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Indiana, South Texas kicks off NCAA tournament with First Four wins | 2022 NCAA Tournament

Trayce Jackson-Davis had 29 points and nine rebounds, Jordan Geromino scored a career-high 15 points and Indiana beat Wyoming 66-58 in the First Four game on Tuesday night.

Indiana (21-13) landed a big bid after performing well in the Top Ten tournament, returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2016 in his first season under coach Mike Woodson. The Hoosiers advanced as the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference and will face fifth seed St Mary’s on Thursday.

With the crowd at the University of Dayton Arena heavily skewed – Bloomington, Indiana, less than a three-hour drive away – the Hoosiers lead by 10 points with less than two minutes remaining.

Wyoming’s Drake Jeffries hit a pair of foul shots to put the Cowboys six with 14 seconds remaining. But Jeffries had to foul Indiana’s Xavier Johnson, who hit a pair from the line to keep him out of reach.

Hunter Maldonado paced the Cowboys (25-9) with 21 points but turned the ball more than 10 times. Graham Ike had 17 to go with and nine rebounds. The Cowboys made 19 turnovers that earned Indiana 17 points.

Both teams fired shots from outside early on but not many fell. Indiana had a 30-25 first-half lead despite shooting just 32% and hitting 1 of 8 from three-point range.

The Cowboys couldn’t keep hold of the ball, turning the ball more than 13 times in the first half, including seven by Maldonado. Wyoming also didn’t shoot better at half-time, only 39%.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 67-76 South Texas

Bryson Etienne scores 21 points and Texas Southern beats Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 76-67 on Tuesday night in the First Four.

The Tigers earned their third NCAA tournament win in five seasons and will play top seed Kansas in the Midwest’s first round.

“I feel like everyone can go to any big school,” says Etienne. “We men are just like them. We wear our shoes like them, pants, shirts. It’s March Madness, so madness can happen.”

PJ Henry made a green light free throw to highlight a 7-0 record with Texas Southern (19-12) leading and never giving up. He finished with 14 points and shot 10 of 13 at the free throw line.

Head coach Johnny Jones of the Texas Southern Tigers celebrated his team’s win over the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders on Tuesday night. Photo: Ben Solomon/NCAA Photos/Getty Images

“One of the things we talk about is playing really hard every second, every game,” said Texas Southern coach Johnny Jones. “It took time against that team to get it over with.”

John Walker III added 16 points. Brison Gresham grabbed 13 rebounds and scored six points as the First Four returned to the University of Dayton Arena for the first time in three seasons.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (23-12) led by eight points in the opening period and four points in the second half. The Islanders season ended after they won Saturday’s Southland Conference tournament.

“We weren’t going to be able to finish anything on the rim because they had really good shot blockers,” said Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coach Steve Lutz. “Sometimes we do that, but sometimes we really don’t make good decisions on the rim.”

Trevian Tennyson led the Islanders with 18 points from 7 of 13 shots, while Simeon Fryer scored 12 and Terrion Murdix added 10.

The Tigers led 32-30 at half-time after trailing by more than 10 minutes at half-time. Both teams shot from under 40% of the field in the opening period, combining for 15 turnovers and seven steals.

Indiana, South Texas kicks off NCAA tournament with First Four wins | 2022 NCAA Tournament

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