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Late Night Snacks, non-NCAA tournament edition: Tulsa, Murray State advance in Postseason NIT

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NCAA Tournament Results: Hampton 74, Manhattan 64 and Ole Miss 94, BYU 90

While there were just two NCAA tournament games on the slate tonight, there was plenty of action in the other three postseason tournaments. Below is a recap of the night’s action in the NIT, CIT and CBI.


1. Tulsa 70, William & Mary 67

The Golden Hurricane were one of the teams that entered Selection Sunday with hopes of receiving an at-large bid, but they wound up in the NIT instead. Frank Haith’s team won its opener, with Marquel Curtis making seven of his ten shot attempts and scoring a team-high 22 points. Marcus Thornton led the Tribe with 23 points but Tulsa made him work for those points, as the senior shot 8-for-24 from the field. Next up for Tulsa is Murray State.

2. Murray State 81, UTEP 66 

Steve Prohm’s team didn’t allow the disappointment of not getting into the NCAA tournament affect their play Tuesday night, as they took care of UTEP in Murray. Jarvis Williams posted a line of 25 points and 14 rebounds, and T.J. Sapp added 21 to lead the way for Murray State. C.J. Cooper led four UTEP players in double figures with 16 points.

3. Stanford 77, UC Davis 64

The Cardinal rebounded from their Pac-12 tournament quarterfinal loss to Utah with a win over the Aggies in Palo Alto, but UC Davis’ Corey Hawkins went off for the visitors. Hawkins scored 34 points on 12-for-22 shooting from the field, but he didn’t have enough help as no other Aggie scored more than seven points. Stanford was more balanced offensively, with guard Marcus Allen scoring a career-high 22 points on 10-for-12 shooting. Next up for the Cardinal is Rhode Island.


1. Oakland’s Kahlil Felder

Felder was outstanding in a losing effort the the Golden Grizzlies, finishing with 37 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists in a 97-91 loss to Eastern Illinois in the CIT.

3. Murray State’s Jarvis Williams

25 points and 14 rebounds in the Racers’ win over UTEP in the Postseason NIT.

2. Eastern Kentucky’s Corey Walden 

In the Colonels’ 81-75 win over Norfolk State (CIT), Walden scored 22 points (7-for-11 FG) while also accounting for five rebounds, eight assists and three steals.


1. UC Davis’ Josh Ritchart

Ritchart shot 2-for-11 from the field in the Aggies’ loss at Stanford, scoring five points.

2. Illinois’ Ahmad Starks

Starks scored five points on 1-for-11 shooting in the Fighting Illini’s loss at Alabama.

3. Montana’s Michael Weisner 

Weisner shot 1-for-10 from the field, scoring three points in the Grizzlies’ loss at Texas A&M in the Postseason NIT.


  • In the lone CBI game of the night Loyola (IL) held off Rider, 62-59 in Chicago. Milton Doyle tallied 22 points, four rebounds and six assists for the Ramblers.
  • Kethan Savage scored 17 points off the bench as George Washington won 60-54 at Pittsburgh in an NIT first round matchup. Next up for the Colonials will be either Temple or Bucknell.
  • Alabama, playing its first game without the recently fired Anthony Grant, rolled past Illinois in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide will play their next game at Miami, which held off North Carolina Central 75-71.
  • E.C. Matthews and Jared Terrell scored 18 points apiece as Rhode Island beat Iona 88-75 in another Postseason NIT matchup.
  • Louisiana Tech advanced in the Postseason NIT, as they beat Central Michigan 89-79. Next up for the Bulldogs is Texas A&M, which took care of Montana.
  • A Jacob Schulte layup with 1:06 remaining was the final basket of the game in USC Upstate’s 73-72 win over James Madison in the CIT.
  • Bowling Green picked up its 21st win of the season as they won at Saint Francis (PA) in the CIT.

Minnesota wins NIT title over SMU; Murray State takes CIT

Andre Hollins

Minnesota guard Austin Hollins capped off his collegiate career and a run through the NIT Tournament with a go-ahead 3-pointer from the wing, breaking a 59-59 tie with 46.1 second remaining in the NIT championship game against SMU.

The Golden Gophers, in Richard Pitino’s first season as head coach, held on to win the NIT title with a 65-63 win over Larry Brown’s Mustangs.

The three from Hollins, who scored a game-high 19 points, wasn’t enough to ice the game. Nic Moore split a pair of free throws for SMU, cutting the lead to two. Andre Hollins also went 1-of-2 from line, keeping it a one-possession game.

On Tuesday night, in the NIT semifinals, Minnesota elected to defend rather than foul, which resulted in Florida State’s Devon Bookert sending the game to overtime with a last-second 3-pointer. On Thursday night, Minnesota allowed Moore to get to the rim for a layup. The Golden Gophers responded with two Andre Hollins free throw. With three second left the Minnesota fouled, sending Nick Russell to the line who missed 1-of-2.

Pitino, who’s father was in the stands at Madison Square Garden, the NIT win caps off an impressive season, accepting the Minnesota job less than a year ago.

For SMU, the transformation period will take another step forward once Emmanuel Mudiay joins Moore in the Mustang backcourt.

CIT Championship Game: Murray State 65, Yale 57

Cameron Payne put the finishing touches on a spectacular freshman season with 24 points, 13 of which were in the second half, to go along with seven rebounds and six assists as Murray State topped Yale to win the CollegeInsider.com Tournament with a 65-57 win.

It was a one-possession game with seven minutes remaining, though, the Racers were able to pull away down the stretch, winning their 16th straight game at home.

Yale was led by Javier Duren with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. The Bulldogs were without leading scorer and rebounder Justin Sears, who was out with a wrist injury.

SMU, Minnesota to meet in the NIT championship game on Thursday

Markus Kennedy

SMU 65, Clemson 59: The Mustangs trailed by a dozen, 38-26 at halftime, though, the energy picked up for Larry Brown’s team, as they held the Tigers to only 21 second half points. Clemson hit six 3-pointers in the second half, but only connected on a pair in the second half, none of which came in the final eight minutes.

Markus Kennedy had 21 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double with seven second remaining, SMU beat Clemson on a home run inbounds pass. Kennedy converted on the layup while drawing the foul. He sunk the ensuing free throw, making it a two-possession game and extending the Mustangs stay in New York.

SMU was one of the only snubs from the NCAA tournament and while Texas is hosting the Final Four this weekend, the Mustangs have the chance of going back home with some hardware.

Minnesota 67, Florida State 64 OT: Malik Smith, an 82 percent free throw shooter, had two shots with 7.4 seconds left. Either one would ice the game and secured a berth in Thursday night’s championship game. He missed both. The Golden Gophers were unprepared to foul off a missed free throw, and Devon Bookert made them pay with a 3-pointer on the right side of the top of the key, tying the game 60-60 with 0.3 seconds left, forcing overtime.

That would be the last field goal for almost five minutes, as the two teams combined to miss their first 15 shots of the extra frame. Maurice Walker made it a two-possession game with a made free throw giving Minnesota a 66-62 lead with 10 seconds left. Ian Miller hit the only field goal of overtime with a layup. Andre Hollins split a pair of free throws, keeping the door open again for Florida State.

Once again, Minnesota elected not to foul, but Miller’s potential game-tying 3-pointer was just off the mark.

Minnesota-SMU will tip at 7 p.m. on Thursday night inside Madison Square Garden.


Yale 75, VMI 62

Murray State 98, Pacific 75