Friday, March 15, 2002
Butler knocks off Bowling Green, will face Syracuse
By The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS Butler got 28 points from Rylan Hainje and 18 from Thomas Jackson, and rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit to defeat Bowling Green 81-69 Thursday night in the first round of the NIT.
Bowling Green's Erik Crawford, left, guards Bulter's Mike Monserez.
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Butler (26-5) will visit Syracuse on Monday night.
Bowling Green (24-9) got a career-high 31 points from Len Matela and 23 from Keith McLeod in their final college games.
Butler pulled away with an 8-0 run down the stretch to extend its single-season record for victories.
Yale 67, Rutgers 65
PISCATAWAY, N.J. Edwin Draughan scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and stole Herve Lamizana's outlet pass in the final seconds to give Yale its first postseason victory.
Yale (21-10), playing basketball for more than 106 years and making its first NIT appearance, will face the winner of Friday night's game between Tennessee Tech and Dayton on Monday or Tuesday. The Bulldogs, who began postseason play in 1949, are 0-3 in NCAA tournament play.
Mike Sherrod and Jerome Coleman had 15 points apiece for Rutgers (18-12).
Villanova 84, Manhattan 69
VILLANOVA, Pa. Gary Buchanan had 17 of his 22 points in the second half as Villanova shook off a slow start.
Villanova (18-12) did not score for the first 7:10, trailed 11-0 and 33-27 at halftime. Derrick Snowden scored 21 points and Reggie Bryant added 16 for Villanova, which plays the winner of Friday night's Louisiana Tech-Vanderbilt game on Monday or Tuesday.
Luis Flores matched a career-high with 33 points, and Dave Holmes added 19 for the Manhattan (20-9).
Memphis 82, UNC-Greensboro 62
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Scooter McFadgon scored 21 points to lead five Memphis players in double figures.
McFadgon connected on 8-of-14 from the field, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, as the Tigers (23-9) used a second-half rally to put the game away. Dajuan Wagner added 16 points while Chris Massie finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds for Memphis. Reserve Anthony Rice had 14 points and Earl Barron 10 for the Tigers, who advanced to a meeting Monday or Tuesday against BYU.
David Schuck led the Spartans (20-11) with 15 points.
BYU 78, UC Irvine 55
PROVO, Utah Travis Hansen scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half for BYU.
BYU (18-11) broke the game open in the second half, scoring eight of the first 10 points to go ahead 46-30. UC Irvine (21-11) had no answer for Hansen, who scored 12 of the Cougars' first 14 points in the second half.
Adam Parada and Jordan Harris led the Anteaters (21-10) with 13 points each.
Mark Bigelow added 15 points for BYU, which stretched its nation-leading homecourt winning streak to 36 games.
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