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Penn State wins NIT tournament

They defeated Baylor in the finals. From AP-

Penn State coach Ed DeChellis met with his team a couple of hours before playing Baylor in the NIT title game and had only one request.

“Give me everything you have,” he said. “If it’s good enough, it’s good enough; if it’s not, it’s not. Just leave it all on the floor.”

Jamelle Cornley scored 18 points and the scrappy Nittany Lions, chasing every loose ball and hustling for every rebound, outlasted the Bears 69-63 on Thursday night to win only the second postseason tournament title in school history.

Talor Battle added 12 points, all in the second half, for the Nittany Lions (27-11), who were spurred on by raucous chants of “We are … Penn State,” led by none other than Joe Paterno, the 82-year-old football coach sitting about four rows behind the team’s bench.

I guess this makes Penn State ranked 65th in the country, after all the teams that made the NCAA tournament. Other than commercial reasons, why is the NIT played any more?

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