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Washington State, Oregon win first round NIT matchups

Cougars beat Santa Clara 63-50; Ducks hold off Utah State 83-72

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Washington State guard Tyrell Roberts (2) grabs a rebound over Santa Clara forward Keshawn Justice (14) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the NIT on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, in Pullman, Wash.
Washington State guard Tyrell Roberts (2) grabs a rebound over Santa Clara forward Keshawn Justice (14) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the NIT on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (Zach Wilkinson/Lewiston Tribune via AP) Photo Gallery

Tyrell Roberts had 23 points as Washington State beat Santa Clara 63-50 in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night at Pullman.

Efe Abogidi had 13 points for Washington State (20-14). The Cougars had a season-high 10 blocks.

Jalen Williams added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Josip Vrankic had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Broncos (21-12).

The Cougars advance to play the winner of Wednesday’s game between No. 1 seed SMU and Nicholls. The second round game will be Friday or Saturday.

COUGARS 63, BRONCOS 50

SANTA CLARA (21-12) — Justice 0-6 0-0 0, Vrankic 7-13 5-8 19, Bediako 0-3 0-0 0, Pipes 1-11 0-0 3, J.Williams 6-16 6-7 19, Braun 2-5 0-0 4, Stewart 1-2 0-0 2, Holt 1-1 0-0 3, G.Williams 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 18-60 11-15 50.

WASHINGTON ST. (20-14) — Jakimovski 0-2 0-0 0, Abogidi 4-7 4-4 13, Bamba 1-6 1-2 3, Flowers 2-9 3-4 9, Roberts 8-21 0-0 23, Rodman 1-3 1-2 3, Jackson 4-7 0-0 8, N.Williams 2-7 0-1 4, Gueye 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-64 9-13 63.

Halftime — Washington St. 27-23.

Oregon 83, Utah State 72

De’Vion Harmon posted 19 points as Oregon defeated Utah State in the first round of the NIT at Logan, Utah. Jacob Young had 17 points for Oregon (20-14). Rivaldo Soares added 13 points.

Steven Ashworth had 20 points for the Aggies (18-16). Brandon Horvath added 15 points, Sean Bairstow had 12 points and Justin Bean had 9 points and 16 rebounds.

Oregon will next face No. 1 seed Texas A&M at College Station, Texas, either Friday or Saturday.

DUCKS 83, AGGIES 72

OREGON (20-14) — Guerrier 3-10 1-1 9, Kepnang 4-7 1-1 9, Harmon 8-13 1-3 19, Soares 5-8 2-2 13, Young 6-13 4-7 17, Williams 4-6 0-0 9, Bittle 1-3 0-0 3, Wur 1-4 0-0 2, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 33-65 9-14 83.

UTAH ST. (18-16) — Bean 2-12 5-6 9, Horvath 7-16 0-0 15, Bairstow 5-8 2-6 12, Eytle-Rock 0-5 2-2 2, Jones 0-2 0-1 0, Ashworth 6-12 2-2 20, Shulga 2-3 2-2 7, Hamoda 2-4 0-0 5, Thelissen 0-1 0-0 0, Zapala 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 25-65 13-21 72.

Halftime—Utah St. 37-33.

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