SAN DIEGO — Maybe playing tired suits the Notre Dame men's basketball team.
Cormac Ryan scored a career-high 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, as 11th-seeded Notre Dame recovered from a grueling First Four win and a late-night flight to beat sixth-seeded Alabama 78-64 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
"I mean, I was just letting it fly. And when you have it rolling, you have it rolling. So picked a good night for it, I guess," Ryan said. "To be able to grit it out — people were saying double overtime, long flight, legs are going to be tired. We were gunning, and we were ready to go."
Ryan, was 10-of-13 from the field and made a career-best seven of his nine tries from beyond the arc for Notre Dame (24-10), which beat Rutgers in double overtime Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio, to earn a trip to San Diego.
Even though Notre Dame goes with only a seven-player rotation, Ryan said the cross-country flight and playing two games in less than 48 hours might have been a benefit.
"We kind of rolled into California with that hunger. And I think the quick trip actually helped us because we were still hungry. It was like we just got off the court; put us back on, we're ready," he said.
Blake Wesley had 18 points and Paul Atkinson Jr. added 13 with eight rebounds. The Fighting Irish missed six of their first seven shots but went 28-of-47 the rest of the way.
"I mean, got to give Notre Dame a lot of credit to play in a play-in game and go double overtime, fly in here as late as they did, play with one-day rest and give the energy they've got," Alabama coach Nate Oats said. "We talk in college about veteran college players. I think it showed today."
Keon Ellis led Alabama (19-14) with 16 points and Jaden Shackelford scored 13. Junior point guard Jahvon Quinerly inured his left knee early in the game and did not return. His knee was in an immobilizing brace when he came back to the Crimson Tide bench.
Oats said the injury was "significant," adding that Quinerly would have an MRI after the team returned to Tuscaloosa.
"He's a big piece of what we do. We definitely felt the impact of losing him," Ellis said.
Notre Dame will play Texas Tech on Sunday in the second round of the West Region.
The Irish had a 41-36 advantage at halftime. Alabama scored six straight points early in the second half to get within 44-42 before Notre Dame pulled away with a 17-5 run. Ryan and Wesley each had six points during the spurt, and Atkinson added five.
Ryan's final 3, an off-balance shot from the corner, rolled around and went in as the shot clock expired to put the Irish up 66-55 with 4:55 remaining. Notre Dame's largest lead was 16 points (76-60) with less than two minutes left.
Coach Mike Brey — who's in his 13th tournament with Notre Dame and 15th overall — credited his team's adjustments in the second half, when it held Alabama to 12-of-32 shooting from the field. Alabama had two scoring droughts of more than three minutes.
Duke 78, Cal State Fullerton 61
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Duke began retiring Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski's final NCAA tournament with minimal stress.
Freshman Paolo Banchero scored 17 points to lead the Blue Devils (29-6), who jumped to a double-digit lead in the first 4 1/2 minutes and remained in control throughout. Duke led by 10 at halftime and pushed the margin to 20 midway through the second half.
The West Region's No. 2 seed had five players score in double figures while playing in its neighboring state, backed by vocal sections of fans eager to be part of what they hope will be Krzyzewski's six-game run to title No. 6.
Damari Milstead scored 12 points to lead 15th-seeded Titans (21-11), who missed 15 of 18 shots to open the game.
Michigan State 74, Davidson 73
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Joey Hauser scored a career-high 27 points as Michigan State edged Davidson to set up a second-round matchup between Hall of Fame coaches — Krzyzewski and the Spartans' Tom Izzo.
A.J. Hoggard added 14 points for the seventh-seeded Spartans (23-12). They had to wrestle away control of a tight game in the second half and then hang on against a desperate comeback push in the final seconds.
The 10th-seeded Wildcats (27-7) took the fight to the final minute even while getting tripped up by several quick — and sometimes borderline — whistles down the stretch.
Luka Brajkovic scored 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting to lead Davidson. Sam Mennenga added 15 points.
