|Men's Basketball NIT RESULTS
|Robert Morris 59, Kentucky 57
|Alabama 62, Northeastern 43
Kentucky Falls on the Road to Robert Morris in the NIT
MOON TOWNSHIP, Penn. – Kentucky hit the road on Tuesday night for the first round of the NIT, but the top-seeded Wildcats fell short against No. 8 seed Robert Morris, 59-57. Archie Goodwin scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds for UK (21-12), but it was not enough to overcome 14 turnovers in the loss.
Robert Morris (24-10) started the game on a 9-0 run before Kentucky managed to climb back to within one point at the half. The Wildcats were outscored 31-30 in the final 20 minutes of play, and a rally from a 13-point deficit came up just short. Lucky Jones led the way for Robert Morris on the evening, scoring a team-high 15 points on four-of-five shooting.
UK shot well from the field, knocking down 21 of its 39 shot attempts on the evening for a 53.8 percent clip. The Wildcats only managed to connect on two of their 10 shots from 3-point distance, however, and Robert Morris helped itself with a perfect 14-for-14 showing from the free throw stripe.
Jarrod Polson added 10 points in the effort for Kentucky, while Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in nine points to go along with four boards. Alex Poythress scored six for the Cats, while Ryan Harrow and Julius Mays added five apiece.
Russell Johnson added 14 points and four rebounds for Robert Morris in the victory, knocking down 50 percent of his field goals in the process. Velton Jones and Mike McFadden chipped in eight points apiece for the Colonials, while Anthony Meyers-Pate and Coron Williams added six points apiece, respectively.
Alabama Advances to Second Round of NIT With Win
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – No. 1 seed Alabama kicked off its NIT journey on Tuesday night when it hosted No. 8 seed Northeastern in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide (22-12) took care of business, sending the Huskies home with a 62-43 defeat to advance to round two of the tournament.
Bama took a five-point advantage into the half, and then used a 34-point effort in the second half to create separation from Northeastern and cruise to a 19-point win. Levi Randolph led the scoring effort for the Tide, dropping 13 points to go along with five rebounds on six-of-nine shooting.
As a team, Alabama connected on 45 percent of its field goal attempts while holding the Huskies (20-13) to just 33 percent from the field on the other end. Trevor Lacey added 11 points and four assists for Bama in the winning effort, while Trevor Releford tacked on nine points and five boards of his own. Retin Obasohan added nine points for good measure, and Alabama forced 15 turnovers on the defensive end.
Jonathan Lee paced the offense for Northeastern, dropping a team-high 13 points on five-of-11 shooting. The senior added four rebounds and two assists as well, but it was not enough to keep up with the Tide on the road.
Reggie Spencer added 10 points and five boards in the losing effort for the Huskies, while Quincy Ford and Zach Stahl chipped in with six points apiece.
Alabama will face the winner between No.4 Stanford and No. 5 Stephen F. Austin in the second round of the NIT.