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NIT roundup

Boston College, Vermont bounced in first round of NIT

Justin Johnson had his fifth-straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Western Kentucky to a 79-62 win over Boston College on Tuesday night in a NIT first-round game in Bowling Green, Ky.

Taveion Hollingsworth added 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals for the Hilltoppers (25-10), and Darius Thompson had 17 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds.

Boston College (19-16) had a 9-0 lead and used that to build a 24-19 advantage after the first quarter.

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Ky Bowman had 18 points and Jerome Robinson 17 for the Eagles, who shot 38.5 percent compared to 55 percent for WKU.

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A 7-0 burst, followed by a 9-0 run helped the fourth-seeded Hilltoppers open a 41-33 halftime lead.

Johnson had back-to-back dunks and Thompson added another to give WKU a 50-37 lead midway through the third quarter. The fifth-seeded Eagles followed with consecutive baskets but Thompson matched that and Western Kentucky led the rest of the way.

The only other meeting was a WKU win in Dec. 1982. BC coach Jim Christian was an assistant coach at WKU from 1990-92 under Ralph Willard.

Middle Tennessee 91, Vermont 64 — Giddy Potts made six 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Nick King had 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Blue Raiders used an 18-0 third-quarter run to roll in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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Potts hit back-to-back 3-pointers during the decisive run and King closed it for a 69-37 lead.

Brandon Walters added 15 points and Antwain Johnson 14 for third-seeded Middle Tennessee (25-7), which advanced to face the region’s No. 2 seed Louisville.

Anthony Lamb led sixth-seeded Vermont (27-8) with 14 of his 18 points in the first half.

Drew Urquhart finished with 16 and Ernie Duncan, averaging 11.2 points per game, was scoreless in 12 minutes after suffering an eye injury early in the game.

Leading scorer Trae Bell-Haynes, at 14.9, scored 5 points in 35 minutes.

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Vermont, which won 14 consecutive games en route to a regular-season conference championship, closed the first quarter on a 10-2 run for a 21-16 lead and trailed by 8 at halftime.