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Irish fend off pesky Huskies; North Carolina escapes Harvard; NC State hits last-second shot to defeat LSU
BeeJay Anya hit a jumper in the lane with 0.1 remaining to send NC State to the Round of 32, defeating LSU 66-65. After trailing by 16 at halftime, the Wolfpack came storming back in the second half to win.
Anya scored the Pack's final four points to complete the comeback. He tipped in a missed jumper to bring State within one point, and then drained a left-handed hook for the game winner.
Anthony 'Cat' Barber led the team in scoring with 17 points. Abdul-Malik Abu added 13 points, while Ralston Turner scored 10 points against his former team. Trevor Lacey added nine points and led rebounding efforts with nine.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Jackson hit a tying jumper in the final minute, and then had a fast-break dunk to help fourth-seeded North Carolina edge Harvard 67-65 in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.
The Tar Heels (25-11) wasted a 16-point second-half lead and briefly trailed before Jackson came to the rescue.
Siyani Chambers' four-point play put 13th-seeded Harvard ahead 65-63 with 1:15 remaining. It was the only lead of the game for the Ivy League champions.
Jackson finished with 14 points and Marcus Paige had 10.
Chambers misfired on a pair of 3-pointers in the closing seconds, and the Crimson's final chance for victory -- Wesley Saunders' shot from beyond the arc -- bounced off the back of the rim.
Saunders led Harvard (22-8) with 26 points. Chambers had 13.
PITTSBURGH (AP) Zach Auguste scored 25 points, Jerian Grant added 17 and Notre Dame survived their first NCAA Tournament game with a 69-65 win over Northeastern on Thursday.
The Fighting Irish (30-5) will play the winner of Texas-Butler on Saturday.
The third-seeded Irish returned to the tournament after a one-year absence determined to build off their ACC Tournament title and make a deep run in March.
Scott Eatherton had 18 points and David Walker had 15 for Northeastern (23-12).
The Huskies finally collapsed with sloppy play over the final minutes that ended the upset bid.
The Huskies chased down the loose ball after an inbound pass was wildly thrown away by the Irish. With a chance to tie it a 67-all with less than 10 seconds left, Quincy Ford lost control of the ball, and the Huskies lost their chance at pulling off the shocker.
Auguste, who made 10 of 14 shots, sealed it with two free throws.
Eatherton was in a perfect spot on the block and put back a missed 3 to make it 67-65 with 32.5 seconds left. Even with foul trouble, he came up big down the stretch for the Huskies. Eatherton pushed forward with four fouls and his layup at the 2-minute mark made it 65-61, inching the Huskies closer to their first NCAA Tournament win in more than 30 years.
Grant, though, picked Ford clean and went all the way for a dunk that made it 67-61.
Northeastern was fired up from tip as it chased a small slice of March history. Walker pounded his chest in exultation after his 3 on the second possession and the Huskies never let Notre Dame's lead grow to more than five points.
Walker's second 3 of the half evened the score at 18-all and the Huskies positioned for a 14 seed to win a game for the third straight season.
Caleb Donnelly missed two straight 3s that would have given the Huskies the lead. The Irish finally snapped out of their first-half funk and ended the half on a 9-3 run to head into halftime with a 31-27 lead.
The Irish shot a solid 55 percent in the first half.
They will play either Butler or Texas on Saturday at Pittsburgh's Consol Center.