Freshman Shawne Williams scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half to help No. 11 Memphis hold off No. 16 UCLA 88-80 in the semifinals...
NEW YORK — Freshman Shawne Williams scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half to help No. 11 Memphis hold off No. 16 UCLA 88-80 in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Williams was 7 for 7 in the first half, including five three-pointers, and Memphis shot 61 percent from the floor en route to a 51-34 lead at the break.
Memphis (3-0) will face top-ranked Duke in the final Friday night. The Blue Devils beat pesky Drexel 78-68 in the other semifinal.
Memphis seemed to have the game in hand with a 75-58 lead before UCLA’s Jordan Farmar took over. The Bruins (3-1) went on a 18-7 run, including 13 points by Farmar (28 points) to close the gap to six at 82-76 with 42 seconds left, but UCLA made all six of its free throws in the last 25.7 seconds.
Other Top 25 games
No. 1 Duke 78, Drexel 68
J.J Redick scored a season-high 31 points for Duke in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals in New York.
Sheldon Williams had 20 points for the Blue Devils (4-0), who advanced to the championship game Friday night.
Dominick Mejia, a junior who transferred from North Carolina State, scored a season-high 25 points, including 14 in the first half to lead Drexel (3-1). Bashir Mason scored 15 for the Dragons.
At No. 5 Oklahoma 88, Binghamton 60
Taj Gray, David Godbold and Michael Neal each scored 14 points to lead Oklahoma (2-0).
At No. 21 Geo. Washington 87,
Kennesaw State 42
Playing without suspended star Pops Mensah-Bonsu, George Washington beat Kennesaw State behind Mike Hall’s 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Mensah-Bonsu is sitting out three games for rules violations related to his early declaration and withdrawal from the NBA draft.
No. 22 Nevada 77,
at Vermont 62
Marcellus Kemp scored 24 points to help Nevada snap Vermont’s 14-game home winning streak.
Kemp was 8 of 12 from the field and 7 of 8 from the line for the Wolf Pack (2-0) in their 11th consecutive road victory. Nick Fazekas had 20 points.
At Stanford 71,
San Francisco 56
Matt Haryasz scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in leading Stanford past San Francisco.
Haryasz, who missed Stanford’s season-opening loss to UC-Irvine on Saturday with a sprained ankle, responded with his 12th career double-double. He also matched his career high with four assists and blocked four shots.
At Arizona State 82, S. Utah 62
Craig Austin scored 21 points in his first attempt to replace Ike Diogu, last season’s Pac-10 player of the year, and Arizona State beat depleted Southern Utah.
At No. 15 Stanford 89,
Fresno State 67
Krista Rappahahn scored a career-high 18 points, making all four of her three-point attempts, for Stanford.
Preseason All-America selection Candice Wiggins scored 22 points to help Stanford (2-1) win its 23rd consecutive home game and the 57th in its last 60.
At Long Beach State 51,
No. 24 USC 46
Crystal McCutcheon scored 13, Jeannie Saunders had 12 and Meghan Griffith had 12 rebounds as the 49ers (1-2) upset the Women of Troy (2-1). Camille LeNoir led USC with 15 points and Eshaya Murphy scored 14.
C. Conn. State 69,
Arizona 65 (OT)
Arizona fell Central Connecticut State in overtime in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage.
Ashley Whisonant led Arizona with 18 points.