|Griffin, No. 11 Sooners best No. 10 Purdue in OT|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 28 November 2008 23:59|
Griffin made the go-ahead foul shot with just over a minute left in overtime after missing a couple in regulation, and the Sooners put away the 10th-ranked Boilermakers 87-82 Friday night in the championship of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Willie Warren led the Sooners with 22 points - 11 from the line. Austin Johnson finished with 11 points and six assists, and Cade Davis had 10 points.
``Everybody did a great job,'' Griffin said. ``This was a team win.''
In Friday night's other college games, it was: No. 4 Pittsburgh 80, Texas Tech 67; No. 5 Michigan State 94, Oklahoma State 79; No. 7 Duke 95, Duquesne 72; No. 9 Gonzaga 81, Maryland 59; No. 12 Tennessee 90, No. 21 Georgetown 78; Baylor 87, No. 14 Arizona State 78; No. 15 Marquette 73, Northern Iowa 43; No. 19 Wake Forest 82, UTEP 79; No. 20 Villanova 64, Towson 47; and No. 22 Kansas 85, Coppin State 53.
Griffin made eight of 13 free throws. It was enough, thanks to his teammates, who were 33-for-46 from the line, while Purdue took five foul shots overall.
our guys afterward about how games are called. It's like injuries. You can't control it,'' Purdue coach Matt Painter said.
The Boilermakers also struggled to control Griffin, who finished with 19 points.
``He did a really good job of attacking and getting to the free throw line,'' Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel said. ``Our team has to know that Blake is going to get double-teamed, he's going to get triple-teamed, they're going to get physical with him. You can't force it. Other guys have to step up.''
E'Twaun Moore scored 22 for Purdue (5-1), which jumped ahead 80-76 in overtime before Warren scored in the lane and Tony Crocker made a free throw. Blake Griffin got the ball inside with 1:05 left and was hacked across the arm, then made both foul shots for an 81-80 lead.
Moore turned it over on Purdue's next possession, but the Sooners nearly did as well - at least, until referee Michael Stephens blew his whistle and appeared to give Oklahoma a timeout during a loose ball. It wound up being an ``inadvertent whistle,'' according to Painter, who was livid when the jump ball was awarded to Oklahoma.
Purdue was forced to foul and Davis made two more free throws with 16.4 seconds left. After the Boilermakers turned it over again, Oklahoma sealed it, naturally, from the foul line.
``This stinks,'' Painter said. ``We felt we had the game and it slipped out of our hands.''
xas Tech 67
In Newark, N.J., Sam Young scored 24 points and DeJuan Blair added 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Pittsburgh to an easy win in the semifinals of the Legends Classic.
Pitt (6-0) advanced to Saturday's championship game against Washington State, which beat Mississippi State 63-53 in the other semi.
Trevor Cook had 24 points for the Red Raiders (5-1), and Mike Singletary added 15.
No. 5 Michigan State 94, Oklahoma State 79
In Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Raymar Morgan scored 29 points as Michigan State rebounded from its first loss.
Travis Walton added 16 points for Michigan State (3-1), which was upset by Maryland 80-62 in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic.
Terrel Harris scored 21 for Oklahoma State (4-2).
No. 7 Duke 95, Duquesne 72
In Durham, N.C., Lance Thomas scored a career-high 21 points and the Blue Devils (7-0) shot a season-high 54.7 percent.
Kyle Singler had 17 points, Nolan Smith added 11, and Duke, which hadn't shot better than 48.5 percent in any game so far, scored 31 points off 19 Duquesne turnovers.
Damian Saunders finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Aaron Jackson - the Dukes' lone senior - had 14 points. Duquesne (4-1) was denied its first win over a ranked team since 1997.
No. 9 Gonzaga 81, Maryland 59
ship of the Old Spice Classic.
Austin Daye added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga (4-0), which finished a close first half with a 10-2 run to take a 38-29 halftime lead.
Greivis Vasquez had 16 points for Maryland (4-1), which shot 38 percent and made one of 13 3-pointers.
No. 12 Tennessee 90, No. 21 Georgetown 78
In Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Tyler Smith scored 21 points to help Tennessee beat Georgetown in the semifinals.
Cameron Tatum hit five of six 3-pointers and finished with 17 points for the Vols (5-0), who made eight of nine free throws in the final 46 seconds.
Chris Wright had 18 points for the Hoyas (3-1), who had five players in double figures.
Baylor 87, No. 14 Arizona State 78
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - LaceDarius Dunn scored 27 points, Curtis Jerrells added 22 points and Baylor repelled a late rally to beat Arizona State in the 76 Classic.
Henry Dugat added 14 points for the Bears (6-0), who are off to their best start since winning their first 12 games in the 2000-01 season.
Baylor will play No. 19 Wake Forest for the championship Sunday.
James Harden scored a tournament-record 32 points for the Sun Devils (4-1).
No. 15 Marquette 73, Northern Iowa 43
In Hoffman Estates, Ill., Wesley Matthews scored 17 points and Marquette used a 20-0 first-half run to coast in the Chicago Invitational Challenge.
outside of Milwaukee this season, Marquette (5-0) also got 15 points from Lazar Hayward and 13 from Jerel McNeal.
Kwadzo Ahelegbe had 11 points for Northern Iowa (3-2).
No. 19 Wake Forest 82, UTEP 79
In Anaheim, Calif., Jeff Teague capped a 29-point performance by making two free throws with 14 seconds remaining, leading Wake Forest to the win in the 76 Classic.
James Johnson added 18 points and Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 for the Demon Deacons (5-0), who advanced to Sunday's tournament championship at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Stefon Jackson scored 31 points, Randy Culpepper added 15 and Arnett Moultrie had 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Miners (3-2).
No. 20 Villanova 64, Towson 47
In Philadelphia, Scottie Reynolds scored 14 points, Dante Cunningham and Antonio Pena both had 12, and Villanova beat Towson in the Philly Classic.
Corey Fisher added 11 for the Wildcats (5-0), who will play Rhode Island in Saturday's championship game.
Junior Hairston scored 11 points for Towson (3-2).
No. 22 Kansas 85, Coppin St. 53
In Lawrence, Kan., Cole Aldrich had a career-high 23 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds to lift Kansas to its 27th straight home victory.
Brady Morningstar had a career-best 21 points and Sherron Collins had 11 points and a career-high eight assists for the Jayhawks (4-1).
point attempts as the Jayhawks went on a 34-3 tear in the first half.
Tywain McKee had 17 points for Coppin State (1-2), which is playing its first 15 games away from home.