Bluejays win; NCAA hoops in Omaha

College basketball fans in Omaha had plenty going for them Friday. Creighton beat Alabama 58-57 in Greensboro, N.C., to move on. See a photo showcase from the game here.

Creighton's Grant Gibbs scores in the second half against Alabama on Friday, March 16, 2012. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

In Friday’s first game at the CenturyLink Center Omaha, Florida took out Virginia 71-45. See a photo showcase from the game here.

Florida's Casey Prather, center, and Erving Walker pressure Virginia's Jontel Evans in the first half of Florida's 71-45 win on Friday, March 16, 2012. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

Omaha’s next game was a shocker, as No. 15 seed Norfolk State took down No. 2 seed Missouri 86-84. See the showcase here.

Brianna Haith, Missouri head coach Frank Haith's 7-year-old daughter, grimmaces in the first half of the Tigers' game with Norfolk State at the CenturyLink Center on Friday, March 16, 2012. MARK DAVIS/THE WORLD-HERALD

Despite St. Mary’s temporary lead late in the game, Purdue regained the lead to win 72-69. See the showcase here.

Saint Mary's Rob Jones, No. 22, left, and Matthew Dellavedova, No. 4, right, battle for a rebound with Purdue

Detroit hung with Kansas in the first half, but by the end of the game, the Jayhawks pulled away for a 65-50 winSee the showcase here.

Kansas's Naadir Tharpe (center) leaps to shoot under pressure from Detroit's Ray McCallum. BY REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD

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