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Arizona State edges TCU to advance in NIT

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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12:44 am | Updated: 3:00 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Ty Abbott made a floater in the lane with 21.7 seconds remaining and Eric Boateng set career highs with 21 points and 12 rebounds to send Arizona State to the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament with a 52-49 victory over TCU on Tuesday night.

Boateng scored 11 points in the final 9 1/2 minutes, and Arizona State (3-0) overcame an eight-point deficit in the final 3:53 to advance to a game against Duke on Nov. 25.

Edvinas Ruzgas had 18 points and Ronnie Moss had 17 for TCU (2-1), which shot 36.2 percent from the field and was outrebounded 37-27.

Derek Glasser made two free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining after Moss's 23-foot 3-pointer with three seconds left hit the rim and bounced out of bounds, giving the ball to Arizona State.

Boateng had his first career double-double, and Rihards Kuksiks added 12 points, including a 3-pointer that began an 8-0 run after TCU took a 48-40 lead on Moss's 3-pointer with 3:53 left.

Following Kuksiks' 3, Trent Lockett made a free throw with 2:41 left, and Boateng made two free throws after being fouled on a put-back attempt when Lockett missed his second free throw. Lockett, making his first career start, had three points and 11 rebounds. Abbott had eight points.

Boateng tied the game at 48 with a layup on a Kuksiks feed with 1:44 left. Boateng scored 11 of ASU's 15 points in that run.

Zvonko Buljan, a 6-foot-9 forward who entered the game averaging 18.0 points and 16.5 rebounds, was held scoreless and had six rebounds after getting two fouls in the first six minutes. He played 24 minutes

Moss hit a floater to give TCU its first lead since 5-4 with 10:25 remaining, putting the Horned Frogs up 35-33.

Moss made another 8-foot runner and a 3-pointer from the right wing to give TCU its biggest lead, 48-40, with 3:53 remaining.

ASU shackled its third consecutive opponent in the first half, limiting TCU to 8 of 27 shooting from the field, 29.6 percent.

Western Illinois made 6 of 27 shots in the first half of its 87-35 loss to Arizona State on Friday, and Texas State made 9 of 29 in the first half of its 84-62 first-round NIT loss Monday.

Western Illinois shot 23.1 percent for the game. Texas State shot 36.2 percent. 

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