NCAA Men's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, March 18
March 19, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - For the first time since the 2004-05 season, the NC State Wolfpack has advanced to the Sweet 16. Next stop, St. Louis.
The 11th-seeded Pack captured the lead late in the first half and never surrendered it, in ousting third-seed Georgetown, 66-63, Sunday afternoon in Columbus.
"Well, I'm extremely proud of our team and these young guys," said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. "I think that they have grown up a lot this year.
"I think today, when you look at how we were down early. We came back, took the lead, and just how tough-minded they have become. It makes you feel very good as a coach, very proud of them. It's a great win for our program."
NC State advances to the Round of 16 for the 13th time in school history, and will be looking to move onto the Elite Eight for the first time since 1985-86.
"How sweet it is, that's all we've been saying," said senior C.J. Williams. "How sweet it is. It feels great. We are sky high. We are confident in ourselves and our coaches."
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- John Henson proved he's healthy enough to help North Carolina's latest push for the Final Four. It remains to be seen if Kendall Marshall will be able to help the Tar Heels.
Henson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in his return from a wrist injury, but Marshall broke a bone in his right wrist during the second half of North Carolina's 87-73 victory over Creighton in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday.
Coach Roy Williams confirmed the injury after the game, and said he would talk to Marshall and his parents about his status Sunday night. The point guard still finished with 18 points and 11 assists.
North Carolina got off to a fast start and built a 15-point lead in the first half, then kept control and pushed the margin to 19 after the break on the way to its second straight double-digit victory in the Midwest Regional. The top-seeded Tar Heels (31-5) reached the round of 16 for a record 25th time.
Doug McDermott scored 20 points for the eight-seeded Bluejays (29-6), who shot 41 percent and couldn't keep up with the hot-shooting Tar Heels.
Henson had missed the last three games after spraining his left wrist during the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament when he fell to the court while being fouled. His return drew a roar from the home-state fans filling the Greensboro Coliseum, both when he jogged out with his teammates for pregame warmups and when he was introduced during the starting lineups.
Riding a six-game winning streak and boasting the first Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in school history, third-seeded FSU (24-10) simply couldn't handle the Bearcats' defensive pressure and ability to strip the ball.
Sixth-seeded Cincinnati (26-10) advanced to the Sweet 16 in large part because it forced 17 turnovers and scored 19 points off those takeaways.
"We had in the scouting report that they were what you would call a tremendous 'strip team,'" FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I thought they got a lot of deflections that led to baskets. Most of the time when you turn the ball over it's dead-ball situations."