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NCAA Tournament 2012: BYU, Western Kentucky Advance In "First Four" Games

Those who attended Tuesday night's action in Dayton to witness the opening round games on the NCAA tournament (a crowd which included President Obama) got their money's worth, as both games featured dramatic second halfs.

The night began with Western Kentucky taking on Mississippi Valley State, and the game really got started with less than five minutes to play, when Western Kentucky mounted a historic comeback from 16 points down. The Hilltoppers completed the furious comeback when freshman guard TJ Price completed a three-point play with just :33 second remaining, and his team held on for a 59-58 victory.

Next up was Iona and BYU, and this was a lopsided affair for the opening 20 minutes, with Iona going up by as many as 25 points. The Gaels took a 55-40 haltime lead into the locker room, but the Cougars stormed all the way back for a 78-72 win.

BYU advances to take on Marquette in second round play, while Western Kentucky will now get a crack at top-seeded Kentucky.

For all your NCAA Tournament news, head over to SB Nation's main NCAA Basketball news hub. More bracket breakdowns can be found at SB Nation's YouTube channel.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.