. New Mexico State is 22-12.
Ohio State 68,
UC Santa Barbara 51
Ohio State outlasted persistent UC Santa Barbara in Milwaukee as Jon Diebler scored 23 points and Dallas Lauderdale blocked a career-high eight shots and grabbed 12 rebounds for the second-seeded Buckeyes (28-7). Ohio State will play Georgia Tech Sunday. UC Santa Barbara is 20-10. - AP