Scores

Final

Houston Baptist 64

(10-20, 3-7 Southland)

N.J.I.T. 65

(14-16, 11-4 home)

    3:30 PM ET, March 8, 2012

    Jones Convocation Center, Chicago, Illinois

    1 2 T
    HBU 29 3564
    NJIT 29 3665

    Top Performers

    Houston Baptist: T. Russell 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast

    N.J.I.T.: I. Wilkerson 20 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    NJIT 65, Houston Baptist 64

    Associated Press

    CHICAGO -- Isaiah Wilkerson scored 20 points to help NJIT edge Houston Baptist 65-64 in the first round of the Great West Conference tournament Thursday.

    The fourth-seeded Highlanders (14-16) will face top-seeded Utah Valley in the semifinals Friday.

    Chris Flores scored 13 points and had six steals, while Ryan Woods and Lamar Kearse added 10 points each for NJIT, which has won four in a row.

    Tyler Russell's 17 points paced the fifth-seeded Huskies (10-20), who had eliminated NJIT the last two years. Jonathan Evans and Art Bernardi scored 14 points apiece.

    The Highlanders committed only nine turnovers while forcing 20, helping them win despite shooting only 40 percent (27 of 68) to Houston Baptist's 50 percent (24 of 48).

    NJIT led 65-60 with 1:10 to go. Russell cut it to 65-62, and after an NJIT turnover, Bernardi made it a one-point game with 11 seconds left. But the Highlanders held on.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    HBU
    NJIT
    Points 64 65
    FG Made-Attempted 24-48 (.500) 27-68 (.397)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-12 (.417) 7-21 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-19 (.579) 4-8 (.500)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 7

    2011-12 Season

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