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March 23, 2013

Kansas survives

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. —

Creighton 67, Cincinnati 63: Doug McDermott had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Gregory Echenique scored 13 points to help Creighton hold on.

Ethan Wragge added 12 for the Bluejays, who won their NCAA tournament opener for the second straight year.

Mississippi 57, Wisconsin 46: Marshall Henderson shook out of a shooting slump and scored 17 points in the second half, giving the Rebels their first NCAA tournament win since 2002.

For the cold-shooting Badgers (23-12), the upset loss snaps a string of six straight first-game victories. Ole Miss (27-8) trailed 25-22 at halftime and Henderson, who led the Southeastern Conference with 20 points a game, had only two points on 1-for-11 shooting.

La Salle 63, Kansas St. 61: Jerrell Wright made three foul shots in the final 30 seconds, and No. 13 seed La Salle advanced after blowing an 18-point halftime lead to beat fourth-seeded Kansas State.

Wright, who scored a game-high 21 points for the Explorers (22-9), made the first two free throws to give La Salle a 62-61 lead. Kansas State’s Jordan Henriquez missed in the paint at the other end, and Wright made the first of two more free throws with 9.6 seconds to go.

Henriquez and Shane Southwell scored 17 points each for Kansas State.

Ohio St. 95, Iona 70: Sam Thompson had career highs with 20 points and 10 rebounds, part of a dominating performance by Ohio State’s front line against Iona.

Deshaun Thomas had 24 points as the Buckeyes’ fast breaks led to dunks and a season high in points, thrilling the large Ohio State contingent in Dayton.

Iowa St. 76, Notre Dame 58: Freshman Georges Niang matched a season high with 19 points and Iowa State, showing it can do much more than just fire away from outside the 3-point line, dismantled Notre Dame.

Melvin Ejim added 17 points for Iowa State.

— AP

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