NIT Scores: Ranking Best Performances from Tourney's First Night

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NIT Scores: Ranking Best Performances from Tourney's First Night
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Terrence Ross (right) had two blocks in Washington's 82-73 over Texas-Arlington in the NIT.

While the NIT is not the NCAA tournament, there are still many good basketball teams and players competing in a solid postseason tournament.

This article will give some love to the top five performances from the tournament's first night of games.

5: Washington Guard Terrence Ross

Washington has a solid guard in Terrence Ross, and he delivered against Texas-Arlington in an 82-73 victory.

The 6'6" sophomore guard racked up 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting while grabbing five rebounds, rejecting two shots and nabbing a steal.

Ross has seasonal averages of 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists a night.

4: Oregon Guard Devoe Joseph

Devoe Joseph showed he is a stud as he collected 25 points in Oregon's 96-76 win over LSU.

When the Tigers were clawing their way back into the game with a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, Joseph nailed a three, scored seven points and handed out two assists in the final 4:38.

The 6'4" senior got 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting while passing out six assists, grabbing two rebounds and creating two steals.

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Iowa's Aaron White (left) had a career-high 25 points in the NIT win over Dayton.

He has seasonal marks of 16.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest.

3: Iowa Forward Aaron White

Aaron White had a career-high 25 points as the freshman forward led his No. 7 Hawkeyes to an 84-75 victory over No. 2 Dayton. His previous career-high was 19 points against Chicago State.

The 6'8", 225-pound White shot 10-of-15 from the field while grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out two assists. 

An effective freshman, White has averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds this season.

2: Northwestern Swingman Drew Crawford

Drew Crawford is the Wildcats' all-time leading scorer, and he proved that Tuesday night as he scored a game-high 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting in a 76-74 Northwestern win over Akron.

The junior swingman hit a three-pointer with 1:33 left in the game to give Northwestern the lead for good. He also grabbed seven rebounds and passed out four assists.

For the season, Crawford is averaging 16.1 points and 4.8 rebounds a game.

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Drew Crawford dropped 27 points in an NIT win over Akron.

1: Massachusetts Guard Chaz Williams

Chaz Williams lit up Mississippi State for 28 points in a 101-96 double overtime victory.

The 6'5" sophomore guard nailed 11 of his 20 shots and had eight rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Williams has been turning up his game of late, scoring 20 or more points in five of his last seven games. He is averaging 16.4 points, 6.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds a game.

He dropped a season-high 29 points on Xavier Feb. 20 and also added 26 points against Temple Feb. 29.

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