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Boilermakers beat Auburn 79-61 in NIT second round

Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2001

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Maynard Lewis scored 16 points and Purdue made eight 3-pointers in a 79-61 victory over Auburn in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday night.

Rodney Smith added with 15 points, and Kenny Lowe 12 for the Boilermakers (17-14), who will play Alabama later this week. Alabama beat Toledo 79-69 on Tuesday night.

Kyle Davis led Auburn (18-14) with 19 points and nine rebounds. Jamison Pohlman added 18 points.

Alabama 79, Toledo 69

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Rod Grizzard had 22 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to lead Alabama over Toledo.

The Crimson Tide (23-10), an NIT semifinalist in 1996, will play Purdue later this week for a return trip to New York City.

Toledo (22-11), which had won its last three games when trailing at the half, cut a 20-point deficit to 66-56 with 6:55 lead as Nick Moore hit a pair of 3-pointers and Greg Stempin scored on an alley-oop from Rory Jones. Toledo couldn't pull any closer.

Memphis 90, Texas-El Paso 65

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Marcus Moody scored 17 points and Kelly Wise added 16 as Memphis beat Texas-El Paso.

Five players scored in double figures for Memphis (19-14), which opened the second half with a 19-2 run for a 30-point lead, and UTEP (23-9) never threatened again.

Besides Moody and Wise, Scooter McFadgon scored 13, while Shyrone Chatman added 12 and 10 assists. Earl Barron also had a double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

New Mexico 81, Pepperdine 78

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Ruben Douglas scored 25 points and Marlon Parmer led a second-half rally by New Mexico in a victory over Pepperdine.

New Mexico (21-12) will play Memphis in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Parmer, who scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 71. He then stripped the ball from Pepperdine's Brandon Armstrong and scored on a layup for a 73-71 lead with 3:43 left.

The lead changed hands twice before Parmer hit a pair of free throws with 1:04 left to put the Lobos up for good at 76-75.



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