Tonye Jekiri went down with a concussion six minutes into the game, and Miami was already without the services of Angel Rodriguez. It didn't matter. Despite digging themselves an 11-point hole in the first half, Miami managed to come back and hold off Temple to head to Thursday's NIT Championship game.
They'll be joined by Stanford, who blew a 21-point first-half lead -- which started with a game-opening 15-0 run -- but were able to hold off Old Dominion, who only held a share of the lead for three minutes in the middle of the second half. Chaisson Randle eclipsed Stanford's single-season scoring record in the win.
D.J. Balentine is still on fire. For the fourth game in a row, and the fifth in his last six, Balentine scored over 20 points for Evansville, who cruised to victory over UT-Martin. The Purple Aces will now get the chance, on their home court, to win their first national post-season championship since moving to Division I in 1977.
Sadly, they won't be taking the court against MURICA'S TEAM. The NJIT Highlanders have finally been sent home. NJIT led by 12 points early in the second half, then collapsed against Northern Arizona's press. The Lumberjacks were assassins from the stripe in the closing minute, going 6-6 to salt away the win. NAU will travel to Evansville on Thursday for the CIT final. Results, green linked recaps (as usual) courtesy our friends around the SB Nation college network.
|NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT|
|SF||Miami (FL) 60, Temple 57||Obi Enechionyia (TMP), 17|
|SF||Stanford 67, Old Dominion 60||Chaisson Randle (STAN), 24|
|SF||Evansville 79, Tennessee-Martin 66||D.J. Balentine (EVA), 28|
|SF||Northern Arizona 68, New Jersey Tech 61||Quinton Upshur (NAU), 23|
Three games on deck. We have the two WNIT semifinals, one of which you cannot watch under any circumstances whatsoever, and the only basketball game actually on television is game two of the CBI Championship Series. If Loyola can win on enemy hardwood, they'll win the title; if Monroe holds serve, we'll have a deciding game three on Friday night. The schedule:
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES|
|GAME 2||7:00pm||(MW1) Loyola (IL)||at||(S2) Louisiana-Monroe||Monroe LA||CBSSN||PBP: Michael Reghi
Color: John Griffin
|WOMEN'S NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT|
|SF||6:00pm||Temple||vs||West Virginia||Morgantown WV||WVU||PBP: Jeff Culhane
Color: Meg Bulger
|SF||6:00pm||UCLA||vs||Michigan||Ann Arbor MI||none||n/a|