USC 103, North Carolina Asheville 98 (2 OT)

LOS ANGELES — Jordan McLaughlin had 26 points and 13 assists, Nick Rakocevic added 24 points with 19 rebounds and short-handed USC needed two overtimes to beat UNC Asheville 103-98 on Tuesday night in the NIT's first round.

McLaughlin was fouled on a drive with 25.1 seconds left in regulation and made two free throws to tie it at 70 after the Trojans had made just five of their first 16. UNC Asheville dribbled down the clock, but Ahmad Thomas' contested jumper was short.

Jonathan Baehre faked a high screen and rolled for an open dunk to give UNC Asheville an 83-82 lead in the first overtime. After a USC miss, Macio Teague made two free throws at 13.6 for a three-point lead but McLaughlin drilled a 3 to tie it at 6.4 and Teague was short at the buzzer.

McLaughlin's rainbow floater over Teague gave USC a 96-95 lead and after Teague was short on a step-back jumper, Elijah Stewart had a fast-break 3-point play for a four-point lead. UNC Ashville's Raekwon Miller made a free throw with 2.8 to go and intentionally missed the second but USC secured the rebound.

Stewart added 22 points for USC (24-11), which advanced as a top-seed to face Western Kentucky. Chimezie Metu, leading the team with 15.7 points and 7.4 rebounds, electing not to play to help stay healthy for the upcoming NBA Draft.

Baehre scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds — both career highs — for his third double-double of the season for UNC Asheville (21-13). Teague added 26 points with six 3-pointers.

Oregon 99, Rider 86

EUGENE, Ore. — Freshman Victor Bailey Jr. hit 7 of 8 3-pointers and scored 23 points, both career bests, and Oregon rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Rider 99-86 in a first-round NIT game on Tuesday night.

Payton Pritchard also scored 23 points and Elijah Brown added 18 for the Ducks (23-12), a three-seed that had no problem with one of the NIT experimental rules. The 3-point line was moved back 20 inches to match the international line and the Ducks were 14 of 25 from distance. Kenny Wooten had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

After taking a 3-2 lead, Oregon didn't lead again until a Pritchard layup made it 57-56 at 2:24 of the third quarter — quarters being another NIT rule.

Rider (22-10), a six seed, which led by 12 in the third quarter before an 11-0 Oregon run, took a 65-61 lead into the fourth quarter but the Ducks hit 11 of 12 shots, including five 3s, and 11 of 14 3-pointers in the last 10 minutes. Oregon shot 77 percent in the second half and 59 percent for the game to advance to the second round against the winner of Wednesday's Harvard-Marquette game.

Dimencio Vaughn led the Broncs, who shot 39 percent in the second half, with 25 points. Tyere Marshall added 18, Jordan Allen 17 and Frederick Scott 16.

No. 2 Louisville 66, Northern Kentucky 58

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Deng Adel had 20 points, including 16 during Louisville's hot-shooting second half that rallied the Cardinals past Northern Kentucky 66-58 Tuesday night in a first-round NIT game.

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).

Adel made all six shots after the break and 7 of 12 overall to lead Louisville, which made just 40 percent overall. Ryan McMahon had 10 points and Ray Spalding added 13 rebounds and 7 points off the bench for the Cardinals, who will face Middle Tennessee in the second round.

Drew McDonald had 19 points and 13 rebounds while Lavone Holland II had 15 points for NKU, which shot 34 percent and 5 of 28 from long range.

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 an 84-63 win over Hampton on Tuesday night in the opening round of the NIT.

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.

Notre Dame will host the winner of Wednesday's game between Temple and Penn State in the second round.

Hampton shot 30 percent and Notre Dame 42 percent in a game that featured 104 rebounds but only 17 turnovers and 24 free throws.

Jermaine Marrow had 21 points to lead the Bears.

Baylor 80, Wagner 59

WACO, Texas — 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 80-59 in the first round on Tuesday night.

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.

It was Lecomte's 10th 20-plus game of the season.

Nuni Omot's dunk off an alley-oop pass from Lecomte near midcourt came during a 14-2 run to open the fourth quarter for a 65-45 lead.

Terry Maston had 13 points and eight rebounds for Baylor (19-14), which plays the winner of Wednesday's Nebraska-Mississippi State in the second round. Omot added 11 points and King McClure scored 10 with three of the Bears' 10 3-pointers.

Blake Francis made four 3-pointers and scored 23 points for Wagner (23-10). Romone Saunders had nine points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Francis scored 20 of the Seahawks' first 32 points but Wagner trailed by 13.

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 79-62 win over Boston College on Tuesday night in a first-round game of the NIT.

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.

Boston College (19-16), a five seed, had an early 9-0 and used that to lead 24-19 after the first quarter. An early 7-0 burst, followed by a 9-0 run helped the Hilltoppers open a 41-33 halftime lead.