Texas Tech 97, Montana State 62
SAN DIEGO — Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 20 points and set a dominating tone in the opening minutes for Texas Tech, which overwhelmed Montana State with one of the best shooting games in the first round since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
Bryson Williams also scored 20 points for Texas Tech (26-9), which shot 66.7% (36-of-54) from the field, including making 12 of 20 3-pointers. At one point, the Red Raiders were trending toward breaking Syracuse's record of 67.9% (38-of-56) against Southern Illinois in 1995. They settled for a tie for fourth.
Texas Tech, the No. 3 seed, was too big, quick and talented for the 14th-seeded Bobcats (27-8), who were making their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1996.
Xavier Bishop led Montana State with 12 points.
Ohio State 54, Loyola of Chicago 41
PITTSBURGH — E.J. Liddell scored 16 points, Big Ten freshman of the year Malaki Branham added 14 and seventh-seeded Ohio State shut down 10th-seeded Loyola from start to finish.
The Buckeyes (20-11) advanced while preventing another March run by the Ramblers (25-8), who shot 27% (15-of-56) from the floor.
Braden Norris led Loyola with 14 points, but star Lucas Williamson endured perhaps his worst game of the season. The winningest player in program history finished with four points on 1-of-10 shooting and committed three turnovers as Loyola fell in the first round after reaching the Sweet 16 last season and the Final Four in 2018.
Villanova 80, Delaware 60
PITTSBURGH — Justin Moore scored 21 points, Collin Gillespie added 14 and second-seeded Villanova had little trouble with 15th-seeded Delaware.
The Wildcats (27-7) used a 35-10 surge spanning the end of the first half and the start of the second to turn an eight-point deficit into a blowout.
Delaware (22-13) showed some early fight against its northern neighbor in a meeting of programs separated by 43 miles on the map and considerably more in the college basketball landscape.
It wasn't nearly enough as Villanova overwhelmed the Blue Hens under a barrage of 3-pointers to begin the school's quest for a third national title in seven seasons.
Jyare Davis led Delaware with 17 points.
Houston 82, UAB 68
PITTSBURGH — Kyler Edwards scored 25 points, Fabian White Jr. added 14 and fifth-seeded Houston looked like a team capable of making another deep run in March as it beat the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Edwards, who played three years at Texas Tech before transferring to Houston, made six 3-pointers — the last an exclamation point in the final minute — and controlled the fast tempo.
Houston (30-5) made it to the Final Four a year ago but doesn't have a single starter left from that squad. The Cougars have won 10 of their past 11 games, nine by double digits.
Jordan "Jelly" Walker finished with 17 points on 6-of-18 shooting to lead 12th-seeded UAB (27-8).
Arizona 87, Wright State 70
SAN DIEGO — Christian Koloko scored 17 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and keyed a big second-half surge for top-seeded Arizona, which beat Wright State.
Bennedict Mathurin scored 18 points and Dalen Terry had 16 for the Wildcats (32-3). Arizona won its seventh straight game and earned its first NCAA tournament win since beating Saint Mary's in the second round in 2017. First-year coach Tommy Lloyd, a longtime assistant at Gonzaga, has Arizona in the big bracket for the first time since 2018.
Grant Basile scored 21 points and Trey Calvin had 16 for No. 16 seed Wright State (22-14).
TCU 69, Seton Hall 42
SAN DIEGO — Mike Miles Jr. scored 21 points and ninth-seeded TCU posted its first NCAA tournament victory in 35 years, easily dispatching eighth-seeded Seton Hall.
The Horned Frogs' most tournament victory had been in 1987 against Marshall, when coach Jamie Dixon was a senior at his alma mater.
Damion Baugh scored 14 points for TCU (21-12), which shot 27-of-53 (50.9%) from the field and led most of the game.
Jamir Harris and Myles Cale each scored 11 points for Seton Hall (21-11), which shot 28.8% from the field, its worst performance in an NCAA tourney game.
Purdue 78, Yale 56
MILWAUKEE — Jaden Ivey raced his way to 22 points and Zach Edey controlled the action inside, helping third-seeded Purdue overpower 14th-seeded Yale.
