Tuesday's NIT Capsules
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chaz Williams scored 20 points and UMass rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to defeat Drexel and former Minutemen coach Bruiser Flint 72-70 in a NIT quarterfinal game on Tuesday.
Terrell Vinson had 14 of his 18 points after halftime and Jesse Morgan added 13 points for the Minutemen (25-11), who advanced to next Tuesday’s NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden against the winner of Wednesday’s Stanford-Nevada game.
Dartaye Ruffin scored all 17 of his points in the first half to lead Drexel (29-7), which had its 18-game home winning streak snapped. Frantz Massenat added 16 points for the Dragons, who were one of the last teams left out of the NCAA tournament.
Flint coached UMass from 1996-2001 when he took over at Drexel.
WASHINGTON 90, OREGON 86
SEATTLE (AP) — Terrence Ross scored 24 points, Tony Wroten added 22 points and Washington advanced to the semifinals of the NIT, holding off a late rally from Pac-12 rival Oregon.
Washington will make its second visit to Madison Square Garden this season after playing two games in New York back in December against Marquette and Duke. The Huskies will face the winner of Wednesday’s quarterfinal between Minnesota and Middle Tennessee State on March 27.
Washington (24-10) turned a four-point halftime deficit into a 10-point lead with 7:22 left after C.J. Wilcox hit an open 3-pointer from the wing. Wilcox’s 3 capped a stretch of 18 straight points for the Huskies scored by Wilcox, Wroten or Ross. Oregon cut the deficit to 84-82 with 42 seconds left, but Wilcox hit six free throws to clinch the victory.
Olu Ashaolu led Oregon (24-10) with 20 points and E.J. Singler added 19.