Wednesday , Mar , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Courtney Sims scored 18 points and pulled down
seven rebounds to lead Michigan to a 66-43 rout of Old Dominion in the NIT
semifinals from Madison Square Garden. Daniel Horton added 10 points for
the Wolverines (22-10), who will take on defending NIT champion South
Carolina in Thursday’s championship game. The Gamecocks beat Louisville,
78-63, in Tuesday’s other semifinal. Brian Henderson had 11 points and Drew
Williamson scored 10 for the Monarchs (24-10), who shot just 27.8 percent
from the field. Isaiah Hunter, ODU’s leading scorer for the season, shot 1-
for-15 from the field and was limited to three points, nearly 12 below his
average. Hunter scored 29 points in a victory over Hofstra in the
quarterfinals. Chris Hunter posted nine points and nine boards for the
Wolverines, who are trying to win the NIT for a third time, having claimed
the title in 1984 and 2004. The 1997 championship was vacated due to NCAA
sanctions.

Final Score: South Carolina 78, Louisville 63

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Renaldo Balkman scored 23 points and Tarence
Kinsey added 21 points, as South Carolina moved a step closer to a successful
defense of its NIT title with a 78-63 victory over Louisville. Brandon
Wallace had 19 points for the Gamecocks (22-15), who will face Michigan
in the championship game on Thursday. The Wolverines battered Old Dominion,
66-43, in Tuesday’s other semifinal at Madison Square Garden. The Gamecocks,
who shot 60 percent from the field, are trying to become just the second
team to repeat as NIT champions, joining St. John’s in 1943 and 1944. Taquan
Dean posted 21 points and Terrence Williams added 16 for the Cardinals
(21-13), who made 43.6 percent of their field goal tries. The nine straight
wins by South Carolina in the NIT equals the tournament record. The last
Gamecocks loss in the NIT was against Memphis in the 2002 championship. South
Carolina has made it to the NIT Final Four in its last three appearances,
including a 60-57 NIT title game win in 2005 over Saint Joseph’s.