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Men's college basketball roundup

Rice cooks as BC fries UAB

BC guard Biko Paris passes the ball around UAB's Lawrence Kinnard in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. BC guard Biko Paris passes the ball around UAB's Lawrence Kinnard in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. (Julie Jacobson/Associated Press)
Associated Press / November 29, 2008
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Tyrese Rice scored all 24 of his points in the second half, and Boston College rallied to beat Alabama-Birmingham, 83-77, yesterday in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York.

Rakim Sanders added 16 points, Joe Trapani had 12, and Reggie Jackson 11 for the Eagles (4-2), who trailed, 70-66, with about six minutes left before Rice hit a 3-pointer that ignited an 11-2 run.

Robert Vaden cut the lead to 77-74 with his basket with 2:10 left, but Sanders scored 4 quick points to seal it.

Lawrence Kinnard scored 29 points for UAB (4-2).

Oklahoma 87, Purdue 82 - Blake Griffin had 18 points, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, and matched a career high with 21 rebounds to help the No. 11 Sooners rally past the No. 10 Boilermakers in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Willie Warren added a career-high 22 points and Taylor Griffin had 19 for the Sooners (6-0), who are off to their best start since winning their first 10 in 2003.

E'Twaun Moore scored 22 points to lead Purdue (5-1), which jumped ahead, 80-76, in overtime before Warren scored in the lane and Tony Crocker made a free throw. Blake Griffin got the ball inside with 1:05 left and was hacked across the arm, then made both free throws for an 81-80 lead.

Pittsburgh 80, Texas Tech 67 - Sam Young scored 24 points and DeJuan Blair added 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the No. 4 Panthers to an easy victory over the Red Raiders (5-1) in the semifinals of the Legends Classic in Newark.

Pitt (6-0) advanced to tonight's championship game against Washington State, which beat Mississippi State, 63-53, in the other semifinal.

Duke 95, Duquesne 72 - Lance Thomas scored a career-high 21 points to help the No. 7 Blue Devils rout the Dukes (4-1) in Durham, N.C.

Thomas, the first big man off coach Mike Krzyzewski's deep bench, had 12 of his points in the decisive first half and made all eight of his shots in helping the Blue Devils (7-0) shoot a season-high 54.7 percent.

Gonzaga 81, Maryland 59 - Josh Heytvelt had 22 points and the No. 9 Bulldogs beat the Terrapins (4-1) in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Gonzaga (4-0) opened an 18-point lead midway through the second half on the play of subs Robert Sacre and Steven Gray and pulled away for the win.

The Bulldogs advanced to the championship game tomorrow against Tennessee.

Tennessee 90, Georgetown 78 - Tyler Smith scored 21 points to lead the No. 12 Volunteers (5-0) to a semifinal victory over the No. 21 Hoyas.

Chris Wright had 18 points for the Hoyas (3-1), who had five players in double figures. Cameron Tatum hit 5 of 6 3-pointers and finished with 17 points for the Vols, who made 8 of 9 free throws in the final 46 seconds.

Michigan State 94, Oklahoma State 79 - Raymar Morgan scored 29 points as the No. 5 Spartans rebounded from their first loss of the season with a convincing win over the Cowboys (4-2) in a losers' bracket game at the Old Spice Classic.

Travis Walton added 16 points for Michigan State (3-1), which was upset by Maryland, 80-62, in the opening round.

Wake Forest 82, UTEP 79 - Jeff Teague capped a 29-point performance by making two free throws with 14 seconds remaining, leading the No. 19 Demon Deacons (5-0) over the Miners (3-2) in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

Providence 67, UNC Charlotte 62 - Marshon Brooks scored 5 of his 12 points in the final 2:58 as the Friars (4-2) rallied past the 49ers (1-5) in the 76 Classic.

Jonathan Kale and Weyinmi Efejuku added 12 points apiece for the Friars, who forced 13 turnovers in the second half.

Rhode Island 77, Penn St. 72 - Jimmy Baron scored 20 points, including four crucial free throws in the last 12.6 seconds, as the Rams defeated the Nittany Lions in the Philly Classic.

Keith Cothran scored 18 points and Kahiem Seawright had 16 for Rhode Island (5-1). Jamelle Cornley scored 23 points and Talor Battle had 15 for the Nittany Lions (5-1).

Villanova 64, Towson 47 - Scottie Reynolds scored 14 points and Dante Cunningham and Antonio Pena each had 12 as the No. 20 Wildcats overcame a sluggish start to defeat the Tigers (3-2) in the Philly Classic.

Corey Fisher added 11 for the Wildcats (5-0), who will play Rhode Island in today's championship game.

Marquette 73, N. Iowa 43 - Wesley Matthews scored 17 points and the No. 15 Golden Eagles used a 20-0 first-half run to rout the Panthers (3-2) in the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

Kansas 85, Coppin St. 53 - Cole Aldrich had a career-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the No. 23 Jayhawks (4-1) beat the Eagles (1-2) for their 27th straight home victory.

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