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Texas Tech 92, North Carolina 73

Darvin Ham looked down at the splattered glass and smiled. North Carolina was about to find out why Texas Tech had lost just one game all year.

Texas Tech, inspired by Ham's backboard-shattering dunk in the first half, advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in 20 years yesterday with a 92-73 victory over the Tar Heels.

With 12:06 left in the first half, Ham grabbed a rebound and dunked to tie it 16-16. His weight collapsed the rim and shattered the backboard glass, which cascaded on him and down to the floor of the Richmond Coliseum.

"I was already pumped up--we all were--but that play just set it off," Ham said. "I just wanted to run around the court and do backflips."

As Red Raiders fans celebrated, Texas Tech and North Carolina were sent to their locker rooms for 26 minutes while crews cleaned up the glass and replaced the basket.

When play resumed, the Red Raiders ripped off a 10-0 run, which included two three-pointers to take a 26-16 lead.

Georgetown 73, New Mexico 62

Allen Iverson shook off early foul trouble and scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half as the Hoyas advanced despite making just 13 of 31 free throws.

Iverson, in foul trouble for the fourth straight game, hit a three-pointer to start a 12-3 run that gave the Hoyas the lead for good with 14 minutes left.

Victor Page added 14 points for the Hoyas (28-7). Clayton Shields scored 19 points for New Mexico (28-5).

Cincinnati 78, Temple 65

Cincinnati solved Temple's matchup zone for the fifth time in four seasons to earn a trip to the round of 16.

Damon Flint scored 22 points and Darnell Burton made three three-pointers during a 19-2 run as the Bearcats (27-4) opened a 15-point second-half lead. Flint and Burton made nine of Cincinnati's 10 three-pointers.

Mark Jackson scored all 13 points in the second half for Temple (20-13).

Georgia Tech 103, Boston Coll. 89

Stephon Marbury showed B.C. why NBA scouts are drooling.

Marbury, the nation's most heralded freshman, scored a season-high 29 points and dazzled the Eagles with his dribbling and no-look passes. He played all but the final 1:20, adding nine assists, four steals and had no turnovers. He made 10 of 12 shots, including 6 of 7 three-pointers.

Georgia Tech (24-11) advanced to the round of 16 for the third time in seven seasons. Boston College (19-11), had been 5-0 in second-round NCAA tournament games.

Louisville 68, Villanova 64

DeJuan Wheat scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and helped slow down Wildcat All-American Kerry Kittles.

Wheat made a fadeaway 18-footer with 26 seconds left and his two free throws with 15.1 seconds remaining gave the Cardinals (22-11) a five-point lead.

Kittles finished with 20 points, seven in the second half, and the Wildcats (26-7) finished their second straight season disappointed. They were eliminated in the first round last year.

Wake Forest 65, Texas 62

Wake Forest All-American Tim Duncan was weak with the flu and guard Tony Rutland hobbled with a knee injury, but the Demon Deacons (25-5) still rallied from 10 down in the second half.

Duncan, battling a stomach virus, was held to 13 points by the Longhorns' swarming defense and his own fatigue. Freshman Kris Clack led Texas (21-10) with 17 points.

Arizona 87, Iowa 73

Arizona made seven three-pointers in the first 15 minutes and outran Iowa from the opening tip.

Six of the third-seeded Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Ben Davis' 17 points. Reggie Geary, who scored 16 points, hit three of his first four three-pointers.

Kansas 76, Santa Clara 51

Raef LaFrentz hit his first seven shots and scored 19 points as the Jayhawks reached the round of 16 for the fourth straight year.

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