Ivey, one of the fastest players in college basketball, went 3-for-6 from 3-point range and 7-for-9 at the foul line in 27 minutes. The 7-foot-4 Edey made the most of his size advantage against the Ivy League champion Bulldogs, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes.
Purdue (28-7) won its NCAA opener for the fourth time in its past five tourney trips.
Azar Swain scored 18 points on 8-for-19 shooting for Yale (19-12), which had won 11 of its previous 13 games.
Texas 81, Virginia Tech 73
MILWAUKEE — Andrew Jones scored 21 points, Marcus Carr beat the halftime buzzer with a shot from well beyond the half-court line to put Texas ahead for good, and the sixth-seeded Longhorns beat 11th-seeded Virginia Tech.
Texas (22-11) earned its first tournament victory since 2014.
The Longhorns built on the momentum from Carr's improbable basket and led by 17 with 5 1/2 minutes left.
Carr had 15 points and Timmy Allen added 14. Texas went 10-of-19 from 3-point range while ending a five-game tournament losing streak.
Sean Padulla scored 19 points for Virginia Tech (23-13), with 13 coming in the last 4 1/2 minutes.
Auburn 80, Jacksonville State 61
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Freshman Jabari Smith had 20 points and 14 rebounds as second-seeded Auburn pulled away from 15th-seeded Jacksonville State late in the first half.
Walker Kessler, Smith's partner in the paint, finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks. The Tigers (28-5) won their 10th straight NCAA opener.
K.D. Johnson ended his shooting slump — he was 0-for-14 in a Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinal loss to Texas A&M — and had 10 points and a couple of 3s during a 17-3 run that put the Tigers in control.
Jalen Gibbs hit four 3s and led the Gamecocks (21-11) with 20 points.
Miami 68, Southern California 66
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Charlie Moore made two free throws with three seconds left and finished with 16 points to lift 10th-seeded Miami over No. 7 seed Southern California.
Moore drove the lane in the final moments and appeared to have his layup blocked by Chavez Goodwin, but a foul was called and Moore made the free throws.
Miami (24-10) got its first tournament win in six years.
Isaiah Wong led Miami with 22 points before fouling out with 2:07 to play with his team ahead 59-58. The Hurricanes stretched the lead to 65-58 with 44 seconds left, but Drew Peterson, who led the Trojans (26-8) with 17 points, hit consecutive 3s and his inside basket tied it.
Miami led 29-16 late in the first half, but the Trojans opened the second half on 17-2 run to go ahead and set up a tight battle to the finish.
Iowa State 59, LSU 54
MILWAUKEE — Freshman Tyrese Hunter scored 23 points, and 11th-seeded Iowa State used its hard-nosed defense to beat No. 6 seed LSU.
Izaiah Brockington added 19 points as the Cyclones (21-12) got their first win in the NCAA tourney since 2017 — also in Milwaukee. They held the Tigers to 37% shooting and forced 19 turnovers, stopping a three-game slide.
Tari Eason scored 18 points for LSU (22-12), and senior Darius Days had 14. It was the first game for the Tigers since coach Will Wade was fired last weekend amid allegations of NCAA violations.
Wisconsin 67, Colgate 60
MILWAUKEE — All-America guard Johnny Davis scored 25 points and sparked a second-half comeback as Wisconsin withstood Colgate's 3-point assault.
The third-seeded Badgers (25-7) snapped 14th-seeded Colgate's 15-game winning streak.
Davis had Wisconsin's last 14 points and showed he's all the way back from the injured left ankle that knocked the Big Ten player of the year out of the Badgers' regular-season finale.
After shooting 3-of-11 in the first half, Davis caught fire when the Badgers needed him. They trailed by five in the second half before going on a 10-0 run and holding Colgate scoreless for more than seven minutes.
Tyler Wahl added 15 points and nine rebounds for Wisconsin. Nelly Cummings scored 20 points and Tucker Richardson had 15 for Colgate (23-12), which shot 10-of-22 from 3-point range.