MIAMI 81, Missouri State (Bears, 20,949 students, Springfield, MO) 72 – Sixth-year senior, Adrian Thomas scored all 16 of his points in the second half to lead Miami to an win against Missouri State on Monday night in the second round of the NIT.
Second-seeded Miami (21-14) will play at Alabama on Wednesday with a trip to New York for the NIT semifinals on the line.
Thomas scored 14 points—including four 3-pointers—in the first 4:15 of the second half.
“A.T. was the reason we made that turnaround in the second half,” said point guard Durand Scott, who led the Canes with 20 points. “We just came out aggressive and stayed together on the defensive side. And we let A.T. go to work on the offensive side.”
Hurricanes coach Frank Haith said Thomas helped revive his team, whose 21 wins this season are eighth-most in program history.
Missouri State (26-9) never fully recovered from Thomas’ run, but managed to cut the deficit to 78-72 with 47.1 seconds left.
Malcolm Grant had 10 points for Miami, and Reggie Johnson who had nine points and nine rebounds.
Missouri State was led by guard Adam Leonard, who was 7 for 8 from 3-point range and finished with 26 points.