(Sporting Alert) — No. 1 seeds Virginia and Southern Miss were both beaten in the quarterfinals of the NCAA NIT Tournament on Wednesday night.
Southern Miss (27-10), which lost for just the second time in two seasons at Reed Green Coliseum, were defeated 79-62 by a very spirited and determined No. 3 Brigham Young (BYU) (24-11) side.
Brock Zylstra collected a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds and made 5-of-9 from three-points for the Cougars, while Tyler Haws led the way in scoring with 25 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the field.
Brandon Davies was also effective for BYU, scoring the team’s other double-double in the game with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Matt Carlino was just one assist short of making it three after finishing the game with 15 points and nine assist, adding to his six rebounds as well.
“You have Tyler and Brandon — they get a lot of attention,” Zylstra said. “I was the beneficiary of that.
“Just standing on the outside and they started falling. After a while, I wanted them to give me the ball every time.”
The Golden Eagles, which trailed for as many 21 points, were paced by Daveon Boardingham, who 18 points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks with Jerrold Brooks adding 13 points in the defeat.
“BYU is a really, really good team,” Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall said.
“In watching tape coming in we realized they were deceivingly athletic and they were a very good shooting team. We called them the 3-headed monster. Tonight, they added a fourth.”
Another No. 3 seed, Iowa, beat Virginia 75-64.
Iowa jumped ahead by 10 points inside the opening 12 minutes of the first half, but Virginia cut into the lead, even though they trailed 31-28 at half-time.
After the break, but teams battle back and forth, it was the Hawkeyes (24-12) which pulled away late in the second half to take the comfortable lead – ending the 19-game home winning streak of the Cavaliers and earned a trip to Madison Square Garden.
Roy Devyn Marble scored 24 points, five assists and three steals to lead Iowa into the NCAA NIT semi-finals.
Justin Anderson lead Virginia (23-12) with a career-high 24 points.
“Tonight was probably the biggest game I’ve played in all year,” said Anderson.
“We had so much on line with it being the seniors’ last game and a home winning streak. … You have to experience these things to know what true joy feels like in the end.”
In the night’s other game, Cory Jefferson scored 26 points and Pierre Jackson collected 20 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds and to guide Baylor (21-14) to a 79-68 win over Providence (19-15) in their NCAA NIT quarterfinal.
“When you’ve got a lot on the line like a chance to go to New York and play in a Final Four atmosphere in Madison Square Garden, you know you don’t have to motivate as a coach,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said.
“Our guys were extremely excited all day long for this game. … The big thing was we took care of the ball all game.”
Bryce Cotton scored 23 points, while Vincent Council added 21 and Kadeem Batts in the defeat for the Friars.