Boston College was eliminated from the 2011 National Invitation Tournament on Saturday morning after losing to No. 4 seed Northwestern, 85-67. Nevertheless, there were still two games to be played in the NIT on Sunday.
In the shocker of the day, No. 4 seed Wichita State upset No.1 seed Virginia Tech, 79-76, in overtime. Joe Ragland made a layup with 2.6 seconds left in overtime to give the Shockers (a very fitting name for a team that just upset one of the NIT's top seeds) their second victory of the tournament.
Ragland finished with 13 points and four assists and Toure' Murry scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Wichita State (26-8). Graham Hatch scored 14 points, Garrett Stutz had 11 points and J.T. Durley added 10 points. Gabe Blair finished with six points and a game-high 10 rebounds in the Shockers' win.
Malcolm Delaney scored 30 points for Virginia Tech (22-12) to lead all scorers, and Erick Green added 17 points. Jeff Allen totaled 10 points and seven rebounds for the Hokies, who will be watching the rest of the NIT on the couch just like Boston College.
In the NIT's second game of the day, Randal Holt scored 22 points to lead No. 7 seed Kent State past No. 6 seed Fairfield, 72-68. Carlton Guyton totaled 16 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Flashes (25-11). Derek Needham finished with 20 points and Ryan Olander had 15 points and seven boards for the Stags (25-8).
On Saturday, No. 6 seed College of Charleston upset No. 2 seed Cleveland State in second-round action, winning 64-56. Donovan Monroe scored 16 and Trent Wiedeman added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Cougars (26-10). Norris Cole led all scorers with 18 points in the loss for Cleveland State (27-9).
Second round play in the 2011 NIT resumes on Monday when Missouri State meets Miami (7 p.m. EDT, ESPN), New Mexico battles Alabama (9 p.m. EDT, ESPN) and Oklahoma State faces Washington State (11:30 p.m. EDT, ESPN2).
2011 NIT SECOND ROUND GAMES (March 18-21)
Colorado def. California, 89-72.
Northwestern def. Boston College, 86-67
Charleston def. Cleveland State, 64-56
Wichita State def. Virginia Tech, 79-76 (OT)
Kent State def. Fairfield, 72-68
March 21 Missouri State at Miami (Fla.) 7 p.m. ESPN
March 21 New Mexico at Alabama 9 p.m. ESPN
March 21 Oklahoma State at Washington State 11:30 p.m. ESPN2