GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Sindarius Thornwell had 24 points, Chris Silva scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half and seventh-seeded South Carolina stunned No. 2 seed Duke 88-81 on Sunday night to advance to its first Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament’s expanded bracket.
The Gamecocks (24-10) trailed by 10 points early in the second half after one of its coldest shooting stretches of the season to start. But behind Thornwell’s outside shooting and Silva’s dominance underneath, South Carolina rallied to win two NCAA games for the first time in 44 years.
Next up is the East Regional at Madison Square Garden where the Gamecocks will face third-seeded Baylor.
Duke (28-9) was attempting to reach the round of 16 for the sixth time in eight seasons. • BAYLOR 82, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 78: In Tulsa, Okla., Johnathan Motley had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 3 seed Baylor defeated No. 11 seed Southern California.
Terry Maston scored 19 points, King McClure added 17 and Manu Lecomte scored all 12 of his points in the final 5 minutes for the Bears (27-7).
• MIDWEST REGION — MICHIGAN 73, LOUISVILLE 69: In Indianapolis, Moe Wagner scored a career-high 26 points and spurred a furious second-half rally to send Michigan past second-seeded Louisville.
The seventh-seeded Wolverines (26-11) have won seven straight and earned a ticket to the Midwest Regional in Kansas City, Missouri.
Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points and Deng Adel had 16 points to lead Louisville (25-9).
• OREGON 75, RHODE ISLAND 72: In Sacramento, Calif., Tyler Dorsey hit a contested go-ahead 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 38.4 seconds to play, E.C. Matthews airballed a long 3 in the waning moments trying to force overtime, and third-seeded Oregon rallied in the second half to beat upstart No. 11 Rhode Island on Sunday and reach the Midwest Regional.
Dorsey also tied the game with a 3 with 1:45 remaining on the way to 27 points before teammate Dillon Brooks took a charge on the other end for Oregon (31-5).
With Oregon’s season on the brink of an early NCAA Tournament exit, Brooks found his shooting stroke as he typically does and scored 19 points despite a 7-for-20 shooting day. Dorsey made 9 of 10 shots with four 3-pointers.
Stanford Robinson matched his career high of 21 points, but the Rams (25-10) had their nine-game winning streak snapped to end the season.
• KANSAS 90, MICHIGAN STATE 70: In Tulsa, Okla.,Josh Jackson scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half to help Kansas pull away late and reach the Sweet 16 for a second straight year with a victory over Michigan State on Sunday.
Frank Mason III added 20 points for the top-seeded Jayhawks (30-4). Devonte’ Graham added 18 points and Landen Lucas had 10 for the Jayhawks, who shot 53.1 percent (34 of 64) in the win.
Miles Bridges scored 22 points to lead Michigan State (20-15).
• SOUTH REGION — NORTH CAROLINA 72, ARKANSAS 65: In Greenville, S.C., Kennedy Meeks had 16 points and a huge tip-in with 44.2 seconds left to help North Carolina barely avoid a huge upset by rallying to beat Arkansas.
Justin Jackson added 15 points for the Tar Heels (29-7), including the dunk that capped a game-closing 12-0 run by the South Region’s No. 1 seed to help it survive a wild game.
• KENTUCKY 65, WICHITA STATE 62: In Indianapolis, Bam Adebayo had a double-double and swatted away the final shot on Sunday as Kentucky sent Wichita State to yet another second-round heartbreak, 65-62 in the South region.
The youngest team in the NCAA Tournament grew up in the closing minutes.
Adebayo had 13 points and 10 rebounds. De’Aaron Fox had 14 points, including a late steal and dunk. Malik Monk blocked a shot and made a pair of free throws in the final 13 seconds. Adebayo clinched it by blocking Landry Shamet’s 3-pointer shot at the buzzer.
• UCLA 79, CINCINNATI 67: In Sacramento, Calif., Lonzo Ball scored 19 points and ignited UCLA’s rally from a poor start with nine assists, lifting the third-seeded Bruins to a 79-67 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday in the South Regional.
UCLA (31-4) had a hard time solving sixth-seeded Cincinnati’s active defense in the first half, unable to get shots to drop or get out in transition. The Bruins found a new gear in the second half. Now UCLA is headed to its third Sweet 16 appearance in four seasons under coach Steve Alford.