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Griffin Leads Sooners Rally

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: May 20, 2013 at 06:59 PM
NEW YORK -

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 on Friday in the final of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Willie Warren had 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 for Purdue (5-1).

NO. 4 PITTSBURGH 80,

TEXAS TECH 67

NEWARK, N.J. - Sam Young scored 24 points and DeJuan Blair added 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Pittsburgh to victory against Texas Tech in the semifinals of the Legends Classic.

NO. 5 MICHIGAN STATE 94,

OKLAHOMA STATE 79

LAKE BUENA VISTA - Raymar Morgan scored 29 points as No. 5 Michigan State (3-1) rebounded from its first loss of the season with a convincing win against Oklahoma State (4-2) in a losers' bracket game at the Old Spice Classic.

NO. 7 DUKE 95,

DUQUESNE 72

DURHAM, N.C. - Lance Thomas scored a career-high 21 points to help No. 7 Duke (7-0) rout Duquesne (4-1).

Thomas had 12 of his points in the first half.

NO. 9 GONZAGA 81,

MARYLAND 59

LAKE BUENA VISTA - Josh Heytvelt had 22 points and No. 9 Gonzaga (4-0) beat Maryland (4-1) in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic.

Gonzaga opened an 18-point lead midway through the second half and pulled away for the win.

NO. 12 TENNESSEE 90,

NO. 21 GEORGETOWN 78

LAKE BUENA VISTA - Tyler Smith scored 21 points to lead No. 12 Tennessee (5-0) to a semifinal victory against No. 21 Georgetown (3-1) in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic.

NO. 19 WAKE FOREST 82,

UTEP 79

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jeff Teague capped a 29-point performance by making two free throws with 14 seconds remaining, leading No. 19 Wake Forest (5-0) to victory over Texas-El Paso (3-2) in the 76 Classic.

NO. 23 KANSAS 85,

COPPIN STATE 53

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Cole Aldrich had a career-high 23 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds to help No. 23 Kansas (4-1) beat Coppin State (1-2) for its 27th consecutive home victory.

WEST FLORIDA 67,

TAMPA 54

PENSACOLA - Tampa lost for the first time this season as it shot 29.7 percent from the field at the University of West Florida, dropping the Spartans to 3-1.

After holding a two-point halftime lead, the Argonauts (4-0) took advantage of the Spartans' foul trouble and poor shooting to build a 48-37 lead with 13:48 to go.

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