Xavier guard Terrell Holloway (52) and other players celebrate in the final seconds of Xavier’s 60-49 win over Wisconsin. The fourth-seeded Musketeers play top-seeded Pitt in the Sweet 16.AP photo
BOISE, Idaho — B.J. Raymond scored 15 points and Xavier finally broke through Wisconsin’s defense midway through the second half, pulling away to a 60-49 victory Sunday in the second round of the East Regional.
The Musketeers (27-7) struggled as the Badgers controlled the pace for the first 30 minutes, before Xavier pulled away with a 13-4 run and hung onto the lead from the foul line.
Wisconsin (20-13) kept Xavier off balance, but the tight defense wasn’t quite enough to overcome 29 percent shooting. The Badgers were just 16-for-56 from the floor and made three of 20 3-point attempts.
Marcus Landry scored 18 and Trevon Hughes had 17 points for the Badgers.
Derrick Brown added 15 points and C.J. Anderson pulled down eight rebounds for fourth-seeded Xavier, which will play in Boston on Thursday despite the sloppy performance — the Musketeers were 18-for-46 from the floor and just 18-for-26 from the foul line.
MINNEAPOLIS — Cole Aldrich posted a triple-double with 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocked shots to lead defending champion Kansas past 11th-seeded Dayton.
The 6-foot-11 Jayhawks sophomore nearly matched the NCAA tournament record for blocks in a game of 11 set by Shaquille O’Neal for LSU in 1992. Shawn Bradley had 10 in 1991 for BYU.
Sherron Collins had 25 points to pace the third-seeded Jayhawks (27-7).
Chris Wright had 10 points for Dayton (27-8). The Flyers shot a woeful 22.2 percent in their lowest-scoring game of the season.
MIAMI — Nic Wise and 12th-seeded Arizona again adapted well to its spot as a tournament long shot, building an early 14-point lead and eliminating Cleveland State.
The Wildcats are appearing in the tournament for the 25th year in a row, two shy of the record. But they’ve never been seeded so low and drew criticism as undeserving of a berth.
Wise scored 21 points to lead four double-figure scorers for the Wildcats (21-13).
Bracket-busting Cleveland State (26-11), was seeded 13th and struggled to solve Arizona’s zone defense. Norris Cole scored 17 points.
MINNEAPOLIS — Travis Walton scored a career-high 18 points to lift the second-seeded Spartans to a victory over 10th-seeded USC, putting Michigan State in 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 advanced to the regional semifinals more times in the last dozen years than any team besides Duke.
They’ll play third-seeded Kansas on Friday in Indianapolis.
Dwight Lewis scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 18 points for USC (22-13), which is starting to look like more than just a football school under coach Tim Floyd.
BOISE, Idaho — Freshman Kim English came off the bench with 5.5 seconds left and made two free throws for the hurting J.T. Tiller to lift Missouri to a victory over Marquette.
English, who scored 15 points during an amazing 4 1/2 -minute stretch in the first half, spent most of the second on the bench. But when Tiller got hurt driving to the basket, Missouri took advantage of the college rule that allows a team to substitute anyone for the injured player to take the free throws.
English calmly sank them to finish with 17 points. And when Lazar Hayward stepped over the baseline on the ensuing inbounds pass, Marquette was forced to foul. Leo Lyons made two more free throws to ice the game and Missouri moved onto the West Regional semifinals to play Memphis.