Michigan & Holy Cross Win Close First Four Games
Michigan and Holy Cross each won their respective games in the First Four of the 2016 NCAA Tournament on Wednesday. Here’s a recap of the night’s action:
Michigan 67, Tulsa 62
Zak Irvin hit a go-ahead 3-point shot with 55 seconds to play, and Michigan held on to beat Tulsa, 67-62, in a First Four game of the 2016 NCAA men’s basketball tournament in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday night.
The 11th-seeded Wolverines (23-12) advanced to face sixth-seeded Notre Dame in the East Region in Brooklyn on Friday.
The Golden Hurricane (20-11) trailed by eight at halftime, 28-20, but they went on a 12-4 run early in the second half to draw even with just over 17 minutes to play. The contest remained close after that; Michigan trailed 60-59 when Irvin’s shot gave them the lead for good.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the Wolverines with 16 points. Duncan Robinson added 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Shaquille Harrison scored 23 points to pace Tulsa.
Holy Cross 59, Southern 55
Robert Champion scored 19 points, and Holy Cross beat Southern University, 59-55, in a First Four game of the 2016 NCAA men’s basketball tournament in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday night.
The victory was the 16th-seeded Crusaders’ first NCAA Tournament win since 1953. They advanced to face top-seeded Oregon in the West Region on Friday in Spokane, Washington.
Holy Cross (15-19) dominated in the first half, but they only carried a five-point lead into the intermission. The game was tied with 1:24 to play when Champion hit a 3-pointer to help give his team the win. The Patriot League champs made the field by winning four consecutive games in their conference’s postseason tournament.
Adrian Rodgers led the Southwestern Athletic Conference-champion Jaguars (22-13) with 14 points.