NIT Roundup: TCU tops Central Fla. in NIT semis

NEW YORK (AP) — Kenrich Williams scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lift Texas Christian to a 68-53 win over Central Florida in a NIT semifinal game on Tuesday night.

Texas Christian will meet Georgia Tech in the championship game Thursday night.

Williams also grabbed 14 rebounds and had seven assists.

Vladimir Brodziansky led the Horned Frogs with 18 points.

Trailing by two at halftime, the Horned Frogs opened the second half with a 16-5 run to take a 45-36 lead. JD Miller sparked the run with three layups and a free throw.

TCU (23-15) was helped by Central Florida, which missed five of its first seven shots from the field in the second half.

For the game, Central Florida shot 33 percent, including missing 19 of 25 3-point attempts.

Despite all of TCU’s strong play, UCF hung around for a bit. A.J. Davis’ driving, one-handed jam with nine minutes left sliced the deficit to seven at 52-45.

Davis is the son of former NBA player Antonio Davis, who was in the MSG crowd.

That was as close as Central Florida (24-12) would get.

Williams’ lay-in over AAC Defensive Player of the Year Taco Fall with 5:42 left pushed the lead to 56-45.

From that point, the Horned Frogs outscored Central Florida 12-8 to close out the game.

Matt Williams led the Knights with 15 points. B.J. Taylor had 10. Davis finished with nine.

Georgia Tech 76, Cal State Bakersfield 51

NEW YORK — Josh Okogie scored a game-high 22 points to lead Georgia Tech to a win over Cal State Bakersfield in a NIT semifinal.

Ben Lammers finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for Georgia Tech, which will take on Texas Christian in the championship game Thursday night.

Quinton Stephens added 13 points, and Tadric Jackson had 12.

The Yellow Jackets led virtually the entire game, due to a strong defensive effort and excellent ball management. Georgia Tech forced 15 turnovers while only committing seven. Eighteen of the Yellow Jackets’ 76 points came off Cal State Bakersfield turnovers.

Dedrick Basile led Cal State Bakersfield (25-10) with 18 points. Jaylin Airington chipped in with 12, and Damiyne Durham and Shon Briggs had 10 points apiece.

By Paul Wager

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