NCAA highlights

March 14, 1997

Points

Charles Jones, Long Island 37

Brett Larrick, Chas. So. 32

Brad Miller, Purdue 31

Kelvin Cato, Iowa State 29

Trent Pulliam, Jackson State 28

Tim Thomas, Villanova 28

Rebounds

Scot Pollard, Kansas 19

A.J. Bramlett, Arizona 16

Ryan Bowen, Iowa 16

Tim Thomas, Villanova 15

Raef LaFrentz, Kansas 14

Assists

Jamar Smiley, Illinois State 12

Ed Cota, N. Carolina 10

Andre Woolridge, Iowa 10

Tyson Wheeler, Rhode Island 10

Jacy Holloway, Iowa State 9

Damon Flint, Cincinnati 9

John Celestand, Villanova 9

Anthony Johnson, C. of Charles. 9

Biggest upset

College of Charleston over Maryland: The Terrapins came in a seven-point favorite despite being ranked lower than the Cougars (22nd to 16th), but for the second consecutive year Maryland exited the tournament in the first round with a loss to a double-digit seed.

Biggest blowout

Kentucky over Montana: With Cameron Mills (19 points) setting his career high for the third consecutive game, the top-seeded Wildcats began defense of their national championship.

Failing the boards

Princeton can blame its rebounding for another close tournament loss. California out-rebounded the Tigers, 38-18, and had five players with more rebounds than the team-leading four that Sydney Johnson (Towson Catholic) pulled down.

Passing the boards

Each member of Kansas' front line reached double figures in rebounds as the Jayhawks overwhelmed Jackson State on the boards, 61-27. The trio of Pollard, LaFrentz and Pierce combined for 46 rebounds, 18 on the offensive end.

Going deep

Long Island tried the long-distance route to upset Villanova. The Blackbirds set a single-game tournament record with 42 three-point attempts, breaking the previous mark of 41 by Loyola Marymount against UNLV in the 1990 West Regional final.

A point and a shot a minute

Long Island's Jones, the nation's leading scorer at 29.9 points per game, made the most of his 40 minutes on the court. He took 37 shots -- 15 from three-point range -- connecting on 14 overall for a game-high 37 points.

They said it

"I'm not blocking shots as well as I used to "

Kansas' Scot Pollard, who broke a bone in his foot Jan. 22, after his six-block performance against Jackson State.

"You'd have to be tuned out not to give some serious attention to [Bryce] Drew."

Boston College coach Jim O'Brien after the Valparaiso guard and coach's son scored 27 points

"I wanted to step up and be a leader on the court instead of being a nuisance to everyone on the court."

Purdue center Brad Miller

"They played in pickup games where some of the people on the sidelines were armed. In this game, at least they knew nobody had a gun."

St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli on his backcourt of Rashid Bey and Arthur Davis

Looking ahead

Wake Forest's Tim Duncan -- everyone's player of the year -- runs into the biggest player in this year's tournament, 7-foot-3, 345-pound Brad "Big Continent" Millard of St. Mary's.

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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