March 24, 1992 |
Take note, UCLA. A Pacific 10 team, Washington State, went into The Pit at Albuquerque Monday night and came away a loser. New Mexico defeated the Cougars, 79-71, in a second-round National Invitation Tournament game. "I thought this was a game in which the selection committee probably decided the outcome," said Washington State Coach Kelvin Sampson, who also complained that some critical calls by the officials down the stretch were costly.
March 16, 1989 |
Pepperdine is pleased to be playing in the National Invitation Tournament. New Mexico State isn't. So tonight's first-round game at New Mexico State's Pan American Center may determine which plays better, a happy team or an angry one. Pepperdine Coach Tom Asbury said: "We are excited that our basketball season has been extended (by) at least one more game. "The prestige that our program has developed and our tough schedule were probably big factors in helping us earn a spot in this year's NIT.
March 15, 1985 |
Fresno State defeated Santa Clara, 79-76, in triple overtime Thursday night at Fresno to advance to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. Mark Gustin made two free throws with three seconds left in the third overtime to ensure the win. The Bulldogs are expected to play UCLA in the second round next Tuesday or Wednesday.
March 13, 1987 |
The first order of business for Cal State Fullerton when it got an unexpected phone call from the ego rebuilders at the National Invitation Tournament was to make sure that players were informed that their season had been extended. In some cases, this was a little easier said than done. Herman Webster, the Titans' center and team captain, was in San Diego visiting friends and relatives on Sunday when school officials tried to reach him at his mother's home. Webster got the word . . . sort of.
March 27, 1986 |
Ohio State never won a conference or a postseason tournament title in Eldon Miller's first nine years as coach. In his 10th season, six weeks after he was fired, the Buckeyes gave Miller the championship of the 49th National Invitation Tournament. "I've experienced this feeling only one other time in basketball, 25 years ago," Miller said Wednesday night after Ohio State defeated Wyoming, 73-63, in the NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden.
April 2, 1992 |
Bryant Stith, held scoreless for most of the second half, made five free throws in overtime as Virginia beat Notre Dame, 81-76, Wednesday night to win its second National Invitation Tournament title. The Cavaliers (20-13), who won the NIT with Ralph Sampson in 1980, overcame a career-high 39 points by Notre Dame's Elmer Bennett, who sent the game into overtime on a leaning three-point basket with 3.8 seconds left in regulation.
March 16, 1990 |
The most embarrassing thing that can happen to a team that feels it should have made the NCAA tournament is to play in the National Invitation tournament and lose in the first round. It happened to Southern Illinois Thursday night when Tony Bennett scored 26 points to lead Wisconsin Green Bay to a 73-60 victory over the Salukis in the opening round at Carbondale, Ill. Green Bay, an Assn.
March 19, 1992 |
Allan Houston scored 33 points, including a basket as he fell out of bounds, to lead Tennessee to a 71-68 victory over Alabama Birmingham Wednesday night in a first-round National Invitation Tournament game at Knoxville, Tenn. The Volunteers rallied from a 10-point deficit with eight minutes left, scoring the last nine points of the game while the Blazers went scoreless in the final 4:48.
March 14, 1991 |
Chris Watts scored nine of his 15 points in the second overtime, and Providence got past James Madison, 98-93, in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament Wednesday at Providence, R.I. The Dukes (19-10) built a 62-54 lead with 10 minutes left in regulation, but Providence (18-12) pulled even, 62-62, on Watts' three-point shot. Billy Coles' two free throws gave James Madison a 77-75 lead, but Eric Murdock's basket with 22 seconds left forced overtime.
March 17, 1986 |
Loyola Marymount's Keith Smith and Forrest McKenzie, dubbed Smith & Wesson by one San Francisco writer after they shot down California last week, play against Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., at 6:30 tonight in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. The team with the hot hand and the halftime lead figures to win this one. Wyoming (21-11) is 18-6 in games in which it shoots 50% or better and has a team shooting percentage of 52.5%.