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West Virginia outduels Bucknell

(TSX / STATS) -- BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Press Virginia had to vary its game to advance past its opening game in the NCAA Tournament.

Unable to break down Bucknell with its feared full-court pressure defense, No. 4 seed West Virginia attacked the backboards and netted nearly a quarter of its points on free throws to secure an 86-80 victory in a first-round game Thursday at KeyBank Center.

Tarik Phillip had 16 points off the bench to lead five double-figure scorers. Esa Ahmad and Lamont West each scored 15 points, Nathan Adrian had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Jevon Carter added 11 points for the Mountaineers (27-8), who advance to play former Big East rival and No. 5 seed Notre Dame on Saturday in the second round of the West Regional.

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Leaders
Points: Z. Thomas15.9
Rebounds: N. Foulland7.8
Assists: S. Brown4.8
FG%: N. Foulland63.0%
FT%: Z. Thomas81.4%
3P%: K. Mackenzie41.0%
Steals: S. Brown1.6
Blocks: N. Foulland2.1
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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Patriot League Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Bucknell 15-3 26-9
Lehigh 12-6 20-12
Boston University 12-6 18-14
Navy 10-8 16-16
Holy Cross 9-9 15-17
Loyola Maryland 8-10 16-17
Colgate 8-10 10-22
Army West Point 6-12 13-19
Lafayette 5-13 9-21
American University 5-13 8-22
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