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NCAA FIRST FOUR, Dayton, Ohio: Texas-San Antonio beats Alabama State behind Johnson’s 29 points

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Melvin Johnson III (courtesy of Texas-San Antonio athletics)

If college basketball fans did not know who Melvin Johnson III and the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners were before Wednesday’s NCAA First Four game, they know now.

Johnson came out of so-called shooting slump to poor in a career-high 29 points, leading UTSA to a 70-61 win over Alabama State at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

The Roadrunners (20-13) now head to Cleveland, Ohio for a Friday date against top-seeded Ohio State.

Against the Hornets of Alabama State (17-18), Johnson had so many open shots it seemed like he was playing by himself in his backyard. In the first half, he outscored the Hornets all by himself, 25-21.

Alabama State, from the Southwestern Conference, had the worst record in the expanded 68-team tournament.

The Roadrunners had never won an NCAA tournament game up until Wednesday. Now they can put that talk to rest.

The Hornets, champions of their conference tournament, reached the NCAA Big Dance without having a winning record all season long.

Jeff Middlebrooks and Tramayne Moorer scored 12 points apiece.

Bearcats squeeze out win over Marquette

Cashmere Wright (photo by BH photography courtesy of UC athletics)

The Cincinnati Bearcats feel with a 23-7 overall record, that they’ll be in the ‘Big Dance’, the NCAA Tournament. Some say they’re 10-7 Big East record is not good enough.

However, they’re most recent win over Marquette, 67-60 might help the cause.

The Eagles drop to 18-12, 9-8.

Cashmere Wright scored 15 points to lead the Cincinnati Bearcats.

compiled from Cincinnati Bearcats news

Defiance wins Heartland Conference; NCAA Tournament is next

Heartland Conference (DC)

March Madness has begun at Defiance College and it’s men’s basketball program as they’ve drawn Wisconsin-Whitewater in the opening round of the NCAA III National Tournament.

The Yellow Jackets (23-5) earned their way to the Big Dance for the fourth time in school history by rallying to win the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship with wins over number 6 Franklin, number 2 Hanover and number 1 Anderson. By winning the conference tournament, Defiance won the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and earned the 26th conference championship in the program’s history.

Nick Sales led the way for the Yellow Jackets with 17.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game during the three HCAC wins and was named as the 2010 Tournament MVP. He was joined on the HCAC All-Tournament Team by Anthony Brown and Logan Wolfrum.

The NCAA tournament committee selected Defiance to compete at Wooster, Ohio on the campus of  the College of Wooster. The Yellow Jackets will play the number 8 Warhawks of UW-Whitewater in the opening round on Friday. Wisconsin-Whitewater went 22-5 overall and will be making its 16th appearance into the national tournament in search of its third national championship.

HCAC Tournament Champions (DC)

Wooster (23-5) and Grove City (19-8) will play in the other game on Friday, with two opening round winners playing on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner from Saturday’s clash will the advance into the Sweet 16.