Purdue Advances to Second Round, Michigan State Falls

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Purdue, seeded fourth in the Fresno Regional, opened its run in the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a victory over South Dakota State on Saturday, setting up a Monday contest against South Carolina. Michigan State, the No. 10 seed in the Raleigh Regional, fell to Louisville. Below are scores and recaps from each contest.

Purdue 83, South Dakota State 68
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Courtney Moses' teammates decided to play pitch-and-watch Saturday. Eventually, Moses caught on. She'd take the pass, wherever she was standing, toss it toward the basket and rarely missed. The sophomore guard made an NCAA women's tournament record nine 3-pointers, matched her career-high with 29 points and helped the fourth-seeded Boilermakers put away South Dakota State 83-68 in a first-round game she'll never forget. "My teammates were just setting great screens, and our team had so many assists today," Moses said. "My team has always had confidence in me, and I've always had confidence in myself. To go out and continue to be confident is a good feeling." Try uncanny. Moses made 9 of 14 3-pointers, compared with only 1 of 3 inside the arc, and every time her team needed a shot to brush back the hard-charging Jackrabbits, Moses delivered. RECAP

Louisville 67, Michigan State 55
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Michigan State's senior forward Taylor Alton couldn't mask her anguish Saturday after a 67-55 loss to seventh-seeded Louisville in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Alton and fellow seniors Porsche Poole and Lykendra Johnson hoped to wrap up their careers at MSU with a final push toward a national championship. Instead, the trio struggled mightily in a defeat that was not nearly as close as the 12-point final margin. Alton went 2 for 8 from the floor and scored four points, Johnson got into early foul trouble and finished with five points in 20 minutes, and Poole scored eight on 3-for-10 shooting. "Disappointment. I don't think we went out the way we wanted to," Alton said. "Things just really didn't fall our way tonight. I think some of us just let it get into our heads a little bit." It was the fourth straight trip to the NCAA tournament for the senior class and the first one that ended without a win. RECAP

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