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Despite Hall of Fame father, senior needed to win over skeptics

The earth’s shadow can be observed during twilight hours, assuming the sky is clear. It stretches over 180 degrees of the horizon. It’s a hefty dose of darkness. It must be how David Stockton feels some days as a point guard for Gonzaga.

Villanova beats Milwaukee 73-53 in NCAA tourney

That hangover from the Big East tournament is gone for Villanova. Darrun Hilliard scored 16 points, JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 and the Wildcats beat Milwaukee 73-53 on Thursday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Texas edges Arizona State 87-85 on buzzer-beater

The shot was long, and it smacked hard off the glass in the final seconds. That’s when big Cameron Ridley, standing every bit of 6-foot-9 and 285 pounds, reached down, picked up the ball and put it in as time expired. Hello Texas, and welcome back to March Madness.

NDSU pulls 12th-seed stunner beating Oklahoma

The guys in green raced off the court and into the locker room where they danced and sang, compared whose shot was most likely to end up featured on “One Shining Moment,” and checked Twitter to see who was giving them a shoutout.

Saint Louis rallies for OT victory over NC State

Saint Louis, seeded fifth in the Midwest Region, worked five extra minutes Thursday night to avoid joining fellow No. 5’s Cincinnati and Oklahoma in falling to 12th seeds in the NCAA tournament. The Billikens advanced by wiping out a late double-digit deficit and beating North Carolina State 83-80 in overtime.

UConn outlasts Saint Joseph’s in 89-81 OT win

Shaking off a 23-foot miss at the second-half buzzer, Shabazz Napier scored nine of his 24 points in overtime to lead seventh-seeded UConn (27-8) to an 89-81 win over 10th-seeded Saint Joseph’s (24-10) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday night.

Michigan holds off pesky Wofford 57-40

When it counted, Michigan exerted its will on an overmatched opponent. Glenn Robinson III scored 14 points, Jordan Morgan had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and the second-seeded Wolverines started their quest for a second straight trip to the Final Four by beating 15th-seeded Wofford 57-40 on Thursday night in the NCAA tournament.

Michigan State tops Delaware 93-78 in NCAA tournament

Pick a skill and Adreian Payne has it. The 6-foot-10 senior put everything on display Thursday in a career-high, 41-point performance that helped Michigan State look every bit a March Madness favorite as the fourth-seeded Spartans beat Delaware 93-78.