DAYTON, Ohio — Jarnell Stokes dominated inside as Tennessee finally caught up in the closing minutes of regulation, and then opened overtime with a three-point play that got the Volunteers headed to a 78-65 victory over Iowa on Wednesday night in the NCAA’s First Four.
The Volunteers’ late comeback sent them to Raleigh, N.C., where they’ll play sixth-seeded Massachusetts on Friday in the Midwest Regional.
Tennessee (22-12) didn’t lead until Antonio Barton’s 3-pointer put the Vols up 59-57 with 3:05 left in regulation. There were five lead changes before the Vols’ Jordan McRae missed a jumper at the buzzer, leaving it tied at 64.
CAL POLY 81, TEXAS SOUTHERN 69: Chris Eversley scored 19 points and the Mustangs (14-19) avoided their 20th loss of the season and won their first NCAA tournament game by beating the Tigers (19-15) in the First Four at Dayton, Ohio.
The Mustangs, the team with the worst record in the tournament, move on to face the one with the best – top-seeded Wichita State (34-0) – in the second round in St. Louis on Friday.
UW-STEVENS POINT 12, SOUTHERN MAINE 2: Cody Hanke and Bobby Gregorich delivered three hits each as the Pointers (7-1) topped the Huskies (5-2) in Auburndale, Fla.
John Carey homered in the fourth inning for the Huskies.
BOWDOIN, KEENE STATE SPLIT: Kyle LeBlanc hit a two-run single in the sixth inning to pace a six-run rally that propelled the Polar Bears (7-3) to a 7-4 win in the first game in Auburndale, Fla. The Owls (3-4) won the second game 13-9 after scoring 10 runs in the sixth.
John Lefeber had five hits and three RBI for the Polar Bears.
ENDICOTT 11, BATES 10: Siri Mason scored a free-position goal with 39 seconds left to lift the Gulls (4-1) over the Bobcats (6-2) in Lewiston.
Endicott finished with a 6-0 run to post a come-from-behind victory over the Bobcats, who are ranked 13th nationally. Mason led all scorers with four goals and Rachel Campos added three.
Bates had three goals apiece from Blair Shrewsbury and Wally Pierce.
WESTERN CONNECTICUT 10, UNE 8: The Colonials (3-3) scored seven times in the middle two periods in a win over the Nor’easters (3-4) at Westminster, Md.
Nick Gross and Dan Auger both scored two goals for UNE.
ST. JOSEPH’S 5, ANNA MARIA 4: Andrew Hamill scored three goals, including the winner in the fourth overtime, as the Monks (3-1, 2-0 GNAC) nipped the Amcats (1-5, 1-1) at Paxton, Mass.
BATES 27, HUSSON 0: Jack Allard scored four goals and Mark Riley added three to lead the Bobcats (2-3) over the Eagles (0-2) in Lewiston.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 8, WOOSTER 5: The Nor’easters scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win at the Gene Cusic Softball Classic at Fort Myers, Fla.
Adrienne Chase went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs for the Nor’easters. Katelyn Austin struck out six and allowed six hits through six innings for the win. Lauren Doneski pitched one inning of hitless relief to earn a save.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 5, UMASS-DARTMOUTH 4: Winning pitcher Abby Lambert drove in two runs to lead the Nor’easters (5-3) at Fort Myers, Fla.
WESLEYAN 7, SOUTHERN MAINE 4: The Cardinals (6-4) rallied from a 4-3 deficit with four runs in the top of the fourth in a win over the Huskies (1-6) at Clermont, Fla.
SOUTHERN MAINE 2, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 0: Stephanie Stockwell pitched a six-hit shutout to lead the Huskies (2-6) over the Golden Bears (3-5) at Clermont, Fla.