|Demontez Stitt (2)|
Demontez Stitt added 12 points while Andre Young and Milton Jennings had 11 apiece for the Tigers (2-0), who led by double-digits most of the game but struggled to put away the Terriers, the defending Southern Conference regular-season and tournament champions. Noah Dahlman paced the Terriers (0-2) with 17 points and Brad Loesing added 14, including 12 in the first half.
VIRGINIA 74, USC Upstate (Spartans, 4,608 students, Spartansburg, SC) 54 – Billy Baron scored nine of his 14 points during a 25-6 second-half run and Virginia pulled away to beat South Carolina-Upstate 74-54 Monday night.
Baron, who led Virginia with 19 points in its opener, hit a 3-pointer, four free throws and had a steal and layup in the burst for the Cavaliers (2-0). The latter gave them a 60-48 lead with 6:38 remaining, and the Spartans (0-2) never threatened again.
WAKE FOREST 63, Hampton (Pirates, 5,000 students, Hampton, VA) 56 – Wake Forest used a strong first half to capture a 63-56 win against Hampton in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Monday evening at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Freshman Travis McKie starred for the Demon Deacons (1-1), falling just short of a double-double with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Kennesaw State (Owls [C’mon, how can it not be Baseball Commissioners?], 23,452 students, Kennesaw, GA) 80, GEORGIA TECH 63 – Really? Spencer Dixon had a game-high 27 points and Kennesaw State built a 20-point lead in the first half en route to upsetting Georgia Tech on Monday night.
|Charles Carmouche (4) and Durand Scott (1) |
#19 Memphis (Tigers, 17,963 students, Memphis, TN)72, MIAMI 68 – Joe “Is She Really Going Out With Him, He’s Shoeless” Jackson scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half and the 19th-ranked Tigers overcame a poor shooting night to beat Miami early Tuesday morning.
Charles Carmouche had 13 points, and Wesley Witherspoon added 12 despite shooting 1 of 5 from the field. Antonio Barton finished with 10 for the Tigers (2-0), who shot 34 percent and went 4 for 22 from 3-point range in a game that began at midnight.
The Hurricanes (1-1) received their expected scoring from guards Duran Scott (20 points) and Malcolm Grant (18). But they also got stellar play from Reggie Johnson, who had 12 points and 12 rebounds.