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NCAA Tournament 2013 East Region — Day 1

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March Madness went for broke Thursday, with 16 NCAA Tournament games taking place. The East Region featured four double-digit seeds looking to start Cinderella runs.

Syracuse buried Montana in the final matchup of the evening. Earlier, Cal took advantage of a partisan crowd in nearby San Jose, Calif. and won despite being the lower seed against UNLV. In a battle of mid-major powers, Butler managed to shake off a spirited Bucknell squad while Marquette put together a furious rally to thwart Davidson’s upset bid.

(4) Syracuse 81, (13) Montana 34

Brandon Triche scored 20 points, and Syracuse annihilated Montana, 81-34, in a second round game of the 2013 NCAA tournament’s East Regional on Thursday evening in San Jose, Calif. The Orange led by 23 points at the half and by 50 points late in the game. Kareem Jamar, Jordan Gregory, Spencer Coleman and Jake Wiley led Montana with just five points apiece. The Bobcats shot just 13 percent from the field and had just six assists as a team. Syracuse advanced to play California on Saturday.

(12) California 64, (5) UNLV 61

Allen Crabbe scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as 12th-seeded California beat UNLV, 64-61, in a second round game of the 2013 NCAA tournament’s East Regional on Thursday evening in San Jose, Calif. California led for much of the contest and started to pull away when a UNLV rally set up some late dramatics. However, the Runnin’ Rebels could not complete the comeback. The Bears’ win ran the Pac-12′s record to 3-0 on Thursday. California advanced to play Syracuse on Saturday.

Anthony Bennett scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for UNLV, while teammate Bryce Dejean-Jones added 15 points.

(6) Butler 68, (11) Bucknell 56

Butler’s inside game proved too much for Bucknell as Andrew Smith was a beast on the boards with 16 rebounds to go along with his 14 points. Bulldogs star Rotnei Clarke struggled shooting the ball, but still led his team with 17 points, while Alex Barlow notched four steals to set the tone for Butler. Bucknell’s star, Mike Muscala, shot a dreadful four of 17 from the field, but teammate Joe Willman was masterful in defeat, going 10 for 17, en route to a game-high 20 points for Bucknell, which wrapped up its season with a school record 28 wins.

(3) Marquette 59, (14) Davidson 58

Davidson may have been the #14 seed, but the Wildcats pretty much controlled the game for about 39 minutes. Then, the last minute happened. Down by six with about a minute to play, Marquette hit three 3-pointers in a row to cut the deficit to one, as Davidson tried to hold on to its lead with free throws and a De’Mon brooks bucket. This, after Marquette missed 11 of their first 12 treys. After the Golden Eagles trimmed the Wildcats lead to one, a huge De’Mon Brooks turnover gave Marquette possession with 6.7 seconds to play. Vander Blue, who led his team with 16 points, coolly drove for a layup to put the Golden Eagles up, 59-58, with one second to play. Davidson couldn’t pull off the miracle on the final play and Marquette, which shot a dismal 35% from the field, grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat. Jake Cohen led all scorers with 20 for Davidson, which was badly outrebounded by Marquette, 38-23.

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