Dayton, OH (Sports Network) - Sharp shooting performances from Jeremy Underwood and Bruce Beckford put them in control, but the North Carolina A&T Aggies needed a stop on the last possession to preserve their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, a 73-72 triumph over a Cinderella Liberty squad. In the final seconds, North Carolina A&T's Austin Witter forced a driving John Caleb Sanders into a layup attempt he couldn't finish, vaulting the Aggies (20-16) to their fifth straight win and into a Midwest Region second-round matchup with top-seeded Louisville Thursday in Lexington, KY. Underwood's team-leading 19 points on 6-of-6 from the field was a part of N.C. A&T's 51.9 percent shooting percentage for the game. Beckford followed with 16 points and shot 8- for-10 in the victory. An improbable and incredible run through the Big South Tournament provided the Flames (15-21) with a trip to the Big Dance, but they saw their late-season five-game winning streak come to an end when Sanders' layup fell just short. Sanders had 21 points with nine assists, while teammate Davon Marshall buried six 3-pointers for a game-high 22 points. Tavares Speaks added 17 for Liberty, which was just the second 20-loss team to ever reach the NCAA Tournament.
Final Score: Saint Mary's 67, Middle Tennessee 54
Dayton, OH (Sports Network) - Matthew Dellavedova carried Saint Mary's to a first-round win in the NCAA Tournament Tuesday with a 22-point effort as the Gaels upended Middle Tennessee, 67-54, at University of Dayton Arena. The meeting pitted questionable at-large teams from smaller conferences as No. 11 seeds, and Dellavedova made sure the Gaels proved they belonged in the Midwest Region's round-of-64. The program's all-time leader in scoring, assists, 3-pointers and games played connected of 5-of-7 from behind the arc and added six rebounds and four assists. Stephen Holt chipped in 18 points for Saint Mary's (28-6), which advanced to face sixth-seeded Memphis in Auburn Hills, MI on Thursday. Marcos Knight paced Middle Tennessee (28-6) with 16 points, while Kerry Hammonds and Neiko Hunter each had 10 for the Sun Belt Conference regular season champs.