NCAA Basketball

Monmouth Hawks (27-7)


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vs. Siena 
W 77-73
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@ Iona 
W 79-73
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vs. Nia 
W 84-59
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@ Siena 
L 85-89
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vs. Miss 
L 83-91
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Saiz sets Ole Miss record for double-doubles in NIT win

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) Sebastian Saiz had his school-record 21st double-double of the season, Deandre Burnett scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and Mississippi beat Monmouth 91-83 on Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT.

Saiz finished with 23 points, on 6-of-9 shooting, and 11 rebounds and Burnett hit four 3-pointers. Cullen Neal, Breein Tyree and Terence Davis scored 11 points apiece for Ole Miss (21-13), the fifth seed in its bracket. The Rebels will face top-seeded Syracuse or No. 8 seed UNC-Greensboro in the second round.

Diago Quinn scored six points and Je'lon Hornbeak hit a 3-pointer during an 11-0 run that gave Monmouth (27-7) a 67-64 lead on Quinn's dunk with 9:06 to play. The Rebels answered with a 12-3 spurt to take the lead for good as the Hawks went the next 4:29 without a basket. Justin Robinson hit a 3 to end Monmouth's drought and trim its deficit to 76-73, but Davis made a layup and then hit a 3 and it was at least a two-possession game the rest of the way.

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Leaders
Points: J. Robinson19.7
Rebounds: C. Brady6.5
Assists: J. Robinson4.8
FG%: J. Robinson41.7%
FT%: J. Robinson85.6%
3P%: J. Hornbeak44.4%
Steals: J. Hornbeak1.5
Blocks: C. Brady1.7
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
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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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Metro Atlantic Athletic Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Monmouth 18-2 27-7
Saint Peter's 14-6 23-13
Iona 12-8 22-13
Siena 12-8 17-17
Fairfield 11-9 16-15
Rider 10-10 18-15
Canisius 10-10 18-16
Quinnipiac 7-13 10-21
Niagara 6-14 10-23
Manhattan 5-15 10-22
Marist 5-15 8-24
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 81.2 (24)
Rebounds: 11.2 (119)
Assists: 12.7 (233)
FG%: 43.7% (219)
FT%: 75.7% (30)
3P%: 37.3% (71)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 73.6 (217)
Rebounds: 27.4 (38)
Assists: 13.1 (164)
FG%: 40.7% (30)
FT%: 71.1% (226)
3P%: 33.4% (95)
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