SALT LAKE CITY – Gonzaga’s gone.
Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 16 points apiece and Wichita State hit a season-high 14 three-pointers, including seven straight late, to knock the top-ranked and No. 1 seeded Bulldogs out of the NCAA tournament 76-70 on Saturday.
The Shockers (28-8) advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2006, while Gonzaga becomes the first top seed to be eliminated.
Gonzaga survived a scare in the second round against Southern but couldn’t hold up against a fellow mid-major from Kansas whose motto is play angry.
The Shockers face the winner of Sunday’s game between La Salle and Ole Miss.
Wichita State had the Zags down 13 early. Though Gonzaga (32-3) fought back, the barrage of 3s was too much for the small school from Spokane, Wash. Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points to lead Gonzaga, and Kevin Pangos had 19.
LOUISVILLE 82, COLORADO STATE 56: In Lexington, Ky., Russ Smith had another big night, leading four players in double figures with 27 points, and the top-seeded Cardinals into the regional semifinals.
The Cardinals put on a defensive clinic as they dismantled Colorado State. Louisville forced the eighth-seeded Rams into a season-high 20 turnovers, made Colton Iverson look as invisible as a 6-foot-10 guy can be and limited one of the nation’s best rebounding teams to 24 boards, more than a dozen below their average.
It was the 12th straight win for Louisville (31-5), which will play Oregon on Friday in Indianapolis.
OREGON 74, SAINT LOUIS 57: In San Jose, Calif., Damyean Dotson scored 23 points, Carlos Emory added 14 points and hot-shooting Oregon sprinted past fourth-seeded Saint Louis. Oregon made 8 of 11 shots from beyond the arc, while the Billikens finished 3 for 21 from long range.
Dotson made his first five three-pointers to carry Oregon (28-8) into the second weekend for the first time since 2007, when it lost to eventual repeat champion Florida in the regional final. The Ducks made 8 of 11 shots from beyond the arc, while the Billikens finished 3 for 21 from long range.
The Billikens (28-7) set a school record for wins this season following the death of coach Rick Majerus in December.
ARIZONA 74, HARVARD 51: In Salt Lake City, the Wildcats put an emphatic end to Harvard’s March Madness success story. Mark Lyons matched his career high with 27 points to lead the sixth-seeded Wildcats (27-7). Arizona sprinted to a 30-9 lead, as the Crimson (20-10) missed 20 of its first 22 shots.
Lyons led Arizona to the program’s 15th appearance in the Sweet 16. The Wildcats will play Iowa State or Ohio State next week in Los Angeles.
Harvard, meanwhile, goes home with its first NCAA win in tow. The 14th-seeded Crimson beat third-seeded New Mexico on Thursday but couldn’t recreate the magic.
Kenyatta Smith led Harvard with 10 points.