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|Arkansas-Pine Bluff Kicks Off NCAA Men's Basketball Tourney with Win
|DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Arkansas-Pine Bluff finally found a road trip to its liking.
Allen Smith scored 14 points Tuesday night, including a pair of 3-pointers during the Golden Lions' second-half surge to a 61-44 victory over Winthrop in the NCAA tournament's opening game.
The Golden Lions (18-15) will play Duke, the No. 1 seed in the West, Friday in Jacksonville, Fla., a stunning development given how their season started. Arkansas-Pine Bluff lost its first 11 games, all on the road, before rallying to earn the Southwestern Athletic Conference title and its first NCAA tournament berth.
The fast exit was familiar for Winthrop (19-14), which has made the tournament nine times in the last 12 years but has only one victory in all those tries.
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