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Thomas passes 2,000, lifts A&M-CC by UMBC 79-61 in CIT semi

BALTIMORE (AP) Rashawn Thomas scored 23 points, becoming the first player in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi history to surpass 2,000, and the Islanders dominated the second half to defeat UMBC 79-61 on Wednesday night in the finals of the CIT.

Kareem South added 20 points for the Islanders (24-11), who play at home on Friday in the Tournament championship game against Saint Peter's. Ehab Amin added 16 points and Joseph Kilgore had 14.

Rodney Elliott and Will Darley had 15 points apiece for the Terriers (21-12), who finished with the second most wins in their Division I history under first-year coach Ryan Odom. UMBC won just seven games last year.

Points: J. Lyles18.9
Rebounds: J. Lyles6.6
Assists: K. Maura4.3
FG%: W. Darley48.8%
FT%: W. Darley89.1%
3P%: J. Sherburne45.0%
Steals: K. Maura1.8
Blocks: S. Schwietz0.8
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1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
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Stony Brook 12-4 18-14
New Hampshire 10-6 20-12
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UMBC 9-7 21-13
Massachusetts-Lowell 5-11 11-20
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Binghamton 3-13 12-20
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