Chima Moneke had 18 points and 12 rebounds as UC Davis won in its first NCAA Tournament appearance, beating North Carolina Central, 67-63, in a First Four game Wednesday night at Dayton, Ohio.
The 16th-seeded Aggies rallied in the second half and held off North Carolina Central down the stretch to earn a trip to Tulsa to play No. 1 seed Kansas on Friday.
Brynton Lemar scored 15 points and Lawrence White added 14 for UC Davis, which had earned a trip to the tournament by winning the Big West Conference Tournament.
The Aggies (23-12) won despite 18 turnovers that led to 20 points for streaky North Carolina Central (25-9). But the Eagles couldn’t overcome poor shooting that deteriorated even more in the second half.
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Kamau Stokes scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half of a wide-open game and Kansas State pulled away to a 95-88 victory over Wake Forest.
Eleventh-seeded K-State (21-13) got its first NCAA Tournament win in five years and a trip to play No. 6 Cincinnati on Friday in Sacramento as part of the South Regional. The Bearcats are known for their tight defense.
Wake Forest finished 19-14.