Tremaine Fowlkes continued his torrid postseason play Thursday night with 25 points and 15 rebounds, leading Fresno State to an 85-83 victory over Hawaii in Honolulu and a semifinal berth in the National Invitation Tournament.
Fowlkes teamed up with Terr-ance Roberson to dominate the inside game for the Bulldogs (21-11). Roberson finished with 22 points, including a 3-for-4 performance from behind the 3-point line. Chris Herren scored another 14 points.Fresno State, which had to overcome a 2-for-11 shooting start, held a 10-point lead with 9:55 left, but the Rainbows (21-9) rallied behind Anthony Carter and Mike Robinson.
The lead changed hands five times in the final five minutes before a pair of free throws by Winfred Walton with 42 seconds left broke an 83-83 tie.
For Hawaii, Carter finished with 24 points and Alika Smith had 22.
Fresno State had to overcome a series of misfortunes in its drive to reach the NIT semifinals.
Hours after the win over Memphis, two players were suspended; Wednesday, school officials threatened to pull the team out of the tourney if there were other off-court incidents.
GEORGIA 79, VANDERBILT 65: At Athens, Ga., freshman Jumaine Jones scored 20 points, including seven in a row during a three-minute second-half stretch, as Georgia beat Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals of the NIT on Thursday night.
The Bulldogs (19-14) head to Madison Square Garden in New York for a semifinal match against Penn State next Tuesday night.
Jones' three baskets in a row gave Georgia a 64-58 lead with 5:37 remaining, a lead that reached 10 points just over two minutes later when Derrick Dukes made a 3-pointer from the right corner and G.G. Smith hit two of three free throws. Smith was fouled on a 3-point attempt he launched to prevent a shot clock violation with 3:14 to play.
Jones also had 12 rebounds.
Drew Maddux scored 19 points for Vanderbilt (20-13).
Lorenzo Hall added 12 points for Georgia and Dukes and Ray Harrison each had 10. Dan Langhi had 11 and James Strong and Vince Ford 10 each for the Commodores.
It was the fifth victory in six games for the Bulldogs and their ninth in 12.
Vanderbilt built an 18-9 lead just over seven minutes into the game before Georgia rallied to trail only 32-31 at halftime.
Smith's layup and Harrison's 3-pointer to start the second half gave Georgia a lead it held until Maddux hit a 3-pointer for a 49-46 Vandy lead with 12:48 to play.