Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody reaches out for a rebound against Washington State in the first half of their second-round NCAA East Regional game in Denver on Saturday.AP photo
DENVER — Nobody shuts down Notre Dame big man Luke Harangody, the Big East’s Player of the Year. Washington State settled for slowing down the high-flying Fighting Irish.
Derrick Low scored 18 points and Kyle Weaver added 15 as the Cougars won a clash of styles, beating Notre Dame 61-41 in the second round of the East Regional on Saturday night.
The Cougars held Harangody to 10 points, half his average, and limited the Irish to half their scoring average, too.
Harangody got his usual double-double, his 19th, by also pulling down 22 rebounds, but he had to work extra hard for everything he got and he was flustered on the offensive end — double-teamed, banged and bumped every time he got his hands on the ball.
Robbie Cowgill added 12 points for the fourth-seeded Cougars (26-8), who are headed for Charlotte and a regional semifinal game with either North Carolina or Arkansas.
WASHINGTON — C.J. Anderson and Drew Lavender each scored 18 points and Josh Duncan had 16, and No. 3 seed Xavier was surprisingly efficient on offense in a victory over Purdue.
The Musketeers (29-6) shot 54 percent in breaking the school record for wins, going 26-for-33 at the free throw line and 27-for-50 from the floor against a team that led the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense. Their 85 points were the most allowed by Purdue this season.
Keaton Grant scored 19 for the Boilermakers (25-9), who have won 10 straight first-round games but have exited without another win in half those tournaments — including two in a row.
Lavender, a 5-foot-7 guard, had nine assists and provided Xavier with a pivotal basket after the Musketeers frittered away an almost insurmountable lead in this defensive struggle.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Darren Collison scored the go-ahead basket on a one-handed layin with 9 1/2 seconds remaining, Josh Shipp contested Donald Sloan’s final drive and top-seeded UCLA held on for a victory over Texas A&M.
OMAHA, Neb. — Trevon Hughes matched his career high with 25 points, and the third-seeded Badgers shut down Kansas State freshman star Michael Beasley in the second half.
Beasley had 23 points for the 11th-seeded Wildcats, but just six after halftime.
Michael Flowers had 15 points and Greg Stiemsma 14 for the Badgers (31-4), who set a school record for wins in a season and head to the round of 16 in Detroit with 12 straight wins and 25 victories in the last 27 games.
Beasley, just 2-for-6 in the second half, hugged teammates and coaches when he left the game with 53.9 seconds left. Many expect him to declare for the NBA draft.
Bill Walker added 18 for the Wildcats (21-12), who were 0-for-13 from 3-point range.
OMAHA, Neb. — The top-seeded Kansas pulled away from UNLV in the second half and romped to a victory at the NCAA’s Midwest Regional.
Mario Chalmers led the way with 17 points, but he had plenty of help. Russell Robinson scored 13, Brandon Rush 12, Sherron Collins 10, Darrell Arthur 9 and Darnell Jackson
The Runnin’ Rebels barely had enough personnel to finish the game. With only 10 players in uniform to begin with, they had one starter, Joe Darger, foul out with more than 9 1/2 minutes remaining; another, Rene Rougeau, quickly followed him to the bench with his fifth.