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All shook up
W. Virginia beats No. 2 Duke 73-67

WASHINGTON - Joe Alexander had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 7-seeded West Virginia reached the NCAA tournament's round of 16 in Bob Huggins' first season at his alma mater by beating second-seeded Duke 73-67 in the West Regional on Saturday.

West Virginia (26-10) limited Duke to 38 percent shooting and held a 47-27 edge on the boards. The Mountaineers also got 17 points from Alex Ruoff, and 13 points and 11 rebounds from reserve guard Joe Mazzulla, and advanced to face No. 3-seed Xavier in Phoenix on Thursday.

After eking out a one-point victory over No. 15-seed Belmont in the first round, three-time national champion Duke (28-6) looked much better en route to a 34-29 halftime lead. But West Virginia went on an 18-3 run to take the lead while the Blue Devils misfired.

Gerald Henderson finished with 18 points for Duke. Jon Scheyer added 15 off the bench, and Greg Paulus finished with 13.

Xavier 85, Purdue 78

WASHINGTON - C.J. Anderson and Drew Lavender each scored 18 points, Josh Duncan had 16 and No. 3 seed Xavier was surprisingly efficient on offense in a victory over Purdue.

The Musketeers (29-6) shot 54 percent in breaking the school record for wins, going 26-for-33 at the free throw line and 27-for-50 from the floor against a team that led the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense. Their 85 points were the most allowed by Purdue this season.

Keaton Grant scored 19 for the Boilermakers (25-9), who have won 10 straight

first-round games but have exited without another win in half those tournaments - including two in a row.

Lavender, a 5-foot-7 guard, had nine assists and provided Xavier with a pivotal basket after the Musketeers frittered away an almost insurmountable lead in this defensive struggle.

Midwest Regional

Wisconsin 72,

Kansas State 55

OMAHA, Neb. - Trevon Hughes matched his career high with 25 points, and the third-seeded Badgers shut down Kansas State freshman star Michael Beasley in the second half.

Beasley had 23 points for the 11th-seeded Wildcats, but just six after halftime.

Michael Flowers had 15 points and Greg Stiemsma 14 for the Badgers (31-4), who set a school record for wins in a season and head to the round of 16 in Detroit with 12 straight wins and 25 victories in the last 27 games.

Beasley, just 2-for-6 in the second half, hugged teammates and coaches when he left the game with 53.9 seconds left. Many expect him to declare for the NBA draft.

Bill Walker added 18 for the Wildcats (21-12), who were 0-for-13 from 3-point range.

Kansas 75, UNLV 56

OMAHA, Neb. - Mario Chalmers scored 17 points and the top-seeded Jayhawks pulled away from UNLV in the second half in another romp that sent Kansas to the round of 16.

Chalmers had plenty of help: Russell Robinson scored 13, Brandon Rush had 12 and Sherron Collins 10. That depth proved too much for the Runnin' Rebels (27-8), who barely had enough personnel to finish the game after two of their 10 players in uniform fouled out.

The Rebels shot 27 percent (12 of 45) and were outrebounded 36-26. Kansas (33-3) shot 58 percent in what amounted to a brisk workout before playing the winner of today's Villanova-Siena game next week in Detroit.

East Regional

Washington State 61,

Notre Dame 41

DENVER - Derrick Low scored 18 points, Kyle Weaver added 15 and the Cougars won a clash of styles by shutting down Luke Harangody and the high-flying Fighting Irish.

Washington State held the Big East's Player of the Year to 10 points, half his average, and limited the Irish (25-8) to half their scoring average, too. Harangody did have 22 rebounds.

Washington State advanced to play the winner of today's Arkansas-North Carolina game.

Robbie Cowgill added 12 points for the fourth-seeded Cougars (26-8), who won a second game in the tournament for the first time since 1941, when they lost to Wisconsin in the national championship game.

South Regional

Stanford 82,

Marquette 81, OT

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ejected for unsportsmanlike behavior in the first half, Stanford coach Trent Johnson wasn't around to see Brook Lopez make a baseline leaner with 1.3 seconds left that sent the third-seeded Cardinal to the round of 16.

Lopez, one of the Cardinal's twin 7-footers, scored eight of their 11 points in overtime and finished with 30, one shy of a career high. The go-ahead bucket came on Mitch Johnson's career-high 16th assist, and sent Stanford (28-7) to play the winner of today's Miami-Texas game.

Lopez was an effective counter to Marquette sharpshooter Jerel McNeal, who scored a career-high 30 points and hit three 3-pointers in overtime for the No. 6 seed Golden Eagles (25-10).

But McNeal misfired on a 15-footer with 15 seconds left, setting up Lopez's winner.