Jerome Dyson scored 13 of his 18 points during the second half, and Connecticut hung on to beat Northeastern 59-57 Tuesday in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Dyson, who scored a total of 18 points during his previous three games, had 11 during the final 71/2 minutes to help bring UConn (18-15) back from a six-point deficit. His free throws with 53 seconds left provided the winning margin.
Kemba Walker had a chance to ice the game for Connecticut, but he missed the first of two one-and-ones during the final minute.
Baptiste Bataille's 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short for Northeastern.
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Matt Janning scored 17 and Manny Adako 14 for Northeastern (20-13), which finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Connecticut will play the winner of tonight's game between Quinnipiac and top-seeded Virginia Tech.
ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM 65, COASTAL CAROLINA 49: Elijah Millsap scored 15, and the host Blazers (24-8) used a 19-5 run to take a 40-18 halftime lead against the Chanticleers (28-7). Joseph Harris, Coast Carolina's leading scorer with a 14.4-point average, was held to six second-half points.
UAB next will host N.C. State.
TEXAS TECH 87, SETON HALL 69: John Roberson had 22 points for the visiting Red Raiders (18-15), who took control with a 13-0 run during the first half after Seton Hall's (19-13) Herb Pope was ejected for delivering a blow to the groin of Darko Cohadarevic.
DUQUESNE: Forward Bill Clark, a 6-foot-5 junior who is the Dukes' second-leading scorer and rebounder with averages of 14.1 points and six rebounds, has been suspended indefinitely for what the school said was conduct unacceptable to the team. Clark did not travel to Princeton for tonight's College Basketball Invitational game.
MICHIGAN: Junior guard Manny Harris said he has not decided if he will enter the NBA draft.
OREGON: Ernie Kent, the winningest coach in the Ducks' history, was dismissed by his alma mater. Oregon went 16-16 overall and 7-11 in the Pac-10 this season. Kent, 55, leaves with a 235-173 record in 13 seasons.
Athletics director Mike Bellotti said Kent's contract would be terminated effective June 30. He cited his record and declining attendance. The Oregonian newspaper reported this past weekend that one possible candidate was P.J. Carlesimo, former coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. OBSERVER NEWS SERVICES