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NIT Semifinals

Tuesday, March 29, 2005; Page D04

Memphis (22-15) vs. Saint Joseph's (23-11), 7 p.m.

Maryland (19-12) vs. South Carolina (18-13), 30 minutes after first game.

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Where: Madison Square Garden, New York.


Data: Maryland is 3-0 since junior point guard Sterling Ledbetter took over for injured starter John Gilchrist (ankle, wrist) as he has averaged 7.3 points, 6.3 assists and 6 rebounds. Junior forward Travis Garrison posted 45 points and 27 rebounds collectively during the first three games of the NIT. Maryland is one victory shy of posting its ninth consecutive, 20-win season. For South Carolina, former All-Met guard Tre Kelley (Dunbar) averages nine points per game and has scored in double figures 16 times this season. He will be counted on to provide perimeter scoring to complement the inside play of senior forward Carlos Powell (16.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg). Memphis junior forward Rodney Carey and freshman guard Darius Washington Jr. have averaged 19 and 16.6 points, respectively, during the NIT -- an event the Tigers are looking to win for the second time in the past four years. Saint Joseph's, seeking its second title in the past three years, has a balanced offense that features Pat Carroll (18.2 ppg), Chet Stachitas (10.8 ppg) and Dwayne Jones (10 ppg) and a defense that led the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage by allowing teams to shoot just 40 percent from the field.

-- Jon Gallo

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