Trojans, Rams deliver big stunners
UNDATED (AP) -- Southern California and Rhode Island have become the second and third No. 11 seeds to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. And tenth-seeded Wichita State made it five double-digit seeds reaching Round 2.
Sixth seed SMU had won 16 in a row until Elijah Stewart led the 11th-seeded Trojans to a 66-65 triumph over the Mustangs in Tulsa. Stewart delivered 22 points, including a game-winning 3-pointer after the Trojans trailed by as many as 10 in the second half.
Bennie Boatright and Chimezie Metu each added 14 for USC.
The Mustangs lost despite Semi Ojeleye's (SHEH'-mee OH'-zhah-layz) 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Jeff Dowtin went 10-for-10 from the line and scored a career-high 23 points as the Rams surprised No. 6 Creighton, 84-72 in Sacramento. Kuran Iverson scored 17 points and Hassan Martin had 12 points and eight rebounds in the Rams' first NCAA tourney win in 19 years.
The Shockers earned their 16th straight win by holding Dayton to a season-low 31 percent shooting in a 64-58 win against the Flyers at Indianapolis. Zach Brown's 3-pointer put Wichita State up 51-45 with 5:38 left, the biggest lead by either team up to that point. Landry Shamet had 13 points for the winners.
Third seed Baylor was a winner in Tulsa as Al Freeman came off the bench to score 21 points in a 91-73 romp over New Mexico State. Jo Lual-Acuil scored 16 points and Johnathan Motley added 15 and 10 rebounds as the Bears avoided a third straight first-round exit.
Baylor and Southern Cal will meet on Sunday.
Kansas has cruised into the second round at Tulsa as Frank Mason III contributed 22 points and eight assists to a 100-62 pounding of UC Davis. Josh Jackson chipped in 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting to help the Jayhawks win their opening game of the tournament for the 11th consecutive year.
Kansas closed the half on a 29-7 run to lead 50-28.
No. 3 Oregon sailed into the second round as Tyler Dorsey poured in 24 points to lead a 93-77 rout of Iona in Sacramento. Dillon Brooks and Payton Pritchard scored 16 points apiece for the Ducks, who shot 64 percent and led by as many as 27.
Oregon's next opponent is Rhode Island.
Cincinnati also advanced in Sacramento as Troy Caupain dropped in 23 points and Kyle Washington added 16 to highlight a 75-61 win against Kansas State. The Bearcats hit their first nine shots and shot 62 percent for the game.
In Greenville, South Carolina, Justin Jackson scored 19 of his 21 points by halftime as No. 1 seed North Carolina ripped Texas Southern, 103-64. Jackson finished 8 of 13 from the field and 5 of 8 from 3-point range with seven rebounds. Isaiah Hicks added 17 points and Kennedy Meeks had 13 for the Tar Heels.
Jaylen Barford hit the go-ahead layup with 57.8 seconds left to help No. 8 Arkansas hold off Seton Hall 77-71. Barford contributed 12 of his 20 points after halftime, including a pair of game-clinching free throws with 18.3 seconds remaining.
The Razorbacks will face North Carolina on Sunday.
Duke is 34-7 in NCAA openers after Grayson Allen had 21 points off five 3-pointers to send the second-seeded Blue Devils past Troy, 87-65 at Greenville. Jayson Tatum had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Duke, which drained 10 3-pointers in the opening half.
At Indianapolis, Mangok Mathiang (MAN'-goh MATH'-ee-ang) scored 18 points and Deng Adel (dehng ah-DEHL') added 16 to highlight second-seeded Louisville's 78-63 dismantling of Jacksonville State. Quentin Snider also had 16 points for the Cardinals, who put together a 17-6 run bridging the halves to take a 15-point lead.
Michigan moved into the second round at Indianapolis as Derrick Walton Jr. scored 26 points for the seventh-seeded Wolverines in a 92-91 win against Oklahoma State. Michigan hit 16 3-pointers to set a school record for an NCAA Tournament game, but the Wolverines trailed 64-62 before going on a 14-4 run.
Louisville and Michigan will square off on Sunday.
MEN'S BASKETBALL-NC STATE-COACH
Keatts becoming leader of the 'Pack
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the decision says North Carolina State has reached an agreement with UNC Wilmington's Kevin Keatts to take over as head coach.
Keatts is a former assistant to Rick Pitino at Louisville. The two-time Colonial Athletic Association coach of the year led UNC Wilmington to a 72-28 record and two NCAA Tournaments in three seasons there.
The 44-year-old Keatts replaces Mark Gottfried, who was fired over the winter but stayed on to finish the season.
