NIT Game Capsules
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Pat Carroll finished 6-of-9 from three-point
range and scored 24 points and Dwayne Jones added 13 with 14 rebounds to lead
the Saint Joseph’s Hawks to a 70-58 victory over Memphis in the semifinals of
the National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
The Hawks (24-11) advanced to the final and will play South Carolina for the
title on Thursday. The Gamecocks moved into the final with a 75-67 victory
over Maryland in the other semifinal.
Rodney Carney led Memphis (22-16) with 21 points. Darius Washington, Jr. added
14 in the loss.
St. Joe’s, which outrebounded the Tigers 25-14 in the first half, led by nine
at the break. The Tigers pulled within two, 37-35, early in the second half,
but Carroll hit a three to spark a 10-2 run for a 47-37 advantage midway
through the frame.
The lead grew to 11 on a dunk by John Bryant with seven minutes to play. The
Tigers would get within six on several occasions, but no closer.
Carroll’s sixth three-pointer of the contest with just under two minutes left
kept the Hawks in control, 66-55, and St. Joe’s coasted to the 12-point win.
St. Joe’s, which trailed just once in the contest, scored nine straight points
to erase a 10-9 deficit. Carroll buried a three during the spurt and the Hawks
had an 18-10 lead after a dunk by Jones with 8 1/2 minutes to play before
The Hawks, clinging to a 21-20 lead, outscored Memphis 11-3 over the final
4:10 to take a 32-23 advantage into the locker room.
Jones also had four blocks…In the only previous meeting between the
teams, the Tigers posted a 77-60 victory in 1991…Saint Joseph’s advanced to
the title game of the NIT for the first time since coach Phil Martelli’s first
season (1995-96)…The Hawks, who started the season 3-6, are 21-5 since
January 1…Memphis played without guard Jeremy Hunt, who tore a left knee
ligament against Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals.
Final Score: South Carolina 75, Maryland 67
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Carlos Powell scored 17 points and pulled down
12 rebounds to lead the South Carolina Gamecocks to a 75-67 victory over
Maryland in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament at Madison
Josh Gonner added 12 for South Carolina (19-13) and Rocky Trice had 10 for the
Gamecocks, who advanced to the title game against Saint Joseph on Thursday
night. The Hawks moved into the final with a 70-58 victory over Memphis in the
Travis Garrison scored 15 points with 10 boards and four blocks for Maryland
(19-13). Mike Jones and Chris McCray each had 15 points for the Terrapins, who
played without John Gilchrist.
Trailing 14-9, South Carolina used a 16-4 run to go in front by seven in the
first half. The Gamecocks would not trail again.
The Gamecocks led 41-29 at halftime and extended their advantage to 18 points
early in the second half. Leading 45-35, South Carolina scored eight
unanswered points in a span of 32 seconds for a 53-35 cushion.
The Gamecocks lost to Memphis in the 2002 NIT final…USC was 25-of-40 from
the free throw line, while the Terrapins ended 9-of-16 from the stripe…South
Carolina’s Brandon Wallace blocked five shots…Gilchrist missed his fourth
tournament game with wrist and ankle injuries. He averaged 13.9 points and 5.5
assists per game this season.