Curry, Davidson top Gamecocks

Published 1:24 am Wednesday, March 18, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 32 points as Davidson started its latest postseason run with a 70-63 victory over South Carolina on Tuesday night in the NIT.

The stage may not have been as large as the Wildcats’ NCAA tournament upsets a year ago, but Curry was just as spectacular.

The game was tied 51-all after Devan Downey’s driving basket with 9:15 to go. Then Curry scored 13 of his team’s last 17 points over the next 8 minutes as Davidson (27-7) took control.

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Downey had 18 points to lead South Carolina (21-10).

Kentucky 70, UNLV 60

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Jodie Meeks scored 19 points and Patrick Patterson added 16 as Kentucky got past UNLV in the Wildcats’ first NIT appearance in three decades.

If there was lingering disappointment after the Wildcats snapped a 17-year streak of appearing in the NCAA tournament, it didn’t show in their play.

Kentucky (21-13) scrambled for every loose ball, building a 20-point lead midway through the second half then weathering a late surge by UNLV (21-11) to advance to the next round against the winnner of Creighton and Bowling Green.

With Rupp Arena unavailable due to a scheduling conflict, Kentucky played a game at Memorial Coliseum for the first time since 1976.

Wink Adams led the Rebels with 14 points.

Notre Dame 70, UAB 64

SOUTH BEND, Ind. ( AP) — Luke Harangody scored four of his 22 points and had a blocked shot during a decisive 10-point run to lead Notre Dame .

Robert Vaden led UAB (22-12) with 24 points.

Tyrone Nash started the decisive run with a tip-in off a miss by Harangody and a pair of free throws. Harangody gave the Irish a 56-50 lead on a dunk, then blocked a shot inside by UAB’s Paul Delaney III. UAB coach Mike Davis was called for a technical for leaving the coach’s box while arguing that Delaney was fouled.

After Kyle McAlarney, who had 12 points for the Irish (19-14), made a pair of free throws, Harangody capped the run with a basket inside.

The Irish play New Mexico who beat Nebraska.

Rhode Island 68, Niagara 62

LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP) — Kahiem Seawright scored 20 points in the second half — including all 10 for Rhode Island during its critical run.

Jimmy Baron scored 20, including hitting six free throws in the final 40 seconds, for the sixth-seeded Rams (23-10), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Seawright finished with 23 points for the Rams, who are making their 13th NIT appearance and improved to 7-6 in tournament-opening games.

Penn State 77, George Mason 73

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Talor Battle scored eight of his game-high 24 points in overtime and tied the game with a 3-pointer at the end of regulation as Penn State advanced.

Dre Smith hit two foul shots with five seconds left in regulation to give George Mason a 65-62 lead before Battle hurried down the court for his buzzer-beating 3 for Penn State (23-11) of the Big Ten.

New Mexico 83, Nebraska 71

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Daniel Faris had career highs with 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Lobos (22-11).

Faris, a 6-foot-9 center, had a big night against the Cornhuskers (18-13), the nation’s smallest Division I lineup. He scored 18 points and collected nine rebounds in the second half.

New Mexico’s Tony Danridge scored 18 and Chad Toppert broke out of a shooting slump with 15 points.

Sek Henry led Nebraska with 13 points while Steve Harley scored 11. Ade Dagunduro, who averaged 17.6 points over the season’s final five games, got in first-half foul trouble and was held to eight points on 2-for-13 shooting.