Tuesday's roundup: Seasons over for CMU, Oakland
Ruston, La. — Raheem Appleby scored 22 points, Jacobi Boykins added 18 and Louisiana Tech eliminated a cold-shooting Central Michigan, 89-79, in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday night.
Central Michigan (23-9) was led by Chris Fowler's 21 points while Braylon Rayson added 20 and Rayshawn Simmons had 18.
The Chippewas, who have never won a game in the NIT, were making their first postseason appearance since 2003. They made just six of 23 3-point tries after averaging 10.2 per game.
"I don't think you have to look much further," Central Michigan coach Keno Davis said of his team's struggles from behind the arc.
Appleby led Louisiana Tech (26-8) to its third consecutive NIT opening-round win. The senior trio of Appleby, Michale Kyser and Kenneth Smith won their 100th game, the most of any senior class in school history.
Louisiana Tech won its 30th straight game at home in front of the school's eighth-largest all-time crowd of 6,904 and advances to face Texas A&M there.
Oakland falls in CIT
Eastern Illinois 97, Oakland 91: Kahlil Felder had 37 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists for the Golden Grizzlies, who fell short at Eastern Illinois despite scoring 50 in the second half.
Reggie Smith scored 26 to lead the Panthers (18-14).
Dante Williams and Corey Petros added 19 and 12 points, respectively, for Oakland, which bowed out at 16-17.
NCAA First Four
Hampton 74, Manhattan 64: Reginald Johnson scored 15 and added two late critical defensive plays to lead Hampton in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio.
Hampton (17-17), which has won five in a row to get to .500, advances to meet top-ranked Kentucky (34-0) in Louisville on Thursday.
Quinton Chievous added 15 points and 13 rebounds before leaving in the final minutes with an injury.
Shane Richards scored 17 points and Emmy Andujar 11 for the Jaspers (19-14), champions of the MAAC tournament.
Mississippi 94, BYU 90: Stefan Moody scored 26 and led Mississippi's comeback from a 17-point halftime deficit.
Ole Miss goes to Jacksonville, Florida, to play sixth-seeded Xavier on Thursday afternoon in the East Region.
The Rebels (21-12) trailed until Moody led a 15-2 run midway through the second half. He hit a late 3-pointer that helped finish off the Tournament's first big comeback.
Tyler Haws, BYU's all-time leading scorer, had 33 points for the Cougars (25-10), who pulled off the biggest comeback in Tournament history in Dayton three years ago, rallying from a 25-point first-half deficit to a 78-72 win over Iona. This time, they couldn't hold the big lead.
(At) Alabama 79, Illinois 58: Levi Randolph had 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Rodney Cooper added 19 points for Alabama (19-14), which shot 59.6 percent from the field in its first game under interim coach John Brannen.
Malcolm Hill led Illinois (19-14) with 22 points and six assists.
The Crimson Tide will face Miami in the second round.
(At) Miami 75, North Carolina Central 71: Manu Lecomte made 10-of-11 free throws and scored 18, Sheldon McClellan added 15 for Miami (22-12).
Jordan Parks scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half for N.C. Central (25-8). Nimrod Hilliard scored 19.
George Washington 60, (at) Pittsburgh 54: Kethan Savage scored 17 and Patricio Garino had 14 to lead George Washington (22-12).
Cameron Wright had 11 points for Pittsburgh (19-15).
(At) Rhode Island 88, Iona 75: E.C. Matthews and Jared Terrell each scored 18 for Rhode Island (23-9). Jarvis Garrett had 10 points and 10 assists.
A.J. English led Iona (26-9) with 28 points and David Laury added 26.
(At) Tulsa 70, William & Mary 67: Marquel Curtis scored a career-high 21 points and Tulsa (23-10) held on after squandering most of a 21-point second-half lead.
CAA Player of the Year Marcus Thornton led the comeback for William & Mary (20-13) and finished with 23 points.
(At) Texas A&M 81, Montana 64: Jalen Jones scored 25 and Texas A&M (21-11) weathered a first-half push by Montana, then ran away.
Jordan Gregory led Montana (20-13) with 20 points and seven rebounds.
(At) Murray State 81, UTEP 66: Jarvis Williams had 25 points and 14 rebounds for Murray State (28-5), which lost in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship.
C.J. Cooper led UTEP with 16 points.
Eastern Michigan (21-13) has accepted a bid to play in the College Basketball Invitational and has a first-round date at 7 tonight at Louisiana-Monroe (21-12).
... Northern Kentucky has fired Dave Bezold after 11 years as coach. Bezold was 194-133 with the Norse but went 13-17 this season, his third straight losing campaign in a four-year transition to Division I. NKU was 33-54 the three past years.
... Wake Forest says forward Aaron Rountree III will transfer after graduating early this summer.
... Colorado senior guard Askia Booker has informed coach Tad Boyle he won't be playing in the College Basketball Invitational.