. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Defending Champion UCLA Loses Opener


NEW YORK -- Princeton showed UCLA the back door right out of the NCAA college basketball tournament.

After scaring opponents for years, the Tigers finally pulled off the big upset Thursday night with a 43-41 victory over defending champion UCLA in the Southeast Regional at Indianapolis.

Running coach Pete Carril's patient spread offense to perfection, the Tigers sent the 11-time NCAA champions home in a daze.

"We just knocked off a giant," Carril said.

The Tigers had lost their four previous tournament games by a combined 15 points, falling to Georgetown by one point in 1989 and to Villanova by two points two years later.

With the score 41-41, Gabe Lewullis scored with 3.9 seconds left. UCLA, 11-time national champion, called a time out but Toby Bailey shot an air ball from the baseline at the buzzer.


At Albuquerque, New Mexico

Drexel 75, Memphis 63. Malik Rose had 21 points and 15 rebounds as Drexel (27-3) extended the nation's second longest winning streak to 15 games.

Purdue 73, Western Carolina 71. The Dragons' win was still ringing through The Pit when Purdue nearly became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed, escaping with a 73-71 win over Western Carolina.

No top seed has lost its first game since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Chad Austin led the Boilermakers (26-5) with 18 points and Brandon Brantley had 17.

Syracuse 88, Montana St. 55. John Wallace scored 18 points and Todd Burgan had 17 as Syracuse routed Montana State despite a great performance by center Quadre Lollis. Lollis, the national leader in field goal percentage, hit 12 of 13 shots and finished with 26 points.

Georgia 81, Clemson 74. First-year Georgia coach Tubby Smith, who moved from Tulsa after consecutive Sweet 16 appeareances, continued his winning ways.


At Providence, Rhode Island.

Massachusetts 92, Central Florida 70. Top-ranked Massachusetts overcame an injury to star center Marcus Camby and cruised past Central Florida. Camby had 14 points and 17 rebounds despite missing a large portion of the second half with a cut on his forehead.

Stanford 66, Bradley 58. Brevin Knight scored 26 points and Stanford (20-8) overcame a 34-point performance by Anthony Parker. Parker tied a school record with eight 3-pointers, but scored only one two baskets for Bradley (22-8) in the final seven minutes.

Arkansas 86, Penn St. 80. The Razorbacks, NCAA champions in 1994 and second to UCLA in 1995, have their worst record in nine seasons but still had plenty to upset the Nittany Lions. Arkansas (19-12) was led by Kareem Reid with 21 points. Calvin Booth led Penn State (21-7) with 20 points.

Marquette 68, Monmouth 44. The Golden Eagles were finally able to pull away in the second half against overmatched Monmouth, making its first NCAA appearance. Marquette (23-7) was led by Aaron Hutchins' 17 points.


At Indianapolis, Indiana

Connecticut 68, Colgate 59. The backcourt of Ray Allen and Doron Sheffer combined for 43 points as Connecticut held off stubborn Colgate. Allen scored 24 points and Sheffer added 19 for UConn (31-2).

Eastern Michigan 75, Duke 60. Earl Boykins scored 23 points and Brian Tolbert added 20 as Eastern Michigan (25-5) handed Duke its first loss in the opening round since 1955. Jeff Capel and Greg Newton each scored 15 points for the Blue Devils (18-13).

Mississippi St. 58, Virginia Commonwealth 51. Darryl Wilson scored 15 points as the Bulldogs survived a miserable shooting slump. Mississippi State (23-7) was saved by its defense.


At Dallas.

Kentucky 110, San Jose State 72. The Wildcats, the region's top-seeded team, eventually broke the Spartans, but Kentucky will remember trailing with 4:35 left in the half, 37-35, and being outrebounded in the first 20 minutes, 21-15.

Virginia Tech 61, Wisconsin-Green Bay 48. Shawn Good made five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 25 points for Virginia Tech. Ace Custis added 15 points for the Hokies (23-5).

Iowa St. 74, California 64. Dedric Willoughby scored 23 points and the Cyclones (24-8) withstood foul trouble and a second-half rally by California (17-11).

Utah 72, Canisius 43. The Utes were without star player Keith Van Horn, sick with the flu. Brandon Jessie scored 23 points in his absence on 9-of-12 shooting.