Anthony Sally hit one of two free throws with 4.7 seconds left in the game to help Western Kentucky defeat California State-Northridge 68-67 on Monday night in Diddle Arena at Bowling Green.
The Hilltoppers (2-1) didn't take a lead in the second half until 1:08 left in the NIT Season Tip-Off, and were able to stave off a three-pointer try by the Matadors' (1-3) Mark Hill at the buzzer.
Sergio Kerusch paced the Hilltoppers with 24 points and nine rebounds. A.J. Slaughter (Shelby County) and Jeremy Evans added 13 points apiece, and Steffphon Pettigrew (Elizabethtown) chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds.
Kenny Daniels led California State-Northridge with 19 points.
The Matadors held a 33-3 advantage in bench points, but the Hilltoppers were able to score 26 points off 24 California State-Northridge turnovers. Western Kentucky only got nine shots and 33 minutes from its bench players.
No. 6 Purdue 73, No. 9 Tennessee 72: E'Twaun Moore scored 22 points to lead Purdue to a victory in the championship game of the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.
The Vols (4-1) had a chance to win it, but center Wayne Chism missed an open three-pointer from the top of the key with two seconds remaining.
Robbie Hummel scored 20 points for the Boilermakers (4-0) and JaJuan Johnson added 11 despite playing 18 minutes before fouling out.
Moore was selected the tournament MVP.
Scotty Hopson (University Heights) had nine points and four rebounds for the Volunteers.
Eastern Kentucky 68, Fairleigh-Dickinson 39: Josh Daniel scored 14 points off the bench and the Colonels routed Fairleigh-Dickinson in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Classic at Richmond. Daniel also had five rebounds and two steals in 19 minutes. Josh Taylor added 13 points and five assists for Eastern (2-1).
Murray State 84, Florida International 71: Isacc Miles scored 16 points and Murray State gave Isiah Thomas his fifth loss in seven games with the Golden Panthers. Danero Thomas scored 13 points, while Ivan Aska and B.J. Jenkins each added 12 for Murray State (4-1). The Racers ended the first half on a 34-10 run.
No. 11 North Carolina 93, Gardner-Webb 72: Deon Thompson scored 22 points to help host North Carolina bounce back from its first loss.Tyler Zeller added 16 points for the Tar Heels (5-1), who led by double digits most of the way. It was the 599th victory for Coach Roy Williams.
Cincinnati 67, No. 24 Vanderbilt 58: Yancy Gates scored 12 points in an 18-2 first-half run that set the tone for Cincinnati's victory in the first round of the Maui Invitational.
Gonzaga 76, Colorado 72: Steven Gray scored 27 points and Matt Bouldin added 21 in helping Gonzaga overcome a sluggish first half on its way to a win over Colorado in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.
Asbury 88, Crown 40: Asbury jumped out to a 49-18 halftime lead and cruised past Crown College at Wilmore. Cory Britt (Harrison County) and Phillip Morrison (Pleasure Ridge Park) both scored 16 points for the Eagles.
Northern Kentucky 90, UC-Clermont 65: David Palmer scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Norse to a road win at Batavia, Ohio. Scott Bibbins (Holy Cross) added 15 points and seven assists for NKU.
South Carolina: Forward Dominique Archie is out indefinitely with a sprained right knee. The senior hurt the knee in the first half of Sunday's 85-70 loss to Miami.
Florida: Forward Alex Tyus is practicing again and ready to play after spraining his ankle last week against Troy. Coach Billy Donovan said Tyus will play Tuesday against Florida State.
Pikeville 84, Brescia 67: Starting forwards Natiera Hinton and Whitney Compton both had double-doubles to power Pikeville past visiting Brescia. Hinton scored 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Compton added 11 points and 11 boards.