Tom Hammonds and Brian Oliver each scored 29 points last night and Dennis Scott recorded the second triple-double in Georgia Tech history, helping the 19th-ranked Yellow Jackets blow out Alcorn State, 114-71, in Atlanta in the opening round of the Big Apple Preseason National Invitation Tournament.
In another first-round NIT games, second-ranked Purdue, behind Todd Mitchell's 22 points, defeated visiting Arkansas-Little Rock, 102-88. And Iowa State won at home over Texas, 100-83, with 36 points from Jeff Grayer and a career-high 27 from LaFester Rhodes in his first start at center.
In an NIT game in Los Angeles, Pooh Richardson and Trevor Wilson each scored 23 points to lead UCLA over Oral Roberts.
Scott, a freshman from Flint Hill Prep playing his first collegiate game, scored a trio of three-pointers midway through the first half as Georgia Tech extended a 10-point lead with 10:47 to go in the half to 42-20 with six minutes remaining. Georgia Tech led, 56-30, at halftime.
Scott had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to match the feat first achieved by Bruce Dalrymple against UNC-Charlotte in 1986.
York 90, Gallaudet 57:
Mike Donahue hit all four of his three-point shots and finished with 24 points to lead host York (Pa.) in the opening round of the White Rose City tournament.
It was the season opener for both clubs. Gallaudet, led by Mike Stultz's 17 points, will play the loser of a later game between Spring Garden and Alfred at 1 Saturday.
Cabrini 63, Catholic 50:
Cabrini outscored Catholic, 26-5, in the final 10 minutes to give the Cavaliers the victory in the opening round of the Bobcat Classic at Frostburg State.
Catholic, which led by 32-30 at halftime, trailed by four points when Ken Wills sank a layup to pull the Cardinals to 47-45 with 10:21 left. The next time Catholic made a field goal, Wills (nine points) hit a three-point shot with 3:25 to play that left Catholic with a 59-50 deficit.
Kevin Morrison led the Cardinals with 15 points and a tournament-record 22 rebounds. James Hillyard led the Cavaliers with 14 points.
Marymount 84, Virginia Wesleyan 67:
Pierre Gardner had 31 points and 11 rebounds and Jerry McFarland scored 20 points to lead the Saints in their first men's basketball game at Marymount. Steve Weddle led Virginia Wesleyan with 22 points.