Virginia narrowly tops Mississippi State 60-57 in NIT

Mar 16, 2022, 6:39 AM | Updated: 6:44 pm
Virginia forward Kadin Shedrick (21) hangs from the basket after a dunk during the second half agai...

Virginia forward Kadin Shedrick (21) hangs from the basket after a dunk during the second half against Mississippi State in an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the NIT, Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Charlottesville, Va. (Erin Edgerton/The Daily Progress via AP)

(Erin Edgerton/The Daily Progress via AP)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jayden Gardner had 16 points, Reece Beekman added 14 and Virginia beat Mississippi State 60-57 in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday night.

Beekman made two free throws with 35 seconds left for a seven-point lead.

Kihei Clark added eight points and nine assists for Virginia (20-13).

Tolu Smith had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (18-16). Iverson Molinar and Garrison Brooks each had 13 points.

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Virginia narrowly tops Mississippi State 60-57 in NIT