Hokies slip by UConn
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Dorenzo Hudson scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the second half to lift Virginia Tech past Connecticut 65-63 in a second-round NIT game Monday night.
The Hokies (25-8), who tied a school record for victories, advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT, where they will play Rhode Island at home on a date to be determined.
Following a timeout with 22 seconds left and the Hokies trailing 63-62, Hudson buried a 17-foot jumper with 14.1 seconds to go to give them a one-point lead.
After UConn (18-16) called a timeout, Kemba Walker, who led the Huskies with 18 points, had a shot blocked by Virginia Tech’s Jeff Allen. Walker got the loose ball and threw it to Gavin Edwards, who missed a layup and the Hokies’ Terrell Bell got the rebound. Walker fouled Bell with less than a second to go and Bell made the second of two free throws, giving Tech a 65-63 lead.
Walker’s long shot was off the mark as time expired.
Rhode Island 85, Nevada 83
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Delroy James scored a career-high 34 points and Rhode Island held off Nevada. The Rams (25-9) will play Virginia Tech on Wednesday in the NIT quarterfinals.
Brandon Fields led the Wolf Pack (21-13) with 25 points, but Rhode Island held WAC player of the year Luke Babbitt to 14 points — eight below his season average.
Illinois 75, Kent State 58
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois used a big second-half run to beat Kent State to the NIT quarterfinals.
With the game tied at 31 at halftime, Illinois (20-14) went on an 18-7 run out of the break to take control. Illinois hosts Dayton on Wednesday.
For a team that relies on its outside shooting, Illinois pounded the ball inside to score 40 of its points in the paint. Mike Davis had 16 points and 16 rebounds for his 15th double-double this season, while Mike Tisdale had 17 points.
Justin Greene led the Golden Flashes (24-9) with 15 points, while Anthony Simpson provided a spark off the bench with 14 points.
Dayton 81, Cincinnati 66
CINCINNATI (AP) — Rob Lowery led an early 3-point barrage that built a 17-point lead, and Dayton held on for a rough-and-tumble victory over Cincinnati.
The Flyers (22-12) made eight of their first 12 shots from behind the arc to get the big lead that held up. They’ll play at Illinois in the quarterfinals.
Cincinnati (19-16) was prone to long shooting slumps all season, and managed only two field goals during a roughly 10-minute span in the second half. Senior guard Deonta Vaughn scored Cincinnati’s last 11 points in the half, cutting it to 41-36, but the Bearcats never managed to pull even.
Vaughn finished with a season-high 28 points and passed Danny Fortson for third on the school’s career scoring list.