Thursday , Mar , 30 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

NIT Game Capsules

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Tarence Kinsey led South Carolina with 21
points and six rebounds as the Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines,
76-64, at Madison Square Garden for the NIT Tournament championship. Tre’
Kelley shot 4-of-7 from beyond-the-arc for 20 points and added seven
assists. Renaldo Balkman, who was named the tourney MVP, added 10 points, 11
boards, six blocked shots and four steals for the Gamecocks (23-15), who
became the first team to win back-to-back NIT titles since St. John’s in 1943
and 1944. In two NIT games at MSG, Balkman totaled 33 points on 15-of-22
shooting, 19 rebounds, 10 blocks and five steals. Daniel Horton posted 18
points and five assists and Chris Hunter and Brent Petway each netted 12
for the Wolverines (22-11), who won the NIT title in 2004.