Gonzaga cruises; Harvard bows out

blocks a shot by Harvard's Laurent Rivard in Vanderbilt's second-round win MATT YORK / Associated Press
blocks a shot by Harvard's Laurent Rivard in Vanderbilt's second-round win MATT YORK / Associated Press (Vanderbilt's Jeffrey Taylor)
Posted: March 16, 2012

Robert Sacre and Gary Bell Jr. scored 14 points apiece as Gonzaga routed West Virginia, 77-54, on Thursday night in Pittburgh in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Kevin Pangos added 13 points and five assists for the seventh-seeded Bulldogs (26-6).

Gary Browne led the Mountaineers (19-14) with 15 points off the bench, and Kevin Jones scored 13 in his final game for West Virginia, which had its worst postseason defeat in 28 years despite the home-court advantage.

Gonzaga never let the crowd get into it. The Bulldogs took control during a 13-0 run midway through the first half and cruised, shooting 56 percent from the floor.

Vanderbilt 79, Harvard 70 - John Jenkins made all six of his free throws down the stretch and had 27 points to help the No. 5 Commodores hold off the No. 12 Crimson in Albuquerque, N.M.

Brad Tinsley had 16 for the Commodores (25-10), who followed last weekend's stunner over top-ranked Kentucky with the win.

The Crimson (26-5) won the Ivy League and made the tournament for the first time since 1946.

Kansas State 70, Southern Mississippi 64 - Rodney McGruder scored 30 points to lead eighth-seeded the Wildcats over the ninth-seeded Golden Eagles in Pittburgh.

The Wildcats (22-10) advanced past their opening tournament game for the third straight year.

After the game, Southern Miss issued a formal apology to Kansas State for the behavior of its pep band during the game.

When Kansas State freshman point guard Angel Rodriguez stepped to the line, the band chanted "Where's your green card?"

"We deeply regret the remarks made by a few students at today's game," Southern Miss president Martha Saunders said.

Wisconsin 73, Montana 49 - Rob Evans scored 18 points and Jordan Taylor added 17 points and six assists for the Badgers, who ended the Grizzlies' school-record 14-game winning streak in Albuquerque, N.M.

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