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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Siyani Chambers scored 11 points, including five straight in the final 2 minutes, and 12th seeded Harvard won its second NCAA tournament game in history, upsetting fifth seeded Cincinnati 61 57 on Thursday in the East Regional.
Wesley Saunders led the Crimson (27 4) with 12 points as Harvard pulled off an upset for the second straight year. Last year, Harvard upset New Mexico as a 14 seed.
Harvard never trailed after the opening moments. They played with confidence and scrap against the Bearcats, who shared the American Athletic Conference regular season title.
Sean Kilpatrick led Cincinnati (27 7) with 18 points.
Michigan State 93, Delaware 78
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Adreian Payne scored a career high 41 points to get Michigan State off to a solid start in the NCAA tournament.
Payne, a 6 foot 10 senior, scored 12 straight points in the first half to help the fourth seeded Spartans (27 8) to an 18 point lead.
He set an NCAA tournament record by making all 17 of his free throws and broke the program’s tournament scoring record, set previously by Greg Kelser in 1979.
Devon Saddler had 21 points and Davon Usher added 20 points for the 13th seeded Blue Hens (25 10).
Travis Trice scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half for the Spartans. (AP) Vee Sanford scored on a layup with 3.8 seconds left to lift 11th seeded Dayton.
Sanford finished with 10 points, while Dyshawn Pierre led the Flyers (24 10) with 12 points in a matchup of Ohio schools separated by about 75 miles.
The sixth seeded Buckeyes (25 10) had one last chance to pull out the victory, but Aaron Craft’s driving 10 footer hit off the backboard and rolled off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
Sam Thompson scored 18 points and Craft added 16 for Ohio State, which was eliminated after one game for only the third time in its 26 tournament appearances. (AP) Syracuse’s backcourt of Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis combined for 34 points and the Orange defense clamped down.
Western Michigan (23 10), the Mid American Conference champion, had won 14 of 16 games and was in the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade.
The third seeded Orange (28 5) forced 11 turnovers in the opening half and scored 13 points off them in running out to a double digit lead before the midpoint of the period.
Cooney led the Orange with 18 points, hitting 4 of 8 from beyond the arc, and Ennis had 16 points and six assists with one turnover.
The Orange used an 18 4 spurt over 10 minutes to take control and led 40 21 at halftime.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Talib Zanna scored 16 of his 18 points in the opening half, helping ninth seeded Pittsburgh build a 28 point lead.
The Panthers (26 9) shot 51 percent and played stifling defense.
Colorado (23 12) was eager to make amends for an early exit from the tournament a year ago, but had no answers for the 6 foot 9 Zanna.
The Pitt center made six of seven shots in the first half, and the Panthers didn’t have any difficulty finishing off the overwhelmed Buffaloes.
Josh Scott led the eighth seeded Buffaloes with 14 points.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Dorian Finney Smith scored 16 points, most of them on dunks, and top seeded Florida used a second half surge to beat 16th seeded Albany.
The Gators (33 2) showed some vulnerability, though, while extending their school record winning streak to 27 games.
Coach Billy Donovan’s team sleepwalked through the first half, swapping the lead back and forth with the pesky Great Danes, but Florida’s bench provided a much needed spark.
Finney Smith, the SEC’s sixth man of the year, was 6 of 10 shooting. Freshman guard Kasey Hill, who wasn’t sure he would be able to play because of turf toe, chipped in 10 points.