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Arizona beats Belmont, advances to next round

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The number 20 Arizona Wildcats have won 81-64 over the number 11 seed Belmont Bruins in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 6th seed Wildcats (26-7) led for the entire game, with a huge size advantage over the Bruins (26-7). 

The Wildcats made nine of 17 three-pointers.

Bruins guard Ian Clark shot better than 46 percent from 3-point range but was three of eight from beyond the arc.

Kerron Johnson led Belmont with 22 points and Clark finished with 21.

Mark Lyons scored 23 points for Arizona. Kevin Parrom, Kaleb Tarczewski and Nick Johnson added 12 points each.

Arizona will play Harvard on Saturday at 3:10 p.m., Tucson time. The game will be broadcast on TNT.

Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard had 17 to help 14th-seeded Crimson pull off Thursday's biggest upset in the NCAA tournament, a 68-62 win over No. 3 New Mexico. 

The Ivy League advanced for the first time in the tournament since a very good Cornell team made the regional semifinals in 2010. It also was Harvard's first NCAA tourney win.

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