George Washington advances past Pitt
PITTSBURGH — Kethan Savage scored 17 points and Patricio Garino had 14 to lead George Washington to a 60-54 win over Pittsburgh in the first round of the NIT Tuesday.
GW (22-12) advances to face the winner of Temple and Bucknell.
Cameron Wright had 11 points for Pittsburgh (19-15) and Jamel Artis added 10. The Panthers ended their season on a five-game losing streak.
GW extended its lead to nine points out of the half before Pitt tied the game at 36. The Colonials scored eight unanswered points to go back up 44-36.
Pitt got within 55-53 with 1:07 left, but Savage answered with a basket and Joe McDonald made two free throws for a 59-53 lead with 20 seconds left.
MIAMI 75, N.C. CENTRAL 71: At Coral Gables, Fla., Manu Lecomte made 10 of 11 free throws and scored 18 points, Sheldon McClellan added 15 and Miami moved into the second round of the NIT by holding off North Carolina Central.
Tonye Jekiri scored 11 points and Deandre Burnett had 10 for Miami (22-12), who saw a 14-point lead with 6:43 left cut to two on three occasions in the final seconds.
LOUISIANA TECH 89, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 79: At Ruston, La., Raheem Appleby scored 22 points and Jacobi Boykins added 18 and Louisiana Tech beat Central Michigan.
Appleby led Louisiana Tech (26-8) to its third consecutive NIT opening round win. The senior trio of Appleby, Michale Kyser and Kenneth Smith won their 100th game, the most of any senior class in school history.
RHODE ISLAND 88, IONA 75: At Kingston, R.I., E.C. Matthews and Jared Terrell each scored 18 points and Rhode Island beat Iona.
Biggie Minnis had 13 points for the Rams (23-9) while T.J. Buchanan and Jarvis Garrett each scored 10. Garrett had 10 assists, and Hassan Martin and Earl Watson grabbed 11 rebounds apiece.
TULSA 70, WILLIAM & MARY 67: At Tulsa, Okla., Marquel Curtis scored a career-high 21 points and Tulsa held off William & Mary.
Tulsa squandered most of a 21-point second-half lead before holding on.
MURRAY STATE 81, UTEP 66: At Murray, Ky., Jarvis Williams had 25 points and 14 rebounds and Murray State beat Texas-El Paso.
Murray State (28-5), excluded from the 68-team NCAA Tournament field after losing in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship, made its eighth appearance in the NIT — its first since 2011.
TEXAS A&M 81, MONTANA 64: At College Station, Texas, Jalen Jones scored 25 points and Texas A&M weathered a second-half push by Montana and ran away with a victory.
The Aggies (21-11) led by as many as 18 points in the first half, but went into the break up just 38-35. Jones and Jordan Green combined on a 14-5 A&M run midway through the second half that allowed the Aggies pull away.
ALABAMA 79, ILLINOIS 58: At Tuscaloosa, Ala., Levi Randolph had 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists to help Alabama beat Illinois.
Alabama (19-14) played its first game without head coach Anthony Grant, who was fired Sunday afternoon and replaced by interim coach John Brannen.