Syracuse NCAA season ends

By WKTV News

The 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers are now part of the Sweet 16 in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

The Flyers have followed Thursday's one-point win over sixth-seeded Ohio State by squeaking past No. 3 Syracuse 55-53. Dayton held on after Jordan Sibert (SY'-burt) hit a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to put the Flyers ahead 52-46.

Dyshawn Pierre scored 14 points for Dayton, which next faces either Kansas or Stanford in the South Regional semifinals Thursday in Memphis.

A pair of Big 10 teams barely avoided upsets.

Second seed Wisconsin rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat No. 7 Oregon 85-77. Frank Kaminsky finished with 19 points, Traevon Jackson had 16 and Jason Gasser had 13 for the Badgers, who hit five free throws in the closing seconds to clinch the win.

Fourth seed Michigan State blew a 16-point lead and trailed late in the second half before pulling out an 80-73 win over No. 12 Harvard. Branden Dawson scored a career-high 26 points as the Spartans moved into the Sweet 16 for the 12th time in the last 17 seasons.

Top overall seed Florida opened the third round by adding to its school-record winning streak.

Scottie Wilbekin scored 21 points and the Gators picked up their 28th consecutive win by silencing ninth seed Pittsburgh 61-45. Patric Young added seven points and eight rebounds for the Gators, who play again Thursday in Memphis.

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