Ark-Pine Bluff beats Winthrop 61-44 in NCAA opener

By: AP
By: AP

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Arkansas-Pine Bluff finally found a road
trip to its liking.

Allen Smith scored 14 points Tuesday night, including a pair of
3-pointers during the Golden Lions' second-half surge to a 61-44
victory over Winthrop in the NCAA tournament's opening game.

The Golden Lions (18-15) will play Duke - the No. 1 seed in the
West - on Friday in Jacksonville, Fla., a stunning development
given how their season started. Arkansas-Pine Bluff lost its first
11 games - all on the road - before rallying to earn the
Southwestern Athletic Conference title and its first NCAA
tournament berth.

The fast exit was familiar for Winthrop (19-14), which has made
the tournament nine times in the last 12 years but has only one
victory in all those tries.

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