2019 NCAA Tournament scores: Arizona State, North Dakota State advance with First Four victories
The Sun Devils and Bison will be in action on Friday after big wins on Wednesday
Arizona State is moving on to the first round of the NCAA Tournament after eliminating St. John's 74-65 in the First Four on Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio. The No. 11 seed Sun Devils never trailed and held off a late Johnnies run to secure their first NCAA Tournament win as a program in a decade.
"I loved our effort, how we played in the first half," said Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley on truTV. "We have to take care of the ball better, so we'll have to go to the drawing board to clean that up going to the next game."
Hurley and Co. advance to face No. 6 seed Buffalo in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Friday, a matchup that pits ASU's exuberant coach against his former understudy in Bulls coach Nate Oats.
"It's going to be a little surreal," Hurley said about facing Oats. "I have so much love and enjoyed those years so much and feel so proud of what Nate's doing."
Arizona State strutted past the enigmatic Red Storm with strong performances from its most talented players. Potential lottery pick Luguentz Dort scored 21 points and Zylan Cheatham added in 14 -- his fifth consecutive double-digit scoring output -- to help lead the Sun Devis back to the long-awaited NCAA Tournament victory.
Elsewhere in the First Four on Wednesday, NC Central coach LeVelle Moton's wish was granted. He said earlier this week he , and no part he will get. He and his No. 16 seed Eagles fell just short of another matchup against the Blue Devils on Wednesday night as No. 16 seed North Dakota State ousted them 78-74 in the penultimate First Four game of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
"It feels great," said winning coach David Richman on truTV. "Really proud of our guys' resolve down the stretch. It's important we stay in the moment and enjoy this one, then prepare [for Duke]. We have a great challenge, and any great challenge presents great opportunity. We're excited for Friday night."
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(16) North Dakota State 78, (16) NC Central 74
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(11) Arizona State 74, (11) St. John's 65
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