Tuesday’s NIT games
Oklahoma State 80, FGCU 68
Jeffrey Carroll scored 12 of his 18 points at the free-throw line and Oklahoma State made 32 at the stripe to beat Florida Gulf Coast. Oklahoma State led by 17 points at the end of the third quarter but Dinero Mercurius’ 3-pointer from the corner pulled FGCU within 70-63 with 4:16 remaining. OSU answered with four straight free throws and led by at least nine the rest of the way. Mitchell Solomon and Tavarius Shine each added 13 points for Oklahoma State (20-14), a two-seed. Lindy Waters III chipped in with 10. Zach Johnson scored 23 points despite battling through some leg cramps in the second half for FGCU (23-12). Brandon Goodwin scored 18 points to break his own single-season scoring record at 632.
Notre Dame 84, Hampton 63
SOUTH BEND, IND.
Martinas Geben and T.J. Gibbs combined for 35 points, Bonzie Colson had a double-double and Notre Dame cruised to a win over Hampton. Geben had 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, Gibbs added 17 with three 3-pointers and Colson scored 14 and grabbed 12 rebounds. The Irish (21-14), a top seed, scored six points after Hampton (19-16), an eight-seed, scored the first basket and pulled away. Colson and Geben had back-to-back 3-point plays late in the first quarter for a 23-12 lead. The Bears scored eight straight late in the second quarter and trailed by 12 at the half but a 13-3 Irish run in the third quarter decided the game.
Middle Tennessee 91, Vermont 64
Giddy Potts made six 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Nick King had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season and Middle Tennessee used an 18-0 third-quarter run to roll past Vermont. Potts hit back-to-back 3-pointers during the decisive run and King closed it for a 69-37 lead. Brandon Walters added 15 points and Antwain Johnson 14 for third-seeded Middle Tennessee (25-7), which advanced to face the region’s No. 2 seed Louisville.
Western Kentucky 79, Boston College 62
BOWLING GREEN, KY.
Justin Johnson had his fifth-straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Western Kentucky to a win over Boston College. Taveion Hollingsworth added 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Hilltoppers (25-10), a four-seed. Darius Thompson had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Baylor 80, Wagner 59
Manu Lecomte had no problems with the NIT’s experimental 3-point line, hitting 5 of 8 from distance and scoring 24 points to help Baylor beat Wagner. Baylor, a top-seed, made seven of its first 11 shots and held eight-seed Wagner to 3-of-23 shooting in the first quarter to take a 21-9 lead. After Wagner went on an 11-2 second-quarter run to pull to 29-22, Lecomte capped an 11-3 run with his fourth 3-pointer of the half to make it 40-25.
Louisville 66, Northern Kentucky 58
Deng Adel had 20 points, including 16 during Louisville’s hot-shooting second half that rallied the Cardinals past Northern Kentucky. The No. 2 seed Cardinals (21-13) needed a half to shake the mental funk of missing the NCAA Tournament before making 14 of 23 in the final two quarters (61 percent) to win the meeting between Bluegrass State schools. Louisville led 45-44 after three quarters thanks to a monster slam by Darius Perry and scored the first nine points of the fourth to gain some breathing room against the No. 7 seed Norse (22-10).