Sooners win NIT Tip-Off

Blake Griffin had 18 points, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, and matched a career high with 21 rebounds to help No. 11 Oklahoma rally past No. 10 Purdue, 87-82, yesterday in the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament Season Tip-Off in New York.

Willie Warren added a career-high 22 points and Taylor Griffin had 19 for the Sooners (6-0), who are off to their best start since winning their first 10 games in 2003.


E'Twaun Moore scored 22 points to lead Purdue (5-1), which jumped ahead 80-76 in overtime before Warren scored in the lane and Tony Crocker made a free throw. Blake Griffin got the ball inside with 1:05 left and was hacked across the arm, then made both free throws for an 81-80 lead.

Cade Davis made a pair of foul shots with 16.4 seconds left to push the lead to three, but Purdue never got a chance to tie it up. Moore was stripped before he could take a shot, and Oklahoma sealed it from the free-throw line.


Nemanja Calasan added 20 points for Purdue. Blake Griffin, who had 32 points and 15 rebounds in a semifinal win over Alabama-Birmingham, was chosen as the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

No. 12 Tennessee 90, No. 21 Georgetown 78: : Tyler Smith scored 21 points to lead the Volunteers (5-0) past the Hoyas (3-1) in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Tennessee, which beat Siena in the opening round, will play for the title tomorrow against No. 9 Gonzaga, which defeated Maryland, 81-59, in the other semifinal. Chris Wright scored 18 points for Georgetown, which had five players in double figures. Cameron Tatum went 5-for-6 on three-pointers and finished with 17 points for the Vols.

No. 4 Pittsburgh 80, Texas Tech 67: : Sam Young scored 24 points to lead the Panthers (6-0) past the Red Raiders (5-1) in the semifinals of the Legends Classic in Newark, N.J. Pitt advanced to today's title game against Washington State, which beat Mississippi State, 63-53, in the other semifinal.

No. 5 Michigan State 94, Oklahoma State 79: : Raymar Morgan scored 29 points as the Spartans (3-1) rebounded from their first defeat of the season - an 80-62 upset loss to Maryland on Thursday night in the opening round - with a convincing win over the Cowboys (4-2) in a losers' bracket game in the Old Spice Classic. Oklahoma State, which lost, 83-71, to No. 9 Gonzaga in the first round, received 21 points from Terrel Harris.

No. 7 Duke 95, Duquesne 72: : Lance Thomas scored a career-high 21 points to help the Blue Devils (7-0) rout the visiting Dukes (4-1). Thomas made all eight of his shots.

No. 15 Marquette 73, Northern Iowa 43: : Wesley Matthews scored 17 points and the Golden Eagles (5-0) used a 20-0 first-half run to rout the Panthers (3-2) in the Chicago Invitational Challenge in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

No. 19 Wake Forest 82, Texas-El Paso 79: : Jeff Teague capped a 29-point performance by making two free throws with 14 seconds remaining, leading the Demon Deacons (5-0) over the Miners (3-2) in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif. Wake Forest advanced to tomorrow's championship game.



No. 5 Stanford 78, No. 19 Purdue 70, OT: : Jayne Appel scored eight straight points in overtime to lift the Cardinal (4-1) over the Boilermakers (3-1) in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic in Honolulu. Appel overcame a rough start and finished with 26 points and 16 rebounds. Lakisha Freeman led Purdue with 17 points.

No. 2 North Carolina 98, Pacific 62: : Italee Lucas scored 25 points to help the Tar Heels (7-0) rout the Tigers (1-2) in the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas.

No. 3 California 68, Texas Tech 54: : Ashley Walker scored 30 points as the Golden Bears (5-0) beat the Red Raiders (4-2) in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

No. 6 Baylor 62, Villanova 57: : Jessica Morrow had 13 of her 17 points in the first half, and the Bears (6-0) edged the Wildcats (2-3) in the Paradise Jam.

No. 8 Texas A&M; 61, Penn State 57: : Takia Starks scored 20 points, leading the Aggies (5-0) past the Lions (3-2) in the Timeout 4 HIV/AIDS tournament in Malibu, Calif. Tyra Grant scored 22 points for Penn State.

No. 12 Duke 59, Western Kentucky 56: : Joy Cheek scored 12 points and the visiting Blue Devils (4-1) held off the Hilltoppers (3-2).


No. 16 Virginia 65, Utah 57: : Whitney Edwards had 15 points to help the Cavaliers (4-1) beat the Utes (1-3) in the WBCA Classic in Milwaukee.

No. 17 Vanderbilt 82, Davidson 50: : Hannah Tuomi had 16 points as the host Commodores (5-1) defeated the Wildcats (1-4).

No. 21 Arizona State 80, Hofstra 54: : Briann January scored 19 points to help the Sun Devils (3-1) beat the Pride (1-3) in the Junkanoo Jam.

No. 22 Texas Christian 71, Eastern Michigan 55: : Helena Sverrisdottir scored 18 points and the Horned Frogs (6-1) defeated the Eagles (2-4) in the Caribbean Challenge in Cancun, Mexico.

No. 25 Iowa State 75, Prairie View A&M; 59:: Alison Lacey had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Cyclones (4-0) over the Panthers (1-4) in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic.

No. 25 Xavier 73, Tennessee-Martin 41:: Tyeasha Moss scored 15 points and the host Musketeers (4-2) cruised past the Skyhawks (1-3).