Norfolk State (19-15) fell 58-54 Tuesday at Eastern Michigan in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
The Spartans, in their third straight postseason appearance, missed a chance to tie in the final seconds in Ypsilanti when Pendarvis Williams’ 3-point attempt hit the back rim.
EMU (22-14) moved on to the next round of the CIT against an opponent to be determined.
It was a slowly paced contest as both teams shot right around 41 percent for the game. The Eagles overcame a huge disadvantage on the glass and converted 13 of 19 free throws' to the Spartans' 7 of 13 for a big difference.
NSU was hurt by its 17 turnovers, compared to just seven for EMU. Mike Talley scored 14 and Ray Lee 12 for Eastern Michigan.
Virginia Beach’s DJ Covington had a career-high 37 points and blocked five shots as VMI won 111-100 at Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y.
QJ Peterson and Rodney Glasgow added 28 points apiece for the Keydets.
The victory was VMI’s first postseason win since beating Duquesne 73-66 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on March 12, 1977. The Keydets will play Friday or Saturday in a game to be determined.
The Keydets (20-12) scored the game's first 15 points and led by as many as 21 in the first half behind 22 points from Covington.
VMI would not trail, but Canisius (21-13) stormed back in the second half, cutting its deficit to 76-74 with 10:07 to play. Glasgow and Peterson then combined to score seven unanswered points, pushing the margin back to nine. ...
Wright State won 73-59 at East Carolina despite Prince Williams’ 20 points.
ECU finished 20-for-50 (40 percent) from the field, including just 4-for-23 (.174) from 3-point range. Wright State shot 61.4 percent (27-of-44) overall, 60 percent (9-of-15) from beyond the arc.
The Raiders placed four in double-figure scoring, led by A.J. Pacher's 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting.
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera poured in 32 points and was 10-for-10 on free throws as Georgetown beat visiting West Virginia 77-65.
The Hoyas' usual home, the Verizon Center, is hosting the circus this week, so Tuesday's 77-65 win was played before 2,133 fans at their on-campus practice gym, McDonough Arena.
It's far too small, but the students pack the place and create an ear-splitting home-court advantage the Hoyas rarely see.
"It was unbelievable, the energy that we got from the fans," Coach John Thompson III said. "The students, the young alums, the old alums. It was a great environment. ... I wish we could have that environment at the Verizon Center."
Juwan Staten scored 23 points to lead the Mountaineers (17-16).
Summing up the season, WVU coach Bob Huggins said he didn't have enough players fully committed to basketball -- and that it showed against Georgetown. "I think we had some guys who certainly could have played a lot harder," he said. ...
Clemson's K.J. McDaniels matched his career high with 30 points as the Tigers put aside their disappointment at missing the NCAAs to win their 10th straight NIT home game, 78-66 over Georgia State, which was the Sun Belt regular-season champion in its first season since leaving the Colonial Athletic Association.
The Tigers will return home for a second-round game against Wednesday's Boston University-Illinois winner.
R.J. Hunter, the Sun Belt Player of the Year, led five Panthers in double figures with 15 points.
VCU guard Melvin Johnson suffered a sprained knee, but no ligament damage, in Sunday's loss to Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 final and is doubtful for Friday's NCAA round-of-64 game against Stephen F. Austin.
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