Basketball: Adams' Pitt fall

Kiwi centre Steve Adams had the stats, but Tall Black Rob Loe got the win to progress to the third round of the US national college basketball championship.

Playing for the University of Pittsburgh, Adams had a double double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, adding two blocks, an assist and a steal in 27 minutes. But the Panthers had no answer for Wichita State, who prevailed 73-55 and now face the winners of Gonzaga vs Southern.

Adams has long been considered a future NBA draft pick but, speaking to media after the game, he insisted he would be returning to Pitt for another year.

"I'm definitely coming back. I don't know why you guys keep asking that question. I'm definitely coming back.''

Meanwhile, Loe got the stat that counted - a victory - with St Louis University, who beat New Mexico State 64-44. Loe went scoreless and had four fouls in his match-up against 2.25m Sim Bhullar.

The result was a record 28th season win for St Louis, who are dedicating their postseason to the memory of former head coach Rick Majerus, who died earlier this season. They now await the winner of Oklahoma State v Oregon in the NCAA tournament third round.

The women's tournament begins Sunday (NZT), with Kiwi centre Megan Craig and her Albany University scheduled to face North Carolina on Monday.

- APNZ

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