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NCAA: Yale upsets Baylor, 79-75


NCAA: Yale upsets Baylor, 79-75

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Ivy League has produced its share of surprise winners in the NCAA Tournament. It can add Yale to that list of bracket spoilers.

Makai Mason had a career-high 31 points, including six of Yale's final nine points, and the No. 12 seed Bulldogs held on to upset No. 5 seed Baylor 79-75 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

Yale (23-6) earns its first NCAA Tournament victory. It comes in its first appearance since 1962.

"This was bigger than us, and we wanted to do it for all the Yale faithful out there," said senior Justin Sears. ""It's great right now. I don't think it's really hit us how big this is yet."

Afterward, the Bulldogs celebrated like a team that had been waiting 54 years to play in the big dance.

When the final horn sounded, coach James Jones walked across the floor with his arms raised. Stopping in front a cheering throng of Yale fans, he slammed both hands down on the scorer's table before again lifting his arms high.

Since Cornell made a Cinderella run to the Sweet 16 in 2010, Ivy League teams have gone 4-3 in first-round games. That Cornell team, coincidentally, was also a No. 12 seed. The Bulldogs advance to face fourth-seeded Duke on Saturday. Sears added 18 points. Brandon Sherrod finished with 10.

"The guys in this locker room have known," said Yale guard Nick Victor. "People outside, they always thought we couldn't win this one. We knew from the start that we could do this."

The Bulldogs controlled the game from the opening tap, and suffocated a Baylor defense with its quickness and nullified its advantage inside with methodical movement on offense.

Mason was the catalyst, connecting on nine of his 18 field goal attempts, and going a perfect 11 for 11 from the free throw line.

"I kind of just felt in the zone, I guess," Mason said. "I guess I thought if I missed it, I'm sure our coach would have screamed at me...Luckily, I was able to knock it down."

For Baylor (22-12), it is the second straight first-round exit from the tournament. The Bears lost on a last-second 3-pointer last year in a Georgia State's memorable victory.

Taurean Prince led Baylor (22-12) with 28 points. Johnathan Motley finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.

"We just got outrebounded and they played harder than us the whole 40 minutes," Prince said.

Yale played a chunk of the second half without Sears and Brandon Sherrod after both picked up their fourth fouls. Both returned with just over four minutes to play in the game.

The Bulldogs led by as many as 13 points in the second half before having its lead cut it to 76-75.

Baylor applied full court pressure on the inbounds play, but Yale got a long pass into Nick Victor, who was fouled with 6.8 seconds left.

Victor connected on the first, but air balled the second attempt. Baylor got the ball into Lester Medford. He slipped on his way to the basket, turning it over.

"I thought Yale did a great job in the second half making things tough for us to score," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "We only shot 38 percent. But I thought Mason really controlled the game. We had a difficult time matching him."


Expelled Yale player Jack Montague, dismissed last month because of a sexual assault allegation, was in the stands for the game. Wearing a pink hat and sitting with a bunch of fans across from the Yale bench, Montague said he was there as a fan to cheer for his teammates but declined further comment.

Montague, the team captain, was expelled Feb. 10 from the university over a sexual encounter that occurred in October 2014. Montague's attorney, Max Stern, said this week that the dispute is about whether the woman consented to the sex. Montague claims she consented, she claims she did not, Stern said.


Yale: The win gave the Bulldogs their most wins since 1906-07, when the team won 30 games. ... The last No. 12 seeds to win a first round game were Harvard, Stephen F. Austin and N. Dakota State in 2014. ... Yale is 23-0 this season win leading heading into the final five minutes of the game.

Baylor: Was outrebounded by the Bulldogs 36-32. ...Last NCAA tournament win was in 2014.


Baylor's season is finished.

Yale plays Duke on Saturday.

NCAA: Duke ends URI's run emphatically, 87-62

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NCAA: Duke ends URI's run emphatically, 87-62

PITTSBURGH - Mike Krzyzewski might want to stop worrying about his team's inexperience. The loaded if young Blue Devils hardly seemed intimidated by NCAA Tournament's bright lights.

If anything, they're thriving under them.

Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Marvin Bagley scored 22 points to go with nine rebounds, fellow freshman big man Wendell Carter Jr. added 13 points and second-seeded Duke rolled by seventh-seeded Rhode Island 87-62 in the second round on Saturday to earn the program's 26th trip to the Sweet 16. Freshmen guards Gary Trent Jr. and Trevon Duval combined for 29 points and 11 assists for the Blue Devils.

Duke (28-7) will play either Michigan State or Syracuse in the Midwest Regional semifinals in Omaha, Nebraska on Friday. The victory gave Krzyzewski 1,098 wins during his Hall of Fame career, breaking a tie with Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt for the most ever by an NCAA basketball coach.

The Rams (26-8) and their senior-laden roster never threatened after the opening 10 minutes. E.C. Matthews led Rhode Island with 23 points but the Rams were never really in it after the Blue Devils revved it up midway through the first half.

Krzyzewski's relationship with Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley dates back to when Krzyzewski recruited Dan's older brother Bobby to Duke 30 years ago. Krzyzewski praised the Hurley family for their love of the "dignity of work," an ethos that has helped Dan turn the Rams into a force in the Atlantic 10.

Work ethic is one thing. Talent is another. The Rams have plenty of the former. When the young but rapidly maturing Blue Devils are as fully engaged as they were on Saturday, they have a staggering amount of both.

The proof came in a clinically efficient opening half in which Duke picked the Rams a part. If Allen and Trent weren't knocking down 3-pointers then they were getting the ball inside to Bagley or Carter, the program's "other" potential lottery pick who is dealing with an achy Achilles. Though he winced at least once while trying to set up on the block, when Carter had the ball in his hands, the grimace disappeared. He scored nine of Duke's first 11 points to establish the Blue Devils' dominance in the paint and when the backcourt got going, the Rams simply couldn't keep pace.

A 23-5 surge midway through the first half put the Blue Devils firmly in command. Their extended zone defense with Allen at the top disrupted Rhode Island's rhythm, at one point forcing Matthews it put up an off-balance, one-handed airball from the 3-point line as the shot clock expired.

By the time Duval's second 3-pointer of the half went down, the Blue Devils were up 45-28 at the break.

As the Rams came out for the second half, junior guard Will Leviton went over to a section of Rhode Island fans and urged them to "get up, I still need you! It's still a game."

Not really. A pair of Bagley dunks shortly after intermission pushed Duke's advantage to more than 20 and the Blue Devils were on their way to Omaha.

Rhode Island: The Rams lose five seniors to graduation, including Matthews, Terrell and forward Andre Berry but have a solid nucleus returning. Whether Hurley is there to guide them is another matter. He acknowledged his name has been mentioned in connections with other jobs, including UConn. He said no last spring. It may be more difficult this time around.

Duke: For all of its offensive brilliance, the biggest difference for the Blue Devils over the last month has been their work at the other end of the floor. Duke held Rhode Island to 40 percent shooting (25 of 63).

The Blue Devils are 14-9 in Sweet 16 games under Krzyzewski.

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UMBC stuns Virginia, becomes first No. 16 seed ever to beat No. 1 in NCAA tournament

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UMBC stuns Virginia, becomes first No. 16 seed ever to beat No. 1 in NCAA tournament

For the first time in NCAA tournament history, a No. 16 seed has beaten a No. 1.

UMBC (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) pulled off the impossible Friday night, beating No. 1 seed and tournament favorite Virginia, 74-54.

The Retrievers ended the seemingly never-ending streak of 135 matchups in which the No. 16 seed fell in the first round. They'll move on to the Round of 32 to take on No. 9 Kansas State.