STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- For the past couple of years, Penn State coach Jerry Dunn's players begged him to let them play a more up-tempo game.
Then the Nittany Lions met Siena, and the race was on.
Penn State won the shootout 105-103 Monday night -- in regulation, not overtime -- but the Lions looked too exhausted to celebrate their second-round NIT victory.
''I enjoy it, to be honest with you,'' Joe Crispin said of the fast pace. ''But it wore on me. I'm sure it was a very entertaining game -- for people to watch.''
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- The Musketeers had heard about enough from David Graves and his 21 first-half points.
And that eased some of the pressure off Notre Dame All-American Troy Murphy.
Graves scored 24 points and Murphy added 21 as Notre Dame beat Xavier 76-64 Monday night in the NIT second round, giving the Irish their first 20-win season in more than a decade.
''We wanted to do a good job on (Murphy),'' said Xavier coach Skip Prosser. ''We didn't consciously try to stop Murphy and let the other guys beat us."
PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Terrell Lyday scored 19 points, Michael Vranes had 17 and Mekeli Wesley added 16 as quick-starting BYU beat Southern Illinois 82-57 on Monday night to advance to the NIT quarterfinals.
The Cougars (22-10) drew a crowd of 16,949, but the NIT sent them to play Wednesday at Notre Dame. The BYU student section chanted ''Notre Dame, Notre Dame,'' with the clock inside one minute.
The winner of that game moves on to next week's NIT semifinals in New York.
Southern Illinois (20-13) struggled to find an offensive rhythm and got buried by 22 turnovers and 28 percent shooting (15-of-52).
It got so ugly that, with the game clock at 15 seconds and the BYU fans washing the arena with noise, Salukis coach Bruce Weber started walking downcourt to congratulate BYU coach Steve Cleveland.
They shook hands before the final horn.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) -- Demetric Shaw doesn't care about starting, as long as he can be a big shot off the bench.
Shaw came in Monday to score 12 points as Kent advanced to the third round of the NIT with an 81-67 victory over Villanova.
Kent (23-7) plays at Penn State on Wednesday.
Kyrem Massey scored 17 points, John Whorton added 15 and Andrew Mitchell had 14 for Kent. Gary Buchanan led Villanova with 20 points and Jermaine Medley had 11.
Shaw scored eight straight points during a clinching run in the second half. He nailed a 3-pointer from the wing and sank a free throw to complete a 4-point play to give Kent its biggest lead of the second half, 65-53, with 9:50 left in the game.
''I felt I had a good look and I buried it,'' said Shaw, who had been a starter until injuring his ankle prior to the NIT. ''On this team, it doesn't matter who starts. We have a lot of guys with the capability to score."
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