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Tucson roundup

March 18, 2011

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Temple 66, Penn State 64 Don’t call him “one-and-Dunphy’’ anymore.

Juan Fernandez sank an off-balance 18-footer with less than a second to play to hand Temple a wild victory over Penn State, and end coach Fran Dunphy’s NCAA Tournament record 11-game losing streak.

“It might have been our time, that’s all,’’ Dunphy said. “Just our time.’’

And a long time coming for one of college basketball’s most respected coaches.

Fernandez, double-teamed as time was running out, forced up the winning shot off his right foot while fading to his left just inside the 3-point line. The clock read 0.4 seconds as the ball went through the net.

In the timeout that preceded the shot, Temple’s Khalif Wyatt had some advice for his coach: Put the ball in Fernandez’s hands and let him determine the outcome.

“I was thinking about shooting a jump shot but I killed my dribble and [Tim] Frazier was right there,’’ Fernandez said. “For some reason he jumped over to my right and that gave me the space to go left.’’

San Diego State 68, Northern Colorado 50 After a little scare from Little Jimmer, the Aztecs advanced in the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

Kawhi Leonard had 21 points and 10 rebounds and second-seeded San Diego State withstood Devon Beitzel’s scoring burst to beat the Bears.

The Aztecs (33-2) had their hands full with the 15th-seeded Bears early. San Diego State pulled away behind its defense in the second half, holding Northern Colorado (21-11) scoreless for nearly seven minutes to avoid the upset.

Billy White had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Aztecs, who will face Temple in the West Regional tomorrow.

White helped stop the Jimmer Fredette Show in the Mountain West Conference final and the Aztecs tapped Chase Tapley to chase Northern Colorado’s Little Jimmer, Beitzel, who had 25 points.

Wisconsin 72, Belmont 58 Jon Leuer scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and Wisconsin methodically dispatched the Bruins, the Badgers’ fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament-opening victory.

Jordan Taylor added 21 points for the fourth-seeded Badgers (24-8), 14 in the first half.

There was much talk of Belmont, a No. 13 seed, being a surprise tournament team, but the Bruins never hit their stride against the Badgers, who made 12 of 22 3-pointers.

Mike Hedgepeth scored 17 points and Kerron Johnson 13 for the Atlantic Sun champion Bruins (30-5), still searching for their first NCAA Tournament win after four tries.

Kansas St. 73, Utah St. 68 Jacob Pullen scored 22 points and hit some big free throws down the stretch, helping the Wildcats hold off the Aggies, for Utah State’ seventh straight opening loss.

Pullen didn’t show any ill effects from the flu that kept him out of practice Wednesday, scoring 10 points in the first half as fifth-seeded Kansas State (23-10) built an 11-point lead. The Wildcats allowed Utah State (30-4) to climb back with a string of mistakes, but closed it out from the free throw line to squelch the 12-5 upset.

Kansas State moves on to face Wisconsin tomorrow in the Southeast Regional.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.