NIT 2013 Scores: Biggest Surprises from Tournament's 2nd Day

Michael DulkaContributor IMarch 21, 2013

Mar 14, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Baylor Bears guard A.J. Walton (22) celebrates after scoring in the second half of the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the second round of the Big 12 tournament at the Sprint Center. Oklahoma State win 74-72.  Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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The scores from the first round of the 2013 NIT have been fairly surprising. In what has become basketball's consolation prize, the NIT still provides a great avenue for players and programs to finish up their seasons. 

The first day of the tournament delivered the biggest surprise thus far with No. 1 Kentucky losing to No. 8 Robert Morris. The only other upset from the first day was No. 5 St. John's beating No. 4 Saint Joseph's. 

The second day definitely answered the surprises from the first day and raised the bar going further into the tournament. 


No. 2 Baylor 112, No. 7 Long Beach State 66

Baylor was expected to beat Long Beach State, but just how badly it did was a big surprise. Doubling up an opponent is always an impressive feat, but scoring 112 points to do so is extremely remarkable. 

The game was close for the first three-and-a-half minutes before Baylor exploded.

It expanded an 11-6 lead all the way to 41-19 before the Long Beach State 49ers started getting their feet under them. The 49ers were able to hang with Baylor over the last seven minutes of the half but still trailed 59-34 at halftime. 

Baylor did a great job of spreading the wealth and had seven players end the night in double figures. Only two players on the team played more than 22 minutes in the game.  

The winners got an impressive shooting performance from Brady Heslip, who knocked down 8-of-11 three-pointers on his way to 26 points in the game. 

In the second round, Baylor should get a firmer test as it hosts Arizona State on Friday at 8 p.m. ET. 


No. 2 Massachusetts 58, No. 7 Stony Brook 71

Stony Brook will still be disappointed by not making it to the NCAA tournament, but a big upset of Massachusetts should help to ease the pain. After getting upset by Albany in the America East Conference tournament, Stony Brook took its anger out on Massachusetts. 

The higher-ranked Massachusetts weathered a strong start by Stony Brook to take a 25-21 lead with 7:05 remaining in the first half.

Stony Brook dominated the rest of the first half as Massachusetts went ice cold and failed to score for the rest of the half. 

Stony Brook's impressive victory leads it into the second round. The Seawolves travel to play Iowa on Friday at 9 p.m. ET, in a tough matchup against a talented Hawkeyes team.


No. 2 Tennessee 67, No. 7 Mercer 75

The Mercer Bears delivered another upset as they knocked out the Tennessee Volunteers 75-67 to advance to the second round.  

Mercer is another team that had its NCAA tournament dreams squashed late with a loss to Florida Gulf Coast in the Atlantic Sun tournament. It was a nice bounce-back performance from the Bears. 

The Bears have now won 12 of their last 14 games after starting the season rather slow. During that stretch, senior guard Travis Smith has been a model of consistency. He's scored double digits in every game, except for one when he only managed eight points. He dominated Tennessee with a barrage of threes and strong drives to the basket. He finished the game with 25 points on 7-of-13 shooting. 


Link to NIT Bracket