Johnson had back-to-back dunks and Thompson added another to give WKU a 50-37 lead midway through the third quarter. The Eagles followed with consecutive baskets but Thompson matched that and Western Kentucky led the rest of the way.

Ky Bowman had 18 points and Jerome Robinson 17 for the Eagles, who shot 38.5 percent compared to 55 percent for WKU.

The only other meeting was a WKU win in Dec. 1982. BC coach Jim Christian was an assistant coach at WKU from 1990-92 under Ralph Willard.

Middle Tennessee 91, Vermont 64

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — 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 91-64 on Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT.

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.

Anthony Lamb led six-seeded Vermont (27-8) with 14 of his 18 points in the first half. Drew Urquhart finished with 16 and Ernie Duncan, averaging 11.2 points per game, was scoreless in 12 minutes after suffering an eye injury early in the game. Leading scorer Trae Bell-Haynes, at 14.9, scored five points in 35 minutes.

Vermont, which won 14 consecutive games en route to a regular-season conference championship, closed the first quarter on a 10-2 run for a 21-16 lead and trailed by eight at halftime.

Oklahoma State 80, Florida Gulf Coast 68

STILLWATER, Okla. — 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 80-68 on Tuesday night in the NIT.

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.

The Cowboys hit 16 of 21 from the line in the final quarter — with just two field goals — compared to FGCU's 18 overall attempts.

Mitchell Solomon and Tavarius Shine each added 13 points for Oklahoma State (20-14), a two-seed, which will face the winner of Stanford/BYU in the second round. 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. The duo combined to take 39 of FGCU's 60 field-goal attempts.

With 2.3 seconds left in the first half, Goodwin took an inbounds pass and drained a half-court shot at the buzzer to pull within 37-26.

Saint Mary's 89, Southeastern Louisiana 45

MORAGA, Calif. — Jock Landale scored 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting for his 20th 20-plus game of the season and Saint Mary's made 13 3-pointers in an 89-45 rout of Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday night in an NIT opener.

Landale scored 11 points in the first quarter as Saint Mary's opened a 19-8 lead and he had three points in a 12-0 run at the start of the second quarter for a 31-11 advantage. The Gaels, a top seed, led by at least 18 points the rest of the way and by as many as 44. They will play the winner of Wednesday's Washington-Boise State game in the second round.

Jordan Ford added 19 points with three 3-pointers for Saint Mary's (29-5) and Calvin Hermanson scored all 17 of his points in the first half with five 3-pointers. The Gaels matched their program-record win total from last season.

Jordan Capps led SE Louisiana (22-12), an eight-seed, with 15 of his 19 points in the second half. The Lions were held to 35 percent shooting, including just 1 of 20 from 3-point range.

All Times EDT

First Round

Tuesday, March 13

Baylor 80, Wagner 59

Louisville 66, Northern Kentucky 58

Middle Tennessee 91, Vermont 64

Western Kentucky 79, Boston College 62

Oklahoma State 80, Florida Gulf Coast 68

Notre Dame 84, Hampton 63

Oregon 99, Rider 86

Saint Mary's 89, SE Louisiana 45

Southern Cal 103, UNC Asheville 98, 2OT

Wednesday, March 14

Harvard (18-13) at Marquette (19-13), 7 p.m.

Louisiana-Lafayette (27-6) at LSU (17-14), 7 p.m.

Temple (17-15) at Penn State (21-13), 8 p.m.

Nebraska (22-10) at Mississippi State (22-11), 9 p.m.

UC Davis (22-10) at Utah (19-11), 9 p.m.

BYU (24-10) at Stanford (18-15), 10 p.m.

Boise State (23-8) at Washington (20-12), 10 p.m.

Second Round

March 16-19

Notre Dame (21-14) vs. Temple-Penn State winner, TBA

Oregon (23-12) vs. Harvard-Marquette winner, TBA

Baylor (19-14), vs. Nebraska-Mississippi State winner, TBA

Middle Tennessee (25-7) vs. Louisville (21-13), TBA

Southern Cal (24-11) vs. Western Kentucky (25-10), TBA

BYU-Stanford winner vs. Oklahoma State (20-14), TBA

Saint Mary's (29-5) vs. Boise State-Washington winner, TBA

Louisiana-Lafayette--LSU winner vs. UC Davis-Utah winner, TBA


March 20-21

Notre Dame_Temple-Penn State winner vs. Oregon_Harvard-Marquette winner, TBA

Baylor_Nebraska-Mississippi State winner vs. Middle Tennessee-Louisville winner, TBA

Southern Cal-Western Kentucky winner vs. BYU-Stanford_Oklahoma State winner, TBA

Saint Mary's_Boise State-Washington winner vs. Louisiana-Lafayette-LSU-UC Davis-Utah winner, TBA


At Madison Square Garden

New York

Tuesday, March 27

Game 1, 7 p.m.

Game 2, 9:30 p.m.


Thursday, March 29

Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.