The Latest: Stephen F. Austin has success with 2 styles

BY foxsports • March 20, 2016

The Latest on the fourth full day of the men's NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women's NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):

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3:40 p.m.

Credit to Stephen F. Austin for being able to play two very different styles and have success in their first two NCAA Tournament games.

The Lumberjacks are down 42-41 to Notre Dame at the half in a game with both teams shooting over 50 percent. The Lumberjacks beat West Virginia in the first round with both teams shooting under 31 percent.

Thomas Walkup has eight points for the Lumberjacks.

- Ralph Russo reporting from New York.

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3:35 p.m.

Notre Dame's V.J. Beachem, who was 7 for 7 against Michigan in the first round, made his first two against Stephen F. Austin before finally missing. But he converted a four-point play to give Notre Dame a 34-32 lead with 2:40 left in the first half.

- Ralph Russo reporting from Brooklyn.

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3:15 p.m.

Stephen F. Austin's second-round NCAA Tournament game is being played very differently from the first. Notre Dame's offense is handling the Lumberjacks' half-court pressure defense far better than West Virginia did.

The Lumberjacks are playing far more efficiently on the offensive end, too, and have an 18-16 lead with 10:54 left. Thomas Walkup has four points, two rebounds and two assists for SFA.

- Ralph Russo reporting from New York.

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2:10 p.m.

Villanova is cruising toward its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2009.

Jay Wright is starting to clear the bench at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Wildcats are up 20 on Iowa with about 2 minutes to go in the second half.

Next up will be Miami on Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky.

- Ralph Russo reporting from New York.

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1:05 p.m.

How do you erase the memories of some awful recent second-round flops? Play the first half that Villanova just did against Iowa.

The Wildcats tore apart the Hawkeyes and lead 54-29 at the break. Villanova shot 60 percent from the floor, scored 12 points off eight turnovers and outrebounded Iowa 19-12.

The only way it could have been worse for Iowa is if the Stanford band played at halftime.

- Ralph Russo reporting from New York.

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12:15 p.m.

The bars and pubs around the Barclays Center in Brooklyn are loaded with Villanova fans, getting revved up for the Wildcats' second-round game against Iowa.

Coach Jay Wright's team has stumbled at this point the last two seasons as a high seed.

If the Wildcats do advance, they won't get the home games they hoped for in Philadelphia next week. Villanova was placed in the South region instead of the East region. So the winner of Wildcats-Hawkeyes is headed to Louisville.

- Ralph Russo reporting from New York.

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11:30 a.m.

Women's NCAA Tournament officials in Syracuse say the same scoring crew that mistakenly provided Florida an extra point in the Gators' 61-59 loss to Albany on Friday will be working the second-round game between 12th-seeded Albany and fourth-seeded Syracuse on Sunday.

Sue Edson, Syracuse's executive senior associate athletic director and chief communications officer, confirms the crew will remain unchanged. But, she adds, ''I'll be counting.''

The Gators were awarded an extra point when the official scorer credited January Miller with making a free throw to complete a three-point play in the second quarter. The score stood with Florida having 59 points, even though the box score showed the Gators with 58 because the official scorer was unable to resolve the discrepancy before the game ended.

- John Wawrow reporting from Syracuse, New York.


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