SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jared Harper made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:17 to go _ his only basket of the game _ and Auburn held off No. 13 seed College of Charleston 62-58 in a Midwest Region thriller to avoid becoming the second No. 4 seed upset in San Diego. Playing under the cloud of a federal investigation into corruption in college basketball, Auburn overcame a horrible shooting performance to win in its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament has certainly mystified Villanova for most of the last eight times it has reached that spot. The Wildcats lost in the first weekend as a 1 or 2 seed in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2017. The top-seeded Wildcats are chasing a Sweet 16 berth if they can beat No. 9 Alabama on Saturday.
WACO, Texas (AP) - Lauren Cox had a career-high 30 points and 17 rebounds to lead four players in double figures, and second-seeded Baylor beat Grambling State 96-46 in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament. The Lady Bears (32-1) scored 17 of the game's first 18 points and were never challenged in picking up their 29th straight win.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Saints punter Thomas Morstead says he has signed a new five-year, $20 million contract with New Orleans. Morstead tells The Associated Press that his new contract begins in 2018, replacing the final year of his previous contract that was due to expire after next season. He says the deal guarantees $9 million over the first two seasons and includes the possibility for additional bonuses.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - McNeese State names Heath Schroyer its next head basketball coach after a search that lasted less than two weeks. The university said Thursday it will introduce Schroyer at a news conference on Monday. Officials say there will be no further comment on the hire until then. Schroyer replaces former head coach Dave Simmons, who led the Cowboys for 12 years and accumulated a 155-211 record.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Top-seeded Villanova tries to move on to the Sweet 16 with a win over Alabama. The Wildcats have lost four times as a 1 or 2 seed under coach Jay Wright since 2010.
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