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11-seed Xavier upends 6-seed Maryland 76-65 in NCAA tourney

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Trevon Bluiett doesn't spend a lot of time worrying about missed shots because he knows the makes will eventually come.

After missing his first seven shots and contributing just 3 points in the first half, Bluiett found his rhythm Thursday night to lead No.11 seed Xavier to a 76-65 upset of sixth-seeded Maryland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Bluiett shot 6 of 7 during the final 20 minutes to finish with 21 points.

''Once I get a couple to go in and get a rhythm going then everything starts to fall,'' said Bluiett, the Musketeers' leading scorer. ''Everything you shoot just feels good.''

Bluiett made four 3s in the second half to help Xavier come back from a 6-point deficit.

The Musketeers move on in the West region , marking the third straight year they have advanced to the second round. They will play third-seeded Florida State, which beat FGCU 86-80, in the second round on Saturday.

Maryland, which started three freshmen for much the season, lost in the first round for the first time since 1997.

Maryland came in favored after finishing second in the Big Ten during the regular season but the Terps seemed to be one of the more vulnerable No. 6 seeds in the tournament, primarily because of their youth. Maryland's young players struggled at times as Xavier shifted from zone to man-to-man. Kevin Huerter finished with 19 points but was just five of 13 from the field and star junior Melo Trimble couldn't find a rhythm against the Musketeers zone, going 1 for 9 from 3-point range to finish with 13 points, three assists and three turnovers.

''I just believe in my players,'' said Xavier coach Chris Mack. ''Maryland is really good against man-to-man offensively. We don't want Quentin Goodin to be chasing Melo Trimble all over the floor so zone is fairly effective at times.''

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said his players had difficulty trying to beat Xavier's defense. The Terps went long stretches without making baskets and shot just 26 percent from 3-point range, worse in the second half as Xavier played mostly zone.

''The changing defenses gave us more problems than anything tonight,'' Turgeon said. ''I think they got hot and we kind of got rushed a little bit.''

The Terps also had no answer for Xavier big man Sean O'Mara, who had a career night off the bench, forcing his way in the paint. O'Mara, who finished with 18 points on 5 of 6 shooting from the field and 8 of 9 from the free throw line, dominated as Bluiett struggled and kept the pressure on the Terps' two big men.

''My teammates got me the ball in great positions and pretty much all I had to do was throw up five foot hook shots and make a couple of back-to-the-basket moves to score,'' O'Mara said.

The Musketeers also got a huge contribution from Kaiser Gates off bench with 11 points. Xavier's bench outscored the Terps 30-13 and outrebounded them 11-4 in a game that was fairly close throughout.

''When you get production like that with those two it just makes us that much tougher to defend,'' Mack said.

TRIPLE DEFENSE

Xavier flipped between man-to-man and zone throughout most of the game, but Turgeon believes they played more variations than that.

''They were playing 3 different defenses and everybody has to recognize it. We didn't and that really hurt us.''

GODD LUCK ORLANDO

Xavier has won seven straight games in Orlando, which also include two neutral site tournament wins in the Advocare Invitational and Tire Pros Invitational.

BILL MURRAY SIGHTING

Actor Bill Murray was in attendance in support of Xavier. Murray's son, Luke Murray, is a second-year assistant coach for the Musketeers.

UP NEXT

Xavier will play Florida State on Saturday at Amway Center.

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Key Players
T. Bluiett
M. Trimble
31.9 Min. Per Game 31.9
17.0 Pts. Per Game 17.0
3.7 Ast. Per Game 3.7
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
43.7 Field Goal % 43.6
37.2 Three Point % 31.7
75.6 Free Throw % 78.9
  35-second shot clock violation turnover on Xavier 12.0
+ 2 Ivan Bender made jump shot, assist by Kevin Huerter 41.0
+ 1 Sean O'Mara made 2nd of 2 free throws 50.0
+ 1 Sean O'Mara made 1st of 2 free throws 50.0
  Personal foul on Jaylen Brantley 50.0
  Defensive rebound by Sean O'Mara 50.0
  Kevin Huerter missed 3-pt. jump shot 52.0
+ 1 Sean O'Mara made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:03
  Sean O'Mara missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:03
  Personal foul on Kevin Huerter 1:03
  Defensive rebound by Sean O'Mara 1:06
Team Stats
Points 76 65
Field Goals 25-50 (50.0%) 22-54 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 9-23 (39.1%) 7-27 (25.9%)
Free Throws 17-24 (70.8%) 14-19 (73.7%)
Total Rebounds 34 24
Offensive 8 6
Defensive 24 14
Team 2 4
Assists 15 13
Steals 8 7
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 14 11
Fouls 17 19
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
19 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo 11 Xavier 22-13 354176
home team logo 6 Maryland 24-9 362965
Team Stats
away team logo 11 Xavier 22-13 72.2 PPG 39.2 RPG 14.8 APG
home team logo 6 Maryland 24-9 71.4 PPG 42.4 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
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T. Bluiett G PPG RPG APG FG%
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K. Huerter G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Bluiett G 21 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
K. Huerter G 19 PTS 4 REB 5 AST
50.0 FG% 40.7
39.1 3PT FG% 25.9
70.8 FT% 73.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Bluiett 21 4 1 7/15 5/10 2/2 4 36 4 0 4 1 3
J. Macura 10 5 1 4/10 0/4 2/6 2 34 1 0 1 2 3
Q. Goodin 9 5 9 3/7 0/1 3/3 3 39 0 0 5 1 4
M. Bernard 6 6 2 2/4 1/2 1/2 4 27 2 1 2 1 5
T. Jones 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 1 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Bluiett 21 4 1 7/15 5/10 2/2 4 36 4 0 4 1 3
J. Macura 10 5 1 4/10 0/4 2/6 2 34 1 0 1 2 3
Q. Goodin 9 5 9 3/7 0/1 3/3 3 39 0 0 5 1 4
M. Bernard 6 6 2 2/4 1/2 1/2 4 27 2 1 2 1 5
T. Jones 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 1 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. O'Mara 18 7 1 5/6 0/0 8/9 2 21 0 0 0 3 4
K. Gates 11 1 1 4/7 3/6 0/0 1 24 1 0 1 0 1
R. Gaston 1 3 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 10 0 0 0 0 3
T. Stainbrook - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bergen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Barr - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Peterson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Schrand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 32 15 25/50 9/23 17/24 17 200 8 2 14 8 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Huerter 19 4 5 5/13 3/8 6/6 4 36 1 0 2 2 2
J. Jackson 14 3 0 5/9 2/3 2/3 2 36 2 1 2 0 3
M. Trimble 13 2 3 5/15 1/9 2/4 3 39 2 0 3 1 1
A. Cowan 4 4 5 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 25 1 0 3 0 4
D. Dodd 2 3 0 0/0 0/0 2/4 3 22 1 2 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Huerter 19 4 5 5/13 3/8 6/6 4 36 1 0 2 2 2
J. Jackson 14 3 0 5/9 2/3 2/3 2 36 2 1 2 0 3
M. Trimble 13 2 3 5/15 1/9 2/4 3 39 2 0 3 1 1
A. Cowan 4 4 5 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 25 1 0 3 0 4
D. Dodd 2 3 0 0/0 0/0 2/4 3 22 1 2 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Bender 8 3 0 4/6 0/0 0/0 3 17 0 0 0 2 1
J. Brantley 3 0 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 3 12 0 0 0 0 0
J. Nickens 2 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
L. Gill 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
D. Wiley 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0
K. Auslander - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Tomaic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Valmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 20 13 22/54 7/27 14/19 19 200 7 3 11 6 14