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Texas and Lipscomb win semifinal games to advance to NIT finals- 43558

Rick Ross
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The Bison caught fire down the stretch to defeat Wichita State at Madison Square Garden

Tuesday's third meeting between Texas and TCU had little in common with the first two of the season. Not only did the Longhorns beat the the Horned Frogs for the first time this year, but the game was far from the Lone Star State and had much higher stakes. Texas' 58-44 victory at Madison Square Garden was in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

The Longhorns will face Lipscomb, a 71-64 winner vs. Wichita State, in the NIT finals on Thursday.

Kerwin Roach, who returned from his second suspension this season in the Big 12 Tournament, scored 13 of his 22 points in the first half as the Longhorns built a 15-point lead and held off a late charge by the Horned Frogs.

Texas will be trying to win its first NIT title since 1978.
Lipscomb rallied from an 11-point deficit to defeat Wichita State in the first semifinal game.
Down 64-57 with 3:46 remaining, the Bisons, a No. 5 seed in the NIT, scored the final 14 points of the game to defeat the No. 6 seed Shockers, who missed their last 10 shots of the game and converted their last field goal with 8:08 remaining in the game.
The Bisons were led by Garrison Matthews, who scored 34 points. Lipscomb's Ron Marberry had 14 points and Eli Pepper had 15 rebounds. Wichita State's Dexter Dennis had 13 points to lead the Shockers.
Lipscomb (29-7) won the Atlantic Sun regular-season championship but was upset by Liberty in the conference tournament finals. No team from the Atlantic Sun has reached the NIT title game.

The Bisons defeated No. 4 seed Davidson, overall No. 1 seed UNC Greensboro and No. 2 seed NC State to advance to the semifinals.
Lipscomb advances to Thursday's NIT finals against either Texas or TCU.
Click here for the complete 2019 NIT bracket.
2019 NIT Semifinals
Madison Square Garden -- Tuesday
No. 5 Lipscomb 71, No. 6 Wichita State 67
No. 2 Texas 58, No. 1 TCU 44
Madison Square Garden -- Thursday
No. 5 Lipscomb vs. No. 2 Texas, 7 p.m.


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