MORAGA (CBS / AP) — Kerry Carter scored 10 points over the final 5 minutes and Saint Mary’s stormed back from 10 points down in the second half to beat Utah 70-58 on Tuesday in the first round of the NIT.
Carter missed his first five shots before making a pair of 3-pointers, recording a steal and scoring on a fast break layup to complete the remarkable comeback for the Gaels (23-11) after guard Stephen Holt fouled out. Holt, Saint Mary’s second-leading scorer, had 15 points.
The fourth-seeded Gaels will play against Minnesota in the second round. The Gophers, the highest seed in their quadrant, beat High Point 88-81.
Jordan Loveridge scored 16 points for Utah (21-12), which led the entire first half and was up 41-31 with 12:30 remaining before collapsing down the stretch. The fifth-seeded Utes missed five of their last six shots and committed four turnovers.
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