After leading Georgetown to a triple-overtime victory in the National Invitation Tournament, Kevin Braswell's body finally gave out.
Braswell developed leg cramps after the game and needed intravenous fluids. He was unable to speak to reporters, but it didn't matter -- his play spoke volumes.
Braswell scored a career-high 40 points and played 49 of 55 minutes in Georgetown's 115-111 victory over Virginia on Wednesday night.
Braswell scored 32 points after halftime and five in the third overtime as the Hoyas (19-14) rallied to tie it in regulation and had last-chance shots in the first two extra periods.
But they ultimately didn't need a desperation shot as Gharun Hester gave them a 112-109 lead with his first career 3-pointer. Anthony Perry added a free throw 17 seconds later.
Virginia (19-12), which pulled within two on Adam Hall's putback with 6.8 seconds left, fouled Braswell with 6.2 left. The Cavaliers caught a break when Braswell missed his second shot, but threw the ball away before they could get off a potential game-tying 3-pointer.
In other NIT first-round games, Penn State beat Princeton 55-41; Villanova defeated Delaware 72-63; Xavier edged Marquette 67-63; Mississippi topped North Carolina Charlotte 62-45; Notre Dame beat Michigan 75-65; Brigham Young routed Bowling Green 81-54; Arizona State defeated New Mexico State 83-77; California edged Long Beach State 70-66; and New Mexico beat South Florida 64-58.
After the Hoyas rallied from a four-point deficit, Virginia went back ahead 109-107. But Braswell tied it with a driving layup and then Hester, a wide receiver on the Georgetown football team, knocked in his big shot.
''That was one of the craziest games I've ever been associated with,'' Hoyas coach Craig Esherick said.
Forced to play without Ruben Boumtje Boumtje because of an injury, Georgetown lost three players to fouls and finished with six players.
Lee Scruggs played the last half of his 44 minutes severely hobbled and with a noticeable limp, and also needed IV fluids after it was over.
''We were lucky we had five guys left that were able to play,'' Esherick said. ''Our guys just gutted it out.''
Virginia, making its first postseason appearance since a first-round loss to Iowa in the 1997 NCAA tournament, was led by Chris Williams' 23 points.
Penn St. 55, Princeton 41
At State College, Pa., Joe Crispin and Jarrett Stephens each scored 11 points as Penn State (16-15) held Princeton (19-11) to 32 percent shooting.
Stephens added 16 rebounds for Penn State, which made eight 3-pointers, including 6-of-9 in the first half.
Villanova 72, Delaware 63
At Villanova, Pa., Malik Allen had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Gary Buchanan scored 18 for Villanova.
The Wildcats (20-12), unbeaten in seven games against Delaware (24-8), took its biggest lead at 54-29 early in the second half after a 14-2 run that included eight points by Brooks Sales.
Xavier 67, Marquette 63
At Cincinnati, Maurice McAfee hit a 3-pointer and a free throw in the final two minutes as Xavier overcame a big second-half deficit.
Xavier (21-11) trailed by 10 with 15:25 left before rallying behind the front-line play of Kevin Frey and David West and McAfee's clutch 3-pointer.
Marquette (15-14) had a shot to tie it at 66 with 5 seconds left, but Brian Wardle's 3-point attempt went off the side of the rim. Aaron Turner got the rebound, was fouled and hit one free throw to clinch it.
Mississippi 62, UNC Charlotte 45
At Oxford, Miss., Marcus Hicks scored 14 points as Mississippi (18-12) held North Carolina Charlotte (17-16) without a field goal for seven minutes in the first half.
Lataryl Williams had 13 points, Rahim Lockhart 12, Jason Harrison 10 and Jason Flanigan 13 as the only players to score for Mississippi.
BYU 81, Bowling Green 54
At Provo, Utah, Terrell Lyday scored 15 points, and Michael Vranes added 14 for BYU (21-10), which won for the fifth time in six games.
Dave Esterkamp led Bowling Green (22-8) with 19 points.
Notre Dame 75, Michigan 65
At South Bend, Ind., Troy Murphy scored 32 points -- 12 at the free-throw line -- as Notre Dame beat Michigan.
Notre Dame (19-14) survived a physical final 49.6 seconds without Murphy after his fifth foul and Michigan (15-14) down 69-64. Notre Dame made it through a flurry of fouls by going 6-of-8 from the foul line to clinch it.
Arizona St. 83, New Mexico St. 77
At Tempe, Ariz., Eddie House scored 32 points, including 22 as Arizona State rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to defeat New Mexico State.
The Sun Devils (19-12) opened the second half with a 27-10 run to take the lead at 58-57 with 10:33 remaining. House, who became the school's career scoring leader with 2,012 points, scored 12 in the run.
Eric Channing led New Mexico State (22-10) with 21 points.
California 70, Long Beach St. 66
At Berkeley, Calif., Sean Lampley had 20 points, including six straight in a 12-1 run to start the second half, as California (17-14) opened defense of its NIT crown.
Robbie Jones added a career-high 19 points for California, which scored the first eight points of the second half and held the 49ers (24-6) without a basket for the first 4:24 after halftime.
New Mexico 64, South Florida 58
In Albuquerque, N.M., Kevin Henry scored 12 points on four 3-pointers to lead New Mexico (18-13) over South Florida (17-14).
Marlon Parmer also scored 12 for the Lobos (18-13), including seven of the Lobos' final 12, and Lamont Long and Wayland White each had 11.
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