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March 24, 2010
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Delroy James scored 18 points and Lamonte Ulmer added 13 to lead Rhode Island past Virginia Tech 79-72 in an NIT quarterfinal game played Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum.
With the loss, the Hokies finished with a 25-9 overall mark, which ties for the most wins in a single season in school history (1994-95 team). Tech lost for just the third time in an NIT game at Cassell Coliseum and lost at home for just the second time this season.
Rhode Island, the second seed, moved to 26-9 and advanced to the NIT semifinals for the first time since 1946. They'll play defending national champion North Carolina on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
"I'm very proud of what they accomplished this year, but I'm extremely disappointed," Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. "I can deal with losing if it's playing the right way. I don't think we played the right way the last 15 minutes."
Tech led 60-48 following two Malcolm Delaney free throws with 14:43 left that capped an 18-8 run to start the second half. But Rhode Island answered with a 13-0 run of its own and took a 61-60 lead with 11:05 on a basket by Ulmer.