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Monday's NIT Capsules

Monday's NIT Capsules

March 19th, 2012 in News

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Bruce Massey had 20 points and 10 rebounds and hit a go-ahead layup with 1:30 left to send Middle Tennessee to a 71-64 win over top-seeded Tennessee on Monday night in the second round of the NIT.

The fourth-seeded Blue Raiders (27-6) closed the game on a 15-0 run. The Sun Belt's regular season champions will face No. 6 seed Minnesota at home on Wednesday for a spot in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Jordan McRae hit a layup with 7:11 remaining to give the Volunteers a 64-56 lead, but those were the last points they scored. Tennessee missed its final nine shots.

LaRon Dendy added 10 points for the Blue Raiders, who finished with a 46-30 rebounding advantage and shot 46.2 percent while limiting the Vols to 37.9 percent shooting.

Jeronne Maymon led Tennessee (19-15) with 17 points. Jarnell Stokes scored 15 points, and Trae Golden added 14.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Rodney Williams scored 21 points to lead Minnesota.

The Gophers never trailed after starting the game on a 12-0 run. Williams scored 16 in the first half.

Minnesota (21-14) advances to the quarterfinals at Middle Tennessee.

The Gophers expanded a 35-23 lead at halftime with a 15-2 spurt early in the second half. Andre Hollins hit consecutive 3-pointers and Andre Ingram's putback with 12:22 remaining ended the surge and gave Minnesota a 56-33 lead.

Hollins and Joe Coleman finished with 14 points each for the Gophers.

Rion Brown scored 16 points for Miami (20-13).