ORLANDO, FL, Sporting Alert — NCAA Tournament First Round scores and results from the games that took place on Thursday, March 16.
Both No. 1 seeds in action on the day secured wins, with Villanova and Gonzaga both advancing to the second round.
MARCH MADNESS SCORES: Villanova 76, Mount St Mary’s 56
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Donte DiVincenzo had 21 points and 13 rebounds and NCAA Tournament top seed Villanova rallied from a slow start to beat Mount St Mary’s 76-56 in the East Regional on Thursday.
DiVincenzo shot 9-for-15 from the floor and made three 3-pointers for the defending national champion, which shot 31-of-60 from the field for 51.7-percent as a team.
Jalen Brunson added 14 points, Mikal Bridges scored 13, while Josh Hart ended with 11 and Eric Paschall chipped in with 10 for the Wildcats (32-3).
Miles Wilson paced Mount St Mary’s with 22 points and seven rebounds.
Junior Robinson, who scored 23 points in the First Four win on Tuesday, was held to just seven points on 3-for-9 shooting against Nova on Thursday.
MARCH MADNESS SCORES: Gonzaga 66, South Dakota State 46
SALT LAKE CITY — Jordan Mathews scored 16 points and pulled down five rebounds to lead No. 1 seed Gonzaga to a 66-46 win over South Dakota State in a NCAA Tournament First Round game.
Zach Collins added 10 points and six rebounds, while Przemek Karnowski and Josh Perkins both scored 10 points for Bulldogs (33-1), who shot just 39.7 percent from the floor.
Mike Daum scored 17 points with seven rebounds and two blocks to lead the way for the West Regional sixteenth-seeded Jackrabbits (18-17).
Gonzaga moves on to play Northwestern, which defeated Vanderbilt in its First Round game on Thursday.
MARCH MADNESS SCORES: Notre Dame 60, Princeton 58
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Bonzie Colson had 18 points and seven rebounds and the West Regional No. 5 seed Notre Dame held on for a 60-58 victory over 12th seed Princeton in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo on Thursday.
After Matt Farrell missed a one-and-one free throw attempt late in the game, the Tigers had a chance to grab the lead on their final possession, but Devin Cannady couldn’t hit the corner 3-pointer.
Farrell made 3-for-5 from 3-pointers in adding 16 points and Stever Vasturia ended with 10 for the Fighting Irish (26-9), who led by as many as 11 points in the second half, but Princeton managed to cut it to one point late in the contest.
Spencer Weisz led the Tigers (23-7) with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
Steven Cook added 11 points and seven rebounds and Myles Stephens finished with 10 points and five rebounds for Princeton, which had a 19-game winning streak going into the NCAA Tournament.
MARCH MADNESS SCORES: Virginia 76, UNC Wilmington 71
ORLANDO, Fla. — East Regional fifth-seed Virginia overcame a 15 point deficit to beat UNC Wilmington 76-71 in the NCAA Tournament First Round on Thursday.
London Perrantes rebounded from a slow first half to finish with 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting to lead the way for the Cavalier (23-10), who shot 50-percent as a team from the floor.
Marial Shayok added a career-high 23 points off the bench on 8-for-14 shooting, while Darius Thompson ended with 10 for Virginia, which advanced to face the winner of the Florida v East Tennessee State battle.
Chris Flemmings had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead UNC Wilmington.
Denzel Ingram scored 17 points and made 4-for-9 from 3-pointers, while Ambrose Mosley made all five of his shots, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range on his way to scoring 14 points for the Seahawks (29-6).
Devontae Cacok ended with a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds in the defeat for UNC Wilmington, which will be kicking and screaming after squandering a huge lead.
NCAA TOURNAMENT SCORES
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GONZAGA 66, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 46
ARIZONA 100, NORTH DAKOTA 82
NOTRE DAME 60, PRINCETON 58
WEST VIRGINIA 86, BUCKNELL 80
NORTHWESTERN 68, VANDERBILT 66
XAVIER 76, MARYLAND 65
FLORIDA STATE 86, FLORIDA GULF COAST 80
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE 81, MINNESOTA 72
BUTLER 76, WINTHROP 64
VILLANOVA 76, MOUNT ST. MARY’S 56
VIRGINIA 76, UNC WILMINGTON 71
FLORIDA 80, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 65
WISCONSIN 84, VIRGINIA TECH 74
PURDUE 80, VERMONT 70
IOWA STATE 84, NEVADA 73