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Friday's NCAA Regional Summaries

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

East Regional: Georgetown 66 Vanderbilt 65
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Jeff Green squeezed between two
defenders and Georgetown squeezed out a win, 66-65 over Vanderbilt to reach the East Regional finals. It's the first time since 1996 that Georgetown has reached the Elite Eight.

Green banked in a short, off-balance shot with 2.05 left to give the Hoyas their seventh straight win and 18 out of their last 19. Green scored eleven of his 15 points in the second half. DaJuan Summers also had 15 for the Hoyas. Georgetown seven-foot-two center Roy Hibbert fouled out with 12 points.

Vanderbilt finished 22-and-12.

East Regional: North Carolina 74 Southern California 64
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - North Carolina rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit and startled Southern California 74-64 in the East Regional semifinals.

It sets up a regional final against Georgetown, a rematch of the 1982 championship game that Michael Jordan won in the closing seconds.

Fifth-seeded USC was putting on a dunking exhibition and led 49-33 with 17:42 left before it all fell apart. Trojans coach Tim Floyd threw his program onto the court after a call in the final minute, and was whistled for a technical foul.

Freshman Brandan Wright finished with 21 points and nine rebounds and keyed a 13-to-0 second-half Carolina run.

Freshman Taj Gibson had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Trojans.

Midwest Regional: Florida 65 Butler 57
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Florida's dream to repeat as national champion is still alive.

Al Horford had 16 points, seven rebounds and a key block in the final minute to help the top-seeded Gators hold off undersized Butler, 65-57 in a Midwest Regional semifinal. Taurean Green had 17 points, and Joakim Noah finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.

The 32-and-5 Gators are trying to become the first team since Duke in 1992 to win consecutive national titles.

The defending national champions rallied from nine points down against the scrappy Bulldogs.

Pete Campbell led Butler with 14 points.

Midwest Regional: Oregon 76 UNLV 72
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Tajuan Porter, the little guy nobody wanted, has Oregon one game away from the Final Four.

The five-foot-six freshman tied an NCAA regional record with eight three-pointers and finished with 33 points and Oregon held off UNLV 76-72 in the Midwest Regional.

The third-seeded Ducks advanced to play top-seeded Florida on Sunday.

Malik Hairston had 14 points and eleven rebounds for Oregon, which has not reached a Final Four since winning it all in 1939.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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