NIT ACCtion: Miami Tops Missouri State, 81-72, Advances To NIT Quarterfinals

March 21, 2011

Miami Tops Missouri State, 81-72, Advances To NIT Quarterfinals

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Durand Scott scored 20 points and Adrian Thomas added 16 to help Miami rally to an 81-72 victory over Missouri State on Monday night in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Second-seeded Miami (21-14) will play the winner of the Alabama-New Mexico with a trip to New York for the NIT semifinals on the line.

Missouri State (26-9) was led by Adam Leonard with 26 points and Kyle Weems, who scored 18 points. Leonard made 9 of 11 shots, including 7 of 8 on three-pointers.

Missouri State led by as many as nine points in the first half before Malcolm Grant's buzzer-beating three-pointer made the score 32-26 at the break.