Western Kentucky 59, Mississippi Valley State 58
T.J. Price’s three-point play with 16 seconds left completed Western Kentucky’s furious comeback for a victory over Mississippi Valley State in an NCAA Tournament opener in Dayton. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron had front-row seats to see a classic March comeback.
The Hilltoppers (16-18) are the longest of long shots, the only squad in the 68-team field with a losing record. They overcame a 16-point deficit in the final 5 minutes to thrill underdogs everywhere.
MVSU (21-13) caught the president’s eye while pulling ahead, but couldn’t close it out. Western Kentucky won despite shooting 30 percent from the field and turning the ball over 28 times.
Iowa 84, Dayton 75
Freshman Aaron White scored a career-high 25 points, sophomore Zach McCabe tied a career high with 20 and host Iowa rolled.
Sophomore Melsahn Basabe added 15 points for the Hawkeyes (18-16). Iowa, which was playing in its first postseason tournament game in six years, broke open a tie game with a 16-3 run midway through the second half to go ahead 65-52. Kevin Dillard had 23 points for Dayton (20-13).
Seton Hall 63, Stony Brook 61
Jordan Theodore scored 21 points, Herb Pope had 20 and Seton Hall snapped an 11-game losing streak in the NIT by holding off Stony Brook in South Orange, N.J. Stony Brook’s Bryan Dougher had a 3-pointer bounce off the rim with about :02 to go, and Tommy Brenton had a rebound follow roll off the rim at the buzzer.
Dallas Joyner had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Seawolves (22-10).
Massachusetts 101, Mississippi State 96
Chaz Williams scored 28 points, Sean Carter added 20 and Massachusetts outlasted Mississippi State (21-12) in double-overtime in Starkville, Miss. UMass (23-11) won the marathon game by outscoring MSU 11-6 in the second overtime. Williams shot 11-of-20 from the field.
Tennessee 65, Savannah State 51
Jarnell Stokes scored 13 points and host Tennessee held off Savannah State. Trae Golden had 11 points, and Yemi Makanjuola and Josh Richardson both added 10 for the Volunteers (19-14).
Tennessee led by as many as 17 in the first half, but Savannah State (21-12) pulled within 37-35 with 13:12 left.
Middle Tennessee State 86, Marshall 78
LaRon Dendy had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and host Middle Tennessee beat Marshall (21-14). The fourth-seeded Blue Raiders (26-6) advance to play Tennessee in the second round.
J.T. Sulton scored 16 points for Middle Tennessee, 14 in the first half. Shawn Jones added 15.