NIT ACCtion: Tuesday, March 19

March 19, 2013

Maryland Rolls Past Niagara, 86-70

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Nick Faust had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Maryland used a strong second half to defeat Niagara 86-70 Tuesday night in the opening round of the NIT.

Tied at halftime, the Terrapins (23-12) used a 21-2 run to take a 56-38 lead before coasting to the finish. Second-seed Maryland next hosts the winner of the Ohio-Denver game, held late Tuesday.

The Terrapins would have preferred their first postseason appearance since 2010 be in the NCAA tournament, but that doesn't mean they're not motivated to win the NIT.

"Our approach has been great. If we didn't show up tonight we would have lost," coach Mark Turgeon said. "Our play in the second half shows you that we're pretty determined to get better and move on."

Anderson Leads Virginis Past Norfolk State, 67-56

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Justin Anderson scored 15 points, including four key free throws in the final minutes, and Virginia overcame a sloppy offensive performance to beat Norfolk State 67-56 in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.

Akil Mitchell also had 15 for the Cavaliers (22-11), who won despite missing 15 free throws and 18 turnovers.

Rob Johnson scored 19 and Pendarvis Williams had 14 for the Spartans (21-12), who lost their second straight. Norfolk State had gone unbeaten in 16 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games before losing is first MEAC tournament game.

The Spartans managed only five points in the last 11 1/2 minutes of the first half and trailed 26-16 at the break.

They closed to within 47-44 with 5:41 left before two free throws by Evan Nolte, four free throws and a jumper by Anderson and then a 15-foot jumper by Anderson gave them some breathing room at 55-47.

Florida State's Season Ends In 71-66 Loss To Louisiana Tech

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida State men's basketball team's 2012-13 season came to an end Tuesday night with a 71-66 loss to Louisiana Tech in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Playing in what turned out to be the final game of his unforgettable FSU career, Michael Snaer scored a team-high 24 points for Seminoles (18-16).

But Snaer's offensive heroics -- the California native made five of his 10 3-point attempts while playing 40 minutes -- weren't enough to overcome the 'Noles' inability to protect the basketball and halt the Bulldogs (27-6) in the second half.

Florida State committed 18 turnovers on its home floor and Lousiana Tech scored 24 points off those miscues. The Bulldogs also used a 11-0 run early in the second half to bounce back from a 28-24 halftime deficit and shot 65.5 percent in the final 20 minutes.