March 17, 2015

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Zach LeDay had a career-high 29 points and 11 rebounds and Virginia Tech beat Princeton 86-81 in overtime on Wednesday night in the NIT first round for the Hokies' first postseason victory since 2011.

Seth Allen made two free throws for Virginia Tech with 32.3 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 68-all. Princeton called a timeout with 16.7 seconds left to set up a final play. Devin Cannady missed a long 3-pointer and Alec Brennan's tip-in was off the mark at the buzzer.

Spencer Weisz pulled Princeton to 76-75 with 1:35 left in overtime. After the teams traded two made free throws apiece, Jalen Hudson converted a three-point play to give Virginia Tech an 81-77 lead with 40 seconds left. The Hokies then made 5 of 6 free throws the rest of the way to seal it.

Hudson added 28 points and eight rebounds for Virginia Tech (20-14).

Steven Cook led Princeton (22-7) with 22 points.

WAGNER 79, ST. BONAVENTURE 75

SAINT BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (AP) - Romone Saunders scored 21 points with four 3-pointers and eighth-seeded Wagner beat No. 1 seed St. Bonaventure.

After trailing by as many as 16 in the second half, St. Bonaventure went on a 9-2 run to pull to 62-53 - cutting the margin to single digits for the first time since 19-10.

The Bonnies got within two before Saunders sank a 3-pointer from the wing for a 74-69 lead with 1:45 left. Neither team scored again until JoJo Cooper hit two free throws with 12.6 seconds left to extend the Seahawks' lead to 76-69.

Mike Aaman and Michael Carey controlled the paint and scored 13 points apiece for Wagner (23-10), which will play at Creighton on Saturday. Aaman grabbed nine rebounds and Carey eight.

Jaylen Adams led St. Bonaventure (22-9) with 24 points and six 3-pointers.

GEORGE WASHINGTON 82, HOFSTRA 80

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Mitola's 12-foot runner with 4 seconds remaining lifted George Washington past Hofstra.

The Colonials will play at Monmouth, a No. 1 seed, on Monday.

Mitola's 3-pointer, his first points after missing seven shots, gave George Washington an 80-71 lead with 2:38 to go. Hofstra rallied to knot the game at 80 - the first tie since it was 31-all in the first half - on Juan'ya Green's drive with 13 seconds left. Mitola then made his game-winner before a desperation shot by Hofstra.

Tyler Cavanaugh scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Colonials. Patricio Garino added 18 points, Kevin Larsen 16 and Yuta Watanabe 15.

Green had 26 points and 10 assists and Rokas Gustys 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Pride (24-10). Denton Koon added 19 points.

George Washington (24-10) tied for second-most wins in school history.

MONMOUTH 90, BUCKNELL 80

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) - Justin Robinson scored 23 points and Monmouth, snubbed by the NCAA Tournament, opened the NIT with a win over Bucknell.

Collin Stewart added 16 points and Deon Jones 15 for the No. 1-seeded Hawks, who hit 11 of 27 from the arc and will host George Washington on Monday.

Monmouth (28-7), the regular-season champion of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference was left out of the NCAAs after losing to Iona in the MAAC title game.

Monmouth led Bucknell 36-30 at halftime before both teams got hot in the second half when both shot over 58 percent and combined for 104 points.

The Bison (17-14), regular-season champs in the Patriot League, caught the Hawks at 52-all on Kimbal Mackenzie's 3-pointer. The Hawks responded with two Stewart 3-pointers and another by Robinson and led the rest of the way.

Chris Haas led Bucknell with 18 points. Zach Thomas added 15, Mackenzie 13, and the Bison made 11 of 27 3-point attempts.

GEORGIA 93, BELMONT 84

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Yante Maten scored a career-high 33 points and Charles Mann added 23 points to help Georgia beat Belmont.

The Bulldogs (20-13) have won six of their last seven and will visit Saint Mary's on Sunday.

Belmont pulled as close as two on Craig Bradshaw's two free throws late in the second half and trailed by three on Taylor Barnette's 3 with 3:38 remaining.

But J.J. Frazier followed with a straightway 3 at the 1:47 mark and hit eight consecutive free throws in the final minute to put the game away.

Bradshaw finished with 19 points for the Bruins (20-12). Austin Luke had 16 points and Nick Smith added 14.

Maten scored 20 of Georgia's first 34 points.

GEORGIA TECH 81, HOUSTON 62

ATLANTA (AP) - Adam Smith scored 20 points and Georgia Tech pulled away in the second half to beat Houston.

Marcus Georges-Hunt had 19 points and Charles Mitchell had 12 for Georgia Tech (20-14), which will play at South Carolina in the second round on Monday night.

Devonta Pollard led Houston (22-10) with 21 points. Damyean Dotson had 14. Rob Gray Jr., who averages a team-leading 16.3 points, had only nine. The Cougars made only 2 of 13 3-pointers.

Georgia Tech led 41-32 at halftime and kept the lead in double figures after Georges-Hunt made two free throws to open the second half.

The Yellow Jackets, who have won seven of nine, are playing in the postseason for the first time in five seasons with coach Brian Gregory.

BYU 97, UAB 79

PROVO, Utah (AP) - Chase Fischer scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers, Kyle Collinsworth posted his 12th career triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, and BYU beat UAB in the first round.

It was the sixth time this season Collinsworth achieved the feat, equaling last season's total.

Robert Brown scored 27 of his career-high 29 points in the second half for UAB (26-7), which trailed by 21 at halftime before cutting it to four.

Fischer then scored eight straight points for the Cougars, including two 3s, for an 85-70 lead.

Freshman Nick Emery finished with 22 points for BYU (24-10), which will play Virginia Tech on Friday night. The Cougars made 13 of 30 3-point attempts and shot 55 percent overall.

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