- Purdue center Isaac Haas (44) falls in front of Cal State Fullerton forward Arkim Robertson during the first half of a first-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Friday, March 16, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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A scary moment for second-seeded Purdue: Isaac Haas, the star center for the Boilermakers, was pulled to the ground during the second half of their game against Cal State Fullerton. He landed on his back and seemed to be in a good deal of pain before getting up to go to the sideline.
The 7-foot-2 Haas at first looked like he’d stay in the game, but he went to the bench with 8:46 remaining and Purdue up big. He grimaced a bit as he held his right arm around the elbow.
He was able to come back in with 7:29 to play, but with Purdue in control Haas rode out most of the rest of the game on the bench.
— Noah Trister in Detroit.
No. 7 seed Texas A&M pulled away in the second half to beat 10th-seeded Providence 73-69
T.J. Starks scored 15 points after a scoreless first half and the Aggies advanced to face the winner of North Carolina and Lipscomb in Charlotte on Sunday in a West Region game. A&M big men Tyler Davis and Robert Williams dominated inside, combining for 27 points and 29 rebounds. The Aggies started the game by missing their first 10 shots.
Providence was one of the best teams in the country in tight games this season, going 8-0 in games decided by four points or less. Make that 8-1 now.
After trailing for most of the first half, No. 4 seed Wichita State has a 37-34 lead over No. 13 seed Marshall at halftime.
The Shockers finally awoke in the final minutes of the half, closing on an 11-1 run over the final 2:41. Conner Frankamp’s corner 3-pointer gave the Shockers just their second lead of the half and Landry Shamet’s layup pushed Wichita State’s lead to three at the break. Frankamp leads the Shockers with 14 points.
Jon Elmore has 14 points for Marshall. The Thundering Herd led by as many as seven in the first half.
— Tim Booth reporting from San Diego.
Georgia State coach Ron Hunter is healthy for this NCAA Tournament run, but the Panthers still have brought along the stool that became an indelible part of their 2015 first-round upset of Baylor.
Hunter coached from a stool in the 2015 tournament after tearing his Achilles while celebrating Georgia State’s Sun Belt title. He fell from the stool as his son, R.J., made a game-winning shot in the closing seconds of Georgia State’s victory over Baylor.
Hunter is getting to coach from a standing position for Georgia State’s first-round matchup with Cincinnati, but Georgia State still brought the stool to Nashville as a good-luck charm. The stool made a brief appearance on the Bridgestone Arena court as the Turner/CBS crew used it as a prop shortly before tip-off.
Sun Belt player of the year D’Marcus Simonds has made the most of his opportunity for a national showcase so far.
The Georgia State sophomore had all eight of his team’s points to give the underdog Panthers an 8-3 lead at the first timeout.
Cincinnati, which entered the game as a 13 ½-point favorite, has made just one of its first eight shots.
— Steve Megargee reporting from Nashville, Tennessee
Even with no local connections, basketball fans in San Diego showed up on Friday morning.
Most of the seats in Viejas Arena were filled for the opening session which tipped at 10:30 a.m. local time with No. 4 seed Wichita State taking on 13th-seeded Marshall.
The NCAA sent a random assortment of teams to San Diego for the tournament this time. The closest team sent here was New Mexico State — about a 10-hour drive away. The last time the tournament was held in San Diego in 2014, the group of teams included UCLA, Arizona and Gonzaga.
The fans are being treated to a good first game. No. 13 seed Marshall is leading the Shockers 22-21 with 7 ½ minutes left in the half.
__ Tim Booth reporting from San Diego.
That 0-for-10 start seems like a long time ago for Texas A&M. The Aggies used a 10-0 run, including 3s by T.J. Starks and D.J. Hogg, to go up 45-37 on No. 10 seed Providence with 13 minutes left in the second half at Charlotte. Texas A&M was shooting 60 percent in the second half after hitting on 33 percent in the first.
Carsen Edwards has 13 points, and second-seeded Purdue finished the first half strong to take a 30-21 lead over 15th-seeded Cal State Fullerton.
The Boilermakers, one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the country, are just 3 of 11 from long distance. The Titans kept it close for much of the half, but Purdue closed with an 8-1 run.
Kyle Allman has nine points and Khalil Ahmad has seven for Cal State Fullerton, but the Titans are just 8 of 25 from the field, and they have eight turnovers.
— Noah Trister reporting from Detroit.
Texas A&M and Providence are getting ready to start the second half after an ugly first in Charlotte.
The seventh-seeded Aggies lead the 10th-seeded Friars 28-27 at halftime in the West Region first round. Texas A&M missed its first 10 shots and made just 9 of 27 (33 percent) for the first 20 minutes, while Providence wasn’t a lot better at 39 percent (11 of 28).
No surprise: Texas A&M is dominating the boards. The bigger Aggies are up 23-16 on the glass, including eight offensive boards.
— Aaron Beard reporting from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Remember the tear-away jersey in football? Cal State Fullerton freshman basketball player Josh Pitts has one, too.
As he and Purdue’s Isaac Haas battled in a first-round game in Detroit, Haas grabbed a handful of Pitts’ jersey while falling down.
Pitts went to the bench with a piece from the side and back of his No. 24 jersey torn away. Moments later he changed into No. 41.
The 15th-seeded Titans were hanging tough with No. 2 Purdue, trailing 13-12 in the middle of the first half.
After a rough start, missing 10 straight shots, Texas A&M righted itself and briefly took a lead Providence in West Region game in Charlotte. The Friars are up 24-23 with three minutes left. And in Detroit, No. 2 seed Purdue is underway against Cal State Fullerton.
The second full day of NCAA Tournament games is underway, with No. 7 seed Texas A&M facing No. 10 Providence in a West Region game at Charlotte, North Carolina.
It’s off to an ugly start for the Aggies, who had 10 straight offensive possessions with no point in the first six minutes. The Friars are up 6-0, and so far so good for Providence coach Ed Cooley’s pants.
Cooley ripped his pants during the Big East championship game and had to wear a towel to cover up.
Virginia, the overall top seed, starts its NCAA Tournament Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, the day after double-digit seeds Buffalo and Loyola-Chicago provided first-round upsets.
Day two of round of 64 begins at 12:15 p.m. ET with No. 7 seed Texas A&M playing No. 10 Providence in a West Region game in Charlotte.
No. 2 Purdue tips off against No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 25 minutes later in the East Region in Detroit. No. 4 Wichita State meets No. 13 Marshall in San Diego at 1:30 p.m. in another East game
Virginia opens against No. 16 UMBC in the South Region in the late game in Charlotte.
On Thursday, No. 13 Buffalo knocked out No. 4 Arizona 89-68, leaving the Pac-12 without a win in the tournament for the first time since 1986.
No. 11 Loyola-Chicago used a long 3-pointer right before the buzzer to eliminate No. 6 Miami.
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