NIT Daily Roundup
Top-seed Alabama tips off with victory; Fairfield nips Colo. State
Alabama 68, Coastal Carolina 44 -- Box Score
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Tony Mitchell, Charvez Davis and Trevor Releford all scored 12 points to lead Alabama to a 68-44 victory against Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
The top-seeded Crimson Tide (22-11), which felt jilted at being left out of the NCAA field after winning the SEC West, built a 20-point lead late in the first half and never let the short-handed Chanticleers (28-6) get anything going.
Now 17-0 at Coleman Coliseum, Alabama will host either New Mexico or UTEP.
Cleveland State 63, Vermont 60 -- Box Score
CLEVELAND -- Norris Cole scored 27 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:23 remaining, and Cleveland State beat Vermont 63-60 on Tuesday night in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Cole, the Horizon League player of the year, took a pass from Aaron Pogue and drove the lane to score, breaking a 57-all tie.
Cole hit two free throws with 26.5 seconds left, giving the Vikings a 61-57 lead. Brendan Bald's 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining cut the lead to one, but Coles added two more free throws with 4.4 seconds to go.
College of Charleston 94, Dayton 84 -- Box Score
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Andrew Goudelock had a career-high 39 points, including eight 3-pointers, and College of Charleston beat defending champion Dayton 94-84 in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.
The sixth-seeded Cougars (25-10) will take on No. 2 seed Cleveland State in the next round.
Oklahoma State 71, Harvard 54 -- Box Score
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Marshall Moses had 18 points and eight rebounds, and third-seeded Oklahoma State had its highest-scoring first half of the season in a 71-54 victory against sixth-seeded Harvard on Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT.
Oklahoma State (20-13) scored 41 points in the first half and won an NIT game for the first time since 1997. The Cowboys had lost three in a row from 2006 to 2008.
Reger Dowell went 6 for 7 from the field and scored 15 and Matt Pilgrim added 12 as six Cowboys scored six or more points.
Missouri State 89, Murray State 76 -- Box Score
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Jermaine Mallett scored a career-high 23 points, leading Missouri State to an 89-76 win against Murray State on Tuesday night in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Missouri State (26-8), the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season champion, held a double-digit lead through most of the first 10 minutes of the second half before Murray State (23-9) went on a 14-2 run to cut it to 68-66 with 6:09 left.
But the Racers, who led only once early in the game, were never able to go ahead. Mallett guided the third-seeded Bears to a 13-4 run and an 81-70 lead with 2:01 remaining.
New Mexico 69, UTEP 57 -- Box Score
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Kendall Williams and Drew Gordon scored 18 points each to help New Mexico beat UTEP 69-57 on Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT.
No. 4 seed New Mexico (22-12) took its first lead at the 6:37 mark of the first half when A.J. Hardeman banked in a turnaround jumper in the midst of a 10-0 run that put the Lobos up 27-21.
New Mexico, playing its first game without injured senior point guard Dairese Gary, opened the second half with a 6-0 surge to extend its lead to 40-30 with 16:35 left.
Fairfield 62, Colorado State 60 -- Box Score
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Yorel Hawkins scored 17 points and Fairfield's defense shut down Colorado State in a 62-60 victory in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night
Ryan Olander added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Fairfield (25-7), winners of six of seven. The Stags forced 20 turnovers, but had their string of consecutive games holding opponents under 60 points snapped at 41.
Andy Ogide led Colorado State (19-13) with 13 points. The Rams were denied their first 20-win season since 1997-98.
Boston College 82, McNeese State 64 -- Box Score
LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Reggie Jackson scored 22 points, Corey Raji had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Boston College beat McNeese State 82-64 in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.
The Eagles (21-12) placed five players in double figures. Biko Paris had 14 points and seven assists, reserve Josh Southern scored 13 and Joe Trapani had 10 points.
Patrick Richard had 22 points for the Cowboys (21-12), who shot 36 percent from the field, compared to 53 percent for Boston College.
Kent State 71, St. Mary's 70 -- Box Score
MORAGA, Calif. -- Justin Greene made the go-ahead layup with 3 seconds remaining, and Kent State overcame a 13-point second-half deficit to stun Saint Mary's 71-70 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday night.
Mickey McConnell missed an unimpeded layup attempt just before the buzzer sounded, sending Saint Mary's home even earlier after they felt snubbed by the NCAA selection committee.
Michael Porrini scored 19 points and Carlton Guyton had 13 for the Golden Flashes (24-11), who missed out on the NCAA tournament with a loss in the MAC title game to Akron. They seemed headed for a double-digit loss until the final minutes of regulation, when a furious rally culminated in a stunning victory that left the Gaels' fans silenced.