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March 22, 2013

Upset of the day: Harvard ousts New Mexico

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SALT LAKE CITY —

The game was a physical one, with players receiving an occasional elbow in the mouth or to the head.

Malcolm Armstead led Wichita State (27-8) with 22 points. Cleanthony Early added 21 and Carl Hall had 11. Freshman Steven Adams led Pitt with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Harvard's next opponent, Arizona, beat 11th-seeded Belmont 81-64.

Arizona (26-7) had been knocked out of the Pac-12 Conference tournament by one Bruins team — UCLA — and these Bruins, from Nashville, Tenn., were a trendy pick to upset Sean Miller's sixth-seeded Wildcats in the NCAAs.

Instead, the Wildcats made a believer out of Belmont coach Rick Byrd. Mark Lyons scored 23 points and Arizona used its size to dominate from start to finish.

"I was more impressed with the team I saw tonight than I was scouting them," Byrd acknowledged afterward. "I thought they were more engaged and focused and I think if they play that way, they can beat a lot of people."

The thought was almost enough to wipe the smile from Crimson coach Tommy Amaker after Harvard's big win.

"Off the top of my head, I can't imagine any team being more talented than they are," Amaker said of Arizona. "I'm not sure they have any weaknesses based on size, the bodies they can play up front, the guards, and their quickness, making plays off the dribble."

The Wildcats held a 44-18 edge on the boards, outscored Belmont 36-18 in the paint, blocked five shots and outshot the Bruins from 3-point range. Arizona made nine of 17 3-pointers and shot 57 percent overall.

Solomon Hill ended up making as many 3s as Ian Clark, who entered the game shooting better than 46 percent for Belmont but was 3 of 8 from beyond the arc.

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