No. 12 Middle Tennessee 81, No. 5 Minnesota 72
MILWAUKEE – Middle Tennessee did it again.
Reggie Upshaw scored 16 of his team-leading 19 points in the second half as 12th-seeded Middle Tennessee recorded the first upset of the 2017 NCAA Tournament with an 81-72 victory over No. 5 Minnesota in a first-round South Regional contest on Thursday at the Bradley Center. Giddy Potts scored 17 for the Blue Raiders (31-4), who, as a No. 15 seed, upset second-seeded Michigan State in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.
Middle Tennessee connected on 48.3 percent of its shots and made 7 of 13 3-pointers. The Blue Raiders led by 17 points with less than 12 minutes left. The Gophers cut the margin to four points but could get no closer. Amir Coffey led Minnesota (24-10) with 17 points.
Gonzaga defeated South Dakota State
No. 1 Gonzaga 66, No. 16 South Dakota State 46
SALT LAKE CITY – Jordan Mathews scored 16 points and Johnathan Williams collected 14 rebounds to lead top-seeded Gonzaga to victory.
The Bulldogs (33-1) trailed much of the first half, but pulled away after halftime after holding the Jackrabbits (18-17) to 29.0 percent shooting in the second half.
Mike Daum, who entered the tournament as the nation’s second-leading scorer at 25.3 points per game, scored 17 points to lead South Dakota State.
No. 8 Northwestern 68, No. 9 Vanderbilt 66
SALT LAKE CITY – Bryant McIntosh scored 25 points and made a pair of go-ahead free throws with 14.6 seconds left to help Northwestern hold on in its first ever NCAA Tournament game.
Scottie Lindsey and Derek Pardon added 14 points apiece for the Wildcats. Northwestern (24-11) will face no. 1 seed Gonzaga in the second round on Saturday.
Vanderbilt rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit and took a 66-65 lead on Riley Lachance’s layup with 18 seconds left. But Matthew Fisher-Davis fouled McIntosh seconds later and sent him to the line. The Commodores (19-16) still had a chance for a go-ahead basket, but Lachance missed a 3-pointer with six seconds remaining.
No. 5 Notre Dame 60, No. 12 Princeton 58
BUFFALO – Bonzie Colson had 18 points and seven rebounds as Notre Dame held on to defeat Princeton.
Trailing by a point, the Tigers had a chance to win the game on their final possession, but Devin Cannady missed an open 3-pointer with 3.0 seconds remaining. Notre Dame’s Steve Vasturia pulled down the rebound, was fouled and made one free throw to set the final score.
Matt Farrell added 16 points and four assists for the Irish (26-9). Notre Dame will meet West Virginia next. The loss snapped a 19-game winning streak for Princeton (23-7).
No. 5 Virginia 76, No. 12 UNC Wilmington 71
ORLANDO – London Perranted had 24 points and Marial Shayok finished with 23 to help Virginia rally from a slow start.
Virginia (23-10) trailed 26-11 midway through the first half, but held a one-point lead at halftime and used a 10-0 run during the second half to build a 54-45 lead.
Devontae Cacok made a layup to pull the Seahawks (29-6) within 73-71 with less than a minute to play before Shayok scored to make the lead 75-71.
Chris Flemmings led UNC Wilmington with 18 points.
No. 4 Butler 76, No. 13 Winthrop 64
MILWAUKEE — Avery Woodson knocked down six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points to lead Butler to a victory in the South Regional at the Bradley Center.
The Bulldogs (24-8) shot 49.0 percent overall while going 20 for 30 from the free throw line, while Winthrop made just five free throws on 10 attempts.
Xavier Crooks and Keon Johnson sank three 3-pointers apiece and finished with 23 and 17 points, respectively, for Winthrop (26-7).
No. 4 West Virginia 86, No. 13 Bucknell 80
BUFFALO – Tarik Phillip had 16 points off the bench to lead five double-figure scorers for West Virginia at KeyBank Center. Esa Ahmad and Lamont West each scored 15 points for the Mountaineers (27-8), who advance to Notre Dame on Saturday.
Bucknell never led after the first four minutes of the game but was able to cut West Virginia’s lead to three points three times in the second half.
Kimbal Mackenzie tied a Bucknell (26-9) record for most points in an NCAA Tournament game with 23. He made a career-high five 3-pointers on seven attempts.
No. 4 Florida 80, No. 13 East Tennessee State 65
ORLANDO – Florida forward Devin Robinson scored a game-high 24 points and added seven rebounds to help Florida advance to a second-round game against Virginia.
The Gators (25-8) trailed 37-35 in the early minutes of the second half before forward Justin Leon nailed a 3-pointer leading to a hot stretch that put the Gators up 47-39.
T.J. Cromer finished with a team-high 19 points for East Tennessee State