NIT Daily Roundup
Miami cruises past Florida Atlantic; Shockers beat up Nebraska
Wichita State 76, Nebraska 49 -- Box Score
WICHITA, Kan. -- David Kyles scored 13 points and hit four of Wichita State's 11 3-pointers in a 76-49 victory against Nebraska on Wednesday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
J.T. Durley had 12 points and Graham Hatch added 11 for Wichita State (25-8), which will play at Virginia Tech in the second round.
Jorge Brian Diaz and Lance Jeter each scored 12 for the Cornhuskers (19-13), who ended their season with three consecutive losses.
Colorado 88, Texas Southern 74 -- Box Score
BOULDER, Colo. -- Alec Burks had 27 points and seven rebounds, Cory Higgins scored 25 points and top-seeded Colorado beat Texas Southern 88-74 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night.
Freshman Andre Roberson had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Buffaloes (22-13), who will face California in Boulder on Friday night.
Harrison Smith had 24 points and Lawrence Johnson-Danner had 19 for Texas Southern. The Tigers (19-13) finished the season with two consecutive losses after winning 12 of 13 heading into the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament last weekend.
Northwestern 70, Milwaukee 61 -- Box Score
EVANSTON, Ill. -- John Shurna scored 25 points and Northwestern beat Milwaukee 70-61 Wednesday in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
The Wildcats (19-13) took command with an 18-0 first half run and opened a 38-26 lead by halftime.
The Wildcats cruised through much of the second half before the Panthers hit three consecutive 3-pointers to make it 62-56 with 5:06 to play. Northwestern replied with two of its own to make it 68-56.
Michael Thompson scored 20 points and Alex Marcotullio had 13 for Northwestern.
Miami (Fla.) 85, Florida Atlantic 62 -- Box Score
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Malcolm Grant scored 23 points and Miami beat Florida Atlantic 85-62 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night.
The Hurricanes outscored the Owls 15-1 during a 5:22 span in the second half to secure their 20th win of the season. Durand Scott's two free throws with 4:23 remaining capped the run and gave the Hurricanes (20-13) a 66-51 lead.
Scott scored 19 points while Reggie Johnson finished with 14 points and 20 rebounds for the Hurricanes, who will host Missouri State in the second round.
Gantt led the Owls (21-11) with 17 points.
California 77, Mississippi 74 -- Box Score
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Jorge Gutierrez scored 25 points and made two free throws with 14.8 seconds left to help California hold off Mississippi 77-74 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night.
Allen Crabbe had 20 points and Harper Kamp added 11, including a key basket down the stretch, one day after receiving IV treatments due to the flu.
California (18-14), which played without starting center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, advances to play at top-seeded Colorado on Friday. The Buffaloes beat Texas Southern 88-74 earlier.
Virginia Tech 79, Bethune-Cookman 54 -- Box Score
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Jeff Allen scored 19 points to help Virginia Tech overcome the sting of not making the NCAA tournament with a 79-54 win against Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Virginia Tech (22-11), making its 12th appearance in the NIT and fifth in eight seasons under head coach Seth Greenberg, will meet Wichita State in the second round on Sunday after the Shockers beat Nebraska 76-49.
The Hokies connected on 10 of their first 11 shots and took a 23-9 lead after Allen's basket with 13:01 left in the half. The Hokies led by as many as 23 in the first half and shot 61.3 percent (19 of 31).
Bethune-Cookman (21-13), the regular-season champion in the MEAC, was making its first appearance in postseason play since 1980 as a Division II program.
Washington State 85, Long Beach State 74 -- Box Score
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Klay Thompson scored 25 points to lead Washington State against Long Beach State 85-74 Wednesday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Long Beach State trailed 36-18 at halftime, but began the second on a 24-9 run that got them within five points with 13 minutes to play.
The 49ers hung close, but with six minutes to go, WSU scored seven points in 46 seconds, five by Faisal Aden, and took a 71-55 lead with 5:12 to go.