ST. LOUIS – Andrew Harrison scored 20 points, twin brother Aaron had 19 and Kentucky ended Wichita State’s pursuit of perfection Sunday when Fred VanVleet’s potential game-winning 3-pointer missed in a 78-76 victory in the NCAA tournament.
Julius Randle had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and James Young also had 13 points for the No. 8 seed Wildcats (26-10), who made a series of clutch free throws in the final minutes to hold off the top-seeded Shockers in arguably the most captivating game of a thrilling first weekend.
Cleanthony Early scored 31 points and Ron Baker had 20 for the Shockers (35-1), who hadn’t lost since last year’s Final Four.
Tennessee 83, Mercer 63: At Raleigh, N.C., Jarnell Stokes had 17 points and a career-high-tying 18 rebounds, and Tennessee denied Mercer a second straight upset in the NCAA tournament.
Josh Richardson had a career-high 26 points and Antonio Barton added 18 for the 11th-seeded Vols (24-12).
Tennessee will face second-seeded Michigan (27-8) in a Midwest Regional semifinal Friday night in Indianapolis.
Langston Hall had 15 points to lead the 14th-seeded Bears (27-9), who beat Duke in the signature upset of the tournament but couldn’t answer Tennessee’s size.
Iowa St. 85, North Carolina 83: At San Antonio, DeAndre Kane drove for the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds left, and No. 3 seed Iowa State advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000.
The Cyclones (28-7) head to Madison Square Garden next week to face No. 7 seed Connecticut in the East Regional semifinals.
The Tar Heels (24-10) are gone in the NCAA tournament’s opening weekend for the first time in consecutive seasons under coach Roy Williams.
North Carolina’s Nate Britt raced the ball up court after Kane’s basket, but time expired before he could reach halfcourt and call a timeout. Officials huddled for several minutes reviewing clock replays before ruling the game was over.
Marcus Paige led the Tar Heels with 19 points.
Virginia 78, Memphis 60: At Raleigh, N.C., Joe Harris scored 16 points and top-seeded Virginia shot 56 percent to beat Memphis, earning its first trip to the NCAA tournament round of 16 in nearly two decades.
Anthony Gill added 13 points for the Cavaliers (30-6) who shut down the eighth-seeded Tigers (24-10).
Baylor 85, Creighton 55: At San Antonio, Isaiah Austin and Brady Heslip each scored 17 points and Baylor shut down Creighton’s Doug McDermott with suffocating defense, ending the career of the one of the most prolific scorers in college history with an 85-55 win Sunday night in the NCAA tournament West Regional.
Baylor’s size and speed overwhelmed the third-seeded Bluejays (27-8) and their national scoring leader, earning a third trip to the Sweet 16 since 2010.
McDermott, who averaged 27 points this season, finished with 15. McDermott ranks fifth on the NCAA career scoring list.
No. 6 seed Baylor (26-11) had five players score in double figures.
Arizona 84, Gonzaga 61: A San Diego, Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 18 points each, and Arizona looked every bit the No. 1 seed in the West while blowing out Gonzaga.
After four days of upsets and buzzer beaters, Arizona (32-4) closed out the NCAA tournament’s first weekend with a display of domination.
The Wildcats harassed the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (29-7) into 21 turnovers – 15 on steals – that led to 26 points.
Stanford 60, Kansas 57: At Saint Louis, Dwight Powell had 15 points and seven rebounds, and No. 10 seed Stanford wrapped up its second straight upset at the free throw line.
Chasson Randle added 13 points, six steals and four assists for the Cardinal (23-12).
Freshman Andrew Wiggins had just four points on 1-for-6 shooting with four turnovers in what could have been his final college game for Kansas (25-10).
Tarik Black had 18 points and six rebounds for the Jayhawks.
UCLA 77, Stephen F. Austin 60: At San Diego, Jordan Adams scored 19 points, and UCLA beat Stephen F. Austin to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008.
First-year coach Steve Alford has won as many NCAA tournament games in three days as the Bruins (27-8) had in the previous five seasons combined.
Stephen F. Austin (32-2), the No. 12 seed, had its 29-game winning streak snapped.