Manhattan moves on with close win in NIT
Riverdale, NY (Sports Network) – Jeff Xavier poured in a game-high 22 points
and collected five caroms in leading the Manhattan Jaspers to an 80-77 win
over the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights in the opening round of the NIT from
Arturo Dubois notched a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the
Jaspers (19-10), who will take on Maryland in the first round of the NIT on
Saturday. Jason Wingate added 15 points and six assists in the win, while
Devon Austin had 13 point and five rebounds.
Gordon Klaiber led the way for FDU (20-12) with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Chad Timberlake contributed 16 points and six assists, while Andre Harris
chipped in with 13 points in the losing cause.
Both teams shot well in the first half and entered the break knotted at 45-45.
Manhattan made 53.1 percent of its field goal attempts in the frame, while FDU
hit on 50.0 percent of its shots from the floor.
In the second half, Wingate gave the Jaspers a 78-77 lead with a jumper in the
final minute and than made two free throws to ensure the three-point victory.
FDU had two shots to tie the score in the final seconds, but failed to convert
With the win, Manhattan improved to 7-18 all-time in the NIT.