NCAA Tournament

First 4: Syracuse, Texas Southern advance

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Freshman Oshae Brissett’s double-double led Syracuse’s second-half comeback, and the Orange — the last team to make the NCAA Tournament — held on for a 60-56 victory over Arizona State on Wednesday night in the First Four. The 11th-seeded Orange plays No. 6 seed TCU (21-11) on Friday in Detroit in the Midwest Region.

Syracuse (21-13) had to sweat out Selection Sunday and wound up as the last one to make the bracket, sent to the First Four. The Orange prevailed in a matchup of teams that started fast and then faded onto the tournament bubble.

Brissett overcame a hard fall in the first half, scored 23 points and had 12 rebounds. He had a three-point play and a step-back jumper as the Orange overcame a seven-point deficit with 7 minutes left.

Tyus Battle’s 3-pointer put Syracuse ahead to stay. With a chance to take the lead, Arizona State’s Shannon Evans II missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds to go. Frank Howard got the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws to clinch it.

Kodi Justice had 15 points for Arizona State, which hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 2009.

Texas Southern got its first ever NCAA Tournament win, a 64-46 rout of North Carolina Central in a First Four game on Wednesday night. Demontrae Jefferson scored 25 points to lift No. 16 seed Texas Southern (16-19), which became the first team with a losing record to win a tournament game.

The Tigers started the season 0-13. They face No. 1 seed Xavier Friday in the West Regional at Nashville, Tennessee.

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