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Washington D.C. roundup

March 18, 2011

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Pittsburgh 74, UNC-Asheville 51 Pittsburgh was bigger, stronger, and more physical. Matt Dickey made a few more shots that might look good on the Internet.

The result was a well-established norm: A No. 1 seed beat a No. 16.

Ashton Gibbs scored 20 of his 26 points after halftime, and Pittsburgh kept the top seeds perfect against the 16s in all-time NCAA Tournament play, pulling away in the second half to beat North Carolina-Asheville, 74-51, yesterday.

The Panthers (28-5) led by just 3 points early in the second half, but they eventually showed the scrappy Big South champions what Big East play is all about.

Gibbs finished 2 points off his career high, set in a quarterfinal loss to UConn in the Big East tournament. He shot 4 for 5 from 3-point range in the second half and scored 7 points in a 13-5 run that put the game away.

The Panthers (28-5) advanced to play No. 8 seed Butler in the next round.

Dickey scored 21 points but was only 2 for 9 from 3-point range. He helped put the Bulldogs (20-14) on the map with a 3-point winner late in the regular season, then hit the 3-pointer that sent the game to OT in a win over Arkansas-Little Rock in a first-round game.

The Bulldogs were chasing down loose balls and blocking shots in the opening minutes before a 1-for-10 cold spell turned into a 16-2 run for the Panthers.

Pitt finished with nearly as many offensive rebounds (22) as UNC-Asheville had total (27). The Bulldogs were 3 for 19 from 3-point range.

“Being in the right place at the right time, anticipating what they’re trying to do offensively, we did a good job,’’ coach Jamie Dixon said. “We had a good feel for what they were going to do. They’re very good, but I think it was more our depth that wore them down at times.’’

Cincinnati 78, Missouri 63 Big man Yancy Gates had 18 points — including a pair of 3-pointers that doubled his total on the season — and 11 rebounds, powering the sixth-seeded Bearcats (26-8) into a rematch with Big East rival Connecticut tomorrow.

Cincinnati, which boasts one of the best defenses in the country, took the lead for good midway through the first half and held No. 11 seed Missouri to 38 percent shooting from the field. The Bearcats shot 62 percent in the second half and 54 percent for the game.

Dion Dixon added 16 points and Cashmere Wright had 11 points and seven assists for the Bearcats, who were victorious in their first NCAA Tournament game since 2005.

The high-scoring Tigers (23-11) found themselves having to use more of the shot clock than they’d prefer, and went nearly the last 7 1/2 minutes of the first half and the first 3 1/2 of the second — some 11 minutes total — without a field goal. They finished well below their average of 81.4 points per game.

Butler 60, Old Dominion 58 A back-and-forth opener went the eighth-seeded Bulldogs’ way when Matt Howard converted a layup at the buzzer, keeping Butler (24-9) alive as it hopes for a lengthy tournament run for the second straight year.

Howard and Shelvin Mack each scored 15 points. Frank Hassell led the Monarchs (27-7) with 20 points.

Howard’s finisher came on Butler’s 32d rebound. ODU had 29, only the second time this season the Monarchs were outrebounded.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.