The First Four is back for its second night. With another pair of games in Dayton on Wednesday, two more teams will clinch a spot in the field of 64 teams in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
No. 16 LIU Brooklyn (20-13, 12-6 NEC)
No. 16. James Madison (20-14, 11-7 CAA)
6:40 p.m. EST
No. 13 La Salle (21-9, 11-5 A 10)
No. 13 Boise State (21-10, 9-7 MWC)
9:10 p.m. EST
LIU Brooklyn and James Madison, winners of their conference tournament, will play for a chance to face the No. 1 Indiana Hooisers on Friday. The JMU Dukes will be without Rayshawn Goins, the team's scoring and rebounding leader, for the first half. He was suspended for the half after being arrested on Selection Sunday.
The winner of the second game between Boise State and La Salle will take on No. 4 Kansas State in the West Region. Both the Blackbird and Broncos can make school history by winning their first NCAA Tournament game.
"I want them to come in and just play loose, play guns-a-blazing," Boise State coach Leon Rice said, via USA Today.
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On the school's birthday, La Salle celebrates with a 80-71 win over Boise State in the First Four.
Thompson goes 1 of 2 from the line for Boise State, pulling them within seven. With La Salle back on the ball, Boise has to foul. Marks is out. Two made free throws and tick tock tick tock..
With Boise pressing Peterson throws a loooong jump ball and Galloway goes up over Marks and pulls it down. He then scoots to the rim for the layup. It's an eight-point game.
Drmic rebounds his own miss .. and again.. and then Marks taps in the miss. It's a six-point game in the final minute. Timeout.
Drmic fouls Garland and it's 1 and 1 for Explorers with 1:10... MAKE.. MAKE.. and the lead is 76-68 with 1:04
A loose ball foul on Peterson as he went for an offensive rebond sends Buckner to free throw line for the 1 and 1... MISS
Wright missed a pair and Marks comes back with short jumper. It's a six-point game!
Boise State is within striking distance at 74-66 with 2:30 to play. They are chasing the ball hard on defense but La Salle is moving it around the perimeter.
Drmic hits another three. Wow that was deep on the right wing. Boise State again has the lead down to 9. But, on cue, Garland drives and scores. He's 9-10 from the field.
Marks is a factor but is it too late? Boise State still has no answer for Garland and Galloway off the dribble. La Salle lead is 72-60 with 4:11 to go.
La Salle hitting buckets out of the timeout but Marks has found the stroke and heating up. Garland drives, drops off to Wright for a big dunk. La Salle leads 70-58.
Marks gets a score for Boise State with a nice move into the post and then short jumper. He's been a non-factor but his basket has the lead down to 8. La Salle takes a timeout.
Garland just sliced and spun and then sliced some more his way through the Boise State defense en route to another layup, pushing the La Salle lead to 62-50. Boise is doing work on offense and getting a HUGE game from Drmic but they are having hard time getting enough stops to make a serious bid to tie the game.
Galloway, Mils, Wright, Garland all in double digits for Explorers.
Drmic has 23 of Boise State's 48 points.
Just when it looked like the Explorers were going to pull away, Drmic and Elorriaga sank much-needed three-point shots. Of course, those came amidst a few La Salle buckets, so the lead still stands at 9 with 11:08 to go.
That's another three for La Salle and the lead grows. But Drmic answers. He's having a heck of a ballgame for Boise (16 points) while Marks has been anonymous.
Garland gets a three-pointer to drop and La Salle has its lead back to 11 as the game gets near 15 minutes. Boise State feeling a bit hard done by not getting a shot clock reset after a pass hit the rim. Nantz pulls out the rule book, though, to back the refs.
Watkins and Elorriaga get BSU within six points but Wright answers to stretch lead to 46-38. Wright has 10 points for the game.
Wright and Drmic trading buckets. The Boise State man has half his team's points while Wright has the La Salle lead out to 41-32.
Wright answers Drmic with two quick buckets and lead is back to 39-30.
La Salle opens with the ball and turns it over. Boise State will be looking for their signature second-half surge. A three-point shot from Drmic gets them started!
4 turnoversBoise State 11-21 shooting 2-4 3-pt shooting 3-5 free throws 14 rebounds (3 off) 7 assists 1 steal 1 block
After coming up empty on the final trip of the half, La Salle leads 35-27 at the intermission.
As the half gets into the final minute the defensive intensity has picked up and the pace slowed. Marks gets bailed out by a phantom foul on Galloway and Boise State gets to re-start the possession.
Boise State picks up 3/4 court after cutting the lead to 35-27 on a free throw. They got a stop and come the other way.
Drmic hits a jumper and the lead is cut to single digits again, 35-26. TV Timeout comes with 2:40 to play in the half.
Boise State finding rhythm on offense but no answers for Garland at the other end. He shakes and stalls before driving to the rim for another bucket. La Salle lead is back to 35-24.
Drmic gets to the rim again and Boise State closes to 31-22.
Eloririaga turns over La Salle and fires a fullcourt pass to Drmic who gets the hoop and the harm. The lead is down to 11 and the momentum is slowed.