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Memphis Handles Virginia Tech in NIT

Associated Press
Sunday, March 20, 2005; Page E08

Memphis realizes it's not the glory of the NCAA tournament, but right now the Tigers just want to keep playing, even in the National Invitation Tournament.

Memphis (21-15) took another step toward Madison Square Garden yesterday. Rodney Carney scored 17 points, leading five Memphis players in double figures in an 83-62 win over visiting Virginia Tech in the second round.

Anthony Rice added 16 points for the Tigers.

Virginia Tech (16-14) shot poorly late in the first half to give Memphis the lead for good. The Hokies also struggled from the foul line, hitting 16 of 29 in the game.

DAVIDSON 82, SW MISSOURI ST. 71: Brendan Winters scored 22 points to lead the Wildcats to victory in Springfield, Mo. Winters was 6 of 8 from three-point range, and Jason Morton added 19 points for Davidson (23-8), which will play at Maryland on Wednesday in the second round.

Deke Thompson led the Bears (19-13) with 15 points.

TEXAS A&M 75, DEPAUL 72: Bobby Leach scored 23 points for the Aggies, who nearly squandered a 20-point lead in Rosemont, Ill. Texas A&M (21-9) was coming off its first postseason win in 23 seasons, a first-round win over Clemson. The Blue Demons finished 20-11.

SAINT JOSEPH'S 55, BUFFALO 50: Pat Carroll scored 26 points to lead the Hawks to a first-round win over the Bulls in Philadelphia. It was Saint Joseph's Coach Phil Martelli's 200th career win. The Hawks (21-11) play Holy Cross tomorrow in the second round. Buffalo finished 23-10.

WICHITA ST. 84, W. KENTUCKY 81: Jamar Howard scored 22 points to lead the Shockers to a first-round win at home. Paul Miller had 18 points for Wichita State (22-9), which plays tonight at Vanderbilt. The Hilltoppers finished 22-9.

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