- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 25, 2003

From combined dispatches

Georgetown 67, Providence 58

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Mike Sweetney scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Hoyas past the Friars in the second round of the NIT last night.

Georgetown (17-14) will face North Carolina tomorrow in the quarterfinals.

Ryan Gomes led Providence (18-14) with 21 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Georgetown's defense shut down the Friars for most of the second half, holding them without a basket for 10 minutes. The Hoyas took a 62-49 lead on a Sweetney dunk with less than two minutes left.

Tony Bethel scored 18 points and Gerald Riley added 11 for Georgetown. Donnie McGrath and Rob Sanders added 10 points each for Providence.

Georgetown held the Friars to 34.5 percent shooting from the field, including three of 20 from the 3-point line. The Friars were 15 of 26 from the foul line, despite being in the bonus for the last 12 minutes of the second half.

Georgetown, meanwhile, made 26 of 32 free throws, with Sweetney and Bethel sinking 10 each.

There were nine ties and eight lead changes in the first half, as the teams combined for 26 turnovers 16 by Georgetown.

Providence led 26-24 at halftime.

St. John's 73, Virginia 63

NEW YORK Marcus Hatten scored 30 points to help the Red Storm rally for a victory over the Cavaliers in the second round.

The Red Storm (18-13) will play host to the winner of tonight's game between UAB and Siena in a quarterfinal game Thursday.

Devin Smith scored 19 points to lead the Cavaliers (16-16). Travis Watson and Todd Billet each added 15.

St. John's is playing in its 27th NIT and has won the tournament a record five times. Virginia, a two-time champion, was making its 10th appearance.

Smith made two of Virginia's three 3-pointers during an 11-5 run that gave the Cavaliers a 42-34 lead with 16:54 to play. But St. John's later went on a 14-4 run, led by Hatten's nine points, to put the Red Storm in front 62-56 with 3:46 left.

Hatten went 4-of-8 from 3-point range.

North Carolina 90, Wyoming 74

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. North Carolina is closing in on yet another 20-win season.

Melvin Scott had a career-high 20 points and Raymond Felton added 15 points and 14 assists as the Tar Heels beat the Cowboys last night to advance to the third round of the NIT.

North Carolina (19-15) will face Georgetown at home tomorrow night with a chance to advance to New York City and win 20 games for the 32nd time in the last 33 years.

Rashad McCants added 20 points as North Carolina, a program-worst 8-20 last year, hit 12-of-26 from 3-point range and forced 19 turnovers.

Felton's assist total broke the freshman school record of 13 set by Jeff Lebo in 1985 against Manhattan, while Scott's previous high point total was 19 in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.

Donta Richardson led Wyoming with 20 points.

Georgia Tech 79, Iowa 78

IOWA CITY, Iowa B.J. Elder scored with less than a second left to lift the Yellow Jackets to the quarterfinal round with a victory over the Hawkeyes.

With 6.2 seconds to go, Elder got the ball near midcourt, dribbled to the key and backed up an Iowa defender into the paint before launching his buzzer-beating shot.

The win puts the Yellow Jackets (16-14) in the quarterfinal round at Texas Tech tomorrow and one victory from its first NIT final four.

Chris Bosh led Georgia Tech with 17 points and Ed Nelson and Jarrett Jack had 12 apiece as the Yellow Jackets won for just the third time on the road all season.

Elder's last-second heroics spoiled a thrilling second-half rally by Iowa (17-14) and a 27-point performance by Iowa's senior guard Chauncey Leslie.

Minnesota 84, Hawaii 70

MINNEAPOLIS Maurice Hargrow scored 22 points to lead the Golden Gophers to a win over the Warriors in the second round.

Ben Johnson scored a season-high 18 points, Rick Rickert added 16 and Jerry Holman 14 for the Gophers, who advanced to the NIT quarterfinals against the winner of tonight's Temple-Rhode Island game.

The date and site haven't been determined.

Minnesota (18-12) used its size advantage, something it didn't do enough during the regular season. But the Gophers outrebounded the smaller Rainbow Warriors 39-22 and were 21-for-27 from the foul line.

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