Gonzaga survives upset bid by pesky Southern
SALT LAKE CITY — Gonzaga pulled out a victory in the closing minutes to avoid becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 in the NCAA tournament.
Kelly Olynyk led the Zags (32-2) with 21 points. They play No. 9 Wichita State on Saturday.
Derick Beltran had 21 points to lead Southern (23-10) and his 14-foot baseline jumper tied it at 56 with 3:45 left. But the Jaguards from the SWAC didn’t make another field goal.
No. 1 seeds are now 113-0 against 16s.
Marquette denies Davidson
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Vander Blue’s layup with one second left capped Marquette’s rally from a nine-point deficit and gave the third-seeded Golden Eagles a 59-58 victory over Davidson Thursday in the NCAA tournament.
Blue and Jamil Wilson made consecutive 3-pointers to bring Marquette within 58-57 with 11 seconds left. The Golden Eagles then caught a huge break when De’Mon Brooks’ long inbounds pass went out of bounds at midcourt with 5.5 seconds left, providing another opportunity.
Blue scored seven of Marquette’s final 11 points to finish with 16. Wilson added 14 points as the Golden Eagles (24-8) won for the fifth time in six games and advanced to face Butler in Saturday’s third round.
Jake Cohen’s 20 points led Davidson (26-8), who seemed in control leading 49-40 with 6½ minutes left.
Justin Rose leads at Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. — Tiger Woods got off to a solid start in defense of his Arnold Palmer Invitational title Thursday morning, shooting a 3-under-par 69 at the Bay Hill Club to put himself among the leaders during the first round.
Woods, the defending champion, who is trying for his eighth victory at this tournament, made an eagle, four birdies and three bogeys but continued the solid putting that was on display at the WGC-Cadillac Invitational, where two weeks ago he had a career-best 100 putts over 72 holes in a victory.
Woods trailed Justin Rose, who shot a 7-under 65.
A victory at Bay Hill would move Woods to No. 1 in the world for the first time since Oct. 31, 2010 — when he dropped from the top spot for the first time in more than five years