Gonzaga joins upset trend in Denver

Associated PressMarch 19, 2011 

Marquise Carter scored a career-high 24 points, lifting 11th-seeded Gonzaga to an 86-71 victory over sixth-seeded St. John's on Thursday night to cap a stellar day for the double-digit seeds at Denver in the NCAA tournament.

The Bulldogs (25-9) were the third lower seed to spring a second-round upset in the Pepsi Center, joining No. 12 Richmond and No. 13 Morehead State.

The Red Storm (21-12) wasn't the same without top rebounder and team leader D.J. Kennedy, who tore his right ACL during the Big East tournament. Dwight Hardy led St. John's with 26 points.

Also Late Thursday

UCLA 78, Michigan St. 76: Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee scored 16 points apiece, and seventh-seeded UCLA held off a late comeback by 10th-seeded Michigan State at Tampa, Fla.

The Bruins (23-10), who led by 23 in the second half, won despite missing 17 free throws, nine in the final 3:40.

Draymond Green led Michigan State (19-15) with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, the seventh triple-double in an NCAA tournament game.

Kansas State 73, Utah State 68: Jacob Pullen scored 22 points and hit some big free throws down the stretch, helping fifth-seeded Kansas State hold off 12th-seeded Utah State at Tucson, Ariz.

Pullen didn't show any ill affects from the flu that kept him out of practice Wednesday.

The Wildcats allowed Utah State (30-4) climb back in it with a string of miscues but closed it out from the line.

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