Michael Adams' 25-foot jumper with five seconds to play carried Boston College to a 55-53 victory over Texas Tech tonight in the first round of the NCAA tournament Midwest Regional.
The Eagles will play Duke, a 75-62 winner over Pepperdine, in Sunday's second round at Hofheinz Pavilion.
In afternoon games, Alabama-Birmingham's Steve Mitchell and Jerome Mincy each scored 18 points to nullify a 32-point performance by Michigan State's Sam Vincent and lead the Blazers (25-8) to a 70-68 victory. Fifth-ranked Memphis State, playing all but a minute of the second half without all-America Keith Lee, got good shooting from guard Andre Turner and defeated Pennsylvania, 67-55.
Boston College's Adams (17 points) got the ball with 13 seconds to play, dribbled to the top of the key and made his shot. Boston College (19-10) had run off 85 seconds before the game-winner.
The Eagles squandered a five-point halftime lead with poor free throw shooting, making six of 14 foul shots in the second half to help the No. 17 Red Raiders (23-8).
Tenth-ranked Duke (23-7) moved from a 34-32 halftime lead to a 61-46 advantage, then coasted. David Henderson scored 15 of his 22 points and Johnny Dawkins 13 of his 21 in the second half.
Forward Eric White, who hit seven of eight first-half shots, ended with a game-high 26 points for Pepperdine (23-9).
Alabama-Birmingham got the lead for good at 46-45 midway in the second half on a basket by Mitchell, then took it out to 59-51 with 6:26 to go.
Michigan State scored several points late, including a basket by Scott Skiles at the buzzer.
In the first game, Lee (eight points, three rebounds) played only 61 seconds of the second half before drawing his fourth foul, and the 17-point underdog Quakers (13-14) moved to a 31-26 lead.
The lead changed 17 times before a full-court press and the shooting of Turner and William Bedford gained control for the Tigers (28-3), who scored nine straight points during a 23-4 run to pull away to a 61-43 lead.
"I told our team at halftime they were sleepwalking," said Tigers Coach Dana Kirk. "Penn had us walking like they wanted. I told the team to play our music at our rhythm."
Bedford scored his 11 points in the second half. Turner had 16 points. Penn was paced by Perry Bromwell's 16 points.
Memphis State led by 26-25 at halftime after Penn, the Ivy League champion, took a 21-16 lead.