Early exit for Colorado State at NIT
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — George Marshall scored 24 points and five of his team's 12 3-pointers, leading South Dakota State past Colorado State 86-76 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night.
Deondre Parks added 17 points and Jake Bittle, 15, for South Dakota State (24-10), regular season co-champions of the Summit League.
J.J. Avila led Colorado State (27-7) with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Daniel Bejarano had 17.
The Rams, still reeling from an NCAA Tournament snubbing, led for only 90 seconds of the game. Bejarano layup (2-0) and a rebound basket by Tiel Daniels (4-3) were the only leads for the Rams.
Parks' basket off a sharp cut gave Colorado State the lead for good. South Dakota State controlled tempo and made 17-of-35 shots to take a 47-38 edge into intermission.
Marshall displayed his aggressiveness early in the second half after Daniel Bejarano's 3-pointer had drawn Colorado State (27-7) within 49-47. Marshall scored nine points over a three-minute span to push the lead back to 61-48.
The lead reached 80-65 on a reverse layup by Marshall. Colorado State could get no closer than 10 and that with 59 seconds left.
South Dakota State will take on Vanderbilt in the second round on Friday.