Monday's NIT Capsules
Games played March 24, 2014
Originally published March 24, 2014 at 11 p.m., updated March 25, 2014 at 12:46 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Thomas matched a career-high with 26 points as top-seeded Florida State advanced to the NIT quarterfinals with a 101-90 victory against Georgetown on Monday night.
The Seminoles will host third-seeded Louisiana Tech on Wednesday night.
Florida State (21-13) shot a season-high 68.2 percent from the field and kept the Hoyas (18-15) from rallying. The 101 points scored were the most scored by Florida State since a 106-62 win against Charlotte on Dec. 17.
Devon Bookert had career-highs in points (21) and assists (nine) while adding five rebounds and two steals for the Seminoles. Ian Miller returned from a foot injury to score 18, and Okaro White finished with 16.
Markel Starks led Georgetown with 27 points and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera chipped in 22.
SMU 80, LSU 67
DALLAS (AP) — Nic Moore and Nick Russell each scored 16 points as SMU rallied from a 10-point first-half deficit to advance to the third round of the NIT.
The Mustangs (25-9), seeded first in their region, will host the winner of Monday night's late game between Arkansas and California on Wednesday.
LSU (20-14), seeded fifth, finished with its most wins since 2008-09. The Tigers were led by Johnny O'Bryant III with 16 points.
An alley-oop pass from Anthony Hickey to Jarell Martin gave the Tigers a 38-28 lead with 3:35 to play in the first half. SMU closed the gap to 40-35 at halftime, and then went on a 26-9 run over the first 8½ minutes of the second half to put the game away.
CALIFORNIA 75, ARKANSAS 64
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Jabari Bird scored 19 points, David Kravish had 13 points and eight rebounds, and California beat Arkansas to advance to the third round of the NIT.
Tyrone Wallace added 16 points for the Golden Bears (21-13), who play top-seeded SMU on Wednesday.
California (21-13) led by 24 with 12:30 remaining before a late flurry by the Razorbacks trimmed the gap to single digits in the final minute following a three-point play by Rashad Madden.
Wallace, who struggled with his shot in the second half, made four free throws and Justin Cobbs added two down the stretch to help the Bears advance to the quarterfinals of the NIT for the first time since 2000.
Madden had 15 points while Bobby Portis added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Arkansas (22-12).
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