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Published: Thursday, 3/18/2010

Ohio stuns Georgetown in tournament opener

ASSOCIATED PRESS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Armon Bassett scored 32 points to help No. 14 seed Ohio beat Georgetown 97-83 and become the second team seeded in the teens to win in the NCAA tournament on Thursday night.

The Mid-American Conference tournament champion Bobcats (22-14) took the lead early on their 3-point shooting and were never seriously threatened by the Hoyas.

The Bobcats, their green-clad fans cheering them on the whole way, won their first tournament game in 27 years.

Ohio joined 13th-seeded Murray State, which knocked off Vanderbilt 66-65 at the buzzer, as the two big upset winners on Thursday.

Chris Wright led the Hoyas (23-11) with 28 points. Georgetown coach John Thompson III said a day earlier his team was playing their best basketball of the season. It certainly didn't extend into the tournament opener.

The Bobcats went 7-9 in conference play, but have now won six straight games.



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