March 19, 2006

Duke dumps George Washington to reach Sweet 16

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top ranked Duke eased past George
Washington 74-61 in Greensboro on Saturday to reach the Sweet
16 of the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive year.

But second seed Tennessee Volunteers were upset 80-73 by
seventh-seeded Wichita State, sending the Shockers through to
the final 16 for the first time since 1981.

In San Diego, Bobby Jones nailed a pair of tie-breaking
free throws with less than a minute to play as fifth seed
Washington Huskies rallied past fourth seed Illinois 67-64.

It was another routine win for Duke, who are bidding to
reach the Final Four for the second time in three years.

J.J. Redick scored 20 points and Shelden Williams added 17,
freshman Josh McRoberts chipped in with 14 and a career-high 13

The Blue Devils will meet LSU next Thursday.

In Jacksonville, Darrel Mitchell's three-pointer with 3.9
seconds to play allowed the Tigers to escape with a 58-57 win
over 12th ranked Texas A&M in the Atlanta region clash.

Glen Davis paced LSU with 21 points and eight rebounds
while Mitchell finished with 18 points.

In Oakland bracket play, second seed UCLA and third seed
Gonzaga advanced in contrasting fashions.

While Gonzaga, led by a 20 point, nine rebound effort from
J.P. Batista, eased past sixth seed Indiana 90-80, the Bruins
squeaked out a narrow 62-59 win over 10th seeded Alabama.

Jordan Farmar had 18 points, including five three-pointers
for the Bruins, who return to the regional semi-finals for the
first time since 2002.

In the Minneapolis bracket, Corey Brewer scored 23 points
to help power the third seeded Florida Gators past 11th ranked
Wisconsin-Milwaukee 82-60.

Craig Smith's 22 points and 16 rebounds sparked the fourth
seeded Boston College Eagles to a 69-56 victory over the 12th
ranked Montana Grizzlies.

(Writing by Steve Keating in San Diego)