Celts win, Raptors keep pace
UNDATED (AP) -- The Boston Celtics still top the NBA's Atlantic Division by four games over Toronto after holding off the Nets in Brooklyn.
Jae Crowder scored nine of his 24 points late in the fourth quarter as the Celtics pulled out a 98-95 victory against the NBA's worst team. Avery Bradley finished with 16 points, while Al Horford added 14 and eight rebounds.
The Celts won their third in a row despite playing without All-Star Isaiah Thomas, who bruised his right knee in Wednesday's game against Minnesota.
Boston moved within two games of the idle Cleveland Cavaliers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Raptors kept pace with Boston by outscoring the Pistons 27-9 in the fourth quarter of an 87-75 win at Detroit. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) had 17 points and eight rebounds as Toronto won for the second time in five games.
DeMar DeRozan added 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Raptors.
In other NBA action:
-- John Wall had a career-high 20 assists while scoring 14 points in Washington's 112-107 verdict over Chicago. Bradley Beal finished with a team-high 24 points and Jason Smith added 17 while starting in place of Markieff Morris, who was a late scratch due to illness.
-- Solomon Hill scored a career-high 30 points and New Orleans overcame the absence of injured All-Star DeMarcus Cousins in a 128-112 upset over Houston. Anthony Davis had 24 points and 15 rebounds as the Pelicans overcame James Harden's triple-double of 41 points, 14 boards and 11 assists.
-- Hassan Whiteside's 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds highlighted Miami's 23rd win in 28 games, 123-105 over Minnesota. Tyler Johnson scored 23 off the bench for the Heat, while Goran Dragic chipped in 19 points and 10 assists to help Miami improve to 15-1 in its last 16 home games.
-- Justin Anderson tied his career high with 19 points and Robert Covington scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter as Philadelphia slammed Dallas, 116-74. It was the 76ers' largest margin of victory and the Mavericks' worst loss of the season.
Pens move closer to Caps
UNDATED (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have leapfrogged the Columbus Blue Jackets and are within one point of the first-place Washington Capitals in the NHL's Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference races.
Sidney Crosby scored twice and Carter Rowney notched his first NHL goal as the Pens beat New Jersey, 6-4. Crosby pulled into a tie for the league goal-scoring lead with his 36th and 37th. He also had an assist to help the Penguins win without Evgeni Malkin, who remains out with an upper-body injury.
Matt Murray stopped 32 shots for Pittsburgh.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
-- Aleksander Barkov scored in the third period and provided the lone shootout tally to send Florida past the New York Rangers, 4-3. Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO'-bur-doh) had a goal and assist to back James Reimer, who stopped 29 shots in helping the Panthers deal the Blueshirts their sixth consecutive home loss.
Giants ink JPP
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants have signed defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to a four-year pact that is theoretically worth about $68 million.
Pierre-Paul had seven sacks last season with 53 tackles, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery despite missing the final four games with a core muscle injury that required surgery.
The signing comes less than two years after his right hand was severely damaged in a fireworks accident.
Also, a person with knowledge of the agreement says quarterback Geno Smith has accepted a contract with the Giants. The 26-year-old Smith was a second-round draft choice by the Jets in 2013, but his stint with them was marred by injuries and inconsistency.
JOURDAN LEWIS CHARGED
Former Michigan player Lewis charged with domestic violence
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Former Michigan cornerback and NFL prospect Jourdan Lewis has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence after authorities say he assaulted his girlfriend.
Lewis was arraigned Thursday in 15th District Court in Ann Arbor, where a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf. Lewis is accused of assaulting his girlfriend at his Ann Arbor apartment. Police responded about 1 a.m. Wednesday and the woman told officers there was a physical altercation.
Hoffman leads through 36
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Charley Hoffman had seven birdies in a 6-under 66 that gives him a one-shot lead at the midway point of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Hoffman sits at 10-under through 36 holes, just ahead of Emiliano Grillo (GREE'-oh) of Argentina.
Grillo made two eagles on his opening nine and carded a pair of birdies on par5s on his final nine for a 68.
England's Matt Fitzpatrick is two strokes back.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-CONQUITADORE CLASSIC
Couples 2 up on Stricker
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Fred Couples shot an 8-under 65 in the Tucson Conquistadores Classic, leaving playing partner Steve Stricker two strokes back in his PGA Tour Champions debut.
The 57-year-old Couples birdied five of the first seven holes and added four more on the back nine before bogeying the par-4 18th.
Tom Lehman and Jeff Maggert shot 66's.