Penn State Sends North Carolina Packing

Titus Ivory and Joe Crispin each scored 21 points as Penn State beat North Carolina 82-74 to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the first time since 1955.

Second-seeded North Carolina outshot the seventh-seeded Lions 47 percent to 44 percent and outrebounded them 44-33 on Sunday. But Penn State had 18 steals and only 11 turnovers, compared to the Tar Heels’ five steals and 22 turnovers.

It was the first time this season North Carolina lost when outshooting an opponent.

Julius Peppers led North Carolina with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Brendan Haywood had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Jason Capel and Kris Lang each had 12 points.

Gyasi Cline-Heard had 19 points for Penn State.

The Tar Heels staggered at the end of a season that once looked so promising. They were ranked No. 1 and had an 18-game winning steak when they lost 75-65 to Clemson, the worst team in the Atlantic Coast Conference, on Feb. 18. That sent North Carolina into a tailspin that saw the team head into the NCAAs with four losses in eight games.

Illinois 79, Charlotte 61

D A Y T O N, Ohio — Top-seeded Illinois made sure there would be no 3-point barrage and no big upset in an arena where the NCAA tournament played true to form all week.

The Fighting Illini won a second-round game for the first time in 12 years by using a balanced attack and pesky perimeter defense to beat Charlotte 79-61 on Sunday.

Charlotte, second only to Duke in 3-pointers made this season, missed 13 of its first 14 tries and never recovered.

Illinois will play Kansas, the Midwest Regional’s fourth seed, in a semifinal Friday in San Antonio. Like the Fighting Illini, the Jayhawks ended a run of second-round disappointments by drubbing Syracuse 87-58.

Illinois hadn’t been to the round of 16 since 1989, the only other time it’s had a No. 1 seed. The Fighting Illini reached the Final Four that year, but had failed to make it past the second round in their last seven appearances.

Brian Cook scored 16 points, leading four Illinois players in double figures. Devon Brown had 19 for Charlotte, which made 37 percent of its 3-pointers during the season but hit only 6-of-30 (20 percent) on Sunday.

N.C. State 68, Villanova 64

R A L E I G H, N.C. — After struggling against Delaware in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Carisse Moody and Tynesha Lewis were determined to not let it happen in the second round.

They didn’t.

Moody and Lewis scored 29 of their 43 points in the second half as North Carolina State beat Villanova 68-64 Sunday in the East regional.

N.C. State (22-10) trailed 28-27 at halftime but got 17 points from Lewis and 12—six during a 16-4 run in the second half—from Moody to reach the third round for the 10th time.

N.C. State will face the winner of Monday’s game between Connecticut and Colorado State on Saturday in Pittsburgh.

“I knew it (the second half) would be my last 20 minutes at N.C. State,” Lewis said. “I just took it upon myself to go out there and be a leader.”

Moody, who took just seven shots and had nine points against Delaware on Friday, was 7-for-14 and finished with 22 points and nine rebounds. She had six points and two assists during the key run that put the Wolfpack up 50-39 with 9:26 left.

Lewis, just 3-for-12 against Delaware, hit seven of 10 from the field and free throw line to finish with 21 points. She added five rebounds and five assists.

Courtney Mix led Villanova with 15 points.