Thronwell leads South Carolina to 88-81 NCAA upset of Duke

Juwan Evans scored 23 points to lead the 10th-seeded Cowboys (20-13), who finished the season with four consecutive losses. The Gamecocks limited the Warriors to 33 points in the second half and will need their regular-season kind of defense against Duke. Her more inexperienced Gamecocks lineup put the hammer down. Kitija Laksa’s three-point play gave the Bulls the lead again before the Tigers took the lead on a 12-3 run. Her game was just taking off.

No question there. In fact, Duke guard Grayson Allen said the following Saturday afternoon before practice: “I did hear their crowd at the end of our game (against Troy on Friday night)”.

Notre Dame 79, Robert Morris 49 – Also in South Bend, Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale scored 15 points each to help the top-seeded Fighting Irish (31-3) topple the Colonials (22-11).

Sindarius Thornwell had 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead seventh-seeded SC to a 93-73 victory over Marquette to close first-round play in the East Region on Friday night.

The Gamecocks outscored the Bulldogs 60-16 inside the lane. Gray totaled six points on 3-of-4 shooting and added four rebounds in the first 10 minutes.

Quinn Dornstauder scored 16 points to lead No. 8 seed Arizona State over No. 9 seed Michigan State. “When they were coming onto the court, they got a big standing ovation from their crowd”. It’s the game within the game that Krzyzewski often plays and, more often than not, wins that one, too. Thankfully, Justin Jackson regained his ACC Player of the Year touch by canning 5 of his 8 long bombs on the way to 21 points. Duke is playing at their peak right now, so this one could get out of hand in the second half.

The Blue Devils’ comeback attempt was made much more hard due to the team’s foul trouble.

Senior Amile Jefferson can’t think of a player the 6-foot-5 guard compares to, even with five years of experience in the ACC, which is perceived by most as college basketball’s toughest conference.

– Over the course of the last two seasons, Carolina is 6-3 in neutral site games. Baylor held the Aggies to 37 percent shooting in the second half.

It looked like that streak might end Friday after Oklahoma State opened the second half on a 12-5 run to take a 52-46 lead.

Duke will have to contain SEC Player of the Year Sindarius Thornwell if they hope to stave off an upset. But Wilson fought, for the rebound, tipped it to herself and made the game-winning basket. Guard Duane Notice (10.1 points) is the only other Gamecock who averages double digits in points, but the team counts on its defense to create offense and turned 18 turnovers by Marquette into 25 points.

Coming off an impressive opening round victory over 15th-seeded Hampton, the second-seeded and ninth-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (28-5) will host 10th-seeded OR (21-13) Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m., in the NCAA Tournament second round in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Gamecocks knocked down 20 of 28 field goal attempts, and with the game on the line, stepped to the free-throw line and made 21 of 23 attempts. Juniors Kaela Davis and A’ja Wilson combined to go 13-of-15 from the charity stripe. SC overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Marquette in the first round for its biggest comeback to result in a victory this season. They’ve faced off in nearly every imaginable scenario, the Tar Heels with a 25-win series advantage, but they have somehow never run into each other in the NCAA tournament.

Duke was supposed to win the national championship and ultimately anything less than that would be considered a disappointment.

The coach might have to bring the doughnuts for the sweet toothed-freshmen next time if they can lead the Ducks to the Sweet 16 for the first in program history.

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