NCAA Tournament 2012: Live Scores, Highlights and Reaction for West Region
It is hard to believe we're finished with the first day of the third-round of the 2012 NCAA tournament.
The first game is in the books. The Murray State Racers (6) took a tough loss as the Marquette Golden Eagles (3) ran away with it at the very end and won 62-53.
The New Mexico Lobos (5) lost to the Louisville Cardinals (4) 59-56 in a closely contested and extremely sloppy game.
Thank you all for following along with me as I tracked these games all evening.
Have a safe night out with your friends and check back tomorrow afternoon as I'll be covering the other two third-round games in the West region.
Louisville came into the second half with much better composure and discipline than did New Mexico.
That was the difference in the game.
Final Score: 59-56
He missed! but Louisville holds on to win.
What a game!
Elijah Justice is immediately fouled after receiving the inbounds pass.
He will now attempt to extend the lead...
The Lobos force Louisville to call a timeout on the inbounds attempt.
We'll reset after the commercial break and try it again.
He just hit a three, giving the Lobos a fighting chance.
They are down by three with 2.9 seconds to go.
The Lobos would be completely lost without Gordon in this game.
Siva will go to the free throw line with 11 seconds left on the game clock to try and extend the lead to six points.
He hits both of them and the Cardinals now lead 59-53
Under a minute remaining.
Siva runs the clock down to under ten seconds...
Dishes to Dieng for a slam!
57-53 with 20 seconds
Drew Gordan with another offensive rebound! He is beasting out there, and he gets the bucket after getting the rebound.
55-53 Louisville hanging on
Russ Smith hits two free throws for Louisville.
55-51 with 1:28 remaining.
Drew Gordan hits two free throws. He now has 16 points and 12 rebounds.
On the inbounds pass, the Lobos force the Cardinals into a five-second violation.
Demetrius Walker makes Louisville pay as he drains a three-pointer, bringing the Lobos to within two points of the lead with 1:36 remaining on the clock.
Gordon just pulled down his ninth offensive rebound of the game.
Lobos will have the ball when we return.
Louisville is now just running the clock all the way down.
Siva drove the ball right into the middle and lays it right into the basket with the shot clock winding down. That was way too easy, and the Lobos should be ashamed that he got in uncontested.
53-46 with 2:15 remaining.
Behanan receives a sick dish from Siva and stretches the lead to five.
Louisville leads New Mexico 51-46 with three minutes remaining on the clock.
New Mexico with a chance to tie the game on this possession.
Gordan continues his strong play. Cameron Bairstow made a fantastic block and Gordan ran the floor to get the ball in the post.
He got fouled and made both free throws and brings the Lobos back to within three points.
Timeout on the floor taken by Louisville.
5:28 remains on the clock.
This game is far from over. New Mexico is coming back strong after getting down by as many as 11 points.
Grant slams it down on a sick dish from McDonald.
Back to within five with just over six minutes to go.
Kyle Kuric hits two free throws to stretch the lead back to seven points.
Gordan missed the free throw, gets his own rebound (seventh offensive rebound of the game) and dishes to Williams who drains a three-pointer to bring the Lobos to within five points.
The Lobos are on a 13-3 run over the last few minutes.
47-42 Louisville on top.
Gordan finally gets a shot to fall inside. He now has eight points and gets the Lobos to within eight points of the lead.
Russ Smith answers right back for the Cardinals with a mid-range jumper.
Drew Gordan gets right back into it and powers his way into the lane for a layup and one.
He'll shoot the free throw after a timeout.
Louisville leads New Mexico 47-39 with 7:23 left to play in the game.
Russ Smith takes it a bit too hard into the lane, and instead of getting two he gets called for an offensive foul.
And now the Cardinals force a shot clock violation.
Sloppy play has reared it's ugly head once again.
The Lobos would surely benefit from some better play at the point guard position.
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