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March 16, 2011
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Malcolm Grant scored 23 points and Miami beat Florida Atlantic 85-62 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night.
The Hurricanes outscored the Owls 15-1 during a 5:22 span in the second half to secure their 20th win of the season. Durand Scott's two free throws with 4:23 remaining capped the run and gave the Hurricanes (20-13) a 66-51 lead.
Adrian Thomas and Scott hit consecutive 3-pointers early in the second half to give Miami a 45-30 lead before the Owls scored six unanswered points to stay within single digits. Greg Gantt's basket with 12:23 remaining cut Miami's lead to 51-45.
Scott scored 19 points while Reggie Johnson finished with 14 points and 20 rebounds for the Hurricanes, who will host Missouri State in the second round.
BLACKSBURG - Jeff Allen scored 19 points to help Virginia Tech overcome the sting of not making the NCAA Tournament by beating Bethune-Cookman 79-54 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament at Cassell Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Virginia Tech (22-11), making its 12th appearance in the NIT and fifth in eight seasons under head coach Seth Greenberg, will meet Wichita State in the second round on Sunday after the Shockers beat Nebraska 76-49. The Hokies moved to 24-9 all time in NIT competition.
Tech connected on 10 of its first 11 shots from the floor and took a 23-9 lead after Allen's basket with 13:01 left in the half. The Hokies led by as many as 23 in the first half and shot 61.3 percent from the floor (19 of 31).
Bethune-Cookman (21-13), the regular-season champions in the MEAC, was making its first appearance in postseason play since 1980 as a Division II program. The Wildcats never got closer than 10 points the rest of the game and trailed by as many as 32.
Delaney scored 13 points for the Hokies, while Manny Atkins added 12 off the bench. Erick Green finished with 11 points. Green and Delaney, Tech's starting guards, combined for 13 assists - a career-high eight by Green - and no turnovers