- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

From combined dispatches

PENN STATE 77, GEORGE MASON 73 (OT): Talor Battle scored eight of his game-high 24 points in overtime and tied the game with a 3-pointer at the end of regulation as the Nittany Lions (23-11) defeated the Patriots (22-11) on Tuesday night in State College, Pa., in the first round of the NIT.

Dre Smith hit two foul shots with five seconds left in regulation to give George Mason a 65-62 lead before Battle hurried down the court for his buzzer-beating 3 for Penn State. It was Battle’s first bucket of the second half after missing his first seven shots.

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Battle hit two more 3s in overtime, scoring all but four of Penn State’s 12 points in the extra frame.

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John Vaughn’s deep 3 with 7.7 seconds in OT drew George Mason within 75-73, but Stanley Pringle hit two foul shots with 7.0 seconds left to seal the win.

Cameron Long had 16 points to lead the Patriots.

DAVIDSON 70, S. CAROLINA 63: Stephen Curry scored 32 points as the Wildcats (27-7) started their latest postseason tournament with a victory over the Gamecocks (21-10) in Columbia, S.C.

RHODE ISLAND 68, NIAGARA 62: Kahiem Seawright scored 20 points in the second half - including all 10 for the Rams during their critical run - and Rhode Island (23-10) beat the Purple Eagles (26-9) in Lewiston, N.Y.

NOTRE DAME 70, UAB 64: Luke Harangody scored four of his 22 points and had a blocked shot during a decisive 10-point run to lead the Irish (19-14) to a victory over the Blazers (22-12) in South Bend, Ind.

KENTUCKY 70, UNLV 60: Jodie Meeks scored 19 points and Patrick Patterson added 16 as the Wildcats (21-13) got past the Running Rebels (21-11) in Lexington, Ky., the first NIT appearance in three decades for a Wildcats team accustomed to bigger stages in March.

SAN DIEGO ST. 65, WEBER ST. 49: Lorrenzo Wade had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the host Aztecs (24-9) beat the Wildcats (21-10).

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