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THE PHOENIX EXITS NIT

Carey Edwards' only basket of the night came with two seconds remaining and boosted Manhattan over Wisconsin-Green Bay 67-65 Thursday night in a first-round National Invitation Tournament game.

"We were trapping on defense, trying to deny the ball and get a steal," said Edwards, who with teammate Carey Wilson was hounding Wisconsin-Green Bay's Tony Bennett. "Wilson turned him in. The ball bounced to me and that was it."It sure was. And it capped a rally that saw Keith Bullock of Manhattan tie the score at 65 on a three-point play with 20 seconds remaining.

"We're very fortunate to come away with a win," Jaspers coach Steve Lappas said. "We forced the turnovers and made them make mistakes, especially when we needed it at the end."

The first round will be completed tonight when James Madison (21-10) travels to Rutgers (15-14).

Second-round games on Monday will have Florida at Pittsburgh, Texas Christian at Purdue, Tennessee at Virginia, Washington State at New Mexico and Kansas State at Notre Dame. Tuesday's schedule has Rhode Island at Boston College, Utah at Arizona State and Manhattan at the James Madison-Rutgers winner.

Bullock scored 27 points for the Jaspers (24-8) and Charles Dubra had 14. Bennett scored 36 points for the visiting Phoenix (25-5), making nine 3-pointers. He had a bad back and it wasn't clear beforehand that he would play.

"That was one of the finest games I've ever seen by an injured player," Wisconsin-Green Bay coach Dick Bennett said. "I don't care if it was by my son."

He scored 14 of 18 Phoenix points during one stretch as Wisconsin-Green Bay took a 57-56 lead with 5:33 to go.

"I could shoot, but that was it," Bennett said. "I couldn't put the moves on I usually do. I had to play upright."

Purdue 82, Butler 56

Woody Austin scored nine of his 24 points in a 21-2 spurt at the start of the second half.

Visiting Butler (21-10), which went 5:10 without scoring in the first half, trailed 34-26 at halftime. The Boilermakers (17-14) then scored the first 13 points of the second half to cap a streak of 18 straight points.

Boston Col. 78, S. Illinois 69

Billy Curley scored 24 points and Malcolm Huckaby added 17, including the final five for the Eagles (17-13).

Visiting Southern Illinois (22-7) trailed 36-19 at halftime, then closed within four points twice in the final 6:38. But Huckaby had a pair of fast-break layups 18 seconds apart and made a free throw with 50 seconds left to seal the victory.

Florida 66, Richmond 52

Stacey Poole scored 16 points and the Gators made eight of their last nine free throws.

Florida (17-12) almost blew a 16-point, second-half lead, with visiting Richmond (22-8) closing to 47-46 on a 21-6 run. Craig Brown's basket put the Gators up 49-46 and Dan Cross and Hosie Grimsley each made 3-pointers.

Texas Christian 73

Long Beach St. 61

Reggie Smith scored 24 points and Brent Atwater scored 12 of his 13 in the second half for the Horned Frogs (23-10).

Al Thomas added 16 points and held the 49ers' leading scorer, Luciou Harris, to just 10 points, nine below his average. Chris Tower scored 17 points for visiting Long Beach State (18-12).

Rhode Island 68, Vanderbilt 63

Andre Samuel scored 13 points for the visiting Rams (21-9), who held off Vanderbilt (15-15).

Rhode Island led 48-44 with 7:04 to play and went on an 8-0 run, with Carlos Cofield scoring four points during the spurt.

New Mexico 90, Louisiana Tech 84

Lewis LaMar scored a season-high 18 points and his offensive rebound in the final 13 seconds helped the Lobos (19-12) hold off visiting Louisiana Tech (23-8).

Will Scott scored 20 points as New Mexico coach Dave Bliss got his 300th career victory. Anthony Dade scored 27 points for the Bulldogs (23-8) on 12-of-15 shooting, but was scoreless in the final eight minutes.

Arizona St. 71, UC Santa Barbara 65

Stevin Smith scored 18 points, including a pair of key free throws down the stretch for the visiting Sun Devils (19-13).

With the game tied at 62 with 1:45 remaining, Arizona State scored eight consecutive points, including six in a 26-second span. Smith had a steal and drove the length of the court but was fouled by Idris Jones.

Lucius Davis scored 26 for Cal Santa Barbara (20-9).