Freshman steps in as Mizzou beats Marquette 83-79
BOISE, Idaho (AP)—When the stakes were highest, Kim English was perfect at the line.
Lazar Hayward stepped over it.
That was the difference in Missouri’s 83-79 win over Marquette in the NCAA tournament Sunday.
English came off the bench for an injured teammate to make the go-ahead free throws with 5.5 seconds left. Hayward lost control and crossed the baseline before making the ensuing inbound pass for a turnover that allowed the third-seeded Tigers to ice the game.
Missouri (30-6) advances to the West Regional semis to play Memphis on Thursday.
Marquette (25-10) goes home.
“I don’t know,” Marquette’s Wesley Matthews said when asked about the crazy finish. “I don’t think I had any thoughts. I was just kind of replaying in my head, I guess, how we got to that point.”
A horror show for him.
But something much different for English—Missouri’s new star.
Coach Mike Anderson looked to the Missouri freshman with the game tied at 79 when J.T. Tiller got fouled but hurt his wrist and had to come out.
“He was sitting there auditioning for it,” Anderson said. “Kim, he just gave me that look, and sometimes you just have that feeling and he went up and shot the ball well.”
He’d been shooting the ball well before that.
He had what can only be described as an out-of-body experience during a 4 1/2 -minute shooting spree in the first half. He made three 3-pointers and scored 15 points during that stretch to help Mizzou turn a six-point deficit into a 16-point lead.
Still, English was on the bench for most of the second half, watching sixth-seeded Marquette chip away at the lead and eventually go ahead.
At the key moment, and even though English was ice cold on the bench, Anderson pointed to him.
“He just said, `Kimmie,’ and I knew what that meant,” English said. “I’m so happy that he had faith in me to get up there and knock them down. I think anybody on the bench would’ve knocked them down, actually.”
English had 17 points, DeMarre Carroll finished with 15, Matt Lawrence had 16 and Leo Lyons led the Tigers with 18, including a nifty spin under the basket for a three-point play that gave the Tigers a 79-78 lead with 48.7 seconds left after they’d trailed by four.
That, plus English’s late clutch free throws, ruined a wonderful effort from Marquette senior Jerel McNeal, who matched his career high with 30 points, and Matthews, who scored 24.
Louisville 79, Siena 72
At Dayton, Ohio, Terrence Williams had 24 points and 15 rebounds as Louisville, the overall No. 1 seed, reached the round of 16 for the second straight year.
Louisville (30-5) will play 12th-seeded Arizona on Friday in Indianapolis.
Siena (27-8) overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half and led 63-59 with 7:20 left.
Arizona 71, Cleveland State 57
At Miami, Nic Wise and 12th-seeded Arizona held on after building an early 14-point lead.
This is the 25th straight year the Wildcats (21-13) are in the tournament, but this is their lowest seeding. Wise scored 21 points.
Norris Cole scored 17 points for 13th-seeded Cleveland State (26-11).
Kansas 60, Dayton 43
At Minneapolis, 6-foot-11 Cole Aldrich posted a triple-double with 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocked shots to lead defending champion Kansas.
Aldrich nearly matched the NCAA tournament record for blocks in a game (11) set by Shaquille O’Neal for LSU.
Sherron Collins added 25 points for the third-seeded Jayhawks (27-7), who will play Michigan State on Friday in Indianapolis.
Chris Wright had 10 points for 11th-seeded Dayton (27-8).
Michigan State 74, Southern California 69
At Minneapolis, Travis Walton scored a career-high 18 points and second-seeded Michigan State made it into the round of 16 for the eighth time in 12 years.
Durell Summers added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Spartans (28-6), who have reached the regional semifinals more times in the last dozen years than any team except Duke.
Dwight Lewis scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 18 for USC (22-13).
Pittsburgh 84, Oklahoma State 76
At Dayton, Ohio, Sam Young scored 32 points and DeJuan Blair posted another double-double to lead top-seeded Pitt.
The Panthers (30-4) advanced to the round of 16 for the fifth time in eight years and will play Xavier in the regional semis in Boston on Thursday night.
Obi Muonelo scored 19 points for the eighth-seeded Cowboys (23-12), who made 10 3-pointers in the first half but shot only 2-for-12 from long range after halftime.
Xavier 60, Wisconsin 49
At Boise, Idaho, B.J. Raymond scored 15 points and fourth-seeded Xavier pulled away in the second half.
Musketeers coach Sean Miller will now face his alma mater. A Pittsburgh native, he was a point guard for the Panthers and later was an assistant coach at Pitt.
Derrick Brown added 15 points and C.J. Anderson had eight rebounds for Xavier (27-7). Marcus Landry scored 18 and Trevon Hughes had 17 points for the 12th-seeded Badgers.
Syracuse 78, Arizona State 67
At Miami, Eric Devendorf hit a pair of 3-pointers less than a minute apart and Syracuse shut off Arizona State’s rally.
Devendorf finished with 21 points and Andy Rautins added 17 for third-seeded Syracuse (28-9), which plays second-seeded Oklahoma (29-5) in Memphis on Friday.
Rihards Kuksiks scored a career-high 20 points and Ty Abbott also had 20 for the sixth-seeded Sun Devils (25-10). James Harden, the Pac-10 player of the year, was held to 10 points on 2-for-10 shooting.