Griffin Leads Sooners Rally
NEW YORK - Blake Griffin had 18 points, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, and matched a career high with 21 rebounds to help No. 11 Oklahoma rally past No. 10 Purdue 87-82 on Friday in the final of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Willie Warren had a career-high 22 points and Taylor Griffin had 19 for the Sooners (6-0), who are off to their best start since winning their first 10 games in 2003. E'Twaun Moore scored 22 points for Purdue (5-1). NO. 4 PITTSBURGH 80,TEXAS TECH 67 NEWARK, N.J. - Sam Young scored 24 points and DeJuan Blair added 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Pittsburgh to victory against Texas Tech in the semifinals of the Legends Classic. NO. 5 MICHIGAN STATE 94, OKLAHOMA STATE 79 LAKE BUENA VISTA - Raymar Morgan scored 29 points as No. 5 Michigan State (3-1) rebounded from its first loss of the season with a convincing win against Oklahoma State (4-2) in a losers' bracket game at the Old Spice Classic. NO. 7 DUKE 95, DUQUESNE 72 DURHAM, N.C. - Lance Thomas scored a career-high 21 points to help No. 7 Duke (7-0) rout Duquesne (4-1). Thomas had 12 of his points in the first half. NO. 9 GONZAGA 81, MARYLAND 59 LAKE BUENA VISTA - Josh Heytvelt had 22 points and No. 9 Gonzaga (4-0) beat Maryland (4-1) in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic. Gonzaga opened an 18-point lead midway through the second half and pulled away for the win. NO. 12 TENNESSEE 90, NO. 21 GEORGETOWN 78 LAKE BUENA VISTA - Tyler Smith scored 21 points to lead No. 12 Tennessee (5-0) to a semifinal victory against No. 21 Georgetown (3-1) in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic. NO. 19 WAKE FOREST 82, UTEP 79 ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jeff Teague capped a 29-point performance by making two free throws with 14 seconds remaining, leading No. 19 Wake Forest (5-0) to victory over Texas-El Paso (3-2) in the 76 Classic. NO. 23 KANSAS 85, COPPIN STATE 53 LAWRENCE, Kan. - Cole Aldrich had a career-high 23 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds to help No. 23 Kansas (4-1) beat Coppin State (1-2) for its 27th consecutive home victory. WEST FLORIDA 67, TAMPA 54 PENSACOLA - Tampa lost for the first time this season as it shot 29.7 percent from the field at the University of West Florida, dropping the Spartans to 3-1. After holding a two-point halftime lead, the Argonauts (4-0) took advantage of the Spartans' foul trouble and poor shooting to build a 48-37 lead with 13:48 to go.
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