LEXINGTON, KY -- Texas A&M, seeded third in the South, got two key dunks from Joseph Jones and a game-clinching 3-pointer from Dominique Kirk to defeat 11th-seeded Pennsylvania 68-52 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
A&M (26-6) advanced to play Louisville on Saturday at Rupp Arena. Louisville won 78-58 over Stanford.
Law led the Aggies with 20 points despite hitting only six of 15 shots. While the Quakers (22-9) found an answer for him in Ibrahim Jaaber, they couldn't answer Texas A&M's inside game.
Jones tied the game at 39 with a thundering dunk at the 11-minute mark, then added another dunk less than a minute later to give the Aggies the lead for good.
For much of the second half, the tournament-tested Ivy League champions gave the Aggies a scare. Although Texas A&M appeared to have a comfortable 32-18 lead at halftime, Penn's shooters -- particularly Jaaber -- came out of the break on fire.
Penn opened the half with a 21-6 run. Jaaber had a three-point play to tie the game at 37, then made a short jumper to give Penn its first and only lead.
Mark Zoller had 19 points to lead the Quakers, and Jaaber added 16.
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