Kansas got its act together and pulled away from Lehigh in the second half. The No. 1 Jayhawks won the game 90-74. They will play Northern Iowa in Round 2.
Elsewhere games were much tighter. Tennessee held on 62-59 over San Diego State. A late 3-pointer by Melvin Goins put the Volunteers up by four, but D.J. Gay was fouled at the other end of the floor while shooting a 3 of his own. Gay connected on all three free throws.
Wayne Chism drew a foul, and his two free throws iced the game. Kawhi Leonard got an off-balanced shot off before the horn, but it was not close. The Vols advance to play Ohio in the second round.
An even tighter game between Wake Forest and Texas needed overtime to be decided. The Longhorns trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half before mounting a comeback.
The crucial play at the end of regulation was when the Demon Deacons’ L.D. Williams turned the ball over on an in-bounds play. Texas got the ball, and drew a foul. Texas’ Damien James hit the front end of the double bonus to tie the game at 68-68, sending it into overtime.
During the overtime period, Texas looked to be in control until the final seconds. After Gary Johnson missed two free throws, Wake’s Ishmael Smith took the ball down court, dribbled to the right side of the key and hit a jumper to give Wake Forest an 81-80 victory.
Wake Forest will play No. 1 Kentucky in the second round.
Montana’s Brian Qvale continued to play well in the second half for Montana, who took New Mexico down to the wire.
New Mexico hit just enough free throws down the stretch (13-of-23 on the game) to outlast the pesky No. 14 Grizzlies.
Qvale finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds for Montana. Roman Martinez scored a team-high 19 points for New Mexico.
The final score was 62-57. New Mexico will play Washington.