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K.J. Adams Jr. of the Kansas Jayhawks scores a slam dunk against the Howard Bison during the second half in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. The Jayhawks won 96-68 on March 16, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa.Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Ryan Langborg lifted Princeton to its first lead with 2:03 to play and the Tigers used a late-game run to earn their first NCAA tournament win in 25 years, topping No. 2 seed Arizona 59-55 on Thursday.

The 15th-seeded Tigers (22-9) scored the final nine points, holding the Pac-12 tournament champion scoreless over the final 4:43.

Tosan Evbuomwan scored 15 points in Princeton’s first tournament victory since beating UNLV in 1998 when current coach Mitch Henderson was a player for the Tigers.

Princeton advanced to play seventh-seeded Missouri in the second round of the South Region.

Azuolas Tubelis scored 21 points for the Wildcats (28-7), who haven’t won a tournament game in consecutive years since 2014-15.

It marked the third straight year and 11th time overall that a No. 15 seed won a first-round game. Arizona is the only school to be on the wrong end of one of those upsets twice, also losing to Steve Nash and Santa Clara in 1993.

Missouri 76, Utah State 65

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Missouri used a second-half scoring spurt from Kobe Brown to win its first NCAA tournament game in 13 years, beating Utah State. Brown hit three three-pointers in a span of just over three minutes to fuel a 13-2 run that turned a two-point deficit into a 62-53 lead. The 10th-seeded Aggies (26-9) have dropped their past 10 tournament games since beating Ohio State in the first round in 2001. The loss was also the 11th straight for a Mountain West team in the NCAAs.

Furman 68, Virginia 67

ORLANDO — JP Pegues made a three-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining, and No. 13 seed Furman completed a rally from a 12-point second-half deficit to hand fourth-seeded Virginia another first-round loss. Making their first trip to the NCAA tournament in 43 years, the Paladins (28-7) advanced to the second round in the South Region, where they will play fifth-seeded San Diego State on Saturday. Furman earned its first tournament berth since 1980 by beating Chattanooga for the Southern Conference title, capping a season-long quest to redeem itself after losing the league’s automatic berth to the Mocs on a 35-foot buzzer-beater in last year’s Southern final. The Paladins’ Jalen Slawson, the Southern Conference player of the year, finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Virginia (25-8) was eliminated in the first round as the higher-seeded team for the third time in its past four NCAA tournaments. Kadin Shedrick led the Cavaliers with 15 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.

San Diego State 63, Charleston 57

ORLANDO — Matt Bradley scored 17 points, including two free throws in the final minute, and No. 5 seed San Diego State held on to beat 12th-seeded Charleston. The Aztecs (28-6) won their first game in the Big Dance since 2015 – ending a four-game losing streak – and snapped an 11-game skid for the Mountain West Conference. The Cougars (31-4) lost for the first time in six weeks and have not won an NCAA tournament game since 1997. San Diego State advanced to face 13th-seeded Furman on Saturday.

Maryland 67, West Virginia 65

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Maryland overcame a sluggish start and a final heave at the buzzer by Kedrian Johnson to beat West Virginia. Johnson led all scorers with 27 points, but his potential winner bounced off the side of the rim as the horn sounded, allowing the eighth-seeded Terrapins (22-12) to advance.

Alabama 96, TEXAS A&M-Corpus Christi 75

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama buried Texas A&M-Corpus Christi under an early three-point onslaught, and the NCAA tournament’s top seed won easily even with star freshman Brandon Miller going scoreless. The Crimson Tide (30-5) set aside their off-court distractions and buried 10 first-half threes in a predictably easy win over the 16th-seeded Islanders (24-11) at Legacy Arena, less than an hour from campus.


Kansas 96, Howard 68

DES MOINES, IOWA — Jalen Wilson had 20 points and seven rebounds for No. 1 seed and defending national champion Kansas, which allowed absent and recovering coach Bill Self to rest during an easy victory over Howard. Self is still recovering from a recent heart procedure. Gradey Dick had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the freshman’s first NCAA tournament game. K.J. Adams Jr. scored 13 points and Dajuan Harris Jr. added 11 points for the Jayhawks (28-7), who will play Arkansas in the second round on Saturday. Kansas, which has won 16 consecutive first-round games, is trying to become the first repeat NCAA winner in 16 years. Shy Odom had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Bison (22-13), who were making the program’s first tournament appearance since 1992.

Arkansas 73, Illinois 63

DES MOINES, Iowa — Ricky Council IV scored 18 points and Arkansas survived some anxious moments in the second half against an Illinois team that wouldn’t go away. Devo Davis had 16 points for the eighth-seeded Razorbacks, who used relentless defense and rebounding to build big leads but couldn’t get comfortable until the final minute. Arkansas (21-13) faces top-seeded Kansas on Saturday.