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Mount St. Mary's beats New Orleans 67-66 to open First Four

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Diminutive point guard Junior Robinson fearlessly dribbled into the heart of New Orleans' defense, pulled up and hit yet another of his oh-so-soft jumpers. This one decided a frenetic opening game for the NCAA Tournament.

The smallest player in Division I scored 23 points Tuesday night, including that go-ahead jumper with 1:27 to play, and Mount St. Mary's held on for a 67-66 victory over New Orleans in the First Four.

The 5-foot-5 Robinson carried the Mountaineers (20-15) to only their second NCAA Tournament win, making jumpers with so much arc they appeared to tease the ceiling.

Points: E. Thomas19.3
Rebounds: E. Thomas7.8
Assists: T. Thibodeaux3.3
FG%: E. Thomas58.8%
FT%: E. Thomas78.3%
3P%: C. Gill31.3%
Steals: C. Gill1.5
Blocks: M. Puou1.3
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1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
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9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Lamar 0-0 0-0
Northwestern State 0-0 0-0
Nicholls 0-0 0-0
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McNeese State 0-0 0-0
Central Arkansas 0-0 0-0
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0-0 0-0
Incarnate Word 0-0 0-0
Stephen F. Austin 0-0 0-0
Abilene Christian 0-0 0-0
Sam Houston State 0-0 0-0
Southeastern Louisiana 0-0 0-0
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