No. 12 seeds steal show on first full day of NCAA Tournament 

click to enlarge Lawrence Alexander
  • Elaine Thompson/AP
  • Lawrence Alexander led North Dakota State to a thrilling overtime win against Oklahoma.
History shows No. 12 seeds have fared historically well against No. 5 seeds in the NCAA Tournament, and Thursday proved to be the latest example.

Harvard and North Dakota State pulled off upsets to highlight the first full day of tournament action, ruining numerous brackets across America in the process.

Lawrence Alexander hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to force overtime and freshman Carlin Dupree scored four points in the final 75 seconds as No. 12 seed North Dakota State knocked off No. 5 Oklahoma in the West Regional.

In the East Regional, Siyani Chambers scored 11 points, including five straight in the final 2 minutes, and 12th-seeded Harvard won its second NCAA Tournament game in history, upsetting fifth-seeded Cincinnati 61-57.

A third No. 12 seed nearly pulled off an upset, but Rob Loe scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, helping No. 5 St. Louis wipe out a late 14-point deficit and pull away in overtime to beat No. 12 North Carolina State, 83-80.

Here’s a rundown of the rest of the day’s action:


Adreian Payne scored a career-high 41 points for No. 4 Michigan State in a 93-78 victory against No. 13 Delaware.

Shabazz Napier scored nine of his 24 points in overtime and lead seventh-seeded Connecticut to a 89-81 win over No. 10 St. Joseph’s.


Vee Sanford scored on a layup with 3.8 seconds left to lift 11th-seeded Dayton to a stunning 60-59 victory against No. 6 Ohio State.

Syracuse’s backcourt of Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis combined for 34 points and the No. 3 Orange shut down No. 14 Western Michigan 77-53.

Talib Zanna scored 16 of his 18 points in the opening half, helping ninth-seeded Pittsburgh rout No. 8 Colorado 77-48. n Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points and top-seeded Florida used a second-half surge to beat 16th-seeded Albany 67-55.


Ben Brust scored 17 points and second-seeded Wisconsin devastated No. 15 American 75-35.

Elgin Cook scored a career-high 23 points for seventh-seeded Oregon in an 87-68 victory against No. 10 BYU.


Glenn Robinson III scored 14 points and second-seeded Michigan roughed up No. 15 Wofford 57-40.

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