All-America Wayman Tisdale treated a hometown audience to a 28-point, 12-rebound performance tonight to lead Oklahoma to a 96-83 NCAA Midwest Regional victory over North Carolina A&T.
Oklahoma will face Illinois State in second-round action. The Redbirds (22-7), behind Lou Stefankovic's 15 points, defeated Southern California, 58-55, in tonight's first-round regional game.
Led by its guards, Ohio State advanced to a second-round matchup with eighth-ranked Louisiana Tech. The Buckeyes (20-9) beat Iowa State, 75-64, and Louisiana Tech routed Pittsburgh, 78-54, in other games today.
Tim McCalister scored 23 points, Darryl Kennedy 17, Anthony Bowie 13 and Shawn Clark 10 as Oklahoma tied both a school and Big Eight record for victories in one season by improving to 29-5.
Jimmy Brown and George Cale each scored 20 points to pace Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion North Carolina A&T (19-10).
Ronnie Stokes scored 21 points and back-court mate Troy Taylor 21 for Ohio State.
Barry Stevens had 24 points and Jeff Grayer 21 for the Big Eight Cyclones (21-13).
Robert Godbolt scored 17 points and Willie Bland 16 in Louisiana Tech's victory. Godbolt, who is 6 feet 5, scored the first five points of the game to get the Southland Conference champion Bulldogs (28-2) off to a good start against the Big East Panthers (17-12).
The lead was up to 37-20 by halftime, with Louisiana Tech outscoring Pitt, 11-4, in the final two minutes.