UNC Asheville basketball is moving on to the first ("second") round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, beating Arkansas-Little Rock by a 81-77 score to merit a Thursday afternoon meeting with the Pittsburgh Panthers. This game did not feel like March Madness for at least 39 minutes of clock time, but truTV got a competitive overtime matchup in its first college basketball broadcast. All right, truTV!
UALR's Solomon Bozeman and Gus Leeper, both starters, fouled out within the final minute with the Trojans up by three, making overtime a foreboding prospect. As foreboded, Asheville's Matt Dickey drilled a trey with 10 seconds left to tie it up, giving him 17 in the second half. Matt Mouzy missed the counterpunch, and away we went.
Asheville's defense stood tall in the extra frame, forcing four turnovers down the stretch. J.P. Primm hit five of six free throws in the closing minutes to give the Bulldogs a tourney victory.
A slippery floor near Asheville's basket provided a measure of madness, but it was mostly just the angry kind.