- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Alex Hamilton scored 25 points and Louisiana Tech made 11 3-pointers in rolling to an 84-72 victory over Texas A&M; in the second round of the NIT on Monday night.

Hamilton was 9 of 15 from the field, including 3 of 6 from long distance, for Louisiana Tech (27-8). Kenneth Smith drained all four of his 3-point attempts and finished with 16 points and eight assists. The Bulldogs shot 51.7 percent from the field, including 63 percent in the second half.

No. 3 seed Louisiana Tech plays at top-seeded Temple in the quarterfinals Wednesday night.

Texas A&M; freshman point guard Alex Robinson continued his NIT breakout with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists. The second-seeded Aggies (21-12) were without leading scorer Danuel House, who sat out with a foot injury.

OLD DOMINION 50, ILLINOIS STATE 49

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Jonathan Arledge made the go-ahead layup with 19 seconds left and Old Dominion held off Illinois State in the second round of the NIT for its 23rd straight win at home.

It’s the seventh-longest active home winning streak in the country. The top-seeded Monarchs host Murray State in the quarterfinals Wednesday night.

Illinois State’s MiKyle McIntosh missed two free throws with 4.3 seconds to go. Ambrose Mosley then missed the front end of a 1-and-1 for ODU, but the Redbirds turned it over on their final play.

Arledge had 10 points for ODU (26-7), and reserve guard Keenan Palmore scored a season-high 11. Palmore was subbing for starter Trey Freeman, who played sparingly due to an ankle injury.

Daishon Knight led the fourth-seeded Redbirds (22-13) with 14 points.

Illinois State handed ODU its worst loss of the season, 64-45, in November in the Virgin Islands.

MURRAY STATE 83, TULSA 62

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Cameron Payne scored 20 points and Murray State shredded Tulsa’s normally stingy defense in a second-round victory in the NIT.

Jeffery Moss and T.J. Sapp added 17 points each and Jarvis Williams had 15 for No. 3 seed Murray State (29-5), which made a season-high 14 3-pointers.

The Racers shot 9 of 15 on 3-pointers in the first half (60 percent) and held a 45-27 lead at halftime. Payne finished 7 of 10 from the field and 5 of 8 on 3s.

Shaquille Harrison led second-seeded Tulsa (23-11) with 15 points.


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