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Top Seed Maryland Advances, Upsets Elsewhere in NCAA Tourney - 2002-03-16


The Maryland Terrapins have defeated the Siena Saints, 85-70, to reach the second round of the men's collegiate basketball tournament here in Washington.

Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams, a 16th-seeded team has never beaten a top seed in the first round. Friday night was no exception.

Although the Siena Saints played with passion, they were simply overmatched against a larger, deeper Maryland team. Juan Dixon lead the Terrapins with 29 points.

Maryland will take on the Wisconsin Badgers, who scored an 80-70 win over the Saint John's Red Storm earlier Friday.

Also, the North Carolina State Wolfpack reached the second round with a 69-58 win over Michigan State. NC State will take on Connecticut in the second round. The Huskies scored a 78-67 win over the Hampton Pirates.

The tournament continues through the end of the month with the championship game April first at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.

Elsewhere in the tournament Friday, Creighton University of Nebraska pulled off a huge upset over the Florida Gators, 83-82 in double overtime. Terrell Taylor won the game with a three-point shot with two-tenths of a second remaining. And the Southern Illinois Salukis advanced with a 76-68 win over Texas Tech. It was the fifth time in seven years that Red Raiders coach Bob Knight's teams have been eliminated in the first round.

Other scores from Friday:

Georgia Bulldogs 85, Murray State Racers 68
Texas Longhorns 70, Boston College Eagles 57
UCLA Bruins 80, Mississippi Rebels 58
Cincinnati Bearcats 90, Boston University Terriers 52
Mississippi State Bulldogs 70, McNeese State Cowboys 58
California Golden Bears 82, Pennsylvania Quakers 75
Xavier Musketeers 70, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 58
Pittsburgh Panthers 71, Central Connecticut State Blue Devils 54
Oklahoma Sooners 71, Illinois-Chicago Flames 63
Illinois Fighting Illini 93, San Diego State Aztecs 64

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