Virginia Pulls Away from Belmont, Louisville Escapes UC Irvine, Duke Downs Robert Morris

Trio of teams survives the day, giving the ACC a perfect 6-0 mark in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.

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Snider's Late Free Throws Lift Louisville Over UC Irvine, 57-55

SEATTLE (AP & GoCards.com) Freshman Quentin Snider hit the winning free throws and Terry Rozier made the saving steal Friday to help fourth-seeded Louisville top UC Irvine 57-55 and send the tournament's tallest player packing.

With the game tied, Snider snagged a rebound in the corner off a long miss by Luke Nelson and drew a foul when Will Davis II crashed into him.

Snider, who finished with a career-high 16 points, made the free throws with 8.9 seconds left and the Anteaters (21-13) never got a final shot, thanks to Rozier's pick of Alex Young.

Wayne Blackshear had 19 points for the Cardinals (25-8), who will play Northern Iowa on Sunday for a trip to the Sweet 16.

Mamadou Ndiaye, the 7-foot-6 center, finished with 12 points and five rebounds for the Anteaters, but he didn't touch the ball over the last two minutes and UC Irvine's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament came to a disappointing close.

Snider had two key buckets down the stretch, including an 18 footer that he sank with Ndiaye running at him from the key.

Brogdon Leads Virginia Past Belmont, Advances to Next Round

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP & VirginiaSports.com) Malcolm Brogdon scored 22 points, Justin Anderson re-emerged as a scoring threat and second-seeded Virginia defeated 15th-seeded Belmont 79-67 on Friday in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64.

Anderson had 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting and Anthony Gill added 16 points as the Cavaliers (30-3) moved on to face No. 7 seed Michigan State on Sunday in the East Region.

''I knew we were going to have to make some plays, get some stops and make some free throws,''Virginia Head Coach Tony Bennett said. ''But you are never (comfortable) when you play a team like that that has big-play ability.''

Anderson, playing with his broken left pinky taped to his ring finger, scored for the first time since Feb. 7 against Louisville. He failed to score in two ACC Tournament games.

''It felt good to show everybody, in a game, that I'm fine,'' Anderson said.

Like last year when Virginia avoided a historic upset and held on to beat 16th-seeded Coastal Carolina, the Cavaliers needed a late second-half push to advance.

Belmont (22-11) had clawed within two behind 25 points from Crag Bradshaw, but the Cavaliers outscored the Bruins 17-7 over the final 4:37 of the game.


Cook, Okafor Lead Duke Past Robert Morris 85-56

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --  Quinn Cook scored 22 points to help No. 1 seed Duke get off to a torrid start and beat Robert Morris 85-56 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64.

Freshman Jahlil Okafor added 21 as the Blue Devils (30-4) wasted little time getting their offense revving, hitting their first seven shots and 12 of 15 to quickly build a big lead.

That's not to say everything went smoothly for Duke, a team with half of its eight scholarship players making its tournament debut. Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski furiously burned a timeout after Okafor blew a reverse dunk, while Robert Morris -- the No. 16 seed that had to win a First Four game to get here -- showed plenty of fight and kept hanging around for the first part of the second half before the Blue Devils finally put the game out of reach.

After Robert Morris (20-15) pulled within 10 midway through the second half, the Blue Devils ran off 12 straight points with a suddenly dominant burst to push the lead back to 68-46 on Amile Jefferson's transition layup with 8:29 left.

Duke was in command from there for a routine 1-vs-16 finish, shooting 63 percent in the program's 100th NCAA Tournament victory.

Cook made 8 of 12 shots, including a 6-for-10 performance from behind the arc.

Meanwhile, Okafor had a strong start, too. Facing a hopelessly undersized front line, the freshman finished 9 for 11 from the field and played just 21 minutes.