NCAA-BIG DANCE UNDERWAY
Dayton became the first team in 28 years to play an NCAA Tournament game on its home court, where the Flyers were 16-0 during the regular season. Dayton almost ended that perfect string, falling behind by seven with 3:43 remaining before advancing to the second round. Kendall Pollard scored 17 points and the Flyers closed on a 10-2 run to beat Boise State 56-55. Jordan Sibert hit the biggest shots down the stretch, draining two free throws to tie the game at 53 with 1:02 remaining before canning a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left to close the scoring. Next up for Dayton is Providence on Friday in Columbus, Ohio.
Robert Morris also advanced to the second round by rallying from a 14-point, second-half deficit. Lucky Jones hit a key free throw and finished with 21 points as the Colonials beat North Florida 81-77. Rodney Pryor contributed 20 points and Marcquise Reed 19 for Robert Morris, which scored 21 points off 19 turnovers. Beau Beech finshed with 28 points for the Ospreys but was held without a field goal over the final 11:18. Robert Morris takes on top-seeded Duke on Friday in Charlotte.
The rest of the field of 64 gets started with play today, with the opening game at 11:15 this morning between Northeastern and Notre Dame, and games running all day long and well into the night.
MLB-ROYALS DOWNED BY BREWERS
Gerardo Parra and Khris Davis combined to drive in seven runs as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4 yesterday.
Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez was roughed up for six runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings. Volquez has a 9.72 ERA in three starts, surrendering 16 hits in 8 1-3 innings.
Mike Moustakas homered for the first time this spring, and singled, driving in two runs for Kansas City. After winning 10 of their first 11 games, the Royals have lost four of five.
NFL COMPETITION PROPOSALS
The NFL’s competition committee will propose significant changes to replay at next week’s owners meetings. The committee is presenting a proposal that would permit the replay system to review and correct all penalties called by game officials, including such judgment calls as pass interference. Other proposals include moving the extra point attempt to the 15-yard line and guaranteeing both teams a possession in overtime even if one scores a touchdown on its first drive.
The Golden State Warriors easily won a matchup of NBA conference leaders and prevented the Atlanta Hawks from wrapping up their first division title in 21 years.
The Warriors cruised to their 10th straight home win as Harrison Barnes delivered 25 points in a 114-95 rout of the Hawks. Andre Iguodala added 21 points and six assists for the Warriors, who moved ahead of the Hawks for the league’s best record at 54-13.
Stephen Curry had 16 points and 12 assists to help the Warriors avenge their 124-116 loss in Atlanta last month.
In other NBA action:
— J.R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov each scored 17 points and Cleveland rallied for its 14th straight home win, beating Brooklyn 117-92. LeBron James had 16 points for the Cavaliers, who trailed by 13 in the first quarter before embarking on a 30-8 run to take command.
— Dwyane Wade scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, including a tiebreaking jumper with 13.6 seconds left in Miami’s 108-104 triumph over Portland. Luol Deng finished with 24 points and Goran Dragic added 20 as the Heat dropped the Trail Blazers a half-game behind third-place Houston in the Western Conference.
— John Wall finished with 24 points, six assists and nine rebounds as Washington beat Utah 88-84 to run its winning streak to five games. Paul Pierce finished with 18 points, including four 3-pointers that helped the Wizards end a six-game Jazz winning streak.
— The Los Angeles Clippers thumped Sacramento 116-105 behind Chris Paul’s 30 points and 11 assists. J.J. Redick hit seven of the Clippers’ 17 3-pointers and finished with 27 points to help his team remain tied with the Mavericks for fifth in the West.
— Dallas saw a 22-point lead shrink to one before the Mavericks picked up their third straight win, downing Orlando 107-102. Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and hit five of the Mavs’ 13 3-pointers.
— Danny Green scored 20 points and San Antonio bounced back from Tuesday’s overtime loss in New York by topping Milwaukee 114-103. Tim Duncan added 19 points and seven assists in the Spurs’ eighth victory in 10 games.
— Russell Westbrook provided 36 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and five steals as Oklahoma City halted Boston’s five-game winning streak, 122-118. Enes Kanter had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Thunder move a half-game ahead of New Orleans for the final Western Conference playoff slot.
— Rookie Nikola Mirotic scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half and Mike Dunleavy finished with 21 as Chicago beat Indiana 103-86 to stay 2 1/2 games behind the Central Division-leading Cavaliers. Pau Gasol had 19 points and 12 rebounds to help the Bulls end a two-game slide.
— Toronto has an 11-game home winning streak after Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 15 rebounds in a 105-100 win against Minnesota. DeMar ReRozan contributed 21 points to the Raptors’ third win in five games.
— Ish Smith scored 15 points and Philadelphia ended a four-game skid by downing Detroit 94-83. The Pistons have dropped 11 of 12.