NIT Men's Basketball ACCtion: Tuesday, March 16

March 17, 2010

Howell's Layup Pushes NC State Past USF, 58-57

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Dennis Horner scored 25 points and Richard Howell's go-ahead layup with eight seconds left barely beat the shot clock as NC State defeated South Florida 58-57 in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.

The officials reviewed Howell's basket to see if it beat the shot clock and the call stood.

USF star Dominiques Jones had a look for a last shot, but passed it to Chris Howard, who then passed it to Augustus Gilchrist, who put up an airball.

The Wolfpack (20-15) trailed for the first 25 minutes of the game as Horner had 14 of NC State's 22 points in the first.

South Florida, (20-13), in its first postseason appearance in more than eight years, had no answer for Horner, who was 10 for 16 from the floor.

Tar Heels Hold Off William and Mary in NIT First Round, 80-72

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Dexter Strickland hit the go-ahead free throws with 2:34 left and North Carolina held William & Mary scoreless for the final 5 minutes in the Tar Heels' 80-72 win in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.

Deon Thompson scored 20 points to lead the Tar Heels (17-16), the reigning national champions who found themselves in the NIT for the first time in seven years after a disappointing season. But they weathered a flurry of 3-pointers from the Tribe to ensure they would finish at least .500.

Tyler Zeller added 13 points for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels, who advanced to the second round to face the Jackson State-Mississippi State winner.

David Schneider scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers for the fifth-seeded Tribe (22-11), who shot 16 for 43 from behind the arc.