|DAWKINS (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)|
VIRGINIA TECH 78, FIU (Golden Panthers, 44,010 students, University Park, FL) 63 -- Dorenzo Hudson scored a game-high 31 points and the Virginia Tech Hokies led from the opening tip en route to a victory over Florida International in a second-round NIT Season Tip-Off game at Cassell Coliseum. Hokies 19+ games, a strong finish in the ACC regular season and a solid ACC tournament away from heading back to the Big Dance.
VIRGINIA 69, Winthrop (Eagles, 5,097 students, Rock Hill, SC) 48 -- Senior forward Mike Scott had game-high totals of 18 points and eight rebounds, and junior guard Jontel Evans scored a career-high 17 points to lead Virginia to victory over Winthrop at John Paul Jones Arena. The Wahoos are a different team with Scott (who was injured last year) back in the lineup.
MIAMI 72, Rutgers (Scarlet Knights, 56,868 students, Piscataway, NJ) 57 -- Durand Scott and Malcolm Grant scored 19 points each to lead Miami past Rutgers.