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Vermont upsets Syracuse

HOOPS The shocks came early in this year's NCAA tournament as the Catamounts beat the fourth-seeded Orange by three points in OT, while Kansas fell to Bucknell


Duke's Daniel Ewing, right, shoots over Delaware State's Aaron Williams during the second half of their game in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday.


Tom Brennan called his Vermont Catamounts a dangerous team. Syracuse found out just what he was talking about.

Germain Mopa Njila and T.J. Sorrentine hit consecutive 3-pointers in a 48-second span of overtime, and the 13th-seeded Catamounts upset the Big East champions 60-57 Friday night in the first round of the US college NCAA tournament.

When Gerry McNamara missed a desperation 3 from the top of the key in the final seconds, the Cats had their first tournament triumph. They swarmed together and hugged in celebration, jumping up and down as Brennan raised his right arm in triumph.

Brennan, who is retiring at the end of the season, continually brushed tears from his eyes after beating a Syracuse team that had hopes of making the Final Four for the second time in three years.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim left the court with his head down, and the players followed.

Vermont (25-6) advanced to play either Michigan State or Old Dominion in the second round of the Austin Regional. Fourth-seeded Syracuse, the 2003 national champions, finished its season 27-7.

Michigan St. 89,

Old Dominion 81

In Worcester, Massachusetts, fifth-seeded Michigan State couldn't pull away until the final minutes, when Shannon Brown made a spinning layin to start a three-point play that helped the Spartans beat Old Dominion.

Michigan State (23-6) managed to avoid a second consecutive first-round exit and instead gave coach Tom Izzo his 20th tournament win -- his NCAA record is second only to Mike Krzyzewski's.

Brown scored 13 points, and Alan Anderson had 15 to lead five Spartans in double figures. Michigan State shot 57 percent (29-for-51) from the floor in the game, and that was despite making just three of 14 shots from 3-point range.

Alex Loughton had 22 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for Old Dominion (28-6) after playing much of the second half in the foul trouble.

Duke 57, Delaware St. 46

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Shelden Williams had 14 points and 11 rebounds and the top-seeded Blue Devils gave Coach K his 65th career victory in the tournament.

In 21 NCAA tournaments, Krzyzewski is 65-17, tying Dean Smith's total for the most career victories.

This one certainly was expected, even though Duke (26-5) had a hard time in the Austin Regional. The Blue Devils struggled throughout with the Hornets (19-13) despite having guard Sean Dockery back for the first time in seven games after he recovered from a knee injury.

Tracey Worley led Delaware State with 13 points, and Troy Roundtree added 11.

Mississippi St. 93, Stanford 70

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Winsome Frazier made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points to lead the ninth-seeded Bulldogs over Stanford.

Lawrence Roberts, the 2004 Southeastern Conference player of the year, led the Bulldogs (23-10) with 23 points and 14 rebounds. But it was Frazier who provided the spark they needed to get past No. 8 Stanford (18-13).

Frazier finished 7-of-9 from the floor, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range.

Chris Hernandez led Stanford with 17 points. Rob Little and Matt Haryasz had 14 each and Fred Washington finished with

Florida 67, Ohio 62

In Nashville, Tennessee, Florida blew a 20-point lead, but Anthony Roberson converted a three-point play with 42.3 seconds left to help the Gators advance.

Florida came into its seventh straight NCAA tournament hoping to forget about first-round losses of the past. The Gators had lost two of their last three first-round games, including last year to Manhattan when they were a No. 5 seed.

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