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NCAA Tournament LIVE UPDATES, SCORES: Syracuse, VCU, New Mexico In Action Thursday Night

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Following an afternoon punctuated by almost upsets, the high seeds in action on Thursday night have good reason to be nervous.

In Salt Lake City, No. 1 seed Gonzaga barely avoided a historic upset at the hands of No. 16 Southern. No. 3 Marquette needed a last-second bucket and a furious rally to hold off Davidson in Lexington.

No. 13 Montana and No. 14 Harvard will aim to finish what those would-be Cinderellas started when they take on No. 4 Syracuse and No. 3 New Mexico.

Earlier, No. 12 Oregon dispatched No. 5 Oklahoma State to provide the seemingly annual 5-12 upset of the tournament. Can No. 12 Akron topple No. 5 VCU to add another? Or does VCU and its Havoc defense have another deep run ahead?

Rounding out the final four games of the night, No. 8 Colorado State and No. 9 Missouri tangle in Lexington.

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@ GaryParrishCBS : All the tip times for Saturday can be found here: http://t.co/TjhHhHdPFc

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Syracuse wins 81-34. Triche has a game-high 20 points.

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Syracuse was just leading by 50 but Montana hit a 3 to make it 81-34. 30 seconds left.

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@ ESPNAndyKatz : Well, the play of the day was here at Rupp by Vander Blue. But there is no second place to the stunner as Harvard beats UNM. Amazing.

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@ GaryParrishCBS : Michigan-VCU will be the first game Saturday. It tips at 12:15 pm EDT. Memphis-Michigan State follows, around 2:45 EDT.

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Syracuse has a 78-31 lead over Montana now. Will they win by 50??

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Montana gets a layup on a 3-on-1 fast break and now they have 31 points.

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@ jppalmCBS : Modern era low score in the tournament, Miss Valley St 29 in 70-29 loss to UCLA in 2008.

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@ ESPNStatsInfo : Only 1,339 of the 8.15 million brackets in the http://t.co/ZUyXKpcfZT Tournament Challenge are still perfect. Just 5.6 pct picked Harvard.

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Montana just tried an alley-oop from half court and the ball went sailing out of bounds and now a few Montana players are even smiling on the bench. 76-28 Syracuse. 5:525 left in the game.

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@ JonRothstein : The door is now officially open for Arizona. Wildcats are the most talented team in the West Region.

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Syracuse shut Montana to 15 points in the first half. Montana only has 10 in the second so far. 'Cuse leads 66-25.

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Harvard wins! It's No. 14 over a No. 3 seed in Salt Lake City. Harvard wins 68-62.

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Moundou-Miss fouls out and Williams is at the line for the Lobos.. make.. make. It's four points with 19.3.

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Fenton miss.. Greenwood miss on same trip before Chambers get the rebound for Harvard. He's fouled and hits 1 of 2. It's a six-point game with 26 ticks.

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Saunders controls a short lob and is fouled. Harvard in the double bonus. Make... Miss..

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Harvard can't inbound the ball and has to use another timeout. They're out. A turnover here and this gets a lot more interesting. Needless to say, it's already quite interesting.

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Rivard couldn't inbound the ball and calls time.

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New Mexico in the bonus. It's 1-and-1 for Williams. Make.. make... It's a four-point game with 48.3 seconds.

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Montana has shot a miserable 6/35 from the field. Syracuse up 55-18. Montana is also 1/16 from 3-point range.

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Moundou-missi hits 1-2 after a foul on Kirk. Harvard leads 64-58 with 55 seconds.

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Fenton hits a much-needed three-point shot for New Mexico. It's 63-58 lead for Harvard with 89 seconds.

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Chambers drops a jumper and Harvard is up eight as the game ticks toward two minutes remaining. This is their largest lead at 63-55.

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Christmas gets a beautiful pass in the paint on a pick and roll and throws down a two-handed dunk. Syracuse up 53-17. Triche has 18 on 5/5 shooting and 6/8 from the free throw line.

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Smith hits a jumper for Harvar at one end to extend the lead to 59-53 and then comes up with a block at the other. Tick tock. Kirk comes up with a tip-in for New Mexico to make it a four-point game. Harvard leads 59-55 with 3:20 to play.

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Fair opens the 2nd half with an easy layup and now Triche is at the free throw line after a foul on a fast break. He went 1/2. Cuse up 41-15.

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After the teams trade a few scores, Rivard drains his fifth three of the game. Harvard leads 55-53 with 6:06 to play. New Mexico timeout.

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@ JonRothstein : Syracuse with the early KO. Montana was never a team that was built to beat the Orange. Shooting just 1-10 from 3-pt range.

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Rivard hits 2 of 3 and they're all tied up 49-49 with 7 to play.

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Colorado State beats Missouri 84-72. Dorian Green finished with 26 points on 6/13 from the field and 11/12 from the free throw line. Rams out-rebounded the Tigers 36-18.

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