Ohio State survives Akron in OT, 72-63
COLUMBUS (AP) — Jaquan Lyle and Marc Loving both had 18 points with career-high rebounds and Ohio State dominated in overtime for a 72-63 win over Akron in a first-round game of the NIT on Tuesday night.
Kam Williams also had 18 points for the Buckeyes (21-13), who outscored the Zips 10-1 in the extra sessions. Lyle had 14 rebounds and Loving 13 to give Ohio State a 57-42 advantage on the boards.
The Buckeyes play the North Florida-Florida winner.
Akron (26-9), looking to set a school record for wins, got 16 points and 12 rebounds from Isaiah Johnson, but he was just 6 of 16 from the foul line. Reggie McAdams had 12 points and 11 boards.
The game featured 23 lead changes and 10 ties but the Zips missed all seven of their field-goal attempts in overtime and went 1 of 6 from the foul line.
Ohio State made 21 of 23 free throws while Akron was 8 of 20.
Akron, which shoots 39 percent behind the arc, put up 42 3-pointers, one shy of the school record but only made nine (21 percent).
Florida 97, North Florida 68
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Dorian Finney-Smith had 15 points, nine rebounds and four steals, and Florida built a 22-point halftime lead to cruise past North Florida 97-68 on Tuesday night to advance to the second round of the NIT.
John Egbunu capped Florida’s big first half with his 68th dunk of the season to set a program single-season record.
Florida made 12 of 19 3-pointers in the first half to help build a 57-25 lead. Finney-Smith, KeVaughn Allen and Kasey Hill each scored 12 in the half and the trio combined for 8 of 13 from 3-point range.
North Florida, the nation’s top 3-point shooting team with 402 made entering the game, was just 4 of 15 in the first half.
The Ospreys hit five 3s in the opening five minutes of the second half but still trailed by 26.
All five starters for Florida (20-14) scored in double figures. Egbunu finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but Florida coach Mike White announced after the game that Egbunu will have season-ending thumb surgery on Thursday.
Egbunu tore a ligament in his thumb during practice last week, but played three games before opting for surgery.
Dallas Moore had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists for North Florida (22-12).
The game was played at North Florida because of a $65 million renovation to Florida’s O’Connell Center.