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Sweet victories
Teams battle to be among the 16 advancing

PHILADELPHIA - Dante Cunningham scored 18 points Saturday, helping Villanova reach the round of 16 for the fourth time in five years with an 89-69 victory over UCLA that ended the Bruins' bid for a fourth straight Final Four appearance.

Corey Fisher and Reggie Redding each had 13 points for the third-seeded Wildcats (28-7), who advanced to the round of 16 in the East Region.

Josh Shipp led UCLA with 18 points and Darren Collison had 15. It's the earliest exit for the sixth-seeded Bruins (26-9) since a first-round loss in the 2005 NCAA tournament.

Backed by a raucous, hometown crowd at their off-campus home, Villanova jumped on UCLA early and hardly let up. A 19-2 run that started five minutes in put the Wildcats ahead 28-11 before the midpoint of the first half.

Memphis 89, Maryland 70

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tyreke Evans scored 19 points and the Tigers shot a sizzling 70 percent in the first half, awakening from their first-round slumber to belt the Terps.

Roburt Sallie, the surprise hero of Thursday's hard-fought victory over No. 15 seed Cal State Northridge, came off the bench and kept up his 3-point onslaught by hitting his first three, making him 13-for-19 for the tourney. He finished with 13 points.

The second-seeded Tigers (33-3) knocked the Terps (21-14) on the ropes with a 9-0 run in the opening minutes and led by as many as 23 while mounting a 53-33 halftime lead. Shawn Taggart had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Connecticut 92,

Texas A&M 66

PHILADELPHIA - A.J. Price scored 27 points, Jeff Adrien had 23 and UConn dominated Texas A&M from the opening tip with Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun back on the bench.

After getting treatment for dehydration and missing Connecticut's first-round game, Calhoun came back and never had to worry. The Huskies scored the first 10 points and kept pulling away.

Purdue 76, Washington 74

PORTLAND, Ore. - JaJuan Johnson scored 22 points and had two huge blocks in the final minute as fifth-seeded Purdue held off a frantic charge from Washington.

The Boilermakers (27-9) advanced to their first regional semifinals since 2000. The Big Ten tournament champions led the entire game, but nearly blew a 14-point lead to the desperate, determined Huskies (26-9).

E'Twaun Moore scored 14 points and made the clinching free throws with 5.5 seconds remaining for Purdue.

North Carolina 84, LSU 70

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Ty Lawson got back just in time to help top-seeded North Carolina win before a friendly crowd.

The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year had missed the past three games after he jammed his right toe in practice two days before the regular-season finale against Duke. Against LSU, Lawson scored 23 points and made a three-point play that sparked a decisive second-half run.

Oklahoma 73, Michigan 63

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bulling through double teams and soaring in for vicious dunks, Blake Griffin finished with 33 points and 14 rebounds to power Oklahoma past Michigan.

Still sore from being dumped by Morgan State's Ameer Ali in the first round, Griffin dominated the undersized Wolverines to help the second-seeded Sooners (29-5) advance to next week's South Regional semifinals.