Thursday, March 14, 2002

Dayton beats Detroit in NIT

The Associated Press

        DAYTON, Ohio — It took both barrels for Dayton to shoot down Detroit in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament — the barrels coming in the form of Ramod Marshall and Brooks Hall.

        Two 3-point baskets and a driving layup by Hall in the final minutes blew the game open and gave Dayton an 80-69 victory, sending the Flyers into a second-round matchup with Tennessee Tech.

        Marshall scored a season-high 23 points — tying his career high — and shut down Detroit sharpshooter Greg Grays for much of the first half.

        “We played one of our best ballgames, but we had to fight for our lives to get a win,” said Dayton coach Oliver Purnell.

        Temple 81, Fresno State 75 - Lynn Greer led Temple with 37 points, including six 3-pointers.

        Fresno State's season ended amid uncertainty over the future of coach Jerry Tarkanian, who is not expected to return next season.

        Grabbing a microphone before leaving the court, Temple coach John Chaney praised Tarkanian to Bulldogs fans gathered around the coach.

        “I'm saddened to see him leave ... and we all wish him well,” Chaney said. “Tark, I love you.”

        The university has made no official announcement regarding Tarkanian.

        South Carolina 74, Virginia 67 — Rolando Howell matched his career high with 24 points for South Carolina.

        Aaron Lucas scored 16 points and Jamel Bradley added 14 for South Carolina (19-14), which shot 61 percent in the second half. The Gamecocks will meet UNLV in the second round.

        Virginia (17-12) has lost 12 straight postseason games.

        Syracuse 76, St. Bonaventure 66 - Preston Shumpert scored 28 points and Hakim Warrick had 14 for Syracuse.

        The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for Syracuse (21-11), which had not won in the Carrier Dome since Feb.4. Syracuse will play the winner of tonight's Butler-Bowling Green game.

        Minnesota 96, New Mexico 62 - Travarus Bennett had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Jerry Holman scored a career-high 22 points for Minnesota.

        The Golden Gophers (18-12) advance to the second round, where they'll play host Monday to Richmond or Montana State.
       Richmond 74, Wagner 67, OT - Mike Skrocki scored four straight points to lift Richmond into a second-round game against Montana State Friday night.

        Tennessee Tech 64, Georgia State 62 — Cameron Crisp scored 17 points, including a leaning jumper with 4.8 seconds left, to give Tennessee Tech a win in the opening round

        Vanderbilt 59, Houston 50 — Reserve Sam Howard scored 14 points as Vanderbilt beat Houston.

        Vanderbilt (17-14) will play Louisiana Tech Friday.

        Louisiana Tech 83, Louisiana-Lafayette 63 — Gerrod Henderson scored 22 points and Antonio Meeking had 18 and 10 rebounds.
        LSU 63, Iowa 61 - Ronald Dupree scored 19 points and hit the go-ahead basket with 1:22 left.

        LSU (19-14) came back from eight down in the final 20 minutes to end a disappointing season for Iowa (19-16), which lost 13 of its last 20 and finished eighth in the Big Ten after being expected to contend for the title.

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