Penn State 63, Temple 57

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Josh Reaves had his second career double-double, Shep Garner hit two 3-pointers in the final three minutes and Penn State overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat Temple 63-57 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.

Reaves shot 7 of 10 from the field, including a career-high tying four 3-pointers, and finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Tony Carr missed 10 consecutive field-goal attempts before scoring his first points of the game on a jumper that pulled Penn State within four with 6:20 to play. That sparked a 16-2 run to give the Nittany Lions a 62-54 lead with 16 seconds left.

Reaves and Garner hit back-to-back 3s to make it 54-all before John Harrar's layup with 1:52 remaining gave Penn State its first lead since 4-3. The Owls made just 1 of 9 from the field and committed three turnovers during the span.

Shizz Alston Jr. led Temple (17-16), which led for more than 35 minutes, with 15 points and Josh Brown added 14.

Carr and Garner — who came in averaging 19.9 and 11.1 points per game, respectively — combined to score 10 on 3-of-19 shooting for the Nittany Lions (22-13).

The Owls made just 5 of 14 free throws while Penn State hit 20 of 30.

It was the 93rd meeting between the schools, which are located less than 200 miles apart, but the first since 2011. The Nittany Lions snapped a seven-game skid in the series, dating to Dec. 9, 2000.

LSU 84, Louisiana-Lafayette 76

BATON ROUGE, La. — Duop Reath shot 10 of 14 from the field and finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and two steals to help LSU beat Louisiana-Lafayette 84-76 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.

Brandon Sampson scored 18 points, Skylar Mays added 11 and Tremont Waters had nine points with seven assists for LSU.

Marcus Stroman hit a jumper with 1:39 to play that capped an 11-1 run and pulled ULL, which trailed by as many as 14 points early in the second half, within one. LSU (18-14) hit 9 of 13 free throws from there to seal it.

Frank Bartley's 3-pointer gave the Ragin' Cajuns (27-7) a 10-2 lead, but LSU scored the next 12 points — including a pair of dunks by Mays — to take the lead for good. A 12-4 run pushed the lead to nine points midway through the second quarter and a 3 by Reath made it 40-28 at the break. ULL grabbed 14 of its season-high 21 offensive rebounds, and scored 13 second-chance points, in the second half.

Bartley led Louisiana-Lafayette with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Jonathan Stove added 17 points and Stroman scored 12. Stroman, a 6-foot-2 guard, also had a career-high 13 rebounds and seven assists.

Marquette 67, Harvard 60

MILWAUKEE — Markus Howard scored 22 points, and Marquette held on to beat Harvard 67-60 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT despite three turnovers in the final minute.

The Golden Eagles held a seemingly comfortable nine-point lead with 1:20 left when the Crimson's pressure defense created three steals.

But Harvard managed just two points off the mistakes after Justin Bassey missed two foul shots and threw the ball away after the final steal with 21 seconds left.

Marquette went 4 of 4 from the line the rest of the way.

Andrew Rowsey added 15 points but shot 4 of 13 from the field. Reserve forward Jamal Cain added 11 points and six rebounds for the Golden Eagles (20-13), who moved on to play Oregon on Sunday in the next round.

Leading by 18 at one point in the third quarter, Marquette had a big enough cushion to withstand the Crimson's hot-shooting fourth quarter.

Bassey scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half. He also had 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals and Rio Haskett added eight points, including two 3s in the fourth.

Harvard (18-14) shot 5 of 10 from 3-point range in the final period.

Washington 77, Boise State 74

SEATTLE — Jaylen Nowell scored 25 points, Matisse Thybulle added 18 — each scoring 14 in the second half — and Washington held off Boise State 77-74 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.

The Huskies (21-12) will play Saint Mary's (29-5) in the second round.

Thybulle, a junior who is already Washington's career steals leader, moved into third — behind Jason Kidd and Gary Payton — on the Pac-12's single-season list with 97.

The Huskies led by as many as 17 in the first half and a dunk by Thybulle gave them a 45-29 lead five minutes into the second half, but Boise State (23-9) scored the final 10 third-quarter points to pull within three. Nowell hit six free throws in an 11-5 spurt that pushed the lead to 75-65 with 44 seconds left.

Chandler Hutchison scored the Broncos' final seven points in a 9-2 run and a tie-up on a Washington inbounds pass gave Boise State possession, trailing 77-74 with three seconds left. Lexus Williams' potential tying 3-point attempt was blocked and his second 3 was off as time expired.

Hutchison finished with 39 points and 14 rebounds, and Chris Sengfelder added 15 and 14 for Boise State.

Stanford 86, BYU 83

STANFORD, Calif. — Reid Travis scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Michael Humphrey added 11 and 14 and Stanford topped BYU 86-83 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.

