(8) South Dakota State 86, (1) Colorado State | Highlights
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - George Marshall scored 24 points and five of his team's 12 3-pointers, leading South Dakota State past Colorado State 86-76 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday.
Deondre Parks added 17 points and Jake Bittle, 15, for South Dakota State (24-10), regular season co-champions of The Summit League.
J.J. Avila led Colorado State (27-7) with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Daniel Bejarano had 17.The Rams, still reeling from an NCAA Tournament snubbing, led for only 90 seconds of the game.
South Dakota State will take on Vanderbilt in the second round on Friday.
Oral Roberts 91, UC Santa Barbara 87
TULSA, Okla. (oruathletics.com) – A hot shooting night that including eight second half 3-pointers pushed the Oral Roberts men's basketball team past UC Santa Barbara Wednesday night in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational at the Mabee Center.
The Gauchos had no answer for, who led all scorers with 30 points, shooting 9-18 from the field, 3-3 from 3-point range and 9-11 from the free throw line. added a season high 14 points and led ORU with eight rebounds.
UCSB was led offensively by Gabe Vincent's 22 points, while Alan Williams notched a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, his 17th double-double of the season and 50th of his career. After going 7-10 from the field and 4-4 from 3-point range, John Green added 18 points for UCSB.
Oral Roberts plays at Loyola (Chicago) Monday night in a second round matchup.
Evansville 82, Fort Wayne 77
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (gomastodons.com) - The IPFW men's basketball team nearly fought back from a 23-point second-half deficit, climbing back to within as few as three in the final minute; however, the Mastodons could not overcome the full margin, falling in the season finale by an 82-77 score to the Evansville Aces in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
Steve Forbes scored a team-high 20 points, while Isaiah McCray scored 19, Joe Edwards 13, and Max Landis 10. Mo Evans scored eight while dishing out six assists and nabbing a pair of steals. Three players: Forbes, McCray, and Edwards pulled down five rebounds, each, while Forbes and McCray blocked two shots apiece.
Evansville scored nine of the first 11 points in the second half, and led by 23 with 14:40 to play in the game before the Mastodons started their comeback, using an immediate 9-1 run behind a trio of McCray three-pointers to close the gap to 15 with just over 13 minutes to play in the game.
The Mastodon deficit rose to 17 with 8:18 to play before IPFW ran off nine straight points on a Landis three-pointer, an Edwards three-point play, and an Evans three-pointer, and eventually fought back to three after a pair of Edwards free throws with nine seconds to play; however, the Mastodons could not close the entire way, falling 82-77.