March 21, 2013

La Salle 80, Boise St. 71

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Tyrone Garland led La Salle's guard-driven offense with 22 points, and the Explorers wrapped up the NCAA tournament's First Four by getting the better of an old-fashioned shootout, beating Boise State 80-71 on Wednesday night.

The 13th-seeded Explorers (22-9) play fourth-seeded Kansas State on Friday.

Ramon Galloway, one of the Atlantic 10's top scorers, added 21 points in a fast-paced offense that did pretty much whatever it wanted. The Explorers shot 63 percent from the field - 16 of 22 in the second half.

Thirteenth-seeded Boise State (21-11) got its first at-large bid and was looking for the first NCAA tournament win in its history. The Broncos couldn't keep up in a game of top-this shooting.

Anthony Drmic had 28 points for the Broncos, who shot 49 percent while falling to 0-6 all-time in the NCAA tournament.

Richmond 76, Bryant 71

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Junior guard Cedrick Lindsay scored a career-high 25 points to help lead the University of Richmond past Bryant University in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night, 76-71.

With the victory, Richmond improves its record to 19-14 on the season and advances to second round of the CBI to play Wright State on Monday in Dayton, Ohio.  With the loss, Bryant’s season ends at 19-12.

Lindsay netted his career high of 25 points thanks to 8-of-12 shooting from the floor to go with four rebounds and four assists.  Sophomore guard Kendall Anthony had 15 points off the bench for the Spiders, while senior Greg Robbins totaled 13 points and five boards.  Senior Darien Brothers chipped in 10 points as well.

For the game, the Spiders shot 50 percent (26-of-52) from the floor, including 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc.  Led by Anthony, the Spider bench outscored Bryant’s, 23-12, and Richmond scored 15 points off 14 Bryant turnovers.




Providence 75, Charlotte 66

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Vincent Council, the only senior on the Providence roster, scored eight straight points to key a second-half charge that led the Friars to a 75-66 victory over Charlotte on Wednesday night in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Providence, winning its first postseason game since an NIT win in 2003, will host Robert Morris, which upset defending national champion Kentucky the previous night, either Sunday or Monday.

The Friars (18-14) erased a seven-point second-half deficit but trailed by two when Council had his personal run. He then got help from fellow guards Bryce Cotton and Kris Dunn to subdue the 49ers (21-12).

Cotton finished with 25 points, while Council had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds, and Dunn added 14 points, nine rebounds six assists and four steals.

E. Victor Nickerson led Charlotte with 14 points.
    


Stony Brook 71, Massachusetts 58

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Anthony Jackson and Dave Coley scored 20 points each and Stony Brook beat Massachusetts 71-58 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night.

The seventh-seeded Seawolves (25-7) advanced to the second round of the NIT and will play at Iowa on Friday night.

The second-seeded Minutemen (21-12) led 25-21 with 7:05 left in the first half, but they didn't score again in the half. But Stony Brook scored the final 17 points heading into halftime and controlled the game the rest of the way.

UMass leading scorer Chaz Williams was slowed by foul trouble in the first half and a shoulder injury fighting through a screen early in the second. He finished with two points and six assists.

Freddie Riley, who scored his 1,000th career point, led the Minutemen with 16 points. Jameel Warney added 16 points for Stony Brook.