Miami Advances to Second Round of NIT

@CanesHoops Prevails In First Round Of NIT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Manu Lecomte made 10 of 11 free throws and scored 18 points, Sheldon McClellan added 15 and Miami moved into the second round of the NIT by holding off North Carolina Central 75-71 on Tuesday night.

Tonye Jekiri scored 11 points and Deandre Burnett had 10 for Miami (22-12), who saw a 14-point lead with 6:43 left cut to two on three occasions in the final seconds.

Lecomte, McClellan and Davon Reed all made a pair of free throws in the last half-minute and Miami - which felt it earned an NCAA Tournament berth after going 11-9 in Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament games - finished 23 of 25 from the line.

Jordan Parks scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half for N.C. Central (25-8). Nimrod Hilliard scored 19 and Karamo Jawara finished with 10 for the Eagles.

Pittsburgh Falls to George Washington 60-54 in NIT 1st round

PITTSBURGH (AP) Kethan Savage scored 17 points and Patricio Garino had 14 to lead George Washington to a 60-54 win over Pittsburgh in the first round of the NIT Tuesday.

GW (22-12) advances to face the winner of Temple and Bucknell.

Cameron Wright had 11 points for Pittsburgh (19-15) and Jamel Artis added 10. The Panthers ended their season on a five-game losing streak.

The Colonials took an early 10-6 lead after Savage hit a pair of 3-pointers, but the Panthers held them scoreless for more than five minutes. After a 10-2 Pitt run, George Washington closed the half strong to lead 28-23 at the break.

GW extended its lead to nine points out of the half before Pitt tied the game at 36. The Colonials scored eight unanswered points to go back up 44-36.

Pitt got within 55-53 with 1:07 left, but Savage answered with a basket and Joe McDonald made two free throws for a 59-53 lead with 20 seconds left.