NCAA Tournament 2011 First-Round Results: UNC-Asheville, Clemson Advance

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Clemson 70, UAB 52: Tigers Easily Advance

Dayton, OH (Sports Network) – Jerai Grant scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Clemson made easy work of UAB, 70-52, in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament at University of Dayton Arena.

The “First Four” game was between the last two at-large programs selected in the now 68-field tourney, but the affair was completely one-sided.

The Tigers won their first NCAA Tournament game since 1997 by making 52 percent from the field and forcing 19 turnovers to win going away and earn a No. 12 seed in the East Regional, where they will play fifth-seeded West Virginia on Thursday in Tampa.

Milton Jennings netted 11 points, while Tanner Smith and Devin Booker both added 10 for Clemson (22-11), which narrowly made the field after finishing tied for fourth in a mediocre Atlantic Coast Conference.

“It might have looked a little easy, but we really had to work defensively,” Smith said of the lopsided win. “We did a good job with the game plan … and we’re going to have to do it again soon.”

Jamarr Sanders led UAB with 19 points, as the Blazers (22-9) did little to silence critics of their tournament-worthy resume coming out of unheralded Conference USA.

The Tigers had lost their first game in the NCAA Tournament each of the previous three years, but it was evident early on that the fourth time was the charm.

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NCAA Tournament 2011 Results: UNC-Asheville Wins In Overtime

Dayton, OH (Sports Network) - Matt Dickey sent the game to overtime with a three-pointer and J.P. Primm won it at the free throw line, as UNC-Asheville came back and beat Arkansas-Little Rock, 81-77, in the first game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

As many contests in March Madness are wont to do, this one came down to the wire.

Both Dickey and Primm scored 22 points for UNC-Asheville (20-13), and no shot was bigger than Dickey's step-back three from the left corner that tied the game, 72-72, with 10 seconds left in regulation at University of Dayton Arena.

Matt Mouzy's errant three-pointer off the back iron resulted in an extra five minutes, and the Bulldogs, who trailed by as many as 10 in the second half, held a 79-77 lead after Primm made 1-of-2 from the line with 51 seconds left.

Primm picked off Daylon Gay's soft pass along the right wing, then sealed the Big South champions' second-ever tourney win and a date with No. 1 seed Pittsburgh on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

The first-ever meeting between the programs was part of the new format for this year's NCAA Tournament, which now boasts 68 teams and starts with the "First Four" games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The opening game was played to decide the No. 16 seed in the Southeast Region.

Alex Garcia-Mendoza scored 21 points to lead Arkansas-Little Rock (19-17), while Solomon Bozeman, who made a late three-pointer to win the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title for the Trojans, scored 18 points before fouling out with a minute left in regulation.

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