Dayton, OH (Sports Network) - Allen Smith scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, leading Arkansas-Pine Bluff to a convincing 61-44 win over Winthrop in the opening-round contest of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
The win earned the Golden Lions (18-15) the No. 16 seed in the South Region and the right to play No. 1 seed and ACC champion Duke in Jacksonville on Friday in the first round of the Big Dance.
A victory over Texas Southern in the SWAC title game on Saturday, its 11th win in its previous 12 games, gave Arkansas-Pine Bluff its first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Thanks to their defense, which held Winthrop (19-14) to a season-low scoring output, the Lions will continue playing, as they try to become the first No. 16 seed to knock off the top team in their portion of the bracket.
On the offensive end, Tyree Glass chipped in 10 points, while Tavaris Washington had 13 rebounds to go with eight points and five assists for the victors.
Carlos Corbin and Matt Morgan led the Eagles with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Big South champions shot 29.1 percent for the game, including a woeful 2- for-21 performance from three-point range.