WASHINGTON — West Virginia's prowess from long range made Arizona's 24th consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament another one-and-done performance, as the Mountaineers dispatched the Wildcats 75-65 in Thursday's opening round.

Alex Ruoff scored 21 points, Da'Sean Butler had 19, and the Mountaineers won.

West Virginia (25-10) took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Ruoff with 17:43 left, and another jumper by Rouff from beyond the arc made it 48-39. After Arizona closed to 60-59, two 3-pointers by Darris Nichols and another by Ruoff sealed the victory.

Chase Budinger led Arizona (19-15) with 23 points, and Jordan Hill had 16 points and 12 rebounds.


WASHINGTON STATE 71, WINTHROP 40: At Denver, Washington State broke away from a halftime tie to whip Winthrop (22-12) behind 19 points and eight rebounds from Aron Baynes.

Kyle Weaver and Robbie Cowgill each had 14 and Derrick Low scored 11 for Washington State (25-8), which will play Notre Dame in the second round on Saturday at the Pepsi Center.

The Cougars, who are 51-16 under Tony Bennett, broke open a 29-29 halftime tie with a 23-4 run to cruise to their second straight opening-round win in the NCAA tournament.

NOTRE DAME 68, GEORGE MASON 50: At Denver, Luke Harangody had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead fifth-seeded Notre Dame (25-7) to its first tournament victory in five years.

The 12th-seeded Patriots (23-11) had two starters left from their magical run to the Final Four in 2006, a string of games that showed little guys still can break through and turn March Madness into a true free-for-all for more than just a game or two.

One of those players, Will Thomas, had a great game — 10-for-14 for 25 points and seven rebounds, and had his head buried in a towel as the clock ran down. But really, this George Mason was nothing like that George Mason, and the first day of the tournament ended with its big-name underdog on the way home.