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Rodney English led an East Tennessee State 3-point barrage that helped the Buccaneers stun No. 10

NCAATourneyArizona 87-80 Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Southeast Regional.

The 14th-seeded Buccaneers (24-6) won their ninth consecutive game and pulled off the tournament's biggest upset thus far by going 13-of-25 on 3-pointers. English made 3 of 5 and finished with 21 points.

East Tennessee State, which won the last four Southern Conference titles, had lost its previous three first-round NCAA tournament games.

But this time, the Buccaneers came in with confidence. They were hoping to improve on last year's preseason National Invitation Tournament, when they went to Arizona and played the Wildcats tough before losing 88-79.

The experience paid off, allowing East Tennessee State to send the Wildcats to their third consecutive loss.

Third-seeded Arizona (24-7) was hoping for big things in its eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. Instead, the Wildcats made their earliest exit since a first-round loss to Auburn in 1986.

East Tennessee State will play Michigan, a 73-66 winner over Temple, in Sunday's second round.

In other Southeast regional games:

Tulane 61, St. John's 57

At Atlanta, Tulane, which gave up basketball for four years following a point-shaving scandal, upset cold-shooting St. John's in the opening round of the NCAA Southeast Regional.

David Whitmore scored 15 points for 10th-seeded Tulane (22-8), making its first appearance in the tournament. The Green Wave used constant defensive pressure to force seventh-seeded St. John's into shooting 36 percent and committing 16 turnovers.

No. 11 Oklahoma St. 100,

Georgia Southern 73

Byron Houston scored 29 points and Oklahoma State took charge with a 20-0 second-half run. Georgia Southern (25-6), the Trans America champion, stayed with the Big Eight power until Sean Sutton started the big run with a 3-pointer with 16:15 remaining. Oklahoma State (27-7) improved to 17-0 outside the Big Eight.

No. 15 Michigan 73, Temple 66

Freshman Jalen Rose scored 19 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4:53 remaining, to lead Michigan over Temple. Rose, one of Michigan's "Fab Five" quintet of starting freshmen, took charge down the stretch, scoring 11 of Michigan's last 18 points.


No. 6 Kentucky 88,

Old Dominion 69

At Worcester, Mass., Kentucky used a late 15-2 run to beat Old Dominion in the Wildcats' first NCAA tournament game since 1988. Kentucky (27-6) led by only three points with 8:25 remaining.

No. 17 UMass 85, Fordham 58

The Minutemen used a balanced attack and runs of 20-6 and 19-3 to rout Fordham. Massachusetts (29-4) stretched its winning streak to 13 games.

No. 21 Syracuse 51, Princeton 43

Syracuse freshman Lawrence Moten single-handedly ended Princeton's run of near upsets in the first round of the tournament. Moten nearly outscored the Tigers by himself in the second half and had 14 straight points for the Orangemen (22-9) at one point.

Iowa St. 76, NC-Charlotte 74

Iowa State, which came into the tournament on a serious skid, nearly slid out of the tournament despite leading North Carolina-Charlotte by nine points with less than two minutes left.


UTEP 55, Evansville 50

At Dayton, Ohio, Johnny Melvin scored the go-ahead basket and Eddie Rivera added a short jumper as Texas-El Paso rallied for a victory over Evansville. Melvin scored on a spinning move around 7-foot-1 center Sascha Hupmann with 2:50 to go, putting Texas-El Paso (26-6) ahead 51-50 after trailing by as many as nine midway through the second half.

No. 2 Kansas 100, Howard 67

Kansas dominated inside and shot 61 percent to overwhelm Howard. The Jayhawks (27-4) scored 35 of their 42 baskets on layups, dunks or other inside shots.

No. 12 Cincinnati 85, Delaware 47

Nick Van Exel scored 18 points and Cincinnati's pressing defense forced 33 turnovers as the Bearcats snapped Delaware's 20-game winning streak.

No. 14 Michigan St. 61,

SW Missouri St. 54

Low-scoring Mark Montgomery led a late 7-0 run that helped Michigan State beat Southwest Missouri. Montgomery, who averages only seven points per game, got five points during the decisive run.


No. 3 UCLA 73, Robert Morris 53

At Tempe, Ariz., Tracy Murray scored 20 points, including nine straight during one second-half stretch, helping No. 3 UCLA methodically put away Robert Morris in the first round of the NCAA West Regional.

SW Louisiana 87,

No. 23 Oklahoma 83

Bryon Starks scored 21 points and Southwestern Louisiana (21-10) made 12 consecutive free throws down the stretch to upset Oklahoma (21-9). Five players sank one-and-one free throws for the Ragin' Cajuns in the final 1:48.

N. Mexico St. 81, No. 24 DePaul 73

Sam Crawford had 21 points and 11 assists as New Mexico State upset DePaul. The 12th-seeded Aggies (24-7) led by as many as 15 points in the first half and DePaul got no closer than three in the second half.

Louisville 81, Wake Forest 58

Dwayne Morton scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half and keyed an unusual four-point play that boosted Louisville. The eighth-seeded Cardinals (19-10) led 35-25 at halftime.