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LSU 63, Iowa 61
Posted: Thursday March 14, 2002 03:21 AM
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (Ticker) -- There was no magic for Luke Recker in the National Invitation Tournament.

After hitting game-winning shots in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, Recker missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with six seconds left and Iowa suffered a 63-61 loss to Louisiana State in the first round of the NIT.

Ronald Dupree led LSU (19-14) with 19 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:24 left.

Torris Bright had 15 of his 18 points in the second half for the Tigers, who are participating in the NIT for the first time since 1983 and will play the St. Joseph's-Ball State winner in the second round.

Iowa (19-16) won three games in as many days in the Big Ten tournament but lost to Ohio State on Sunday in the championship game and had to settle for an NIT berth.

After missing seven of his previous eight shots, Dupree drilled a 16-foot jumper from the right side to snap a 56-56 tie. A steal by Brad Bridgewater set up Bright for a breakaway dunk with 58 seconds left, increasing LSU's lead to 60-56.

Duez Henderson converted a pair of free throws with 19 seconds remaining to pull Iowa within 60-58. The Hawkeyes had a chance to tie when Bright hit just 1-of-2 free throws with 18 seconds left.

However, Recker hit the back of the rim on a 3-point attempt and Jermaine Williams converted a pair of free throws for LSU with four seconds remaining to seal the win.

Recker hit the game-winning baskets in the final seconds of victories over Wisconsin and Indiana in the Big Ten tournament, but his final college game was not a memorable one as he was was just 4-of-16 from the field, including 2-of-10 from the arc, and finished with 12 points.

Pierre Pierce led Iowa with 13 points.

 


 
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