Heels stymie 'Hawks

Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2002

NEW YORK -- Freshman Rashad McCants energized North Carolina with some nearly flawless shooting Wednesday night and led the Tar Heels to a 67-56 victory over No. 2 Kansas in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT.

North Carolina (4-0) will play Stanford (4-0) for the tournament championship Friday night. The Cardinal advanced with a 69-65 victory over No. 7 Florida in Wednesday night's first game.

McCants led all scorers with 25 points, hitting 10 of 15 shots.

No. 1 Arizona 101, N. Arizona 66

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Willy Bynum scored a career-high 18 points -- all on 3-pointers -- as Arizona routed Northern Arizona, but the Wildcats lost Luke Walton to a sprained right ankle.

No. 3 Texas 76, Texas-Arlington 45

AUSTIN, Texas -- James Thomas had his second straight double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Texas used relentless defense to pull away from Texas-Arlington.

No. 5 Pitt 69, St. Francis, Pa. 46

PITTSBURGH -- Brandin Knight had 10 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as Pittsburgh opened a 14-3 lead and didn't let up.

Stanford 69, No. 7 Florida 65

NEW YORK -- Matt Lottich scored 18 points and fueled Stanford's comeback with a pair of 3-point baskets to lead the Cardinal into the Preseason NIT championship game.

No. 11 Maryland 97, Citadel 49

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Drew Nicholas scored 17 of his career-high 28 points in the first half as Maryland built a 26-point lead and cruised past The Citadel.

No. 15 Kentucky 80, No. 20 Gonzaga 72

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Keith Bogans scored 18 points, and the Kentucky Wildcats handled a zone defense much better than they did in their previous game to finish third in the Maui Invitational.

Georgia Tech 83, No. 17 Georgia 77

ATLANTA -- B.J. Elder shook off leg cramps to score 24 points to lead Georgia Tech past Georgia.

The Yellow Jackets (2-0) overcame a 14-point deficit in the first half to snap a three-game losing streak against Georgia (1-2).

No. 19 Indiana 70, Virginia 63

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Bracey Wright scored 21 points and fellow freshman guard Marshall Strickland added 15 as Indiana won the Maui Invitational for the first time.

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