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Gray Helps Cal Outlast No. 17 Umass

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Ed Gray scored 24 points and Prentice McGruder made two free throws with 3 seconds left as California beat No. 17 Massachusetts 59-55 Wednesday night in the third-place game at the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.

The Bears (2-1) took a 56-50 lead with 3:40 left on McGruder’s basket and Randy Duck’s dunk.

But UMass (1-2) got a 3-pointer from Carmelo Travieso and a basket from Tyrone Weeks to pull within one point.

California then missed three straight free throws before Gray made one with 20 seconds remaining. McGruder sealed the victory by making two free throws with 3.1 seconds left.

(6) Duke 72, (22) Tulsa 67

Freshman Mike Chappell hit consecutive 3-pointers in an 11-0 second-half run and Duke held on to beat Tulsa in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT in New York.

The Blue Devils (3-0) will meet Indiana, a semifinal winner over Evansville, for the title Friday evening.

Tulsa (2-1) had a 10-point lead with 3:32 left in the first half, but Duke, spurred by the defense of point guard Steve Wojciechowski, closed the first half with a 9-0 run to get within 27-26.

Oral Roberts 86, (16) Arkansas 81

Tim Gill scored nine of his 29 points in the closing minutes - including four in the final 59 seconds - to spark streaking Oral Roberts to an upset of the Razorbacks in Tulsa.

(18) Texas 86, Rhode Island 79

Reggie Freeman scored 27 points and Brandy Perryman had seven points in the final 47 seconds as the Longhorns beat Rhode Island in Austin.

Texas (2-0) raced to an early 11-point lead and then went flat, falling behind by 13 early in the second half before rallying behind freshman Gabe Muoneke, who finished with 20 points.

(19) N. Mexico 96, Centenary 64

Clayton Shields scored 31 points and Dave Bliss became the winningest coach in New Mexico history as the Lobos beat Centenary in Albuquerque.

With Shields and Charles Smith (24 points) providing the offensive punch, New Mexico (4-0) had no trouble beating the Gents (0-3) and giving Bliss the milestone win.

Bliss, with a record of 176-83, surpassed Bob King’s mark of 175-89. King, who coached the Lobos for 10 seasons (1963-1972) was on hand to see his record broken and was honored in a postgame ceremony.

(20) Indiana 74, Evansville 73

Andrae Patterson hit a baseline jumper at the buzzer to give the Hoosiers a victory over Evansville in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT.

The Hoosiers (4-0), who led 72-64 with 2-1/2 minutes to play, scored after inbounding the ball with 1.2 seconds left.


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