NCAA Men's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, March 16

Howell Inside, Brown's All-Around Game Lead Pack into 3rd Round

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Richard Howell hit 10-of-12 shots to finish with 22 points, and Lorenzo Brown was the orchestrating of the Pack offense with 15 points and 8 assists, as 11th-seed NC State downed sixth-seed San Diego State, 79-65, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon.

The Pack once again showed its dominance down low, as the Pack outscored the Aztecs 38-18 in points in the paint and have now posted more points in the paint then its last eight opponents.

Howell's 22 points, including scoring 15 of the Pack's 33 points in the first half, marked his most points since the second game of the season (25 vs. Morehead State), and also the second-most points for his career.

James Leads Comeback, FSU Into 3rd Round

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With its leading scorer uncharacteristically corralled and its magical post-season run on the brink of a premature ending, the No. 10 Florida State men's basketball team put its championship hopes on Bernard James' broad shoulders.

And FSU's 6-foot-10 senior center delivered.

In a 66-63 come-from-behind win over 14th-seeded St. Bonaventure Friday in Nashville, Tenn., James' career-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting prevented the potential bracket-busting upset. It also helped mask what was the rarest of days for Seminoles (25-9) junior guard Michael Snaer, who was held scoreless for the first time in his collegiate career.

Tar Heels Run Past Vermont Into Third Round, 77-58

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Tyler Zeller had 17 points and 15 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Vermont 77-58 on Friday in its NCAA tournament opener despite playing without injured starter John Henson.

Freshman forward James Michael McAdoo added a season-high 17 points for the top-seeded Tar Heels (30-5), who pushed ahead by double figures late in the first half and then broke the game open after halftime. The Tar Heels improved to 30-1 in NCAA tournament games played in their home state.

Sandro Carissimo had 11 points for the 16th-seeded Catamounts (24-12), who beat Lamar in one of Wednesday's First Four games. That earned them a trip to Greensboro to face the Tar Heels in front of a home-state crowd wearing plenty of light blue.

Duke Falls to Lehigh in NCAA Tournament, 75-70

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Duke Blue Devils dropped a 75-70 decision to Lehigh on Friday in a NCAA Tournament second round game at the Greensboro Coliseum. With the loss, Duke concludes the season with a 27-7 record.

A 15-seed had not beaten a No. 2 seed since March 16, 2001, when Hampton defeated Iowa State, 58-57, in a shocking upset. Exactly 11 years later as pair of No. 2 seeds fell victim to 15-seeds as Duke lost to Patriot League champion Lehigh, while Big 12 Champion Missouri fell to MEAC champ Norfolk State in Omaha.

Mason Plumlee recorded his 15th double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds. He was 9-of-9 from the field with six dunks to set the school's single season record for dunks in a season with 60. Plumlee's perfect shooting performance from the field was tied with four other former Blue Devils for most field goals made in a game with no misses. The record-holder was Carlos Boozer with 11 against Portland back in 2000. Plumlee added three blocks as well in the loss.

Virginia Falls to Florida 71-45 in NCAA Second Round

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OMAHA, Neb.--Freshman guard Bradley Beal had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and sophomore guard/forward Casey Prather scored 14 points to lead Florida to a 71-45 victory over Virginia in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the CenturyLink Center Omaha on Friday (March 16) afternoon.

Sophomore forward center Patric Young added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Gators.

Senior forward Mike Scott was the only player to score in double figures for Virginia with 15 points and he had a team-high six rebounds.