NEWARK, N.J. (AP) John Roberson scored 22 points and Darko Cohadarevic recovered from a first-half low blow to score 12 points, leading Texas Tech to a 87-69 victory over Seton Hall in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament Tuesday night.
It was the 10th straight loss in the NIT for the Pirates (19-13), who have not won a game in the tourney since 1956. Texas Tech took control of the game right after Seton Hall forward Herb Pope was ejected for delivering a blow to the groin of Cohadarevic, who remained on the floor for several minutes.
After Pope's ejection with 14:17 left in the first half, the Red Raiders scored 13 straight points to take a 23-10 lead. Cohadarevic returned and scored six points in the first half. Jeff Robinson paced the Pirates with 23 points.
Texas Tech (18-15) advances to face the winner Arizona State-Jacksonville.