DAYTON, Ohio — Luguentz Dort overcame a tough foul and a leg damage en path to scoring 21 factors Wednesday for Arizona State in a long-awaited N.C.A.A. event victory in Dayton, Ohio.
The 11th-seeded Solar Devils (23- 10) beat St. John’s, 74-65, and can play Buffalo on Friday within the West Area.
Arizona State earned its first N.C.A.A. win in 10 years and the Pac-12’s first event win in two years.
The Pac-12 was Zero-Three within the event final season, with two groups — Arizona State and U.C.L.A. — falling within the First 4. Arizona then acquired knocked out within the spherical of 64. The Pac-12 acquired three groups in once more this yr, with Oregon and Washington becoming a member of the Solar Devils.
St. John’s (21-13) was the final crew picked for the event, sneaking in regardless of a late-season fade. The Pink Storm wound up one of many first ones out as effectively.
Shamorie Ponds scored 25 factors for St. John’s, which hasn’t received an N.C.A.A. event sport since 2000. The Pink Storm by no means led on Wednesday.
Arizona State’s bodily protection introduced the Pink Storm to a halt. St. John’s missed 17 of its first 23 photographs because the Solar Devils constructed an 18-point lead. A technical foul on coach Bobby Hurley as he argued over a blocking foul with 25 seconds left within the half helped St. John’s trim the deficit to 38-25.
Ponds had a steal and dunk as St. John’s reduce the result in 40-33 early within the second half whereas Dort was on the bench getting his decrease proper leg handled. The freshman guard landed arduous after extending for a rebound and getting fouled. Mustapha Heron was known as for a flagrant foul.
N.D. STATE 78, N.C. CENTRAL 74 Tyson Ward scored 23 factors as North Dakota State (19-15) superior to a first-round sport in opposition to Duke, the top-seeded crew within the East Area, on Friday in Columbia, S.C.
It was the second N.C.A.A. event win for the Bison, who upset Oklahoma within the opening spherical in 2014.
“Earlier within the yr, when groups made a run, they have been athletic and pressured like that, we type of crumbled,” mentioned Vinnie Shahid, who had 14 factors. “As you may see, we’ve grown up a little bit bit.”
N.C. Central (18-16) squandered an impressive evening by senior heart Raasean Davis, who scored 20 factors and pulled down 16 rebounds, because the Eagles misplaced a First 4 sport for the third consecutive yr.
SYRACUSE SUSPENSION Syracuse senior guard Frank Howard is out “for an indefinite time period” for violating college coverage and can miss Thursday’s sport in opposition to Baylor. Howard, averaged eight.9 factors and a pair of.Zero assists in an up-and-down season, and drew consideration within the A.C.C. event when he appeared to stay his foot out as Duke star Zion Williamson ran by.