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CIT recap 2017: UT Martin, Furman advance

Recapping Thursday night’s CIT action

NCAA Basketball: Furman at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA Tournament tipped off on Thursday, but it wasn’t the only postseason tournament in action. Here’s what you (probably) missed from the Thursday’s CIT action.

Texas State 70, Lamar 60

After dropping the Sun Belt championship game to Troy, Texas State bounced back by winning their CIT opener. Nijal Pearson had a game-high 18 points for the Bobcats, and Kavin Gilder-Tilbury had 14 to go with 13 rebounds. Nedeljko Prijovic chipped in with 13 points off the bench, and was just one rebound short of a double-double with nine. For Lamar, they were led in scoring by Tyrin Atwood with 11 points in only eight minutes.

Furman 79, USC Upstate 57

In a battle of ancient warriors, the Paladins defeated the Spartans with a dominant performance on the defensive end. USC Upstate only shot 37.3% from the floor, and went just 4-24 from behind the arc. John Davis led the Paladins in scoring with 16 points, while Devin Sibley, Kris Acox and Geoff Beans all had 13 a piece. Furman moves on to face Saint Peter’s on Friday.

Saint Peter’s 59, Albany 55

The Peacocks trailed for most of the second half, but used a late rally to come away with the four point victory. They took the lead just before the four minute mark, and never relinquished down the stretch. Nick Griffin led the low-scoring affair with 16 points for the Peacocks, while Quadir Welton and Trevis Wyche joined him in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively. David Nichols paced the Great Danes with 15, but it wasn’t enough in the losing effort.

UT Martin 89, UNC Asheville 75

The Skyhawks received a strong performance from Jacolby Mobley as the senior’s 29 points propelled them to victory. He was part of a 13-22 showing from the three-point line that helped UT Martin topple the Big South’s regular season runner-ups. Fatodd Lewis, Matthew Butler and Malik London all scored in double digits to aid Mobley in the high-scoring outburst. Ahmad Thomas led the Bulldogs with 22 points of his own.

Weber State 80, CS Fullerton 74

In the final game of the night, Weber State got 21-point performances from both Jeremy Senglin and Zach Braxton to take down Cal State Fullerton. The Wildcats used a 25-27 night at the free throw line to close out the win down the stretch. Kyndahl Hill, who chipped in 18 points of his own, had the best night from the line by going a perfect 10-10. Khalil Ahmad led the Titans with 18 points, while their dynamic scorer Tre’ Coggins only managed nine points in the loss.