Relegated to the College Basketball Invitational yet given a home game, the USF men’s basketball team couldn’t make a splash.
Reggie Moore scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half as Washington State pulled away from a one-point halftime lead for an 89-75 victory over the Dons on Tuesday in the first round of the CBI at War Memorial Gymnasium.
USF finishes the season 20-14.
Trailing only 35-34 at halftime, the Dons went cold in the second half, going just 10-of-32 (31.2 percent) from the field. To make matters worse, nine of USF’s 15 second-half rebounds were offensive boards, meaning the Dons missed numerous second-chance points.
Michael Williams led the Dons with 20 points, while Cole Dickerson added 19 and Angelo Caloiaro — coach Rex Walters’ first recruit on the Hilltop — added 15 points in his final game at USF.
Western Kentucky 59, Mississippi Valley State 58
Derrick Gordon had 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Hilltoppers (16-18) to a remarkable comeback victory over the Delta Devils (21-13) as part of the First Four at Dayton, Ohio. Western Kentucky advances to face top-seeded Kentucky in the South Regional.
After Mississippi Valley State led by 16 with 4:52 to play, Western Kentucky began its improbable push, scoring 15 unanswered points as part of a 17-1 run to tie the game with 1:14 to play.
BYU 78, IONA 72
Noah Hartsock scored 23 points and the Cougars (26-8) erased a 25-point deficit to defeat the Gaels (25-8) at Dayton, Ohio. The win sets up a matchup with third-seeded Marquette in the West Regional.
BYU fought to chip away at the significant deficit, ending the first half on a 16-6 run to trail at halftime 55-40. In the final 20 minutes, BYU stormed to within a point on the strength of a 17-0 run as the Gaels missed 11 consecutive shots and went more than nine minutes without a single point.
Stanford 76, Cleveland State 65
Aaron Bright led an efficient Cardinal offense with 17 points as Stanford advanced in the NIT. Josh Owens and Anthony Brown each added 15 points for Stanford, which will meet the winner of today’s Ole Miss-Illinois State game in the second round.