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Hook 'em! Texas tops Lipscomb to win NIT championship

NEW YORK (AP) Texas can hook its horns to an NIT championship.

Dylan Osetkowski had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Texas to the NIT championship with an 81-66 win over Lipscomb on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

''It's great to win a championship,'' coach Shaka Smart said.

The Longhorns (21-16) beat South Dakota State, Xavier, Colorado and TCU to reach the final, and survived a few late shots at the lead to win their first NIT title since 1978.

Smart, just 71-66 in four seasons with the Longhorns, got Texas to cut down the nets the same time he is reportedly on the short list of candidates to take the UCLA vacancy. Texas has not won an NCAA Tournament game under Smart and few Texas fans would weep if he left for the Bruins.

Texas fans at the Garden enjoyed the title and held up the ''hook em'' hand gesture as the final seconds ticked off.

Smart was doused with water in the locker room and had a towel with him as he walked to a press conference.

''There have been teams that have come and won the NIT and used it as an unbelievable springboard,'' Smart said. ''And there's teams that haven't.''

Jase Febres held off the pesky Bisons - don't call it a comb-back - with 3s in the second half that extended the lead to 13 points each time and kept the Longhorns firmly in charge. He finished with 16 points and Kerwin Roach II had 16.

Smart shared a moment with the troubled Roach on the court, an emotional time for a senior in his final game who has been suspended three times over his career. Roach was named the NIT's most outstanding player.

''He's had some phenomenal moments,'' Smart said. ''I don't think he thought he'd be in college this long.''

Long enough to go out a champion.

Texas won in front of about 3,000 spectators, and not one sitting above the lower bowl.

Penn State about packed MSG last year, in large part because of a substantial alumni base and rapper Flavor Flav in the house rooting on his cousin.

But this year?

Well, there were a few hundred fans in burnt orange and that was about it.

So why come to this game?

Hours after the Mets won their home opener against the Washington Nationals, the train hub at Penn Station was packed with fans in Mets jerseys. Some even decided to make it a day-night doubleheader and hit MSG.

There was a small group that had made NIT games a tradition for the last 10 years. In a StubHub era in which tickets are grossly inflated from their face value cost, one fan said there wasn't anywhere else u can sit in the front row and watch basketball for a reasonable price.

StubHub had tickets in the prime 100 level going for $11 bucks 24 hours before tip - which is at least cheaper than a concession stand burger. When one fan yawned toward the end of the first half, a security guard chirped, ''it's too early for that.''

Eh, not really.

Osetkowski hit three 3s for 15 points in the first half and the Longhorns raced out to a 41-27 lead. The Longhorns will take their shorn nets back to Texas - with Smart's fate yet to be determined.

Garrison Mathews, named an Associated Press All-America honorable mention, scored 15 points for the Bisons (29-8). He made all 10 free throws but missed 8 of 10 shots from the floor. With their best player in a funk, Lipscomb was doomed.

''They took Garrison for the large part out of the game,'' Casey Alexander said. ''The only thing to be sad about is that it's over.''

