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Top-seeded Gonzaga dispatches South Dakota State

(TSX / STATS) -- SALT LAKE CITY - Gonzaga needed last-minute heroics to survive its NCAA Tournament opener the last time it drew a No. 1 seed. For a half, it looked like the Bulldogs were headed for a repeat of history.

This time, top-seeded Gonzaga did not let an inspired underdog hang around. The Bulldogs clamped down on defense and raced away from South Dakota State in the second half for a 66-46 first-round NCAA Tourament victory on Thursday.

Gonzaga (33-1) trailed much of the first half, but pulled away after halftime by holding the Jackrabbits to 29.0 percent shooting in the second half. The Bulldogs forced 13 turnovers and held South Dakota State (18-17) without a field goal for long stretches.

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Leaders
Points: M. Daum25.1
Rebounds: M. Daum8.1
Assists: T. King1.8
FG%: M. Daum51.4%
FT%: M. Daum86.9%
3P%: M. Daum41.8%
Steals: T. King1.1
Blocks: R. Tellinghuisen0.8
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Summit League Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
South Dakota 12-4 22-12
North Dakota State 11-5 19-11
Omaha 9-7 18-14
Fort Wayne 8-8 20-13
Denver 8-8 16-14
South Dakota State 8-8 18-17
IUPUI 7-9 14-18
Western Illinois 5-11 8-20
Oral Roberts 4-12 8-22
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