GREENVILLE — East Carolina jumped out to an early lead and cruised into the final of the CollegeInsider.com tournament late Saturday night.
Maurice Kemp had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the Pirates’ 81-58 victory against Evansville.
Robert Sampson added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Miguel Paul scored 19 and handed out 11 assists – giving him 230 for his career to break Brock Young’s school record. Ty Armstrong also had 17 points for the Pirates (22-12), who will take on Weber State (30-6) in the championship game Tuesday night.
Weber State 59, Northern Iowa 56: Every shot fell early for Weber State in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in the CIT semis. Then came a quiet second half.
Weber State (30-6) shot over 50 percent from the field in the first, but hit just one shot from beyond the arc after halftime.
AP Sources: Tubby Smith in talks with Texas Tech
Fired Minnesota coach Tubby Smith could have a job before the Golden Gophers fill his vacancy.
Smith is in talks with Texas Tech to become the next coach of the Red Raiders, two people with knowledge of the conversation told The Associated Press late Saturday night. The people requested anonymity because the talks are ongoing.
Texas Tech has been in the market for a permanent coach since last September, when Billy Gillispie resigned citing health concerns.
Smith, who also could draw interest from New Mexico after Steve Alford abruptly left for UCLA last week, was fired last Monday after six seasons at Minnesota. He led the Golden Gophers to three NCAA tournaments and won at least 20 games five times.
Kentucky: Coach John Calipari said sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow is transferring to Georgia State, stating that the health of Harrow’s father played a role in the decision.
Harrow averaged 9.9 points in 29 games, including 24 starts, for Kentucky this season.