Shelden Williams matched his career high with 30 points, including the game-winning tip-in with 32 seconds left, to give No. 1 Duke a 70-67 victory over No. 11 Memphis last night in the NIT Season Tip-Off final in New York.
Duke's Lee Melchionni was fouled after grabbing the rebound after a miss by Memphis's Darius Washington Jr., but he missed two free throws with 11 seconds left. Sean Dockery of the Blue Devils got the rebound after the second miss, but he didn't make the first of his two free throws. He made the second for a 70-67 lead, and after Memphis freshman Shawne Williams hit the rim with a three-point attempt at the buzzer, Duke had the title to go with the ones in 1985 and 2000.
Duke's J.J. Redick had 15 points -- all in the first half -- and freshman Josh McRoberts added 12. The Duke starters scored all the points for the Blue Devils (5-0), who were without starting guard DeMarcus Nelson, who is out indefinitely after suffering a hairline fracture of his right ankle in the semifinal win.
Greg Paulus made two free throws with 5:02 left to give Duke a 64-57 lead. Memphis (3-1) then went on a 6-0 run capped by a layup by Washington with 3:11 to go.
Dockery hit a three-pointer from the corner to make it 67-63, and Williams tied it himself with a drive to the basket with 1:07 to play and two free throws 10 seconds later.
Williams tipped in a drive by Dockery to give Duke the lead for good, but that and Dockery's three were the Blue Devils' only field goals over the final 5:17.
* ILLINOIS 55, WICHITA STATE 54: Warren Carter's layup with 1.3 seconds left gave the No. 15 Fighting Illini a semifinal victory in the South Padre Island (Tex.) Invitational.
Illinois (4-0) advanced to today's final against Rutgers, which beat Kent State, 55-52, in last night's other semifinal.
James Augustine led Illinois with 14 points and Shaun Pruitt added 10.
Paul Miller scored 18 points for the Shockers (3-1), who led for most of the second half after trailing by 11 in the first. Kyle Wilson's layup with 1:24 left gave Wichita State a 54-53 lead before Carter's winning shot.
* BOSTON COLLEGE 87, DRAKE 84: Jared Dudley scored a game-high 23 points, including 11 of 12 from the free throw line to lead the 10th-ranked Eagles in the third round of the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational.
Boston College, behind most of the game, rallied with a 10-0 run after trailing 72-68 with 3:51 left. The Eagles (4-0) then held on down the stretch thanks in part to Dudley going 4 for 4 from the line in the final 19 seconds.
Tyrese Rice had 22 points, including 5 of 6 from the line, and Sean Marshall scored 18 for the Eagles. Craig Smith added 11 points and eight rebounds.
* UCLA 57, DREXEL 56: Jordan Farmar made the second of two free throws with 0.8 of a second to play to give the No. 16 Bruins the victory in the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York.
UCLA (4-1) had tied the game at 56 with 6.8 seconds left on two of three free throws by Arron Afflalo. The Dragons (3-2) then turned the ball over when Bashir Mason couldn't handle a hard inbounds pass from Chaz Crawford.
Farmar was fouled by Mason and the buzzer sounded but officials reviewed the tape and put 0.8 seconds back on the clock. Farmar didn't even hit the rim with his first free throw, but his second bounded around the rim and in.
* FLORIDA 74, FLORIDA STATE 66: Taurean Green scored 15 points, all from the free throw line, and the No. 14 Gators overcame a 17-point deficit.
Al Horford added 14 points and nine rebounds for Florida (5-0), and Corey Brewer finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
* SYRACUSE 96, SIENA 77: Gerry McNamara broke out of his shooting slump, hitting six three-pointers and scoring a season-high 22 points, and the host No. 17 Orange snapped a two-game losing streak.
Terrence Roberts had 18 points, and Demetris Nichols had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Syracuse (4-2).
* WAKE FOREST 91, APPALACHIAN STATE 78: Trent Strickland scored a career-high 25 points to lead the 24th-ranked Demon Deacons (5-1) at home.
* WASHINGTON 112, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 65: Brandon Roy scored 19 points and Ryan Appleby added 18, all on three-point shooting, leading the No. 25 Huskies at home.
Washington (6-0) scored a school-record 65 first-half points.
* KENTUCKY 81, LIBERTY 51: Junior forward Bobby Perry, making his second career start, scored a career-high 22 points to lead the No. 7 Wildcats at home.
Rajon Rondo added 13 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds for Kentucky (4-1).
* VIRGINIA TECH 77, MORGAN STATE 49: Deron Washington had 16 points and Coleman Collins added 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Hokies (5-1) over the visiting Bears (0-5).
* IOWA STATE 96, HOWARD 62: Rashon Clark scored 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting to lead the host Cyclones past the Bison (0-2).