March 17, 2006

Northwestern State shocks third-seeded Iowa

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jermaine Wallace's desperation
three-pointer gave underdog Northwestern State of Louisiana a
shock 64-63 victory over third-seeded Iowa on Friday in the
biggest upset of the NCAA Tournament's opening round.

Wallace's clutch shot from the corner came with less than a
second remaining and rallied the 14th-seeded Demons from a
17-point second-half deficit.

The Southland Conference champions (26-7) gained a chance
to tie or win the game when Iowa senior Greg Brunner missed a
free throw with 14 seconds left in the Atlanta Regional game at
Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Wallace, who finished the game with 10 points, grabbed a
wayward shot by team mate Kerwin Forges to score the winning

Clifton Lee led the Demons with 18 points, while guard Adam
Haluska topped Iowa (25-9) with 20 points.

Second-seeded Ohio State also needed a rally to defeat 15th
seed Davidson 70-62 but regional top seeds Memphis and
Villanova cruised to victory.

Memphis crushed Oral Roberts 94-78 and Villanova defeated
Monmouth of New Jersey 58-45.

West Virginia topped Southern Illinois 64-46, Georgetown
overcame Northern Iowa 54-49, Bucknell defeated Arkansas 59-55
and Arizona routed Wisconsin 94-75 in other games on Friday.

Ohio State (26-5) scored 10 consecutive points midway
through the second half to defeat Davidson (20-11).

The Buckeyes trailed 29-25 at the half in the Minneapolis
Regional game at Dayton, Ohio.

Ron Lewis scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half to
power the Ohio State comeback. Terence Dials added 19 points
and 12 rebounds. Ian Johnson had 26 points for Davidson.

Memphis (31-3) put five starters in double figures to
dominate Oral Roberts (21-12) in the Oakland Regional game at
Dallas. Rodney Carney led with 19 points.

Villanova (26-4) held outmanned Monmouth (19-15) to 16
first-half points for the Minneapolis Regional victory at
Philadelphia. Allan Ray scored 19 points for the Wildcats.

(Writing by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina)