No. 20 Alabama 91, Penn 85, OT
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Antonio McDyess scored a career-high 39 points and Alabama started the overtime with an 11-0 run Thursday night in a 91-85 victory over Pennsylvania in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
McDyess also grabbed 19 rebounds as he did what the fifth-seeded Crimson Tide (23-9) was expected to do against the 12th-seeded Ivy League champions, dominate inside.
McDyess scored the first four points of overtime and Jamal Faulkner, who had only two points in regulation on 1-for-10 shooting, then hit a 3-pointer and a side jumper before Marvin Orange capped the run with two free throws.
Penn (22-6) still wasn’t done as consecutive 3-pointers by Jerome Allen, the second off his own steal, brought the Quakers within 88-85 with 16 seconds left. But Bryan Passink made one of two free throws and then McDyess, who came in averaging 12.8 points and 9.7 rebounds, capped it with another dunk with eight seconds to play.
The 20th-ranked Crimson Tide will meet the winner of the Oklahoma State-Drexel game in Saturday’s second round.
The backcourt of Allen and Matt Maloney, which led the Quakers to three straight unbeaten seasons in conference play, finished with 30 and 23 points, respectively.
McDyess, whose previous best was 25 points against Florida A&M as a freshman last season, set Alabama’s NCAA tournament record, surpassing the 35 points scored by Leon Douglas against North Carolina in 1976.
McDyess’ three-point play with 9:56 to go gave the Crimson Tide a 55-46 lead and Jason Caffey’s basket down low 24 seconds later gave Alabama its biggest lead of the game.
That field goal was it for McDyess for 6:40 and that’s when Penn made its comeback as Allen had two 3-pointers and Maloney one in an 11-0 run that tied the game with 6:43 to play.
The lead changed hands four times in the final 4:47 despite the Quakers not making a field goal. They went 7-for-8 from the foul line in that span with Ira Bowman making five.
Alabama had the last chance to win it in regulation when Faulkner rebounded McDyess’ missed turnaround with 30 seconds left. Artie Griffin ran the clock down far from the basket, started to drive with five seconds left and tossed the ball to Orange, whose 3-point attempt with two seconds left bounced off the rim.
Penn missed 11 of its first 12 shots in the second half after leading 38-37 at halftime.