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Key Players
G. Mathews
K. Roach II
12 G
30.1 Min. Per Game 30.1
15.0 Pts. Per Game 15.0
3.1 Ast. Per Game 3.1
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
44.4 Field Goal % 44.1
40.3 Three Point % 35.5
86.0 Free Throw % 68.8
+ 2 John Matt Merritt made jump shot, assist by Zach Flener 2.0
  Lost ball turnover on Royce Hamm Jr., stolen by Ahsan Asadullah 31.0
+ 2 Ahsan Asadullah made dunk 45.0
  Offensive rebound by Ahsan Asadullah 50.0
  Jake Wolfe missed jump shot 52.0
+ 2 Kerwin Roach II made driving layup 1:11
  Offensive rebound by Kerwin Roach II 1:26
  Kamaka Hepa missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:28
+ 2 Michael Buckland made jump shot 1:48
  Defensive rebound by Ahsan Asadullah 2:02
  Kerwin Roach II missed 3-pt. jump shot 2:04
Team Stats
Points 66 81
Field Goals 22-56 (39.3%) 28-63 (44.4%)
3-Pointers 5-17 (29.4%) 13-37 (35.1%)
Free Throws 17-20 (85.0%) 12-13 (92.3%)
Total Rebounds 36 37
Offensive 4 6
Defensive 27 30
Team 5 1
Assists 20 23
Steals 3 9
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 13 10
Fouls 13 17
Technicals 1 0
17 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
19 PTS, 11 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo 5 Lipscomb 29-8 273966
home team logo 2 Texas 21-16 414081
Team Stats
away team logo 5 Lipscomb 29-8 83.1 PPG 39.8 RPG 17.7 APG
home team logo 2 Texas 21-16 71.0 PPG 36.4 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
0
R. Marberry F 14.8 PPG 4.1 RPG 1.9 APG 63.0 FG%
21
D. Osetkowski F 11.1 PPG 7.2 RPG 1.3 APG 43.8 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Marberry F 17 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
D. Osetkowski F 19 PTS 11 REB 5 AST
39.3 FG% 44.4
29.4 3PT FG% 35.1
85.0 FT% 92.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Marberry 17 2 1 7/12 0/0 3/4 0 25 1 1 0 1 1
G. Mathews 15 8 0 2/10 1/5 10/10 2 36 0 1 4 0 8
M. Buckland 5 8 5 2/5 1/2 0/0 0 32 0 0 0 0 8
K. Cooper 2 5 4 1/6 0/1 0/0 4 27 1 0 5 0 5
E. Pepper 0 3 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 3 15 0 1 2 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Marberry 17 2 1 7/12 0/0 3/4 0 25 1 1 0 1 1
G. Mathews 15 8 0 2/10 1/5 10/10 2 36 0 1 4 0 8
M. Buckland 5 8 5 2/5 1/2 0/0 0 32 0 0 0 0 8
K. Cooper 2 5 4 1/6 0/1 0/0 4 27 1 0 5 0 5
E. Pepper 0 3 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 3 15 0 1 2 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Asadullah 11 3 2 5/7 0/0 1/2 1 15 1 0 0 1 2
N. Moran 6 0 2 2/5 2/4 0/0 1 16 0 0 1 0 0
M. Rose 5 1 2 1/3 1/2 2/2 1 16 0 0 1 0 1
J. Wolfe 3 1 1 1/2 0/0 1/2 0 9 0 0 0 1 0
J. Merritt 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Fleming 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
Z. Flener 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Jones 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
G. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Strates - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 31 20 22/56 5/17 17/20 13 200 3 3 13 4 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Osetkowski 19 11 5 5/10 3/6 6/6 3 32 3 0 0 0 11
J. Febres 17 5 0 6/13 4/11 1/1 1 28 0 0 1 1 4
M. Coleman III 11 3 7 3/8 2/6 3/4 3 34 4 0 1 1 2
J. Sims 4 4 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 15 0 0 1 0 4
C. Ramey 3 2 2 1/7 1/5 0/0 3 31 0 1 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Osetkowski 19 11 5 5/10 3/6 6/6 3 32 3 0 0 0 11
J. Febres 17 5 0 6/13 4/11 1/1 1 28 0 0 1 1 4
M. Coleman III 11 3 7 3/8 2/6 3/4 3 34 4 0 1 1 2
J. Sims 4 4 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 15 0 0 1 0 4
C. Ramey 3 2 2 1/7 1/5 0/0 3 31 0 1 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Roach II 16 5 9 6/12 2/6 2/2 2 30 2 1 3 1 4
G. Liddell 7 2 0 3/5 1/2 0/0 4 14 0 1 2 2 0
R. Hamm Jr. 4 4 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 11 0 1 1 1 3
K. Hepa 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
B. Nevins 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Whiteside 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
E. Mitrou-Long - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hayes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Cunningham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 36 23 28/63 13/37 12/13 17 200 9 4 10 6 30