NIT 2018: Tuesday’s Round 1 Scores, Updated Bracket and Wednesday Schedule
NIT 2018: Tuesday’s Round 1 Scores, Updated Bracket and Wednesday Schedule
The basketball tournament you’re all talking about got underway Tuesday night. That’s right! The NIT kicked itself off with a nine-pack of games all across the country.
Top seeds Baylor, USC, Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s were in action, where they looked to recover from the sting of missing the Big Dance with a win.
Here is a look at how every game played out.
Notre Dame 84, Hampton 63
Notre Dame was the last team left out of the NCAA tournament field. The Irish sure didn’t seem to have a hangover in their NIT opener.
Martinas Geben, T.J. Gibbs Jr. and Bonzie Colson were all in double figures, as Notre Dame earned an 84-63 blowout win over Hampton.
The Irish trailed 2-0 but never again, leading for the game’s final 48:34. Geben led the team with 18 points, while Colson had a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double. Gibbs finished with 17 points and six rebounds.
Notre Dame held Hampton to just 30.0 percent from the field and a 6-of-26 clip from beyond the arc. Jermaine Marrow led the team with 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Oklahoma State 80, Florida Gulf Coast 68
Jeffrey Carroll didn’t have his best night from the field, but his aggressiveness was enough to help lead Oklahoma State to an 80-68 win over Florida Gulf Coast.
Carroll scored 18 points, 12 of which came from the line, and added eight rebounds to atone for a 3-of-11 shooting performance. Oklahoma State as a team put up 80 points despite shooting just 35.6 percent from the field, thanks to the Cowboys getting to the line 41 times.
Tavarius Shine and Mitchell Solomon scored 13 points, and Lindy Waters III added 10 points.
Zach Johnson had 23 points and Brandon Goodwin had 18 for Florida Gulf Coast.
Western Kentucky 79, Boston College 62
Boston College won the first quarter.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they lost the next three.
Justin Johnson scored 19 points and added 12 rebounds as one of four Western Kentucky players in double figures, leading the Hilltoppers to a 79-62 win over Boston College. Johnson has recorded double-doubles in his last five games as his college career winds to a close.
The Hilltoppers were just days removed from a heartbreaking 67-66 loss to Marshall that knocked them out of the NCAA tournament.
Darius Thompson added 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Taveion Hollingsworth (18 points) and Lamonte Bearden (10 points) were also in double figures.
Ky Bowman had 18 points and Jerome Robinson added 17 to lead Boston College, which finished the season with a 2-11 road record.
Baylor 80, Wagner 59
Manu Lecomte scored 24 points to lead five Baylor players in double figures, as the Bears earned an 80-59 win over Wagner.
Baylor opened the game on a 7-0 run and never trailed, knocking down 52.6 percent of its shots and hitting half of its threes. The Bears also assisted on 21 of their 30 field goals.
Terry Maston (13 points), Nuni Omot (11 points), Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (10 points) and King McClure (10 points) were also in double figures for Baylor.
Blake Francis led the way for Wagner with 23 points and was the only player in double figures for the NEC team.
Baylor will move on to play either Mississippi State or Nebraska.
Middle Tennessee 91, Vermont 64
Giddy Potts scored 25 points and Nick King added a double-double, as Middle Tennessee ran away with a 91-64 win over Vermont.
The Blue Raiders shot 63.3 percent from the floor and were dominant after Vermont led 21-16 after the first quarter. Brandon Walters (15 points) and Antwain Johnson (14 points) were both in double figures. Middle Tennessee outrebounded Vermont 34-22.
Anthony Lamb scored 18 points off the bench, and Drew Urquhart added 16 points for Vermont, which ends its season with a 27-8 record.
Middle Tennessee will get a chance to unseat a major conference opponent when it takes on Louisville in the second round.
Louisville 66, Northern Kentucky 58
Heading into halftime, Louisville trailed by seven and looked like an upset possibility.
After the break, the Cardinals looked more like a team that should have been in the NCAA tournament.
Deng Adel scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and Ryan McMahon added 10 off the bench, as Louisville came back for a 66-58 win.
The Cardinals held Northern Kentucky to 34.4 percent from the field, including a 5-of-28 from the three.
Drew McDonald led the way with a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double for Northern Kentucky.
Louisville made 14 of its 23 shots in the second half to outscore Northern Kentucky by 15 points. The Cardinals move on to play Middle Tennessee.
Oregon 99, Rider 86
Oregon may be in the Pac-12, but it received quite a challenge from the MAAC’s Rider Broncs before ultimately prevailing, 99-86.
Rider held a four-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but the Ducks exploded for 38 points in the final frame to secure the win. Victor Bailey Jr. and Payton Pritchard each had 23 points for the victors, and Pritchard added eight assists and six rebounds.
Oregon drilled 53.8 percent of its three-point attempts as well, which proved too much for the Broncs down the stretch.
Dimencio Vaughn led the way for Rider in defeat with 25 points, six rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals.
Saint Mary’s 89, SE Louisiana 45
Saint Mary’s may not be in the NCAA tournament, but it proved why it was included in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll of the season with a decisive 89-45 victory in its NIT opener over SE Louisiana.
Jock Landale spearheaded the Gaels’ offensive efforts with 26 points and six rebounds behind an 11-of-15 shooting clip from the field. Jordan Ford (19 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals) and Calvin Hermanson (17 points) were the only other Saint Mary’s players to score in double figures, but it was more than enough against an overmatched Lions squad.
Jordan Capps did what he could for SE Louisiana with 19 points and five boards, but the team as a whole was an abysmal 1-of-20 from three-point range.
USC 103, UNC Asheville 98
The opening day of the 2018 NIT saved its most dramatic game for last, as the top-seeded USC Trojans survived a significant challenge from UNC Asheville in a 103-98 double-overtime victory.
Jordan McLaughlin sank two free throws in the final 25 seconds of regulation to force overtime and then drilled a three-pointer with nine seconds of overtime left to force the double overtime. Despite falling behind by six in the double-overtime period, the Trojans outlasted the Bulldogs down the stretch to clinch the win.
McLaughlin notched a double-double with 26 points and 13 assists, while Nick Rakocevic tallied 24 points and 19 boards. Elijah Stewart added 22 points as the third Trojan playmaker to top the 20-point mark in the offensive outburst.
Jonathan Baehre stuffed the stat sheet for UNC Asheville with 28 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks, two steals and two assists in defeat.
No. 3 LSU vs. No. 6 Lousiana, 7 p.m., ESPN3
No. 2 Marquette vs. No. 7 Harvard, 7 p.m., ESPN2
No. 4 Penn State vs. No. 5 Temple, 8 p.m., ESPNU
No. 4 Mississippi State vs. No. 5 Nebraska, 9 p.m., ESPN2
No. 2 Utah vs. No. 7 UC Davis, 9 p.m., ESPN3
No. 3 Stanford vs. No. 6 BYU, 10 p.m., ESPNU
No. 5 Washington vs. No. 4 Boise State, 10 p.m., ESPN3
Updated NIT Bracket available here.
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March 13, 2018 at 11:21PM