Gary Trent had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Ohio University (24-9), which opened its bid to become the first team to win the preseason and postseason National Invitation Tournament titles in the same season with an 83-71 victory over George Washington (18-14) on Thursday at Athens, Ohio.
Maurice Trotter scored 29 points to lead Illinois State (20-12) to a 93-87 overtime victory over Utah State (21-8). . . . Deon Jackson's two free throws with seven seconds left in the second overtime gave Bradley (20-9) an 86-85 victory over Eastern Michigan (20-10). . . . Erick Strickland scored 21 points for Nebraska (18-13) in a 69-61 victory over Georgia (18-10). . . . Nii Nelson-Richards scored 24 points to lead St. Bonaventure (18-12) to a 75-70 victory over Southern Mississippi (17-13). . . . South Florida (17-11) scored a 74-67 victory over St. John's (14-14). . . . Austin Croshere scored 28 points for Providence (17-12) in a 72-67 victory over College of Charleston (23-6).