DENTON, Texas -- — David Roddy had 17 points and eight rebounds, Isaiah Stevens added 14 points with nine assists and top-seeded Colorado State beat Buffalo 75-73 on Friday night in the first round of the NIT Tournament.
Colorado State (19-6) advances to play North Carolina State in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Stevens drew three defenders in the lane and found Roddy wide open under the basket for a 73-70 lead with 37.6 seconds left. Following LaQuill Hardnett’s 3-pointer to tie it, Stevens got into the paint again and converted a contested layup with 1.2 seconds left, and Roddy sealed it by intercepting the inbound pass at the buzzer.
Thistlewood made two 3-pointers and Roddy added a three-point play during Colorado State's 15-1 run for a 59-51 lead. Buffalo missed eight straight field goals during the run, spanning five-plus minutes.
Williams scored 10 of Buffalo’s opening 16 points, including opening and closing a 12-2 run for a five-point lead. Williams finished the half with 12 points to help build a 34-33 lead. Both teams made 15 of 34 field goals (44.1%) in the opening 20 minutes.
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