Georgetown guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, left, drives against Utah guard Isaiah Wright during the first half of an NCAA college basketball tournament round of 32 game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
No. 5 seed Utah saw five players score double figures in points as the Utes upset the No. 4 seed Georgetown Hoyas, 75-64, in the South regional semifinals of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Portland.
Utah (26-8) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005, while Georgetown (22-11) failed to make it out of the opening weekend of the tournament for the eighth straight year.
The Hoyas were extremely hot from the field early in the game, particularly from the three-point arc. Georgetown made six of its first nine three-point attempts, helping them take an early lead over Utah. But while the Utes improved as the game continued, the Hoyas faltered, cooling off tremendously while shooting too many deep shots. After making six of nine from the arc, the Hoyas went on to make just nine of 25 three-point attempts for the remainder of the game.
Junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, the Hoyas’ best offensive player, missed all seven of his three-point attempts and finished with just 12 points. Freshman forward L.J. Peak scored a team-high 18 points for Georgetown.
Utah used a balanced attack on offense; no individual Utes player took more than nine shots. Junior guard Brandon Taylor led the team with 14 points, and freshman center Jakob Poetl added 12 points for Utah.
The Utes will face the winner of a South regional semifinal between Duke and San Diego State, scheduled for March 22.
In other Saturday action:
– No. 2 Miami defeated No. 6 Alabama, 73-66
– No. 11 UCLA defeated No. 14 UAB, 92-75
– No. 1 Kentucky defeated No. 8 Cincinnati, 64-51
– No. 2 Arizona defeated No. 10 Ohio State, 73-58
– No. 6 Xavier defeated No. 14 Georgia State, 75-67
– No. 8 N.C. State upset No. 1 Villanova, 71-68
– No. 4 North Carolina defeated No. 5 Arkansas, 87-78
– No. 3 Notre Dame defeated No. 6 Butler, 67-64