Wisconsin's Willie Simms knows he has a job to do. His game-high 31 points indicate he is doing an especially good job.

"My game is to help the team win," said the senior forward, who led the Badgers Wednesday night to an 87-79 overtime victory over Bowling Green in the first-round of the National Invitation Tournament."We won, so I can't complain," Simms said.

Simms netted 6 of his points in overtime in which the Wisconsin outscored Bowling Green 18-10.

Simms, who sank 12 of 15 field goal attempts, has averaged 23.5 points in his last four games.

"Right now, I'm playing well. I hope I can keep it up," he said.

Providence 98,

James Madison 93 (2 OT)

At Providence, R.I., Chris Watts scored 9 of his 15 points in the second overtime, including six free throws in the last 16 seconds, to rally the Friars.

Providence guard Eric Murdock scored 20 despite fouling out with eight minutes remaining. Steve Hood scored 27 points and Kenny Brooks added 23 for James Madison.

Colorado 71, Michigan 64

At Boulder, Colo., Shaun Vandiver scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half to lead Colorado. Michigan shot 36 percent from the field in the first half, but held a 25-19 advantage under Colorado's dismal 14 percent.

Billy Law added 15 for the Buffaloes. Michigan's Demetrius Calip led all scorers with 29 points.

Cincinnati 82, Ball State 55

At Cincinnati, Louis Banks tallied 19 points to lead a hot-shooting Cincinnati squad. The Bearcats converted all 16 of their free throw attempts and buried 10 3-pointers. Herbert Jones added 15 points and Keith Starks had 14 for the Bearcats, who led 36-24 at halftime.

Chandler Thompson had 16 points and Emanuel Cross added 12 for Ball State.

Southern Ill. 75, Boise St 74

Ashraf Amaya's basket with 10 seconds remaining lifted Southern Illinois. Amaya, who finished the game with 21 points, then blocked Jeff Sanor's shot in the lane at the buzzer to preserve the win. Sterling Mahan and Rick Shipley had 15 points apiece for the Salukis. Boise State's Tanoka Beard pumped in 25 points.

Stanford 93, Houston 86

Benny Ammann scored a career-high 29 points to head the Cardinal attack. Adam Keefe added 22 points to help Stanford improve to 16-13. Byron Smith scored 21 points to pace Houston.