Samme Givens scored 28 points to lead Drexel to a 65-63 win over Northern Iowa on Sunday in the second round of the NIT.
Frantz Massenat had 18 points and 14 assists, and Chris Fouch scored 19, as Drexel (28-6) shook off its weekend disappointment and trounced Central Florida, 81-56, in the first round of the NIT.
Rodney Williams tied his career high with 21 points, Austin Hollins had 16 and Minnesota beat La Salle 70-61 Wednesday night in the opening round of the NIT.
After getting stiffed by the NCAA Tournament committee despite their 27-6 record and regular season CAA title, the Drexel Dragons now focus on their NIT opener tonight at the DAC against Central Florida.
St. Joe’s will open play in the NIT on Wednesday night as they host Northern Iowa at Hagan Arena.
For the first time since 1992, La Salle will be playing basketball past their conference tournament. Their season was extended on Sunday with word that the Explorers had earned a berth in the NIT. They will open the tournament up on Wednesday night at Gola Arena against Minnesota out of the Big 10.
Game after game, the wins never stop coming at Drexel. Same with the doubts.
Scotty Hopson scored 18 points to lead No. 24 Tennessee to a 78-68 victory over No. 7 Villanova on Friday in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.