No. 6 Villanova 82,
Boston University 66
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Antonio Pena scored 17 points and Corey Fisher had 16 to lead No. 6 Villanova to an 82-66 victory over Boston University in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (3-0) won their 40th straight game at The Pavilion, and advanced to face UCLA in the semifinals of the tournament next Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
John Holland scored 14 points and Jake O’Brien had 13 for the Terriers (1-2).
The Wildcats shot 55.2 percent (32 of 58) mainly because they got most of their points on layups. Known to be a solid 3-point shooting team, Villanova took just 12 shots from beyond the arc and only made one.
No. 14 Purdue 103,
Alcorn State 48
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — E’Twaun Moore had 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 14 Purdue beat Alcorn State 103-48 on Wednesday night.
John Hart scored a career-high 16 points and made 4 of 6 3-pointers, Sandi Marcius had 12 points and eight rebounds and JaJuan Johnson added 12 points for the Boilermakers (2-0), who shot 52 percent from the field.
The 55-point win was Purdue’s largest margin of victory since 1983, when the Boilermakers beat Tampa 106-50. The point total was the highest since 1998, when Purdue defeated Ohio State 107-75.
The Boilermakers held Alcorn State to 29 percent shooting three days after holding Howard to 25 percent shooting. Purdue forced 28 turnovers and outrebounded the Braves 54-33.
No. 19 Memphis 94,
Northwestern St 79
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Wesley Witherspoon had 24 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while Will Barton added 22 points keying a second-half rally to help No. 19 Memphis beat Northwestern State 94-79 on Wednesday night.
Witherspoon was 5 of 7 from the field and converted all but one of his 14 free throws as Memphis (3-0) survived a second-half burst by the Demons, who held the lead with just over 13 minutes left.
Will Pratt finished with 23 points, including 14 in the second half to lead Northwestern State (1-2). Devon Baker finished with 15 points, while Louis Ellis had 11.
No. 24 Tennessee 60,
Missouri State 56
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Trae Golden, playing in place of an injured Melvin Goins, hit a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left and No. 24 Tennessee beat Missouri State 60-56 in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night.
Tennessee (3-0) had a seven-point lead with 27.9 seconds left off a pair of foul shots by Cameron Tatum, but Jermaine Mallett hit a 3-pointer to make it 57-53 with 19.7 seconds left.
Missouri State’s Adam Leonard answered another pair of Tatum free throws with a 3-point shot to cut the Vols’ lead to 58-56 with 8.3 seconds left. Corey Copeland fouled Golden hard, sending him to the floor, but the Bears wouldn’t score again after his free throws.