MOON, Pa. — Mike McFadden hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining and Robert Morris shocked defending national champion Kentucky 59-57 in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats decided not to call timeout after the second free throw but Kyle Wiltjer’s 3-pointer before the buzzer bounced harmlessly off the rim, sending hundreds of students onto the court as Robert Morris ruined Kentucky coach John Calipari’s homecoming.
Lucky Jones led the Colonials (24-10) with 15 points but was ejected for a flagrant foul on Archie Goodwin with 3:41 to play.
Goodwin scored 18 points for the Wildcats but couldn’t stop Kentucky’s disappointing season from coming to a stunning end.
MARYLAND 86, NIAGARA 70
In College Park, Md., Nick Faust had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Maryland (23-121) used a strong second half to defeat Niagara (19-14) in the opening round of the NIT.
Tied at halftime, the Terrapins (23-12) used a 21-2 run to take a 56-38 lead before coasting to the finish.
Second-seed Maryland next hosts the winner of the Ohio-Denver game, held late Tuesday.
LOUISIANA TECH 71, FLORIDA STATE 66
In Tallahassee, Fla., Raheem Appleby scored 27 points and Alex Hamilton added 16 to help Louisiana Tech (27-6) rally from a nine-point second half deficit and beat Florida State (18-16) 71-66 in a first-round NIT game.
ST. JOHN’S 63, SAINT JOSEPH’S 61
In Philadelphia, Sir’Dominic Pointer raced down the court and hit a jumper from the corner at the buzzer to lead St. John’s (17-15) to a come-from-behind win over Saint Joseph’s (18-14) in the first round of the NIT.
GEORGE MASON 78, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 77
In Charleston, S.C., Erick Copes tipped-in a missed layup with one second left to lead George Mason (19-14) past College of Charleston (24-11) in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational.
The Cougars led 77-71 with 1:48 to go before the Patriots scored the final seven points.