Travis gave Stanford a 69-58 lead on a dunk with 7:09 remaining but the Cardinal didn't hit another field goal until freshman Daejon Davis sank a contested 3-pointer at the 1:48 mark. BYU's Jahshire Hardnett grabbed an offensive rebound and finished in traffic, then his steal led to a fast-break layup to pull to 72-68 and cap a 10-0 run after a technical foul on Cougar coach Dave Rose.

Stanford led by 10 with 36 seconds left but BYU wouldn't go away. TJ Haws made a steal at 13.5 on an inbounds pass and Elijah Bryant hit a long 3-pointer to pull BYU to 85-83. Daejon Davis went 1 of 2 at the line for a three-point lead. Bryant was fouled at 5.7 before he could get off a potential tying 3-pointer and Haws grabbed the second free-throw miss, raced to the 3-point line and was just off on a 3.

Stanford (19-15) will play Oklahoma State in the next round.

Bryant led BYU (24-11) with 28 points and Yoeli Childs fouled out with 2:27 remaining with 11 points and 10 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season. Haws missed all seven of his 3-pointers and finished with 10 points.

Utah 69, Cal Davis 59

SALT LAKE CITY — Justin Bibbins scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak was ejected in the first half and the Utes overcame an 11-point deficit to beat UC Davis 69-59 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.

After being tossed from the game late in the first half for arguing a foul, Krystkowiak pushed over a seat on the bench and tossed a stool while walking through the exit tunnel.

Tyler Rawson and Donnie Tillman scored 11 points apiece for Utah. The Utes (20-11) will play LSU (18-14) in the second round.

UC Davis (22-11) led by 11 points and Colin Russell's layup gave the Aggies a 39-29 lead early in the second half. Bibbins hit two free throws to cap a 10-3 run that pulled Utah within one at the end of the third quarter and the Utes opened the fourth with an 8-0 spurt that made it 56-48 when Bibbins hit a 3 with 5:53 to play. Garrison Goode's layup about a minute later trimmed UCD's deficit to six, but it would get no closer.

The Aggies made just 1 of 11 from the field, and committed three turnovers, from halfway through the third to the middle of the fourth.

A.J. John had 11 points, while Michael Onyebalu, Siler Schneider and TJ Shorts II scored 10 apiece, for UCD. Shorts added six rebounds and five assists, giving him 146 helpers this season — two shy of the program's D-1 single-season record.

Mississippi State 66, Nebraska 59

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Aric Holman had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, Lamar Peters was four assists shy of a NIT record with a career-high 14 and Mississippi State won its first post-season game since 2010 with a 66-59 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night in the first round.

Mississippi State (23-11) is in the postseason for the first time since a 101-96 double-overtime loss to UMass in the 2012 NIT.

Abdul Ado added 15 points and nine boards for MSU, which plays at Baylor in the next round. Ado had 11 points, on 4-of-11 shooting, and seven rebounds in the first half to help MSU build a 33-28 lead. The Bulldogs' leading scorer Quinndary Weatherspoon was held to eight points.

James Palmer Jr. had 13 points and Isaac Copeland Jr. added 12 for Nebraska (22-11), which was just 11-of-31 shooting in the first half and finished at 35.4 percent.

Anton Gill raced coast-to-coast for a layup to pull Nebraska to 61-57 with 42.8 seconds left but Xavian Stapleton answered with two free throws. The Cornhuskers missed 3-pointers on their next two possessions and MSU hit 3 of 4 free throws to seal it.

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

Marquette 67, Harvard 60

LSU 84, Louisiana-Lafayette 76

Penn State 63, Temple 57

Mississippi State 66, Nebraska 59

Utah 69, UC Davis 59

Stanford 86, BYU 83

Washington 77, Boise State 74

Second Round

Saturday, March 17

Penn State (22-13) at Notre Dame (21-14), noon (ESPN)

Oregon (23-12) at Marquette (20-13), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Sunday, March 18

Mississippi State (23-11) at Baylor (19-14), noon (ESPN)

Middle Tennessee (25-7) at Louisville (21-13), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Monday, March 19

Stanford (19-15) vs. Oklahoma State (20-14), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

LSU (18-14) at Utah (20-11), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saint Mary's (29-5) vs. Washington (21-12), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

Western Kentucky (25-10) at Southern Cal (24-11), 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


March 20-21

Notre Dame-Penn State winner vs. Oregon-Marquette winner, TBA

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

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

Saint Mary's-Washington winner vs. LSU-Utah winner, TBA


At Madison Square Garden

New York

Tuesday, March 27

Game 1, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 2, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)


Thursday, March 29

Semifinal winners, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)