Baylor, Iowa punch their tickets into NIT title game


New York, NY — Pierre Jackson extended his collegiate career after pouring in 24 points and 10 assists to lead the Baylor Bears to a 76-70 win over the BYU Cougars in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden.

Cory Jefferson tallied 21 points for Baylor (24-12), which has averaged 89 points per game in four tournament wins thus far. Isaiah Austin registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while A.J. Walton added 10 points.

Tyler Hawes hit 7-of-7 from the foul line and paced BYU (22-14) with 25 points in the losing effort. Matt Carlino netted 19 points while Brandon Davies contributed 13 points. BYU starters were responsible for all but two of its points.

Taurean Prince’s tip-in broke a tie game with four seconds remaining in the opening stanza to give Baylor a 35-33 halftime edge. BYU kept things close after outrebounding Baylor, 22-13, with nine of those coming on the offensive end. Both teams shot 14-of-31 from the floor.

The game remained tight until Jackson led a 14-3 Baylor run to put the Bears in a favorable position heading down the stretch. Carlino knocked down three 3-pointers in the final 1:31 to keep things interesting, but Jackson took care of business at the free throw line to secure the win for the Bears.

Iowa 71, Maryland 60

Roy Devyn Marble tallied 21 points and nine rebounds as the Iowa Hawkeyes advanced to the NIT championship over the Maryland Terrapins at Madison Square Garden.

Eric May contributed 12 points and five assists while Aaron White made 8-of-10 from the foul line for 10 points. The Hawkeyes (25-12) will face Baylor in the championship game on Thursday night.

Alex Len went for 16 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort for Maryland (25-13). Nick Faust added 14 points.

After leading by as many as 14 points early on, Iowa was unable to stop Maryland down the stretch. Wells’ dunk with four seconds left in the first half brought the Terrapins to within five, 38-33, at intermission.

Maryland overcame 11 turnovers and got a boost from its bench, led by Logan Aronhalt with 9 points.

Iowa opened the second half on a 9-2 run before the Terps came surging back behind Faust, whose triple with 11:57 left brought Maryland back to within four. The Hawkeyes maintained their lead however and put the game away on May’s 3-pointer with 1:01 left.

Iowa scored 27 points off of turnovers tonight while Maryland managed just two.